Happy Boobs

Posted by Filed Under: Gear & Apparel, Reviews, Underwear, Women's Running

running gearFall is just around the corner, that season where days get shorter, cooler and the wind gently breezes through our hair. Unfortunately, it breezes through our bras as well (sorry men). And as our boobs are smashed in our sport bras, we get the all too familiar fall fashion statement: Happy Boobs.


Picture disguised to protect the innocent.

Not exactly the look you want for those race day pictures. Kidding aside, sport bras are meant to provide a variety of no-brainer functions such as support and moisture control. And for most average-sized women, they do. I may be the only one, but the Ally McBeal in me wanted more. Or, actually, less. Is a little less compression and a lot less nipple too much to ask for?

After searching through the local running store, I came across Champion’s Shape 2000 Bra, which due to the form shaped cups could easily be referred to as “The Madonna Bra.” I like Madonna, so that was OK by me.


My reaction to this bra is mixed. It does most of the things a bra needs to do like wick away moisture and provide support. The extra padding provides the bulletproof protection I needed to conceal the extra happy expression not on my face. The molded cups served a duel purpose by separating my cleavage and eliminating the uniboob and the molded cups made my boobs look bigger. As a B cup, I’m all for bigger boobs.


The bra does however have many seams, and while they are lined with a felt-like fabric, I did chafe a little under the arms. Nothing a little BodyGlide couldn’t fix. While I think most women would agree that less nipple is a good look, more boob may not be such a good thing. The bra does come in a D cup. While it’s great that Champion carries larger sizes, the molded cups may not work for extended sizes; there’s a fine line between Madonna’s lingerie and Viking breast plates.
Edit: The Champion Shape 2000 Bra is available at Amazon at this link: Champion – Shape 2000 T-Back Bra

About Susan

I am a runner.I run to keep myself on track physically, mentally, and to ensure I do not spend all my money on shoes.

  1. Jessica on September 8th at 9:55 am

    Great debut Susan! I knew we could count on you for some perky writing 😉 I’m also not a big fan of something that is too flattening as opposed to flattering. Good review 🙂

  2. Mark Iocchelli on September 8th at 11:48 am

    My comment is “no comment”. 🙂

  3. Dianna on September 8th at 12:07 pm

    is it wrong that i want to draw a smile on your tummy to make a happy face on your shirt?

    great debut. =)

  4. Flatman on September 8th at 12:56 pm

    Umm….protect the innocent???

    Bwaahahahhaaaaa! Innocent!

    (great writing, as always, my friend!)

  5. Pamalamadingdong on September 8th at 2:09 pm

    oh my god. Has Jon been here yet? Has he LEFT yet?
    There’ll be no getting rid of him now. *sigh*

  6. Karen in Calgary on September 8th at 3:23 pm

    Could be worse. You could have to wear bandaids on ’em, like the guys…

    I like the idea of preventing the uniboob problem. I’m going to have to check these out.

  7. Tammy on September 8th at 3:55 pm

    Um, happy boobs are a bad thing? hmm. 😉

  8. Ewen on September 8th at 4:22 pm

    I recongnise that mystery person! G’day Susan.

  9. Jon in Michigan on September 8th at 4:35 pm

    Pam’s right. I’m never leaving now.

    And I’m a strong advocate of the “put on a happy face” philosophy.

  10. Liv on September 8th at 8:36 pm

    HAHAHA Susan I wonder who that could be?

    You are deliciously scandalous, as always 🙂

  11. Dawn - Pink Chick on September 9th at 6:50 pm

    Sorry, but I knew who it was. The disguise is no As for the “bra” problem. I could write books and this one. I used to wear two bras. A regular bra for support and a sports bra that added more. It really wasn’t the greatest idea but it worked. Then I discovered the one I wear now by Brooks. Yes its a uniboob style bra but as much as I like the idea of the natural look I really don’t need a bra that makes my boobs look any bigger. I kind of fall into the Viking Breast plate requirement but I bet they would chafe way too much so I’ll stick to what I love.

    Heh did you know we were supposed to replace these dang bras every six months??? Who makes up these rules anyhow.

  12. runr53 on September 10th at 6:48 am

    Okay, repeat after me, “Happy Boobs are good!” Thanks for the giggle, Susan!

  13. bex on September 10th at 10:13 am

    Jeanne? Where art thou? I bet you have a couple of words to say about running bras ….

  14. david on September 10th at 10:26 am

    It just doesn’t seem to be a problem from my point of view. I mean, if you have happy boobs I figure you’re just happy to see me. Yeah, right.
    On a related topic: does anybody prefer their hot fudge sundaes without a cherry on top?

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  17. serge on July 26th at 7:13 am

    You boobs happy like you! Very nice!
    .-= serge´s last blog ..message board =-.

  18. Alyssa @ Femita on July 19th at 2:16 pm

    Hm, a sport bra is not exactly sexy, but it’s even more important to pick a comfortable one than with a regular bra. When you try it on, always sit down and check how it feels under the arms. If it’s irritating, the size is probably too big.
    .-= Alyssa @ Femita´s last blog ..Lingerie Do’s and Don’ts- How to Buy the Right Lingerie and Enjoy It for Many Years to Come =-.