Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Best Tanks for People Who Don't Want to Flash The Gym

Reader Yogini93 asks which tanks have the highest neckline so she won't flash the gym when she bends over. I looked through my closet and my files and I've come to the conclusion that 90% of the tanks Lululemon makes will show some cleavage. I think a lot of women get around this by layering another bra under for more coverage and support.  (My spin teacher layers another bra under her Power Ys.) You can also buy the tanks that you wear your own bra with and choose a style bra that comes up higher like the 50 Rep Bra, All Sport Bra, or by another manufacturer like the highly rated Moving Comfort Juno (I think I am going to give this one a try) or Moving Comfort Fiona

Of the lastest tanks to come out, I think there are two good candidates, the Dash Tank and the Stand Strong Tank. These aren't on the website yet (hopefully tomorrow) but you can probably order them through the GEC.

Dash Tank - No built in bra, but a high neckline. Made of luon light.
I also liked the new Stand Strong Tank. This tank is made of power luxtreme and has a built in bra with low/medium support.

Here is a quick run down of other tanks currently available on the website that might work:

For me, the Cool Racerback doesn't show any cleavage, certainly not like on the girl in the top photo. On me, the CRBs look like more like the second photo. I think I may be long between the shoulder and the start of my cleavage, though. I am also larger chested so the material may go out rather than down. I wear a Champion Powerback bra, not exactly a plunging bra, under my CRBs and the front never peeks out at all. This is a tank you could wear a higher coverage bra with. I have eight CRBs and really like them.

I think another good choice might be the Commit Tank. I don't recall showing any cleavage in it when I tried it on. I also tried it on over my Champion bra and it didn't show in front. However, I did find a photo of a larger busted woman showing a lot of cleavage in the Commit:

I tried on all of the following tanks and bent over to see if I saw a lot of cleavage: Push UR Limits, Scoop Neck, Power Dance, and Power Y. I showed a substantial amount of cleavage in all of them.  One tank that I didn't was the Swiftly Racerback. This is another tank that you wear with your own bra.

I haven't tried on the Mindful Tank since it seems to be a web-only item. It looks like it comes up pretty high.

Some older tanks that you might find on eBay are: 

I Just Wanna Run - wear your own bra, one of my favorites

Run Energy - wear your own bra, another favorite

No Limit - The No Limit doesn't show a lot of cleavage but does expose some skin on your sides. They are hard to find.

A really old tank, but you can find them on eBay fairly easily in new condition is the Repose Tank. I have a Repose and love it - it's super comfortable. It has a shelf style bra only - no cup pockets.

Repose Tank

Another beloved oldie is the Spark Tank. I have this one too. The front is all business but the back is hot. This also only has a shelf bra. These are also fairly easy to find in new, unused condition on eBay:

Spark Tank

If you don't like any of these, you can always try eBay for other older styles. Also, if you give up on tanks altogether the Run: Swiftly Tech Shortsleeve tee is awesome - very lightweight, breathable, and wicking. I have five and love them.

Readers - What styles do you recommend?

Upload Thursday Wishes

I have satisfied my tank lust so the only things I hope show up are the Plum Dash LS or maybe the Plum Pullover. I wouldn't mind more long sleeve Swiftly shirts, either, because I love those. I think that's about it. What about you?

Try On Review of Stand Strong Tank (nice!) and Shopping Trip Report

I tried on the Stand Strong tank and I've got to say I really liked it. I think it is a great tank for sweaty workouts.  (I am a huge fan of luxtreme for any sweaty activity - it is much cooler feeling than luon) The Power Luxtreme is definitely thicker than regular luxtreme but it is very breathable. I think Lululemon has made the switch to an all-Power luxtreme tank to help hide belly imperfections. I know a lot of  people complain that regular luxtreme is just too thin and you can see every dimple through it. That isn't the case with the Power Luxtreme. You will still see overall bumps but it won't show a slight pucker from an appendectomy scar like regular luxtreme will. I also think this tank looks better on a bustier woman, or at least women with a more hour-glass shape. It definitely has enough fabric up top to accommodate a larger bust. That being said, I would not call it a moderate support tank if you are larger busted. The luxtreme is just too stretchy even with the cups in. To offer true moderate support the straps need some heavy duty elastic sew inside them like those found in the Push UR Limits tanks. I tried on the tank with my Champion Powerback bra on and a little of the straps pokes out at the bottom and top in the back. This is how I would wear it if wanted to do a moderate impact activity wearing this tank. I thought the length was fine and not at all short. It is about 1/2-3/4" shorter than a Power Y when I compared them on the hangers. As for the front seams that point to your ladyparts, I thought the seaming was much more subtle in the Very Violet model than the Haze tank. I might have bought this tank if it came in a pattern or print but there were a couple of other new tanks I liked more today. I will keep my eye on this tank, though. I am always on the lookout for a good tank to sweat in.

 Slightly Different Static Wish Blues- on left: luon light in CRB. On right:regular luon in Power Y.

I went to the store today hoping to pick up the new Static Wish Blue CRB and the Multi Poncho Stripe Power Y. The photo above is a comparison of the static wish blue in the CRB (on the left) and the Power Y (on the right). The material used in the Static Wish Blue CRB is softer, silkier, and thinner feeling than that used in the static wish Power Y. The CRB has the luon light verion of static. As you can see, it has a little less white in the pattern. I ended up buying the Static Wish CRB today. The static CRBs felt on the loose side compared to the regular CRB and I went back and forth with sizing down but ended up going with my regular size.

I also ended up buying the Wish/Multi-Poncho Power Y. I just love how colorful and dynamic it is. It is also a great top to match with many things since it has so many colors in it. I have an Alfalfa Power Y that I am planning to layer under it because the Power Y doesn't cut it support-wise for me at the gym. However, I am pretty sure they aren't going to make another tank where the entire body is the striped pattern. They might make a Scoop Neck but I prefer the Power Y. I do love Power Ys for around the house/streetwear in the warmer months.

I saw this new headband - static very violet - in the store today but I really need a static wish blue one. I also hope they come out with a poncho stripe headband.

My store also had the Shady Brimmed Beanies marked down to $19. It's almost 100 degrees here today but I can't see them selling many of these anyway. It only gets cold enough for a knit cap about once a year here.

I was hoping to try on the new static wish wunder unders but my store didn't get them yet. They mostly had in the newest CRBs, Power Ys, Defines, and Stride Jackets. I only get a new jacket if there is a color I can't live without or a new style that looks really interesting. I did briefly consider getting a new Wish Blue Stride to match my new tanks but the latest Wish Define has an inner collar lined with Static Gray. I'll wait to see what else comes out in Wish Blue jackets.

Close Up of the Muted Poncho Stripe Scuba

Here is an interesting photo Zanna found for the muted Poncho stripe (not sure that the official name is for this one) Scuba. You can see the detail of the texture - very "poncho" looking.

This is what it looked like in the Product Alert email: