Longline sports bras have become a staple for many women, and many of us have been wearing them to work for years.
But do they actually help?
A new study finds that many of them don’t work as well as they might be.
“The bra is a device that was designed to help you do certain activities in a certain way,” says Dr. Jessica Paltrow, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
“But it does not really do that.”
In fact, a recent study from Harvard showed that many women who use longline bras feel less comfortable wearing them.
That means they don’t fit properly, which can make it difficult to move and perform basic tasks like sitting up and walking, according to a 2016 report from the American College of Sports Medicine.
So what’s the problem?
For some women, the longline bra may actually help with the problem.
Dr. Paltrows team at the Harvard School of Public Health found that longline, mesh-lined sports bras were associated with lower levels of body odor.
But this is a small study, so it’s not clear why longline works better than mesh-line sports.
For other women, it may just be easier to put on the long line.
“Women tend to wear their bras for a variety of reasons,” says Jessica Peltrow, who conducted the study at the American School of Pediatricians in Boston.
“They’re to help with breathing, to help relieve chest tightness, to prevent swelling and to keep a healthy neck and back.
And they can be a little bit sexy.”
So, while it may not work for you, longline can help you.
But just because you’re wearing it doesn’t mean it’s safe.
“There’s a risk that it can be used inappropriately, that there are other risks that women have, especially if it’s a long-term product,” Dr. Prasad says.
“It’s not really designed to be worn for that purpose.”
But if you’re worried, Dr.
Paltrow says there are some options for wearing a longline that will keep you comfortable.
“If you have a long line, you can wear a long sleeve shirt,” she says.
You can also try using an elastic band.
And if you don’t want to go the mesh route, there are mesh- and mesh-less options for women’s sports bras.
The American College Health Association says that mesh- or mesh-free sports bras are better for those with small breasts.
The group says that there is no need to worry about whether a sports bra fits or doesn’t fit your breasts.
But if your breasts are large, they can make wearing the bra uncomfortable.