But there's something to be said for simplicity — especially if you're buying something like a sports bra, where it's more about quality than style. A black sports bra that works is better than a hot pink bra that looks cute, but is short on support. Plus, sometimes you want that chic health goth look.
So we've rounded up six black sports bras that will support you through anything from yoga to bootcamp. Consider them the Little Black Dresses of the workout gear world.
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Ask any woman who works out about sports bras, and be prepared for a short monologue about her favorite brand or a horror story about the one that broke mid-sprint. People are passionate when it comes to sports bras because they're the most critical piece of our workout wardrobe. We just can't move without them. But, instead of holding on to the one you love for dear life, you should be refreshing your sports bra drawer with some degree of frequency, otherwise they stretch out and lose their shape and support. That's where we come in. We've done a little digging and come up with our favorite sports bras that are available right now. Think high-support cult favorites and adorable strappy styles perfect for yoga. They're comfortable, supportive, and cute; what more could you ask for? Now all you have to do is shop! Related: Anthropologie Has a Secret Stash of Coveted Activewear, and You're Going to Want It All
I could buy leggings all day every day, but when it comes to sports bras, to say I'm particular is an understatement. I've got a larger chest, which means I can't wear just anything. I work out every single day, but I like to switch it up, so one day I'm going on a hike, the next I'm taking a dance cardio class, and the next I'm doing pilates. I know firsthand that if a bra's not supportive enough, I'm going to have a bad workout, but the truth is that those super supportive bras aren't always comfortable. When I'm going into a lower impact workout, I want a bra that feels comfortable without being restrictive, and I finally found it. The Lululemon Free to Be Elevated Bra ($52) is one of my favorite bras I've ever tried. It perfectly walks the line between being supportive and comfortable. I wore it on a hike, and then promptly did laundry so I could wear it again for a yoga class the next day. If you have a larger chest and want the perfect light-to-medium-support bra, this is it. Related: While You're Stocking Up on Lululemon, Grab Something For the Guy in Your Life Too
With every new season comes a new selection of covetable fashion goods. But navigating the new arrivals section can feel daunting: With the overload of emerging trends, we tend to shop with eyes bigger than our wallet. It's easy to get caught up adding everything you see to the cart, only to have a small cry when you see the total on your checkout page. To offer a helping hand, every month, we are breaking down the best items in the market that you can buy for under-$150. Think of our curated shopping guide as an easy way to keep you in the know, without the need for a splurge. From weekend getaway essentials to at-home quarantine finds, you'll be able to give your closet a mini boost. Click on — these summer collections are calling your name. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commissionLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Mask Accessories Are Taking Over Instagram31 Outfits For Your Next Trip OutsideThis Sheer Dress Is Destined For Cult Status
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If we had $100 to spend, what would we buy? Our answers to this question look decidedly different than they did at the beginning of March. Finances are tight, and not everyone can afford to drop a Benjamin on non-essentials, we get it. Which is why this month's edition of our Shopping team's MVPs is not a guide to what you should be buying — it's simply a list of items that helped us find a small slice of comfort during these uncertain times. We hope maybe one or two can do the same for you. Ahead, the under-$100 products we actually bought, used, and came to rely on over the past 30+ days: from a face mask that's designed for sipping or snacking to a candle that smells like your home state and a $10 miracle brush that exfoliates pesky ingrown hairs. Scroll on to web-window shop, feel seen, inspired, fatigued, or just connected — all emotions are valid. And be sure to holler out what you've carted for under one hundo that's made these stay-at-home days feel a little bit better. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Bikini Shavers, Capris, & Other Top Weekly ScoresThese Were The 29 Top-Bought Items In JulyThis Always Sold-Out Pan Is Back In Stock
If 2020 was a normal year, we’d be taking advantage of the summer season to write a whole lot about weddings and wedding dresses. But, with a global pandemic canceling almost everything about life as we knew it, we’re not. Instead, our carts are filled with bike shorts, WFH-friendly office chairs, and face masks (of both the beauty and PPE varieties). We do know, however, that people are still getting married — and that means they’re still finding ways to browse, try on, and ultimately purchase nuptial-ready frocks. Which begs the question: how exactly are they accomplishing this? We started asking around and as we talked to different women across the country, we learned a lot more than how they wedding-dress shopped during such strange times. The women whose weddings were derailed by COVID-19 still managed to have them and, although different, their ceremonies were just as special as what was planned pre-pandemic. Ultimately, we decided to tell the stories not only of their dresses but of the marriages themselves and the unique ways that their unions took shape in the face of one particularly un-celebratory year. DashDividers_1_500x100 The Show Must Go On“I was planning what I wanted to look like long before there was any engagement,” explained healthcare project coordinator Bri Hodges of her dream wedding dress, but as she browsed bridal salons in advance of her March 27th ceremony, she saw a lot of “bling and tulle” that didn’t match the timeless gown she was envisioning. She enlisted bespoke bridal atelier Anomalie to create a shimmering, all-satin number that would make her “feel classically beautiful and regal.” When the dress that Hodges had customized online arrived at her home in Syracuse, NY, and she put it on for the first time, she had “the experience I’d been waiting for with a wedding dress. My mom was sitting on the couch and immediately burst into tears. I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast.” Her dress-bliss, however, soon gave way to panic as the pandemic threatened to derail her ceremony. As she waited on final alterations, “Everything started shutting down — and I literally had to go pick up my dress a day early for fear I wouldn’t be able to get it at all.”> We had so many phones going for FaceTime. You could hear my sister sobbing hysterically in the background.> > Bri HodgesBri was determined to get married on the day after the 6th anniversary of making it official with her then-boyfriend: “it was the only date that was significant to us,” she explained. As the pandemic loomed larger and larger, she told us, the guest list “kept dwindling and dwindling,” until it was whittled down to an essential roster that consisted only of Bri’s parents and daughter and her fiancee’s mother and grandmother. The remainder of the 70-person guest list tuned in via video. “We had so many phones going for FaceTime,” Bri said. “You could hear my sister sobbing hysterically in the background.” The wedding party was diverted from the ballroom of the brand-new hotel that had been booked for the nuptials to a fireplace-lit lounge, where the hotel staff surprised Bri’s family with a celebratory, celestial staging of the intimate space. “I thought they were going to do what I asked, which was just to set up some chairs. But they put up twinkle lights, lanterns, and garlands, and set up a cake station and champagne toasting station. I got overwhelmed walking in and not only seeing my husband but seeing how they’d decorated it.” Post-ceremony, say Bri, “we’re hoping to grow our family, so we’re holding off” on re-scheduling the large, proper celebration that she’d originally planned. “I am definitely getting a second dress when we re-do this again in five years,” she says. “I already got the regal look, so I might be a little more adventurous and colorful next time.”DashDividers_1_500x100 The Grand (Wedding) TourAfter City Harvest volunteer director Erin Butler’s plans to hit the standard circuit of New York City wedding-dress purveyors (Kleinfeld, BHLDN, and Lovely Bride) were cut short by citywide closings of non-essential businesses in mid-March, it became clear that she’d have to try another route if she wanted to get a dress in time for her late summer wedding. At the suggestion of a coworker, Butler reached out to womenswear label Carleen about re-creating a dress from the brand’s archive that she’d seen online. “It was long and flowy and really beautiful — it’s completely my style.” With early-pandemic uncertainly at its height, Carleen designer Kelsy Parkhouse “was so happy to have something positive and uplighting to think about, and work on,” said Erin. Parkhouse sent a sample to her in-laws in Minneapolis (where she and her partner were sheltering in place) to be worn during a Zoom fitting. “We had no idea what we were doing,” said Erin, “but Kelsy was really creative and thoughtful — she sent a beautiful package of fabric swatches along with a measuring tape,” and Erin’s partner used painter’s tape to mark changes to the garment’s pattern. “It’s not really my thing to be on display,” Erin explained. “The fact that we could do [the fitting] from the comfort of my own home — I did not feel nearly as stressed about it as I did about going to Kleinfeld.” > We had no idea what we were doing, but Kelsy was really creative and thoughtful — she sent a beautiful package of fabric swatches along with a measuring tape.> > Erin ButlerNow, in lieu of what she and her partner had previously planned — “a very fancy, 300-person banger in Minneapolis”, they’re taking their show on the road — and of course, wearing the sweeping, floor-length gown at every stop. Not only will she don it on her original August wedding date during an intimate ceremony in her in-laws’ backyard but the frock will also make an appearance in Florida, where she and her partner will have “the beach wedding that [my mother] always dreamed of for me. My goal is to wear this dress to as many ceremonies as possible, and perhaps every anniversary thereafter.” Erin is happy to have gone this route and ended up with a dress that she can herself wearing over and over again; “Everything is aligning with the way I feel about textiles and waste,” she said. “I couldn’t see myself wearing a Kleinfeld dress ever again.”DashDividers_1_500x100 A Virtual Affair“We all remember the last thing we did before shelter in place,” says Elisa Benson, manager of lifestyle partnerships at Instagram, “and the last normal thing I did was go wedding-dress shopping.” The Brooklyn-based bride-to-be made the rite-of-passage pilgrimage to Kleinfeld, she told us, “and it was kind of a surreal experience — it was empty.” Two days after that mid-March visit, New York City went into lockdown mode and it quickly became clear that her planned June nuptials were off the table. So, she and her fiancee moved the wedding up a month and decided to live-stream the whole thing from their apartment. This meant finding something to wear ASAP — and circumventing the restrictions making it impossible to shop for a dress IRL. Benson devised a plan to buy, try on, and return as many dresses as she could order, all within the standard 14-day return window that most stores offer. “I basically looked at every white dress that was available on the internet,” she explained. “I kept doing a thing where I was panic-ordering more and more dresses, and obsessively checking the return policies.” She converted her office into a shopping svengali’s war room, hauling in a garment rack and an oversized mirror, and creating a Google spreadsheet to track all of her purchases. > My grandmother is 90 years old and never would have been able to join in person, but she was able to tune in and see all the dresses.> > Elisa BensonOnce her “virtual bridal salon” was fully staged, she streamed a virtual try-on via Zoom for her family. “When I was changing, I would turn off the video on my camera, and then would be like, surprise!” While it wasn’t the in-person experience that many of us have watched unfold on Say Yes To The Dress, Elisa took advantage of the dial-in to expand the audience. “My grandmother is 90 years old and never would have been able to join in person, but she was able to tune in and see all the dresses,” Elisa explained. “My three-year-old niece watched from her laptop at home surrounded by all of her dino and stuffies.” Elisa was thrilled with the results of her digital shopping trip and ended up with a balloon-sleeved sheath from Moda Operandi. “I could see the virtual bridal salon being a trend that outlasts the pandemic. You get to include more people, you get to try stuff on at home, you get to drink good champagne instead of free warm champagne.”DashDividers_1_500x100 Flowers Of HopeIn early March, communications professional Laila Neufville was riding high after an inspiring design meeting with her florist Holly Chapple — one of the last things on the to-do list for her May 23rd wedding. At Hope Flower Farm, Chapple’s property in Waterford, Virginia, they pored over inspiration images and discussed the bridal party’s color scheme. “It was such good energy all around,” said the bride, “I was like, ‘I trust you to do whatever you want. I don’t want to limit or stifle your creativity.’” However, within two weeks of that meeting, said Laila, “things started spiraling.” A trip to Spain to celebrate her 30th birthday and bachelorette, a bridal shower, and then the wedding was put on hold. After Laila joined a Zoom call that Holly organized for all of the brides whose nuptials she’d been scheduled to design that summer (“It was nice to talk to other people who were going through the same process — like, you can grieve [your wedding], but not really grieve it”), the florist invited Laila to host a scaled-down ceremony at Hope Farm. “She was like, ‘You can come say your vows, stay as long as you want; you can watch the sunset, take your pictures, whatever,‘” said Laila.> A lot of what Holly and I had talked about had resonated with me: ‘This was your day, you were looking forward to it. Don’t let something beyond your control take it away.’ You should honor the day.> > laila neufvilleLaila had her eye on a re-scheduled date for her 150-person wedding, but as May 23rd approached, she said, “the [COVID-related] numbers kept getting worse, and I needed some kind of happy or bright spot,” so she emailed Holly about using the farm for an impromptu micro-ceremony. (“She was like, ‘I knew you were going to come back. But I didn’t want to pressure you.’”) The property — a former dairy farm — boasts two barns, a manor house, and 25 rolling acres planted with the flowers that Holly uses in her floral designs. “It’s amazing and so peaceful and you feel like there’s nothing else around you,” Laila said of the bucolic setting. The show-stopping designer dress she’d selected for the wedding was sequestered in the temporarily-shuttered bridal boutique where Laila has purchased it, so a “mad scramble” to find a new outfit commenced — “I was trolling internet sites all hours of the day.” She discovered a strapless Jay Godfrey jumpsuit on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue. “It was different, but I was like, this day isn’t what it’s supposed to be, so I’m gonna wear it. I was so comfortable, and I loved how it looked on me.” She wore a suite of vintage jewelry both borrowed and blue; heirlooms from her maternal grandmother, who’d passed away before she was born. Laila’s father, Fred Yette, used a Chinon CM-4 35mm camera that belonged to her grandfather, a photojournalist, to shoot film portraits of the couple at the intimate ceremony. “A lot of what Holly and I had talked about had resonated with me: ‘This was your day, you were looking forward to it. Don’t let something beyond your control take it away,’” Laila shared. “You should honor the day.”DashDividers_1_500x100 Marriage, Dinner, & A MovieIn late February, freelance designer Theresa Elmets encountered a major hiccup as she prepared for her August 2nd destination wedding in Heidelberg, Germany: a package containing the vintage wedding dress she’d ordered from Etsy had been stolen from the courtyard of her Los Angeles apartment building. This hiccup, however, was soon dwarfed by a much larger one and, by May, Elmets had postponed her wedding indefinitely and made plans to move with her fiancee to North Carolina. Two weeks before their departure, the couple decided that a courthouse elopement would be the perfect sendoff. > I bought it at the Silverlake flea market for $15 dollars and I had it cleaned three times but never wore it because I had a feeling I would wear it to my wedding. I’m kind of superstitious in that way.> > Theresa ELMETSWith the tiered, floor-length lace number that she’d originally chosen no longer an option — “It’s such a specific thing,” she said of the pilfered gown, “I feel like not that many people would enjoy it” — Theresa wore a dress that had actually been hanging in her closet for a year. “I bought it at the Silverlake flea market for $15 dollars,” she explained, “and I had it cleaned three times but never wore it because I had a feeling I would wear it to my wedding. I’m kind of superstitious in that way.” (The white Prada heels she wore — a clothing swap score — had actually been waiting in the wings even longer.) With a cotton eyelet fabrication and a go-go-worthy hemline, the mini-dress was too informal for the destination family affair they’d originally planned, but it was perfect for an impromptu visit to the marriage bureau.“The Los Angeles County courts were all closed, but Orange County is super Republican — it was the one time that worked in our favor,” said Theresa. Outside the Santa Ana Court House, she and her partner snuck away from the crowds waiting outside and privately recited vows they’d written to each other. “I started crying,” she said. “It was really cute. And embarrassing.” Inside, an officiant sat on the other side of a plexiglass barrier (“like a bank teller,” Theresa explained) and took them through their vows. After picking up takeout and having a congratulatory Zoom call with their parents, they watched The Royal Tenenbaums. “I’m still excited to maybe have a wedding next summer, but I don’t want to force it,” says Theresa. “We already had a really nice wedding, just the two of us. And that is also ok.”At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?14 Places To Buy A Wedding Dress OnlineSay Yes To Matches Fashion’s Wedding Edit31 Showstopping Wedding Dresses For Under $1,000
The Hatch Act is suddenly on everyone’s radar after news broke that the Trump administration plans to use the White House South Lawn for President Donald Trump’s nationally televised nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention later this month. Twitter lit up in response citing provisions in the Hatch Act that would be broken should Trump stage the high-profile campaign event on government property.But what is the Hatch Act, and why is the Trump administration being accused of violating it? Put simply, the Hatch Act says that if you work for a federal agency, you cannot use the platform of your office, which is funded by taxpayers, to advocate for your personal political beliefs. The Hatch Act became law in 1939 to protect federal workers from outside pressures to participate in a specific political activity or risk losing their job. The legislation came about after Democratic officials used federal workers in the Works Progress Administration to help them campaign in swing states. Its purpose is to separate public office from politics.The philosophy behind the Hatch Act is to prevent federal employees from engaging in political activity while on the job which may sound confusing since they, you know, work in politics; however, the lines are made pretty clear. Regulations state that federal employees are barred from “using his or her official title while participating in political activity” or “using his or her authority to coerce any person to participate in political activity.” Political activity in this instance is considered activities directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate, or partisan political group. In this particular instance, this would be referring to the success of Trump’s reelection campaign.But the question remains: What happens to the president and his administration if they engage in this kind of activity? There are some notable exceptions to the Hatch Act. Unless involving criminal activity, the president and vice president are technically exempt from these restrictions. The only instance in which the Hatch Act applies directly to the president – thanks to a 1993 amendment to the Act – is if they use their position to intimidate, threaten, or coerce a federal employee. However, this doesn’t make the talk on Twitter irrelevant. “He may not be violating the Hatch Act, but he is ordering other people to,” Richard Painter, former chief White House ethics lawyer, told the Washington Post. “At a certain point you are using White House resources, and that is a violation of the Hatch Act.”With criminal activity being the exception, Hatch Act violations don’t involve charges or possible jail time. The Office of Special Counsel, a special body set up just for the Hatch Act, investigates and determines whether a violation has occurred. It can be a career-ending error. The decision of whether to punish a person found violating the Act falls on the boss. If they decide not to do anything about it, the investigation ends there. A prime example is White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. She has violated the Hatch Act numerous times but avoids consequences despite the Office of Special Counsel advising that she be removed from her position.In the case of using the White House South Lawn, it could be considered a misuse of congressionally appropriated funds for political gain which would be criminally enforceable. While the Hatch Act violations would fall on Republican National Convention planners and Trump administration employees rather than Trump, misuse of funds could reach Trump. Former vice president Joe Biden has given mixed signals as to whether he would pursue Trump and his allies in investigations should he become president. The statute of limitations for misusing funds would not have run out in 2021, but Biden made it clear he wouldn’t involve himself in Justice Department decisions. “In terms of having the Justice Department go look at an individual or whatever, the Justice Department is not my lawyer,” Biden said in a May interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Trump's Latest Interview Was Full Of False ClaimsTrump's Hypocrisy On Schools Reopening This FallWhy Trump Is REALLY Trying To Ban TikTok
In light of the health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, people are still being advised to practice social distancing and stay home if they can to help "flatten the curve." But between the pandemic and the long overdue political revolution still happening right outside of our doors, the need for self care and rest is at an all-time high. And Netflix is here to help. The streaming platforms houses thousands of television shows and films that span every genre — including a helpful selection of anti-racist content to teach you about why we're fighting so hard to change our world — for your viewing pleasure. Netflix shares the top ten projects being streamed worldwide each day on each user's homepage, and though we're clearly spoiled for choice, it looks like Netflix users are gravitating to the same few titles. If you're in need of a temporary escape, why not check out what the rest of the country is watching? Ahead, the 10 TV shows and movies that Netflix fans in the States are tuning in to right now. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?You Can Still Watch Movies With Friends On NetflixBest Rainy Day Movies To Watch On NetflixPopular TV Show Filming Halted Due To Coronavirus
British supermodel and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is adding executive producer to her resumé this month. Following the 2018 launch of her beauty-focused website, Rose Inc., a digital platform featuring makeup tutorials and model-approved shopping guides, Huntington-Whitely is expanding her industry expertise into video production with a new mini series, About Face, premiering on Quibi August 10. For Huntington-Whiteley, the six-episode series is an opportunity for young aspiring beauty professionals to learn from some of the industry’s trailblazers, including Glossier’s Emily Weiss, Huda Kattan, Pony Syndrome, Sir John, Jen Atkin, and Kylie Jenner. “When I launched my beauty website, I was learning more about the people behind these beauty brands by covering their products — and it quickly became obvious that we were only just scratching the surface,” she told me over the phone. “I knew each of these founders had a story to tell that brought a unique perspective to what it means to be an entrepreneur today.” Teaming up with Quibi and Alfred Street Industries (the production company behind Project Runway), Huntington-Whiteley started by traveling to Dubai to meet Kattan in the founder’s native city for what she says was an “eye-opening” interview. (The trip took place before the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions.) “Huda’s tenacity and passion for building a brand in a part of the globe that, at the time of her launch, didn’t necessarily embrace a female founder, only pushed her to work harder and made her laser-focused on growing a billion-dollar global company,” Huntington-Whiteley says.The series is not exclusive to brand founders, but also spotlights influential artists and creatives in the beauty industry, like celebrity makeup artist Sir John, who works with stars like Beyoncé and Gabrielle Union. “Sir John’s interview is a stand out for me,” says Huntington-Whiteley. “He’s done my makeup several times over the years, but listening to him speak about his artistry and how he approaches each face with such intention — he’s such a powerful storyteller. He’s not just applying a lipstick, he’s conveying the emotion of that color, and in doing so, triggering the viewer to react to that color through a certain sensibility.”More than anything, Huntington-Whiteley hopes that the About Face series inspires young people — women especially — to see the opportunities in the beauty industry and feel motivated to carve out their own piece of the pie. “For so long, the beauty industry has been dominated by large conglomerates who controlled the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of beauty brands,” explains Huntington-Whiteley. “What we’ve witnessed in the last five years is a complete disruption of that age-old business model, and for the most part, these disrupters are women. My goal has always been celebrating these founders, artists, and talent who are making waves in this multi-billion dollar business — and you can’t talk about the beauty industry today without talking about the women who are transforming it.”‘About Face’ will premiere August 10th on Quibi.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Camila Coelho Found Her Light To Launch A BrandLana Condor Is The New Face Of NeutrogenaHow This Beauty Executive Finds Power In Purpose