Cheers for Free Shipping Every Day

We’re happy to announce that we’re now offering FREE shipping on every order of girlgear.

Returns are on us, too. Our goal is to give each girl the right sports apparel with the perfect fit, so she can play her best — without distraction and with confidence.

If your athletic girl needs her sports bras, compression workout shorts, sports camis, or cool-weather base layers faster than our regular shipping, we offer two-day and overnight shipping for an additional fee. Orders to Canada, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam are available for an additional charge.

More information about shipping and returns, including a downloadable return/exchange form, is available online.

Sports Parent’s Role: The Cheering Section

Dragonwing girlgear’s mission is to “empower girls to play – and be – their best” with the highest quality sports apparel for tween and teen girls. I believe we can advance that mission when we encourage parents to support their athletic daughters at every level of competition.

Over the past seven years, I have seen all sorts of behavior from parents at summer swim meets. In our city, summer swim is a rec league sport, or to put it bluntly, no college coach is going to scout a swimmer at summer meet. Summer swim is meant to be fun, build teamwork, develop sportsmanship, and teach leadership. We all love to win, but at the end of the night, the score is really not that important.

I’m proud to say that our summer swim team is known throughout the league for good sportsmanship. The coaches receive numerous emails from opponents about how well our kids behave and that is a BIG point of pride for us. However, it’s past time for many parents to step up and learn to be good sports parents.

Parents need to learn that our children are not miniature versions of ourselves. They are their own unique individuals, with their own sets of skills, abilities, likes and dislikes. I nearly drowned as a child and have a very healthy fear of water. I have to be coaxed into a pool. My daughter lives to swim. Go figure.

Our job as parents is to get our young athletes to practice or competition on time, with the right gear, fed and hydrated appropriately. It involves planning, logistics, lots of  laundry, and teaching organization and time management to older kids.

The coach’s job is to coach. He or she generally knows more about the sport than any parent does. It is his or her job to take a group of kids with different abilities and personalities and teach them to work as a team. Even if you were a high school or college athlete, it’s time now to stay on the sidelines and support your  growing athlete. Cheer for her and cheer for her teammates. Offer support and encouragement. And enjoy!

 

Sports Bra May Be Girl’s Best “First Bra”

Research shows that girls are entering puberty, marked by breast development, significantly earlier than 15 years ago. Today, more than 20% of girls in third grade have started to develop breasts, and many begin as young as age 7 or 8. Of course, many other girls don’t begin until they become teenagers.

Regardless of when they first need a bra, girls want something comfortable that provides enough coverage so they don’t feel self-conscious and allows them to move with confidence. Girls and parents alike want a first bra to be age-appropriate, not the padded or plunging bras of Victoria’s Secret or many other teen retailers.

Un-Tee cami sports top (camisole with inner shelf bra) in 7 colors

A well-fitting, comfortable sports bra, like our Racer or Keyhole, or a sports camisole with a shelf bra, (like our Un-Tee sports cami, above) is often the best choice for a girl’s first bra for several reasons:

– With no clasps or cups, a sports bra doesn’t shout “bra” and provides a smooth silhouette under clothing – at school and on the playing field.

– A sports bra is easy to wear, with nothing to clip or adjust. She can put it on and take it off all by herself. A sports bra or cami under school clothes also makes the transition from school to sports practice quick and easy.

Keyhole sports bra for tween, teen, girl

Sports bras are made for activity and all girls are active, whether they’re climbing or jumping at recess, running for the bus, or playing soccer, hockey, basketball, or any other sport.

The highest compliment we get from our tween customers is when they tell us that our sports bras are so comfortable that they don’t even know they’re wearing one. That means they’re focusing on doing the things they love, living their lives free and with confidence! Who could wish for anything more for a girl?

Key things to look for in buying a sports bra for your tween:

Fit that’s snug but not tight. The bra should move when she moves but shouldn’t ride up whether she raises her hand in class, throws a ball, or runs around a gym. The straps should be secure and shouldn’t droop or slip. Measure before buying and check the size chart to be sure you’re ordering the right size for your girl.

Soft, smooth fabric that wicks moisture away from her skin, keeping her cool, comfortable, and chafe-free on – and off – the playing field. Look for a sports bras that’s seamless and tag-free so there’s no irritation.

Coverage without bulky padding. Padding isn’t needed or wanted by most young girls and pre-teens. Look for a sports bra or cami with double-layered fabric that provides a measure of modesty for girls whose breasts are starting to develop. As girls develop further, support becomes more important – especially for athletes.

When your tween is ready for a traditional bra, it’s best to shop at a store that provides individual attention and offers a variety of age-appropriate options. “Trying on your first bra in a big discount retail store can be unnerving for an 8- or 9-year-old who may already feel shy about the experience,” notes Kelly O’Brien, owner of LingerTween in New Jersey, who carries a wide variety of traditional and sports bras for tweens.

A slightly revised version of this post originally appeared on Tweenhood.ca, a great online site for parents of tweens.

 

 

I can’t, I have soccer

I’m busy.  Like really busy. So busy that I don’t know what to do with myself when I don’t have anything to do on a school night.

Since 5th grade I have had to balance homework and at least one activity almost every school night. Earlier on in high school, I would go to school each day, leave from school and go straight to soccer practice, come home from soccer and work on my homework, and go to bed, wake up and do it all over again. I typically had one night off from soccer each week, and that was strictly devoted to homework and sleep. On Friday afternoons, I would leave for the weekend to take a bus trip to another state for two games. Getting ahead (or catching up!) was key.

Now, I have two jobs, a senior level amount of homework, college apps, numerous clubs to keep track of, on top of sleeping, and making time with friends. But it all gets done, and I haven’t gone crazy, at least not yet.

I’ve seen this picture over and over on Twitter…and I disagree! You can even make this a square by adding SPORTS to this and there’s a way to reach all four corners. It’s difficult, and can be exhausting, but there’s always a way to manage.

Knowing what you want to do, and what’s most important to you is the key. I always put school at the top of my triangle, so no matter what, my school work gets done. Sleep typically comes second, although sometimes it comes behind my sports.

As for a social life, yes, it’s true, I’ve missed school dances and other school events during the week. And the “I can’t, I have soccer” has made it out of my mouth more than a few times, but I still believe in my social life. We’re with our friends all day at school! And a soccer game at 3:00 on Saturday doesn’t mean the whole night is gone (although it might feel that way sometimes).  Not to mention teammates can also be good friends.

Being so busy, I’ve grown to worship my agenda! Prioritizing my work, taking advantage of free time and getting ahead when I can, keeps me sane. I’m a girl who can not function on less than 7 hours of sleep. 11PM is my maximum bedtime on school nights. I make a habit of writing down EVERYTHING I have to do, and it feels that much better when I get to cross each event off. You can always make it through another day no matter what your schedule looks like.

Leave a comment below with your biggest challenge or best tip for maintaining your balance.

 

A Fish Out of Water

Now that September has started, Anna is back in the pool four or five days a week. In the sometimes strange world of year-round swimming, most swimmers take August off to give their bodies a much needed rest. It seems odd to me that the one month kids want to swim, year-round swimmers…don’t. They can ride bikes, go for a run, lounge by a pool, play in the ocean. But swimming laps–don’t even THINK about it.

So Anna channeled her inner runner and went several times a week for runs in our neighborhood. And my girl was a fish out of water because running is NOT her sport. She wore a tween sports bra from Dragonwing which definitely helped. The Keyhole seamless sports bra, made of moisture-wicking fabric,  was soft and comfy in the August heat and fit really well across her broad shoulders. The Dragonwing sports bra made her runs more comfortable, so I am really happy we found it.

Now Anna (my fish) is back in the water as I write on this rainy evening. The heat of August will soon be a distant memory as we  settle into the routine of school, swim, and sleep. I am grateful for the structure it imposes on our life but a small part of me misses our less-regimented August lives. Late dinners on the porch, s’mores with friends and some time to catch our breath before school and swim start again. Now we’re back in the daily routine and my fish is back in the water. All is right with the world.

Rave Reviews for our Racer Sports Bra for Girls

I checked online customer reviews for our Racer seamless sports bra today and was delighted to see so many positive reviews and comments!

Dragonwing seamless sports bras are made especially for girls, tweens and teens of all shapes and sizes. They provide superior fit, support, and comfort — soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking fabric — so that girls can play sports with confidence and without distraction. Plus, they won’t lose their shape or stretch during a whole sports season of washings! Here’s a sampling of customer reviews of our Racer seamless girls sports bra:

“This product encompasses everything you can ask for from a sports bra – super soft and extra comfortable material that absorbs liquid (aka sweat) and keeps it off of your skin; stylish and fun colors; and flexible, yet form fitting. Five stars for comfort alone.”

“This is one of the better quality teen sports bras I’ve picked up. Some are so cheap they fall apart shortly after getting and washing them, and start to pill. Not this one. This one doesn’t pill at all in the wash and holds its shape nicely.”

“My 16 year old daughter tried this bra after hearing about it from some other athletic girls at school, and loved the look as soon as it came out of the package as well as the fit and support!”

“The fabric and stitch work evidences a quality you don’t often find in foundation garments for this age group.”