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Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?

A Guide for Women of All Shapes and Sizes


    Not every bra manufacturer uses these measuring instructions to size their bras. I've seen companies that recommend not adding any inches to your band size, other that say add 5 inches, and still others that say to measure your chest under your armpits and over your breasts to get your band size (!).

    Why is there not a universal measuring and sizing system is beyond me and beyond frustrating. - 9/16/2009 1:13:17 PM
  • Thank you for the measuring instructions. - 9/16/2009 9:37:46 AM
  • Nancy, thank you so much for this article!!! It inspired me to buy the appropriate sports bra. I bought two -- an Enell and a Moving Comfort. It is important to measure yourself exactly as the manufacturer specifies. I ordered mine from Amazon, and they both fit great. Headlights are not a problem.

    I am considering (once I lose more weight) buying more of the Moving Comfort bra for everyday wear -- it looks great with regular clothes as well.

    Again, thank you!!! I suspect that ill-fitting bras (sports or otherwise) are as common as ill-fitting shoes.

    Kay - 8/17/2009 12:45:51 PM
  • By the way, I'm 36A... and cannot find good padding in my size (though all my regular bras have plenty!!) - 8/11/2009 1:21:47 PM
  • Good article, but they neglected a key issue (for me at least): which styles cover "headlights"? Even with a t-shirt over the sports bra, I still show. - 8/11/2009 1:20:08 PM
  • I used the calculations and came to the size 32D. That is really a difficult size to find. In the passing yreas, I have suffered wearing a 34C to get something to cover myself. The band is too big, moves around, and the cup is too small, I'm spilling out the top, and I have what seems like perminent groves in my shoulders from the straps being too short. I realize that the cup size is the difference between the swell of supported breast and the ribs/chest measurement under the breast...why is it so hard to find a bra of any kind (but wired) for this size? - 8/1/2009 2:12:43 PM
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    I use the champion bra also. It is great!! I pay over $40 for mine, but I take care of it and it has not failed. I call it my "Helga the Viking Bra" because it really does work and there is no bounce. I can also breathe fully, which is important with aerobics....

    I'm really grateful because jogging and running really are my favorite exercises.

    - 7/26/2009 3:42:02 PM
    As someone who failed the infamous Glamour Pencil Test at the tender age of 21, I have serious, longstanding appreciation for this article! It's a must-read for all of us who can't even remember what perkiness once was! - 7/23/2009 10:07:34 AM
  • Moving Comfort Fiona Bra's are freaking awesome!!! I love them so so much! - 7/9/2009 3:51:34 PM
  • Champion has some really great bras. I wear a 38DD and mine kinda sag a bit from my 100lb weightloss...but the champion one w/ underwire and molded cup that have velcro adjustable straps and clasp in the back are AMAZING. i wish i knew the model name..maybe powersleek or something. It's about $42. - 5/11/2009 3:09:12 PM
  • "I am a 38J and I swear by Shock Absorber Level 4and I get them from I don't bounce at all. I love my Shock Absorber bras."

    I just bought a new one last week, and they only went up to HH : ( I would've grabbed the J if they had had it-the HH is a little snug (I'm in between 34HH and 34J right now)
    I also wish this article would post resources for larger-breasted women. Most women I know who wear larger cup sizes (DD+) don't have a clue where to shop. - 4/26/2009 9:36:06 AM
  • I am a 38J and I swear by Shock Absorber Level 4and I get them from I don't bounce at all. I love my Shock Absorber bras. - 4/13/2009 9:50:16 PM
  • unfortunatly, the larger your breasts are, the harder it is to find one. i'm a 44J and everyone recommends the enell, but i've never tried it because of price and the fact that most of the sites i've seen them on have a no-return policy on the larger sizes because they're "special orders". the most comfortable and most reasonably priced sports bra i've found is from old navy plus. it's a compression style, but it's cut to allow for larger breasts (the sisters don't come out the top like they do with most compression styles i've tried), it's made out of a moisture-wicking fabric, and it comes in a 1X-4X - based on their size chart, i'm a 4X but i get good comfort and motion control with a 3X. Highly recommend to other busty women on a budget! it's only $14.50!!!! - 4/5/2009 9:20:55 AM
  • I have always had the wors time trying to find an effective sports bra for my size 38DD-DDD chest. When I was in basic I wore two sports bras at the same time to minimize bounce and pain when running. What I do now is the most comfortable. I found an excellent bra at Lane Bryant, I dont know what it is called. It's a regular day to day bra that has an amazing amount of support, and the straps can be changed into multiple styles or worn without. When I work out I put my compression sports bra on over this bra and have never had such comfortable work outs. I get the support (Uplift) I need and the restriction (Compression) to reduce the bounce. Plus I don't look like I have a uni-boob that has been flattened into one large pancake. Looking good at the gym is always a plus! - 4/4/2009 3:25:09 PM
  • I'm not sure I agree with how this article recommends finding your size. On many sites I've been to (and from an auntie who works for Victoria's Secret) the old rule of adding 3 inches to your rib measurement to get your band size is out. I never used it anyway. That's way of measuring is why there are so many women out there with bands sliding around and adding no support.

    I get my bras from Even if you get yours somewhere else, their sizing guide is the best by far

    I wish the article had mentioned sports nursing bras in large sizes. I wear a 40I and haven't found a tolerable one anywhere yet. - 3/29/2009 6:16:41 AM

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