We Tried It: The Naked Sports Bra

We Tried It: The Naked Sports Bra

You won't be nude if you're wearing a Naked Sports Bra, but according to the company that makes them, you might as well be.

The bust is made of breathable material to keep your sweat in check and the straps are made of mesh fabric designed to minimize tan lines. If you wear one in the sun, it's supposed to look as though you tanned "naked."

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Here's what happened when we tried them: "The bra took a little effort to get over my head and I was concerned that I would tear the mesh straps," says Kristin Lehrer, Fox News Magazine's At Home editor.

I had the same anxiety. It was one of the most awkward sports bras I've ever tried to get in to. 

"However," Kristin continued, "once on, it fit like a glove! It didn't get in the way of my exercises, either."

The first time I wore my Naked Sports Bra was to a paddleboarding class. It was definitely secure and comfortable but the straps felt so sheer on my shoulders that I was worried they would tear. I was surprised when they didn't. Women in my paddleboarding class asked about my sports bra and seemed interested in buying one.

I can't say for sure if the bra prevents tan lines for everyone, but at the end of the day my shoulders and back were in the clear. For Kristin, "Preventing tan lines is just an added bonus to the cool design."

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The downside? At $42, the price is steep. "I’m not sure they’re worth $42," says Kristin, "but they're certainly comfortable and I love the fun colors."

While a Naked Sports Bra is definitely not a necessity, next time you're in the mood to splurge, you might want to consider one. It'll garner curiosity and compliments, and brighten up your workout wear.

And for the men, the company offers Naked Golf Shirts. The verdict's still out on whether we love or hate them, but why not give them a try?