I don’t think I’ve worn a real bra since March—WFH has completely shattered my tolerance for them. Anything with an underwire is an automatic “no” these days, but even when it comes to bralettes and sports bras, I’m super picky. If it’s too lacey, too padded, too constricting, too hard to get on, too difficult to wash, etc., etc., it’s also going to be a “no” for me. Well, let me tell you: I finally found *the* perfect bra. The Patagonia Active Mesh Bra is my new hero.
Patagonia Active Mesh Bra
I know it sounds a little random for a brand most known for their outdoor gear to be my new favorite arbiter of intimates, but trust me on this. Their super technical, made-for-the-elements innovations actually translate flawlessly to undergarments—think high-tech moisture-wicking and antimicrobial odor-controlling fabrics (they call it miDori™ bioSoft and HeiQ® Fresh!). Not to mention they’re silky soft and totally seamless.
To be clear, this is a “low-impact” sports bra. So, I can’t necessarily recommend it for bustier gals and I’d especially stay away from high-intensity workouts. But, it has been my go-to, everyday bra for all of quarantine. And I can attest that it passes the bar with flying colors for all my hiking endeavors, at-home yoga classes, and even dance cardio classes! Another key feature: the straps don’t slip (one of my numerous pet peeves).
The style comes in an array of fun colors and patterns, but the all-black is chic and timeless, and can even deceptively pass as a bathing suit top in a pinch. Once I fell in love with this bra, I literally bought five to keep on a constant rotation and save me from extra laundry loads. From active times to lounge times and all times in between, Patagonia sports bras and underwear are my everyday must-haves.
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