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Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?

A Guide for Women of All Shapes and Sizes


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  • 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? - 9/16/2009 9:20:07 PM
  • 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!! - 9/16/2009 5:06:28 PM
    oh and I do not agree with the measuring instructions HAVE to try it says Im WAY bigger then I am according to this - 9/16/2009 3:28:52 PM
    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. - 9/16/2009 3:26:57 PM
    I have never found measuring insturctions before. Thanks. This is very helful. - 9/16/2009 1:59:30 PM
    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
    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

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