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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“The Most Comfortable Bra Ever”

 

Elise’s daughter plays soccer and volleyball and is already a big fan of our Keyhole Sports Bra. But now she has a new favorite: our seamless Racer Sports Bra for girls. 

“The Racer bra was a huge hit – she said it is the most comfortable bra ever.”

"The most comfortable bra ever" customer review of Racer Sports Bra for girls, teens. Click for more.

Discover the Dragonwing Difference yourself & check out The Racer:

– Super fine yarn and double-layered coverage ensures support, comfort, and coverage.
– Wicking fabric keeps moisture away so you stay cool and confident.
– Shoulder straps provide support and don’t droop.
– Soft, snug bottom band won’t ride up no matter how far you reach, stretch, throw, or run.
– Tag free and seamless so there is no chafing
– Made in the USA.

Girls Long Sleeve Shirt…Thumbholes!

In her review on MomTrends, teen soccer girl Logan raved about her Chill Weight long sleeve fitted shirt.

I already have two tops that I wear under my soccer jersey on cold days, but the Dragonwing Chill­ Weight top is going to jump to the front of the line every single time.

It’s warm and soft, made of the same material as the leggings. It has a panel on the wrist of each sleeve to wipe sweaty foreheads or running noses, and (drumroll please…) it has thumbholes! These clothes fit and suit me to a “T” and have all the little details that make a big difference.

Long sleeve fitted shirt with thumbholes (close up) for girls

 

Our Chill Weight long sleeve athletic shirt is available in Azure Blue, Black, and White.

Teen Review of Racer Sports Bra

We’re thrilled with the recent review by Mom Trends of our Racer Sports Bra for Girls, Chill Weight long sleeve top and spandex leggings for girls. Logan, the soccer-playing, 8th grader intern who wrote the review, captured the essence and mission of Dragonwing.

Dragonwing girlgear is a a tween and teen girls athletic wear brand that’s embarking on a mission to change how girls play sports.

Here’s the deal–Dragonwing girlgear wants girls to be able to concentrate on their sports without worrying about adjusting their sports bra or tugging down their shorts.

Since Logan’s review covers three of our products, I’ll include each one in a separate blog post. First up, our Racer girls sports bra.

Close-up of dragonfly on back of Racer sports bra: soft, snug & oh-so-stretchy

Here’s what Logan wrote about our best-selling sports bra:

I love the material the Racer sports bra was made of. It’s soft, snug, and oh-­so-­stretchy. The dragonfly design on the back is really cute, and the long length combined with the wide band means that it stays in place without digging into your skin.

I normally don’t wear a sports bra anytime I don’t have to, but I want to wear this everywhere.

The clothes are made just for girls’ bodies, and they’re all age ­appropriate. By that I mean, none of the bras are padded or lacy, and everything is snug, but not tight. All the clothes have flat seams and tags, so there’s no rubbing or discomfort.

Stay tuned. Our super soft and comfortable Chill Weight leggings for girls are next!

Un-Tee Sports Cami Raves

Our Un-Tee Sports Camis have been flying off the proverbial shelves here at Dragonwing girlgear HQ!

Girls love the way they fit and feel under school and sports uniforms and “everyday” clothes. Snug but not tight with just the right amount of support and coverage.

Adrienne, a blogger and mother of 10- and 13-year old daughters, was so delighted with her girls’ Un-Tees that she posted a review on The Momalog Facebook Page.

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Adrienne’s full review was a bit longer. I’ve posted it here because it didn’t quite fit so well on the image:

Moms of tween/teen girls and athletes:
Have you been looking for solid, comfortable, well-made undergarments for your daughter to wear under her uniforms, for sports, dance, under tank tops etc.. but can’t find the quality?
I just bought some items from Dragonwing girlgear (basic white tank undershirt w. built in bras) for my tween & my teen and these products are AMAZING! And built to last.
My daughters love these.

Thanks, Adrienne!

Our Un-Tee Sports Cami is available in a range of sizes and colors.

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

Two Sports Bras isn’t Enough for Athletic Girl

 

Wendy’s teen daughter got her first Racer Sports Bra at the start of the summer — two actually – one each in black/teal and white lime! She loves them and has “been begging for some more!”

After she ordered four more Racers in early August, Wendy generously wrote a review on our website.

Great quality & comfort. They’re very soft and comfortable and the fit is great. Much better than anything you can find at a big box sporting goods store. Would love to see more colors!

 

We’re happy to announce that we’ll have several new colors of the Racer later this year. Be sure to join our email list, so you’ll be among the first to know when the new colors — and a few other new products — arrive.

 

Girls sports bra review: "daughter loves the Racer...soft, comfortable & the fit is great"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falling in Love with our Keyhole Sports Bra

I had the great pleasure of meeting Julie and her daughter, Abigail, at a recent Dragonwing Trunk Show* in Bronxville, a short drive from New York City.

Like most girls, Abigail is very active. And like many young girls looking for a first bra, she was having difficulty finding a comfortable, age-appropriate, and well-fitting bra that would provide the coverage she needed. I recommended she try our Keyhole sports bra.

She and her Mom are delighted! Julie wrote a review on our website and placed an order for two more Keyholes.

 

Review of Keyhole sports bra for girls: My daughter was struggling to find a perfect first bra... and fell in love with the Keyhole sports bra. She was so thrilled with the fit as the coverage was snug, but not too tight. As well, the back styling made it contemporary.

 

 

With narrow straps for added arm movement and double-layered coverage, the Keyhole Sports Bra is the perfect athletic bra for girls who prefer slimmer straps and a slightly lower neck.

• Sweat-wicking fabric keeps girls comfortable and cool.
• Four-way stretch fabric provides coverage, and support and won’t ride up.
• Tag free means no irritation or chafing.
• Made in the USA.

Available Colors: Black/Bright Pink, White/Teal

* If you’d like to host a Dragonwing Trunk Show and earn free girlgear, contact me.

 

Play Wedgie-Free & Without Distraction

Monica watched her 10-year old granddaughter on the softball field as she adjusted her uniform again and again, tugging at the bulky compression shorts that were bunching up under her uniform. The girl glanced around self-consciously each time to see if anyone noticed.

“She was totally distracted by those shorts that just didn’t fit properly,” Monica told us a couple of weeks after buying a pair of our Un-Dee Light Compression Shorts. Since she started wearing Dragonwing’s spandex shorts under her softball pants, Monica’s granddaughter “hasn’t picked a wedgie!”

Review: girls spandex compression shorts

That’s our goal: empower girls to play — and be — their best without being distracted by sports apparel that doesn’t fit properly.

Monica’s granddaughter loves the way her compression shorts fit: stretchy enough to move with her but not bulky like her old shorts from a big-box store. And the mesh side panels and moisture-wicking fabric meant she stayed cool under her uniform.

Now whenever they see another softball player tugging at her pants and picking at a wedgie, Monica and her granddaughter say, “That girl needs Dragonwing!”