Embrace Your Inner Inspector Gadget: Victoria's Secret Knockout Front-Close Sport Bra Review - Flecks of Lex

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Embrace Your Inner Inspector Gadget: Victoria's Secret Knockout Front-Close Sport Bra Review

So, several weeks ago, I received some free Victoria's Secret Sport products from Influenster through their VoxBox program. I was super excited, and just had to snap some shots for Instagram. Along with the Incredible Sports Bra and Knockout Tights, I received 20% off coupons to share with friends and family, or to keep for myself. The coupon could be used on any full-priced fitness product, so away I went to test out some Victoria's Secret Sport gear.

The Victoria's Secret in The Mall in Columbia had recently been remodeled and reopened, so I had to go to this location because this was my go-to VS store. The store was gorgeous, and it was so much easier to shop for specific items with the new layout. All of the Victoria's Secret Sport apparel was in one large section of the store, so I headed for that section, and proceeded to be overwhelmed.

There are so many types of sports bras in that store! At first, I thought I kept looking at the same ones over and over again, since they had the same colors and prints, but the helpful sales associate showed me the differences between each style. Some were subtle, and some were pretty obvious if I'd taken a second to stop and look. (Oops!) In my defense, I had just gone on a long run, and was smelling something awful, and didn't want anybody or anything to be offended. I probably shouldn't have gone into the mall, on second thought, but a busy lady doesn't have all the time in the world to take a shower and get dressed decently for a quick trip to buy some sports bras, ya know?

Any-who, I spotted a really sassy style that I just knew I was going to have to pick up. I also grabbed another one that was more in my style comfort zone. I didn't try them on in the store because I'm not that disgusting, and I assumed they'd fit because I am a frequent shopper and know my VS size. Note: I say VS size because their sizing is totally off from just about everybody else's.

After I got home, showered, and dried off, I decided to check out those bad boys. Then I felt like a blob and changed my mind. BUT THEN, a few days later, I decided to take one of them out for a test spin. After a quick Instagram poll, I decided not to test out the Knockout Front-Close Sport Bra that I'd purchased. Not yet. A few days later, I finally decided to test it out. Man, I really shouldn't have waited so long.

I have never been so disappointed with a sports bra! Not only was it super tight and uncomfortable, it was super difficult to get on! I would actually have to be Inspector Gadget to work this sports bra with ease!

Let's go over why I wouldn't recommend this sports bra to anyone (including Inspector Gadget).

First of all, this is how it's supposed to look. Weird. Nobody has their boobs in their throat like I did. Their boobs also weren't moving like a water bed. RED FLAG, PEOPLE! YOUR BOOBS SHOULD NOT BE IN YOUR THROAT AND MOVING LIKE A WATER BED! Glad I got that off my chest (pardon the pun).

Secondly, I don't know what sort of engineering degree is necessary to snap this darned thing. If I struggled to put it on when I wasn't in a rush to get anywhere, how was I supposed to snap it when I was in a rush between work and a volleyball game? It was also difficult to unsnap. I tried it while wearing it and without putting it on, and failed miserably both times.

I thought we were friends, Victoria's Secret!

I don't completely understand the concept of this bra. It has what looks like a regular demi bra underneath a sports bra. You snap the demi bra (IF YOU'RE A WIZARD), then you zip the sports bra so that your boobs are under your chin to complete this sports bra wearing task.



I'm sorry I'm not sorry to express so much contempt for this sports bra, you guys. I have a couple of great new sports bras from Victoria's Secret, but this is definitely not one. (I'll be reviewing those soon, so don't worry!) For a company that specializes in women's undergarments, you'd think their sports bra game would be on point 100% of the time. Nope.

The one thing about the Knockout Front-Close Sport Bra I didn't loathe (silver lining!) was the fact that it had adjustable straps. This is pretty important for me, and I know lots of other women love to be able to adjust their bras as well.


Why am I wearing jeans in the pictures, you might ask? Because I took that disappointing sports bra right on back to Victoria's Secret where it belongs, and snapped some pictures in the mall parking lot. NO SHAME! I ended up exchanging it for a better one, and am happy that they even allowed me to make it an even exchange, considering that I'd used a coupon. Great customer service, Montgomery Mall Victoria's Secret Employee (yeah, I returned it to a different mall because I did feel a little guilty...)!

So let me hear from you guys. Have you ever tried on this sports bra? How did you feel about it? Do you like front-close style sports bras? Do you like sports bras with lots of zippers and clasps?




7 comments

  1. Oh man sorry to hear that bra was so disappointing! It looked so cool and like it would be extra supportive with the double bra action. Thanks for sharing this review so I know to skip it!! #wowlinkup

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    1. You would think! It just feels super constricting! I tried a few others, so be on the lookout for those reviews! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  2. Man I thought I was going to hear you go on and on about how wonderful it was and then this. OH WELL I have been hearing some decent things about their workout clothes from others so I guess I am just gonna have to bite the bullet and try and find something for myself to try. How is the pricing? #wowlinkup

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    1. I really like the Knockout Tights and one of the other sports bra styles. I just highly recommend against this one. It was really uncomfortable!

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    2. Forgot to add: They're definitely a higher price point than most of the other brands I like. They're about $55-60 without any discount.

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    3. REALLY? VS is that expensive? Hmm, I may have to rethink that. I will probably stop by Towson Mall today to check them out though. Stay tuned.

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    4. Yeah, girl! They're not cheap! You might get lucky, though. I think they're running a promotion.

      Check out The Standout and The Incredible styles while you're there. The Standout is my favorite from the new line so far). Towson has a really nice VS!

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