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Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?

A Guide for Women of All Shapes and Sizes


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  • This is very helpful, thanks!
  • my first bra was a B and then I went up one size every year in high school. according to the regular bra i wear now i am a 34F. i don't believe that i am really an F but the bra (i have five of the same exact bra) fits well. i played sports all through high school and because it hurt too much with just an unsupportive champion(R) bra, i have been wearing an everyday bra and a sports bra together for a long time. i have scars from where the wires created blisters.

    and then this summer i decided that my chest was the main reason that i was not getting fit and running like i wanted to. randomly, i got a catalog from title nine(R) and it was one of the best things that has ever happened. they have rating of how supportive each bra is, they have bras made specially for bigger chested women and for smaller chested women, they have a calculator on their website so that if you don't believe this article's calculator, you know that theirs will at least work for their bras. usually i am strict in thinking that i need to try it on but let me tell you:

    -when i run now i never think about my chest at all, they are that secure.
    -i used to have to stop because bounce was too painful, not anymore!
    -i don't feel restricted
    -i feel FREE!

    there are a lot of styles to choose from and they explain the benefits of each. they also have a great return/exchange policy (you don't even have to pay shipping). i am a big supporter.

    please check them out and never stop in your conquest for the right sports bra! it will transform your work out.

    thanks for listening!
  • Haha, according to the measuring guide i'm a 38D! The 38 bit is ok but a D cup? I wish! I'm no more than a B unfortunately. As in 'B' stings. Oh well, on the plus side, at least i don't get black eyes when i run! :D

    Interesting article though - i need a new sports bra soon, so i'll keep it in mind when i go shopping for one.
  • Hm. yeah, I failed the pencil test at age 14, so bras have been a must for me for a looong time.
    According to this, and other tests as well, I'm supposed to be a 32C or D but whenever I try that size I feel like there is a steel ring wrapped around my lungs.

    For sports bras I've always hated the "una boob" bands, especially the ones that pull over the head, once you break a sweat, taking that thing off is down right painful.

    This summer I finally found my perfect running bra, the Victoria's Secret VSX bra. It keeps everything in place AND has a really awesome breathing material.

    And normally I don't like VS bras.
  • I have to suspect that either something is wrong with this article, or something is wrong with my measuring tape. I did this as directed & came out 42C, even at my heaviest, that size was too big for me, & I'm 75 lbs. lighter than that now, so is my measuring tape messed up?
  • I have been measured at Victoria Secrets and my BRA size was the same when I used this technique.....Thanks now I know how they got it!!
    oh and I do not agree with the measuring instructions HAVE to try it says Im WAY bigger then I am according to this
    I have trouble finding a sports bra with enough "center" coverage. If I leave the house in it, it "looks" like I'm not wearing a bra at all....
    I only started failing the pencil test a few years ago.....before that I never wore a sports bra.
    I have never found measuring insturctions before. Thanks. This is very helful.
    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.
  • Thank you for the measuring instructions.
  • 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.

  • By the way, I'm 36A... and cannot find good padding in my size (though all my regular bras have plenty!!)
  • 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.
  • 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?

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