I might be a member of The Oiselle Flock, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 130 pound Mommy-body!
I normally try to review items that are currently for sale. Makes sense, right? I don't want to make you fall in love with something that you can't buy! This week's review won't quite follow that rule though. I had a request from an InstaFriend to review Oiselle bras because she currently wears another line that rhymes with ShmuShmuShmemon, and she wants to try Oiselle! Who am I to deny such a request? The only problem is that my favorite Strappy Bras aren't available any more and I've yet to purchase the equally awesome Verrazano Bra! So here's what I decided: I'm reviewing the Strappy Bra and I've called upon my Oiselle Teammates to tell you about the Verrazano!
To reference, I wear a 34B in a regular bra (although I hardly wear those monstrosities). I'm not well endowed, which is actually quite nice, especially while running, so I don't need a lot of support. Except when it's that time of the month and my boobs hurt something fierce, but that's neither here nor there. So what do I need in a sports bra, you might be wondering?
I need comfort. I need to be able to put on a sports bra and then not think about it again. I don't want it to be so compressive that it breaks my ribs, but I want it to be like second skin. The Strappy Bra fits those requirements. There is something about the back construction that literally supports my back while running, even on those long runs when you start to lose good form towards the end. There is no extra padding to get in my way, and it is pretty enough to wear on it's own in the heat of the summer.
About a year ago, Oiselle changed the Strappy Bra over to it's fraternal twin, the Verrazano Bra. Equally as beautiful, the back has changed but it still has the 4 strap system. It now has removable cups, perfect for when it's cold and you don't want to have those headlights turned on, if you know what I mean. I would probably remove the cups just because I'm a no frills kind of girl. It still has the lining that the Strappy Bra has which is incredibly wicking for those sweaty runs.
As far as sizing, I have always worn a medium in the Strappy Bra. With the new number sizing, I would order a 6 in the Verrazano bra. Keep in mind, a 6 would be a smaller medium, and an 8 would be a larger medium. (The size chart on the website is incredibly accurate). I do have some back padding, but I prefer a little more snug in my bras!
The Verrazano Bra is $42 and comes in about a million colors, including my favorite: Pop! The only reason I haven't purchased that bad boy yet is because my size has been out of stock. I can guarantee you, it will be mine. A good sports bra is so important, and I believe $42 is extremely reasonable for this bra!
Now, here is what my Oiselle Sisters have to say about the Verrazano!
Tara: " I think the Verrazano provides a little more support/compression; I don't have a strappy bra anymore (only had one), but I have three of the Verrazano and I love them! I would say it's an 'upgrade.' "
Mollie: "I think they are very similar! I have the charcoal strappy and regular strappy as well as Verrazano. The regular strappy is less compressive and doesn't have removable cups. The charcoal strappy and Verrazano are about equal in compression- the only diff is Verrazano has removable cups. "
Erin: "I find the Verrazano more comfortable than the strappy (though I still wear the ones I have). The higher back just fits me better. I also like the inserts (though I don't like having to fish them out of the washing machine later). Strappy is good, but Verrazano so much better--especially with the new number sizing."
Holly: "I couldn't wear the original strappy (straps were too short for me- a problem I have in lots of sports bras), but I love the verrazano. I also have the charcoal strappy and like it too but Verrazano is better!!"
ETA: My flockmate, Marilyn, has found it necessary to size up in the Verrazano! She said it is tighter in the rib cage! I'm so thankful for such great teammates!
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