busty ladies rejoice: it’s ta ta taming time



melissa with her ta ta tamer

Above: Melissa, the designer of the Ta Ta Tamer and author of this blog post, at her desk in our head office in Vancouver, BC. 

How exciting that the Ta Ta Tamer is making it’s online debut! I couldn’t be more excited to share this product with our online guests.

Let me tell you a little about this bad boy; The Ta Ta Tamer is lululemon’s very first Full Support Sports bra – honest to goodness ladies, Full Support! I’m on the small end of the big boob girls out there but I have enough that I used to wear 2 bras to be comfortable when running. So naturally when I was asked where I saw myself on the Design Team (I was working as a Product Developer, always with goals to move into Design) I couldn’t help but suggest I design Full Support bras for us. The Ta Ta Tamer is my first ‘baby’ and we’ve had such great response from the guests in our stores that I just couldn’t wait to be able to share this with everyone.

We receive regular emails from stores/guests/online community about women no longer needing to wear multiple bras to go for a run – these are the things that make my life and the stories that give me chills I print out and put on my cork board for daily inspiration.

The goal with the TTT was to have a bra geared at larger cup sizes C-DD’s (eventually going up to E cups online only – stay tuned!) specifically for high impact sports like running. One of my pet peeves with most sports bras available today is that they smoosh, I’m a girl and a curvy one and I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t look like a girl when I’m running. The cups maintain your shape – say goodbye to uni-boob! The Ta Ta Tamer is available in regular bra sizes that fit true to size – if you don’t know your size you may want to go to a specialty bra store to get properly fitted, or if you are close to a lululemon athletica location we have fit experts there that would be happy to help you.  

Keep in mind this is designed specifically for full support – which means a snug fit – that’s how it works.

  • Try to fit the bra on the middle row of hook & eye loops and a comfortable strap length for regular gym workouts and medium impact activities.
  • Specific non stretch areas under the bust and under the arms take a lot of the weight off of your shoulders and keep it around the band – which is where it should be.
  • Stabilized shoulder straps help control movement.
  • The shoulder straps are also  lightly padded and a little wider to help distribute weight and be as comfortable as possible.
  • Mesh around the cup areas not only helps with stability and motion control but also ventilation.
  • Tighten up the shoulder straps and hook & eye closure for maximum support during your run

You know your bra is fitting you properly when:

  • everything is feeling snug and secure
  • there is no spillage out the armholes or top of the cups
  • you can breathe
  • your girls are front & centre – out of the way of your arms
  • the rib cage band sits straight all the way around your torso – if your band is riding up your back then it’s too big and you likely need to go down a band size (*note* if the cups fit you well but the band is riding up, when you go down a band size you need to go up a cup size – so a 36C that is riding up the back may need to try a 34D)
  • Jump up and down and make sure your bounce is minimal – adjust straps accordingly

Enjoy! And please send feedback! The Fall 09 colors (hitting stores somewhere close to August) will have adjustable straps in the back so you can easily hide the straps under your racerback tanks (you can see I like to colour coordinate my bras with my outfits).

Here's a peek at what we currently have available online:

In Black or Aruba: http://shop.lululemon.com/Ta_Ta_Tamer_II/
In Alarming: http://shop.lululemon.com/Ta_Ta_Tamer_II/

Or, as always, pop into your local lululemon and do the jump-up-and-down-in-the-change-room test.

Enjoy in good health!

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27 Comments »


Melissa – this is MY FAVORITE bra of all time – and my mum’s too! I am also one of those double-up kind of girls – and it’s great to know that with the TTT that’s all I’ll need. The girls are going to stay put!!

Comment by Carolyn Coles — July 3, 2009 @ 12:18 pm


LOVE this bra… have one for working out and another for everyday use. I love that it’s comfortable and flattens everything up (not always easy being on the bigger end of things…!). I’m SO happy to have finally found a sports bra that I can run in! THANK YOU!!

Comment by sarah — July 3, 2009 @ 1:54 pm


Carolyn, THANK YOU!!!! i am very excited that there will be larger sizes of the TTT available online, as i am very well endowed and find it difficult to find comfortable, affordable, cute(!) and effective sports bras. thanks for designing for us larger busted ladies out there! we like to be active, too, and need that extra support in product design! – Gwen.

Comment by gwen — July 3, 2009 @ 2:32 pm


Hey guys, Is it possible you could ta ta tame in a 38C? I would like to try this bra!!!

Comment by Bonnie — July 4, 2009 @ 6:56 am


yes, please add more sizes 38/40 DD. I would buy this in a heartbeat if you had my size.

Comment by sally — July 4, 2009 @ 12:33 pm


Love it! Its just so hard to put on:( BIG fan of the let me hold those for you

Comment by Bri — July 5, 2009 @ 8:10 am


hmm…let me know when let me hold those for you comes back. Nice to have a tank for busty girls. The big benefit for let me hold those for you (aside from not having to layer) is not having the snaps in the back – for me, the back hooks are super uncomfortable during pilates (foam roller, jack-knife…ouch!).

Comment by sarah — July 5, 2009 @ 11:36 am


I second the larger band size. C36 is just too tight.

Comment by Alissa — July 5, 2009 @ 12:36 pm


if this is for busty ladies, then where are the larger sizes? seriously, add larger bands, into the 40′s, DD’s.

Comment by delila — July 6, 2009 @ 6:52 pm


I will buy these when they are in my size – 38 or 40 DD. Can’t wait to see them in stores!

Comment by laine — July 8, 2009 @ 3:45 pm


I definitely do not consider myself a busty girl by any means, but in Lululemon terms, I’m a 36C (a full band width and cup size bigger than my normal bras). Therefore, I can absolutely understand where the trully bigger breasted women are coming from, and Lulu needs to make bigger sizes for everyone! That said, the TTT does not work well for me – I really love a ‘regular’ feeling sports bra, and this definitely feels like a ‘real’ bra to me.

However, I LOVE the Let Me Hold Those For You tank, and neeeeeeed it to come back. I foolishly (so foolishly!) did not buy it a couple months back because I thought it was going to be a regular tank in the stock rotation. I haven’t seen it since and am dying for it.

Comment by Nicole — July 13, 2009 @ 6:51 pm


Ta Ta Tamer… I love the name and it does what it is supposed to do. I am forever on the search for the perfect bra. I went to the US last year and thought I found the perfect bra. Well, a few hand washes later and I realized it was not so perfect afterall! I even tried the pricey bras that Oprah has recommended.

I recently got an email from Lululemon singing the praises of the Ta Ta Tamer. I got myself to the store as soon as possible and the delightful employee found me exactly my size. I tried it on and voila – instant magic. I know they are credited as great exercise bras but they are also great for every day. I haven’t put on any of my regular bras since and a bonus is, I can hand wash the bra as much as I need to and there is no sign of weakness in the material so my tatas are lifted and perky just where I want them to be.

Comment by Anita David — July 14, 2009 @ 4:42 pm


This bra is very difficult to find in larger sizes. I have searched all over the DC area and my sister has been stalking the NYC store for a 38D for me. I have called the GEC and they do not have my size in any of the warehouses or distribution centers. Help a girl out! If this is for bustier women-please have an ample supply for us. Its never in stock! Thanks..

Comment by Jenn — July 18, 2009 @ 11:42 am


Love this bra soo much! I’m definitely buying a bunch more.
My only complaint: I want more colors ;)

Comment by Olivia — July 22, 2009 @ 4:33 pm


I’m going to try this bra for sure. I’m among a lot of Crossfitters who would LOVE to see this front closure bra make a comeback as well!
http://www.crossfit.com/mt-archive2/Games2010CamilleHellInRun.jpg

Comment by LLLlover — July 29, 2010 @ 4:46 pm


Was at my 3rd store and not given any help to find the infamous TTT. Need 38DD – not available! HELP us bigger gals! Make a bigger TTT and we’ll buy lots!

Comment by LLL Lover — August 10, 2010 @ 7:16 pm


I can’t find the 38DD anywhere!!! Where can I possibly find this bra or when will it be in stock?

Comment by mariana — August 19, 2010 @ 4:25 pm


It’s been 2 years now that I’ve been looking for this bra in my size and have only been able to find two. However, I had to return one because the stitching came apart after having it in for only an hour (I think someone had purchased it, wore it then returned it). PLEASE Lululemon, or pretty please make more in a size 38DD. At this point I’m not picky about the color … just the size. Thsnks!

Comment by Tammy — February 3, 2011 @ 11:27 pm


I also wish that the let me hold those for you would be reintroduced it. I bought 7 a couple years back when I learned that it would be discontinued. I use them so much, yet they all look brand new. I’m dreading the day that they finally wear out.

Comment by MG — February 5, 2011 @ 5:48 pm


please please make a bra for us with small frames and large bust (ie 32G)…

Comment by mackie — February 5, 2011 @ 9:16 pm


Seconding Mackie. I’m a 30G and this bra is adorable–and totally not my size. I wear Freya’s sports bra, but it’s rather lacking in aesthetics.

Comment by TBF — March 21, 2011 @ 1:08 pm


My very favorite bra but the back where the claps are caused severe chafing and i cant find it in white anymore. The chafing might be prevented with a different fabric where the hooks are, i wish they would fix this as it is the only thing wrong with the bra otherwise its perfect.

Comment by Jennifer — April 9, 2011 @ 1:17 pm


Hey Jennifer,

Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear about the chafing you’re experiencing. We can definitely pass your feedback along to our design team! In the meantime, I would recommend heading into your local lululemon for a fit session to try on a bunch of different sizes and styles to see what’s most comfortable. There may be a style that works better for you!

~ Jordan

Comment by GEC Online Community — April 12, 2011 @ 12:25 pm


I love this bra, but would love to see it come in a 30″ band size :)

Comment by FI — June 22, 2012 @ 9:26 pm


Yes, please make this in a 30″ band! 30DD would be great.

Comment by Tina — July 29, 2012 @ 7:40 pm


Would love to see a bra with this much support (if not more) with a front closure clasp. Right now I find it extremely difficult to close at back as its a snug fit (as it should be) & sometimes almost frustrating getting the three hooks in!…it’s an uncomfortable feeling to start off putting it on that way…I avoid wearing it for that reason…especially first thing in the mornings cause I need the extra effort & energy to get it on. Thanks:)

Comment by HB — October 9, 2012 @ 1:27 am


Only offering stand sizes up to a DD isn’t catering to busty women. You really need to go up to a G for that (E doesn’t give you bragging rights). I wear a size 8-10 dress, but I’m a 30G (not as rediculously as it sounds, I wonder how many if the women who say they are slim, but 36D are actually my size, but wearing the wrong size bra), and would fork over the cash if lululemon made a bra that fit me. I love your bottoms and the fabric and the colors, but wish I had a nice matching top.

Comment by Ash — September 24, 2013 @ 4:42 am


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