Find The Right Sports Bra With These 3 Simple Steps
First up: What type of exercise are you performing?The form of exercise you’ll be doing will be a major determining factor when choosing your sports bra. All sports bras are labelled by “impact” levels. The lower the impact, the less support they offer. There are three “types” of sports bras on the market today:
- Sports bras with encapsulation: These bras are typically designed with individual cups which surround and support each separate breast, very much like a typical day-to-day bra. Encapsulation bras don’t compress the breast, making them a better choice for lower-impact activities.
- Sports bras with compression: Pulled over the head and pressing the breasts against the wall of the chest, these bras are designed to restrict moderate movement. This makes them an ideal choice for low or medium-impact activities.
- Encapsulation and compression sports bras: These bras will give your breasts the ultimate support, often featuring the latest technology to ensure enhanced comfort and style.
- Strength training
- Martial arts
- Road cycling (but not for your super intense spin class!)
Next thing: Check out the strapsAs you’ve likely noticed, sports bras also come in a variety of strap types. Sometimes the style of strap you choose will come down to personal preference, though some strap types may be better for certain activities. The tank-top strap style is common, and most are adjustable, though they often do come with a back clasp so it may not be best if you plan on being on your back for any period of time. Crisscross style straps are certainly on trend and are also adjustable, making them a good pick for low- to medium-impact activities. Racerback sports bras are the style of strap you’ll find on most medium- to high-impact sports bras. The downside: They aren’t often adjustable, so it’s important that you choose the right size and regularly check to see if the bra is continuing to give you the support you need. As a general rule of thumb, the thicker the straps, the more support you’ll get and the more comfortable you’ll be (this is particularly true if you have larger or heavier breasts). Any thickness of strap should provide minimal stretch, and you should be able to fit two fingers between the strap and your shoulder snugly.
Finally: Finding the right fitThe easiest way to find the right fit is to measure your “underbust” and your “overbust”.
- Measuring your underbust
- Measuring your overbust