When you are in the market for a new (or your first!) sports bra, it is important to get the size right. A sports bra that doesn’t fit comfortably and correctly is useless and a waste of your hard-earned money. Also, a sports bra that doesn’t fit properly could cause the same amount of damage and discomfort as not wearing a sports bra at all.
Once you have an idea of which sports bra you would like to buy you need to know what size to get.
Just because your last sports bra was a certain size does not necessarily mean that your new sports bra will be the same size. Our bodies change as we age and also each manufacturer’s size differs from the next depending on the specific design and material used to construct the bra. Once you have chosen you bra, it is best to consult the size and measuring chart from that particular manufacturer for the best and most comfortable fit.
How To Measure for a Sports Bra
As a guideline and to give an idea of how to measure for a sports bra, here is a general guideline and some tips on how to check if it is the correct fit for you. Ultimately, you want to purchase a perfectly fitting, comfortable sports bra with ample support for your needs. This guide and tips will help you get an idea of your basic size which will help you on the path to purchase your sports bra.
The first step is to start with the rib cage measurement. To do this take the tape measure around your body just under your rib cage. You'll want to to ensure that the tape measure isn't too tight, but rather just be snug and that you are able to breathe normally without feeling restricted. Once you have the measurement round it to the nearest inch, write that number down.
Using your tape measure you also need to measure around the fullest part of your breasts to get your bust measurement. Take it around your body making sure that the tape measure doesn’t twist and is straight at all times. Once you have your measurement, round it to the nearest inch and make a note of it.
Now you need to go back to your rib cage measurement and subtract it from your bust measurement. There are various tables online where you will be able to determine your cup size. If you are between sizes, then the safest option is to round up.
Remember that things such as adjustable straps and cup padding will also influence the size. A sports bra needs to fit slightly tighter than a regular everyday bra without restricting your movement or breathing. Once you start trying on some bras, a general rule of thumb is that you need to be able two fit two fingers between the strap and your shoulder and the under band and your body.
The Bottom Line
Once you have a sports bra on and have adjusted the straps, if it is an option, the most effective test is to run on the spot and jump up and down. If you are able to do so comfortably and without the sports bra riding up, then you can be confident that you have the best sized sports bra for you.