Choosing the right sports bra is essential for women of any size, shape or activity level. Wearing the wrong bra or size can cause pain and embarrassment, but can also affect your sporting performance, damage your breast tissue and cause irreversible breast sag.
Because we know, based on science, that over 70 % of you probably are wearing the wrong size – we want to help you.
Find your best supporter here.
Things to consider when choosing
If you got large breasts, you should look for an «encapsulation bra», rather than a traditional «compression» bra. These bras use individual cups to surround and support each breast separately. You can also look for a bra that combine the two, an encapsulation / compression sports bra. For small breasted girls, a compression bra, that push the breasts against the chest wall to restrict movement, will do the trick.
A sports bra should embrace the entire breast. Clevage is a sign of the bra being too small. On the other hand, if there is too much free space - the bra is too big for you.
From the left: Too big, too small -> perfect fit.
The primary support comes from the band, which forms the foundation of a sports bra. The band should be snug around your rib cage, but you should still be able to get two fingers between your body and the band.
Your shoulder straps provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and down movement. As with the band, you should be able to fit two fingers between your shoulders and the strap (but not more). Wide straps better disperse the weight and offer greater comfort than narrow ones. If you are full-bossomed, choose a bra with seperate straps rather than a racerback. Straps should not slip off or dig into your shoulders during high-impact activities. Adjustable straps are preferable, as they give you the possibility to custom fit them to your body.
Separate, ajustable straps better disperse the weight of your breasts, consider choosing this over a racerback if you are full-bossomed.
Moisture Wicking fabrics
Moisture wicking fabrics move moisture away from your skin and keep you comfortable. The more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its sturdier fabric and construction.
Think through what kind of training it is that you actually need support for, and how much support it requires. You will need more support for high intens activities where breast bounce is more likely to occur, than you will during soft training like yoga and pilates.
If you are testing the sports bra in a fitting room, jump around a little to see if it can handle the movement and keep your breasts in place. If you order online, you can always return the bra for a more supportive one, if it doesn´t provide enough hold for your breasts.