How Your Mom Should Wear Fashion Sports Bras

Kalon Clothing recently sent me a selection of fashion-friendly sports bras to try out. They’re cute and super-comfortable. With Mothers Day coming up, I was inspired to write this review and guide.

First, let me make something clear. A fashion sports bra is not for every woman. If you’re shopping for or with your mom, take a deep breath and do some critical thinking. You might even take a good, hard look at mom’s silhouette and ask yourself: is she too curvy? You see, fashion sports bras — notably, the budget kind of fashion sports bras — are light on support. So if mom has it going on up top, a dainty sports bra will leave her with too much droop. And that’s not usually a great look.

If mom passes the boob test, then read on for tips on how she can (responsibly) get in on the athleisure trend. Then gift her a girls’ shopping trip for Mothers Day and show her how to add new life to her workout style.

kalon fashion sports bra collection

Kalon Layering Bras in Assorted Colors, 2-pack is $19.99, Amazon

5 Ways for Moms to Wear a Fashion Sports Bra

Under the loose-fit tank

The classic approach to a fashion sports bra is to pair it with a loose-fit tank. A white tank will show off a brightly colored sports bra, but white workout tops don’t have a long lifespan. If mom is actually working out in it, the white tank will be a sweat-stained rag in no time. Go for a bright color that coordinates (but doesn’t match) the bra. Caveats on this look: mom has to be comfortable baring her arms, shoulders and back.

pink tank top

Under Armour Alpha Mesh Tank, $24.99,

Under a open-back workout tee

If mom doesn’t like to show off her guns, direct her to a more conservative, open-back workout tee. Her cute bra will peek through the back, without revealing too much of mom’s bod.

Women’s Tek Gear® Open-Back Workout Tee, $8.32,

Under a mesh windbreaker vest

Another conservative option is the sleeveless hoodie. This mesh windbreaker vest from Forever 21 is ideal and practical for humid climates. If mom wants more coverage, point her to the hoodies with full-length sleeves instead. The trick is to keep it mostly zipped, offering just a hint of the bra underneath. An unzipped hoodie over a bra usually only works for younger fashionistas.

Active Mesh Windbreaker Vest, $17.90, Forever21

Under the backless hoodie (super confident moms only)

A backless hoodie is a sexy option for moms confident enough to wear it. Even though the back’s exposed, this piece does cover up the tummy area — making it a youthful piece that’s not too risky. And if mom feels great wearing it, that’s all that matters.

Backless Hoodie, $48, Nordstrom

Under a sheer, patterned top

Sports bras aren’t just for the gym. Mom can show off her fancy bras just like she would a bralette — under a casual, sheer top for fun, street wear look. The best approach is to choose a loose-fitting, patterned top. (The alternative, a tight, super-sheer top, can leave mom’s belly button exposed to the world, which may not be the look she wants.)

sheer top

Lace Tunic, $19,

fashion sports bra by kalon

Kalon Comfort Layering Bra

Now that you know mom can wear those cute, high-fashion sports bras, I’ll fill you in on my experience with the Kalon bras. I like the fun, multicolored designs, plus the comfort fit. Another benefit is the padding. I’ve never owned a padded sports bra before, as that seems a little high-maintenance for my taste. BUT now that I have them, I’m kinda hooked. In truth, a regular ole sports bra is pretty unflattering, for both small- and large-chested women.

As I mentioned above, these bras are wholly designed for the smaller-chested woman. And I would not wear them for high-impact sports either. Advise mom to stick with lighter workouts (and looking sporty while running weekend errands of course).

You can find Kalon bras on Amazon.

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