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Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?

A Guide for Women of All Shapes and Sizes

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  • XTMONT
    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
  • HEIDI-50
    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
  • WISTFULVISTA
    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 figleaves.com. 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 figleaves.com. 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 breakoutbras.com. Even if you get yours somewhere else, their sizing guide is the best by far http://www.breakoutbras.com/sizing.html

    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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