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Puma Essentials Racer Back Tank Top

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Brand: Puma / Type: Tank Top

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      23.05.2013 07:56
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      3 out of 5 stars

      I spotted this vest when I was on the sports direct website looking for new gym clothes. I decided to buy it because it looked quite nice in the pictures and it was quite cheap too.

      I paid £6.50 for it and I think the full retail price is around the £15 mark which I think is way too much money for a vest! I definitely wouldn't pay the full price. When I bought my vest - about two months ago now there were a few different colour options, mainly bright ones and I chose plain old white as its a nice simple colour which goes with any outfit.

      Unfortunately though the material isn't that thick and if I wear a dark bra/sports bra under it is slightly visible so I tend to either wear a white bra underneath or just zip my hoodie/jacket up so that I don't feel self conscious! It is very low cut too which I don't like because I feel like I'm going to 'fall out' of the top while I'm running so I am constantly re-adjusting it! The top has hidden support which is supposed to be like a built in sports bra but it is not very effective, personally I do not feel like I have any extra support at all and I still need to wear a sports bra.

      The vest has got a racer back which I quite like but it does mean that part of the back of my sports bra is visible though so again, I tend to wear the vest under a hoodie. The vest has a stretchy, silky kind of material which feels quite tight and clingy when I'm wearing it which makes me feel self conscious as I have got a little weight to lose and I feel like it kind of highlights my belly as it clings to all my lumps & bumps.

      It is very lightweight though and despite being tight fitting it is comfortable. I like that it is a little longer than an average length vest and it does not ride up while I am exercising. I have the vest in a size 12 which is my usual size but I think I'd have been better off with a 14 as I don't like how tight it is and would prefer it to be looser, however I think if I did get a bigger size it would completely hang down around the bust area as it is so low cut.

      The vest is very versatile and I usually wear it with sweatpants and a hoodie when I am doing quite light exercise but when I am really going for it on the treadmill I will wear it with some Capri pants and this makes a really lightweight outfit which is easy to move around in and it does not restrict movement. I do prefer wearing a hoodie over it though because I just feel quite self conscious when I'm wearing it! I've had it for a couple of months now and I have washed it several times in the washing machine. I have found that it is still nice and smooth to the touch with no bobbling but it is starting to lose its shape slightly, so it is not amazing quality like you would expect from a vest with a retail price of £15.

      Overall I am going to give this vest three out of five stars. It is lightweight and comfortable but it is a bit too clingy and low cut for my liking.

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