Sports Bras Fitting Tips
Without the proper support, sensitive breast tissue can tear and cause irreversible damage.
Good breast health, requires proper support for your unique size and shape of chest. So what works for Mary in a size 34B will surely be an unmitigated disaster for Ellie who wears a 40DD.
- Having a clear idea of what you are looking for in a bra and what type of physical activity it will be used for is critical.
- When shopping, make sure you give yourself enough time. Rushing through a bra fit will leave you frustrated and you will likely walking away with the wrong fit!
- When trying on bras, don’t be afraid to try different cup sizes. Most brands fit differently depending on their style and your individual body type.
- In the change room, mimic the activity you plan on doing. Try a serving motion, a forehand, or running on the spot. If the bra chafes, allows excessive movement, rides up, or gapes under the arm, keep trying!
- A proper fitting sports bra should fit more snug than a regular lingerie bra.
- Breasts should be kept contained within the cup without overflowing.
- Underwire bras should sit next to the rib cage, directly below the breast tissue.
- Wider straps provide comfort in distributing the weight more evenly, preventing back or shoulder discomfort.
- Wearing a proper fitted sports bra, one should be able to slip two fingers snugly between the band and the skin, as well as under the strap on top of the shoulder.
- You should feel like you’re getting a tight hug, but not so tight you may lose your breath.
- Lastly, don’t be shy to ask a sales associate for help. They will be more familiar with the products and make your fitting process more efficient.
Bra Tops and Shelf Bras
Both bra tops and shelf bras are designed for low impact activity. A bra top is a basic shelf bra that is sewn into a tank. Although sizing varies from extra small to extra large, they will not provide maximum support for a cup size larger than B.
The Nike Pro bra is an extremely breathable and comfortable option for a shelf bra. This bra is a longstanding favourite.
Adidas, and Under Armour bra tops are each great for general fitness or yoga classes if you are smaller chested and prefer a single layer.
Support And Shape Bras
Support and shape bras are designed for medium to high impact. A wide range of supportive features include thicker straps, underwire, adjustable clasps, and racer back design. These types of bras range from A to DD and sometimes E.
Champion and Moving Comfort both carry models which provide exceptional fit and support with built in padding, molded cups, and racer back design.
The Juno by Moving Comfort offers shape, support and goes up to an E cup.
Compression and Full Motion Control Bras
Compression Bras are designed to firmly hold the breasts against the body and are ideal for high impact activities.
With sizes ranging from extra small to extra large, a variety of colors, and comfortable seamless construction, the Nike Core Bra Top is an all around great choice. The Fiona bra by Moving Comfort has adjustable front closure Velcro straps, interior molded cups and sizes ranging from 30B to 44DD. This versatile bra has been a hit with nursing mothers with the front accessible straps!
Some bras with full encapsulation (cups for your breasts) and compression have underwire and are higher cut in the neckline to provide maximum support. These types of bras are best suited for women with cup sizes larger than a B.
The Moving Comfort Maia Bra features a seam-free cup, thick adjustable straps and a seamless look under t-shirts. The Enell sports bra has a high neckline for full coverage, double layer material, hook and eye closures in the front, and a full cross strap back for back support. Sizes range from 32C – 50DDD – 52DD.