Title Nine Madison Summer Picks

Working in a Title Nine store is a constant exercise in restraint. While we can’t have it all, we can have our favorites. We’ve already gotten our excited hands on these favorites; have researched and tried them on all of our body types (here in the store). So in case you need a little inspiration for summer, us Madison T9ers are sharing our favorites with you:

Title Nine Madison - Moving around the tire from left to right: Cathi, Dale, Erin, Anna and Lauren. Pam and Kate are in the tire.

Dale: “I love my new Skip Skirt in the Gravel color. It fits me wonderfully, is cute “as all get out,” goes with just about everything AND I get tons of compliments every time I wear it (which is all the time). Plus, it is almost 50% recycled polyester, so I can feel more environmentally justified in getting three of them.”

Lauren: “I’m going with the Drench Dress. So simple, yet so flattering. LOVE the adjustable side ruching and the ability to dress it up or down.”

Cathi: “The Breakers Hoody Dress! It’s so versatile – throw it on at the beach or pool, OR wear it as a casual dress every day. I have its winter sister, the New School Dress and it’s getting ridiculous how much I wear it. The good kind of ridiculous. The fabric is so soft, smooth and comfy.”

Erin: “Though hard to choose, I think the Wrapper’s Delight Skirt is my favorite. I love the length and cut. I often like to take off running or bike shorts on the fly and the wrap around/dressing room design expands the horizons of socially appropriate places to change clothes!”

Anna: “Mountain Hardwear Unrivaled Run Short. I am in love with the built in spandex boy short underneath that won’t roll up – unlike most shorts that try for a built-in, these are actually long enough (4″ inseam)!! I love running in spandex because it protects my upper thighs from rubbing against each other during long runs, which can spoil a run real quick (nobody likes the dreaded ‘chub rub’). THANK GOD someone finally got it right. Now I can enjoy my long runs with no worries! YAHOO!”

Stay tuned for more updates from our Title Nine stores as well as some updates on things you didn’t even know you wanted to know!


Don’t Leave Home Without It

I can remember as a little girl, adults yelling, “You think the rules don’t apply to you?!” It was usually after someone got caught doing something rather dumb. Well, very recently I had one of these moments myself.

For the last 8 years, I’ve prided myself as a bravangelist and guru of all things bra. I’ve spent time learning about sports bras, their features and benefits and why some work better for one cup and another a different cup. I’ve learned how to size and spent time giving women advice about which sports bras they should try. So after 8 years of perfecting my bra knowledge, why was I suffering from a chafed under-boob after a half marathon?

After completing a very successful team relay challenge back in September 2011, I found myself searching for the next challenge. I had worked so hard over the last year and was more proud of my mental and physical strides than I had been in a long time. It seemed like the perfect time for a new PR (personal record). So I set my sites on a sub 2-hour half marathon. A goal that had eluded me for many years. I had run the Kaiser Half Marathon on Super Bowl Sunday every year for the last 4 years in San Francisco and so naturally it seemed like the ideal race to make my mark.

Day of the race came and everything was in motion! I had my food plan, my hydration plan, I had done all the training, now I just needed to execute. The gun went off and I embarked on my journey. Everything was falling into place and I was having the best race of my life. Like in all half marathons, my body began to break down after mile 10 and getting from mile 11-12 was torture. Finally, I was on my last mile. While I couldn’t see the finish line because it was at the end of a hill, I could feel the adrenaline kick in as I realized I was going to make my goal time. As I crossed the finish line I stopped my clock. Final time 1:59:43, I had done what I set out to do. I could feel the tears welling up about the same time I could feel the burning sensation under my bra, but at that moment I didn’t care. I had accomplished something that I had my heart set on a long time and there was time for healing later.

Later that day, as I was applying Neosporin to my wounds, I was thinking about how stupid I was for running out the door in an old bra without Body Glide! I was so focused on my goal that I broke two of my cardinal bra rules. When running long distances, always use Body Glide under my bra strap. Even when you’re in a good bra, sometimes hours of repetitive motion can cause irritation and so always better to be safe than sorry. The second and most important rule is make sure that your bra hasn’t run too many miles. Over time bras naturally stretch out creating a loose band which reduces your support and allows for too much rubbing. You should always hang up old bras after a year and buy new ones. I clean in my old bras.

So while I wouldn’t change the outcome of my race, I have since been through my drawers and updated my bra wardrobe. I ordered two of my favorite sports bras, the Shape Up, and I found my Body Glide and put it in my gym bag. For me, being a bra-vangelist is not just about helping others out, but making sure that I’m also supported in all my athletic endeavors. Because after all, the rules do indeed apply to me too!


Feminism Is:

DEAD – Something that happened in the 70’s. A movement that’s still relevant today – A communist plot. A terrorist plot. Some kind of plot – A nice idea whose time has come. A nice idea whose time has gone – About choice and control. About eliminating control-top lingerie – A satanic ritual. A cult. A club – A conspiracy to make men wear pink – A movement that seeks justice for women. A movement that is unjust to men – For men as well as women – For sons as well as daughters – The anti-dote to the old boys club. The pre-cursor to the new girls club – A movement that died with the Kardashians and Jersey Shore – Alive and well and living in Anchorage, New York City, Asheville, St. Louis, Eugene, Dallas and EVERYWHERE THERE IS A STRONG WOMAN

Missy Park


Bra Fit Fest 2012

Our Fit Fests are here! Get the support you need at one of our stores.
-RSVP for a personalized bra fitting with one of our in-house Bravangelists
-Get 10% of your bra purchase
-Enjoy snacks and drinks on us

Fit Fest Dates:

February 9, La Jolla, CA
February 22, Palo Alto, CA
February 29, Los Gatos, CA
March 15, Austin, TX
March 21, Evanston, IL
March 22, Lincoln Park, IL
April 4, Boise, ID
April 10, Colorado Springs, CO
April 11, Cherry Creek, CO
April 12, Boulder, CO
May 2, Edina, MN
May 3, Madison, WI
May 15, Seattle, WA
May 16, Bellevue, WA
May 31, Wanut Creek, CA
June 5, Mill Valley, CA
June 6, Berkeley, CA
June 13, Portland, OR
June 14, Spokane, WA