Anatomy of a Sports Bra
Your regular bra size and sports bra size are typically the same measurements.
To determine your bra size you must measure around the bust and rib cage.
Measure loosely around your bust at the fullest part. Be sure the tape stays straight across your back. Round up to nearest whole number.
With a normal bra on, measure your rib cage under your breasts or just below the band of the bra you’re wearing. Take this measurement and add 5. Round up to the nearest even number to your band size.
Subtract your band size from your bust measurement. 1” difference = A cup, 2” difference = B cup, 3” = C cup, 4” = D cup. 5” = DD etc.
Is it the right fit?
If you lift your arms up, if the band creeps up, it’s too big. If the band rides up in the back, the straps are too tight or the bra is too small.Band should not be able to be pulled more than 1 inch from your chest
There should be no spillage over the top or in the sides. Try bending over, leaning side to side.
The bra should not dig in or chafe anywhere. In general, the bra should fit slightly tighter but not too tight that its uncomfortable to breath.If you get stuck in the bra, it’s too small.
Check for access movement by jumping, running, streching in place. The bra should easily move with your body.
The fabric should be smooth all across the body. If there is sagging try going a size down. If the fabric is looking sheer, try going a size up.
What Type Of Bra Is Best For You?
Thinner straps and not intended for rigorous movements but will provide ample support for those with a size A cup. Low impact bras are easier to take on and off as well as often feature fun, intricate straps to show off during your workout. They are perfect for walking, yoga and strength training.
Medium impact bra offer great support for those with a size B or C cup. They have thinner straps than high-impact but there are multiple layers of fabric for extra padding, comfort and support. Most common with intricate strappy back pattern straps. Great for hiking, cycling and skiing
Maximum control for vigorous sports like running, dance and aerobics, usually with wider straps and reinforced fabric for higher degree of support. High impact bras are also the most ideal for those with cup size D or above. These bras will ensure you are supported throughout your entire workout.
Light and casual, bralettes are perfect for lounging or to wear under your day-to-day outfits. They are a great alternative to the typical bra for those with a size A or B cup.