The “why” of Dragonwing girlgear.

kickstart_bannerPeople often ask me why I am so passionate about sports and girls and I have a simple, important reason – we need this generation of girls, now more than ever, to reach their potential.  Sports participation at any level is one path to actualizing potential –it is established and proven – we don’t need to create a new program or study its benefits.  But social expectations and social media are getting in the way of girls.  When I realized “the underwear experience” could have an impact, I had an aha moment that I could do something about it.

Let’s take Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid.  On one level of the pyramid is community or village – we all know and accept that it takes a village to grow a strong confident girl.  We are happier with friends, family, a team, a tribe.  Belonging is important.   Connections give life meaning (Brene Brown).  Sports provide a natural community.

The next level of the pyramid is self-esteem.  Sports build self-esteem in so many ways, such as setting and achieving goals, graciously winning, building resilience, pushing your comfort zone for what you think you can do and then exceeding it – just to name a few. For more on this, check out this TedEx talk by Alisa Herr.

Unfortunately, feelings about breast development are a top reason girls drop out of sports.  According to a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, “three quarters of school-aged girls report breast-related concerns regarding exercise and sports.”   75%!!!  That’s just not acceptable.  Starting and normalizing conversation about body changes can improve this.  Sports programs frequently recommend protective gear for boys, like cups, or compression shorts, but there is no comparable list recommended for girls. At Dragonwing girlgear, we provide girls that list and more.

Having an excellent-fitting, high-performance sports top – whether it is a bra, cami or thermal tee-shirt, that is designed especially for the athletic girl’s figure, can eliminate worries about underwear malfunction.  Embarrassment about changing bodies can alleviate concerns about body image.  At Dragonwing, we strive to free up emotional energy– so girls can focus on their game – and everything else they want to achieve… because when girls are confident, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

Navigating the Child to Tween to Teen Bra Journey with Ease

If you’re anything like me then you have absolutely NO recollection of your first bra-buying experience as a tween 30 years ago. I wish I remembered it as being either a horrific or a pleasant experience because then I’d at least have had a starting point at which to get my daughter comfortable with the topic of wearing a bra. But, no – I had nothing. Not a single point of reference from which to start. Add to that the fact that my daughter is strong-willed and opinionated (not in a bad way, but prominent traits none-the-less) and I was literally at a loss of where and how to start this process.

Enter Dragonwing girlgear. Dragonwing offers a nice progression of undergarments for girls passing from child to tween to teen. Following is an outline of a progression that might work for your daughters.

Un-Tee cami sports top (camisole with inner shelf bra) in 7 colorsI started my process perusing the undergarment sections of stores like Target and Old Navy. I was determined to have my 11-year old wear age-appropriate undergarments that she would still be comfortable being in around her friends and teammates if that situation arose. While I’m sure we could have found acceptable solutions at those stores, I knew that my daughter was also VERY shy and going to a store and picking through racks of bras was not going to be her cup of tea so I bought a bunch and had her try them on at home. She hated how they stopped in the middle of her rib cage and refused to wear them because they didn’t “go all the way down” to her waist. So began my search for a full-length top with a built-in bra. I measured my daughter and started my online shopping research. While on Amazon I bumped into Dragonwing and, as I usually do, I went straight to the main Dragonwing website instead of purchasing through Amazon. I find the main websites have a larger selection of products so I always start there, and then depending on prices and options I may purchase from Amazon if there’s free shipping. I was pleasantly surprised to find both at Dragonwing – free shipping and a larger selection than was on Amazon. A win-win.

The first bra that caught my eyes was the Un-Tee Sports-Cami. It was PERFECT! Not only did it “go all the way down” but it also had a built in shelf-bra that functioned as more than just a second layer of fabric (which is what most cami’s have and they’re useless). It was of a very high quality and after learning more about them I came to understand that some girls can wear these all the way up through 7th or 8th grade!
This bra gave my daughter the confidence to wear it without her belly being “exposed” and got her used to the idea of a bra that cuts across your rib cage – because we all know that’s just a fact…bras stop below your breasts.
She’s been wearing these Un-Tees for over a year now and they’ve been washed a million times. They’ve been a wonderful first bra experience for my daughter.

half-teeAbout six months into her wearing the Un-Tees, I dropped some of the Half Tee Sports Tops into her drawer. The Half Tee is essentially the inside layer of the Un-Tee Sports Camis and they fit exactly the same. I figured that once my daughter was used to wearing the Un-Tee she might migrate easily to the Half Tee and she totally did! Before I knew it she was wearing them all the time – even beneath her gymnastics leotards and I was dreading that conversation because most of the sports bras girls wore under their leotards were uncomfortable to her.

the-keyhole-white-frontAnd, while we’re still on this bra journey together, I am finally comfortable with our path and that my daughter will have a pleasant experience. There are so many other, more important things I want to focus on with my daughter that I don’t want things like wearing a bra to muddy the waters! I’m actually looking forward to her next bra steps – which I’m sure will include either the School to Sport Bra or the Keyhole Sports Bra – and while I don’t know if she’ll remember this experience 30 years from now, I AM confident that Dragonwing has had a very positive impact on my daughter’s life and well-being.
Here’s to you and your daughter starting your journey! Hopefully this was helpful.

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Cool Weather Athletic Clothing for Girls

 

We must be having fun because time is flying! Fall arrived this week and that means cooler temperatures, especially in the afternoon and evening. It’s time to add a thermal base layer, so girls stay warm, dry, and comfortable when playing sports.

Our Chill Weight sports leggings and long-sleeve fitted tops make the perfect cool weather layer for athletic girls. Girls stay warm and dry and can play without distraction — no shivering, no bunching or drooping leggings, no tugging at tops that ride up in back. Wear them alone, under uniforms or skirts, or under cold-weather sports gear (great for skiing, too!).

 

Dragonwing Chill Weight: sports leggings, capris, fitted tops for girls

CHILL WEIGHT FABRIC is PERFORMANCE QUALITY

– sweat-wicking, four-way stretch with super soft, brushed inner layer
– fabric made from recycled PET bottles
– antimicrobial, odor resistant

LONG SLEEVE FITTED TOP

– thumbhole keeps wrists covered
– patent-pending face wipe on wrist keeps her face (and nose) dry
– longer length won’t ride up
– wider, not-too-tight neck

LEGGINGS (REGULAR AND CAPRI LENGTH)

– great worn alone or under shorts
– 15″ capri length won’t interfere with shin guards

Reviews: girls capri sports leggings tights: "my new favorite pants" Madi "from the first second I put the capris on, I could feel a difference." Emma Click for more reviews

Bundle Up & Save!

According to the calendar, Spring may be right around the corner, but the weather is downright cold in most of the country. Here in North Carolina, we’ve had lots of snow — well, lots for us — over the past couple of weeks.

warm sports leggings, top & sports bra for girlsSoccer and lacrosse fields, running paths, and tracks may be covered with snow. But cold weather doesn’t need to keep girls from playing the sports they love. Tweens and teens can stay warm and dry — and save more than $20 — with our  special 3-piece bundle.

The Winter Weather Bundle features our warm, wicking, and super comfortable Chill Weight fabric, made from recycled plastic bottles!

 

– Chill Weight long leggings in black and azure. (Quantities are limited so order today!)
Chill Weight long sleeve top in azure
Mesh Racer sports bra in black and azure

 

 

Dragonwing & Girl Scouts, kindred spirits for active girls

The Girl Scouts has long been an advocate for girls health and fitness, as far back as 1912 when girls ran foot races as part of scouting! So it’s no surprise that we at Dragonwing feel a kindred spirit and sense of shared mission in the importance of sports in helping girls reach their full potential.

Girl Scouts shop offers Dragonwing girls compression shorts, sports brasWe’re excited to announce that the Girl Scouts online store now carries a selection of Dragonwing athletic apparel for girls. They’ve got a terrific introductory offer of 20% off our girlgear, such as:

Un-Dee compression shorts — comfortable, wedge-free fit for girls who play soccer, softball, lacrosse, volleyball & more!

girls sports bras — super comfortable with just the right amount of stretch and support, our Racer, Keyhole, and Mesh Racer bras are perfect for tween and teen girls.

– Chill Weight long sleeve top and sports leggings — soft, comfortable base layers keep girls warm and dry when the weather gets cold.

 – Un-Tee sports cami and half-tee — light support and the coverage girls want under their sports jersey, uniform, or school clothes. The sports camisole has an inner shelf bra and UV protection.

Learn more about our performance wear for girls at our website. And check out the Girl Scouts online shop for Dragonwing here.

 

Hey Santa, Here are Gifts that Sports Girls Want!

Dragonwing girls Emma and Montgomery show Santa how to stuff a stocking with great sports apparel for all the girls on his — and YOUR — list!


Racer and Keyhole sports bras for girls
: Super soft, great support, seamless and tag-free. Great under sports uniforms or everyday clothes. Perfect as a girl’s first bra, too.

Un-Dee Light Compression Shorts: Coverage and comfort under a sports uniform, wedgie-free fit means no tugging or bunching. Available in great colors!

Un-Tee Sports Cami:  Girls sports camisole with great fit in 8 terrific colors. Shelf bra provides light support and coverage for tweens and teens.

Chill Weight leggings and long-sleeve tee: Stay warm and dry this winter in these great base layers. Soft brushed inside and moisture-wicking fabric that’s made from recycled plastic bottles! Top details include thumb hole so sleeves stay in place and wrist wipe so face and nose stay dry. Leggings available in long and capri length. What sports girl needs “armour” when she can have Dragonwing?!

Order by December 12 for Christmas delivery with FREE regular shipping (US orders only). See shipping info for more details.

 

Armour for Your Sports Girl? No Way!

The driving force behind Dragonwing girlgear’s creation was a frustration over the lack of quality performance athletic wear for girls. Girls shouldn’t have to shop in the boys’ department or search the racks for XS women’s clothes.

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That’s why we’ve created a line of performance wear designed for teen and pre-teen (or tween, if you prefer!) girls. No wedgies. No straps that slip or bras that ride up when you pull down a rebound. Everything designed for an athletic girl, so she can concentrate on playing the sports she loves.