Six features to look out for what buying a sports bra. By Estelle Low & Deborah Lin
Start your workout right with the perfect sports bra.
It’s likely that you’re wearing the wrong size bra, because an estimated four out of five women do. The best way to find out if you have the right sports bra is to get fitted at a sports shop (just like you do for your lingerie). But if you prefer a little more privacy, try this Sports Bra Fit Guide by Moving Comfort on how to size up your boobs properly.
Here are the six features you should look out for when getting a new sports bra.
1. How to choose the right sports bra: Impact
Consider the “impact level” of the intended sport and how much your breasts will be moving around (for instance, yoga is categorised “low to medium impact” and running “high impact”). A good sports bra should minimise bounce because breasts are made of soft tissue, held up by Cooper’s ligaments which don’t recoil back after stretching (read: increasing sag).
2. How to choose the right sports bra: Band
A good sports bra should sit firmly on the ribs without restricting breathing. It should not creep up when you lift your arms overhead. If the band rides up, pick a smaller size. For more support, choose a sports bra with a wider band.
3. How to choose the right sports bra: Cups
Your boobs should be fully cradled, without bulging flesh or gaps at the bra top or sides. If the cups pucker, you probably need a smaller size. Those who prefer added support or shape can consider sports bras with encapsulation or underwire too.
4. How to choose the right sports bra: Cut
Remember to check that the sports bra isn’t too wide across the chest that it restricts movement or causes chafing at the sides during exercise.
5. How to choose the right sports bra: Straps
Those more petite (A and B cups) can stick to racerbacks – some have front zip closures for easy removal – while curvier ones (C cup and above) should go for wide straps that distribute weight more evenly. Try tugging at them: The stiffer they are, the more support you’ll get. Some sports bra also have adjustable straps and back hook closures for a more custom fit.
6. How to choose the right sports bra: Material
While drawn to an attractive design, make sure it is of moisture-wicking fabric because working out in a sports bra that’s sticky and heavy with sweat will be uncomfortable.