Sports Bra Fitting Tips November 23 2014 1 Comment

Regardless of your breast size you need a properly fitted sports bra. Studies have found that three quarters of us are wearing the wrong type of bra when working out!!!

Did you know there are no muscles in the breast? They are composed mainly of fatty tissue, skin and Coopers ligaments. These ligaments are not elastic so a repetitive action such as running can stretch the ligaments irreversibly. IRREVERSIBLY ladies! This could result in a sagging breast nightmare, not to mention that running without the correct support can cause upper back pain and shoulder issues. Wearing a sports bra reduces the movement of your breasts when running by over 52%.

While I operate an online only store, I still recommend getting a professional fitting done if you can (if you are in Auckland contact me for a fitting), then come back & buy from me of course as I'm normally cheaper :) Of course many of us don't have the time, aren't comfortable or just can't get to a decent fitter. Believe me they are not created equal, I was told by one fitter I was a C cup..yeah right!

I'm currently working on an online sizing guide (not so easy as there are no standard sizes in bra land) - which is why I love the ENELL sizing guide, unique but easy to use (please only use it for purchasing ENELL bras though).

So in the meantime, here are some awesome fitting tips!

  • Baggy or wrinkled cups? Try going down a cup size. Cups overflowing? Try going up a cup size.
  • The cup should contain the whole of the breast with no creases in the cup (try going down a cup size) and no cleavage on show (go up a cup size).

  • Don't let the straps take the strain.
  • Perfect fit: if you lift the straps they should only have a one to two inch give
  • If the straps are digging into the shoulders adjust them where possible
  • If straps fall off the shoulders, tighten them

  • 80% of support comes from the band, 20% from the straps.
  • Never mind a rule of thumb; here's what you need to know about fingers. Your bra band should feel tight and firm, but with enough space to insert two fingers under the back band, and one under the centre front. If your band is too big your straps will end up taking the weight, which will cause them to dig in.
  • Ensure the band follows horizontally across your body. So look in the mirror side-on. Is your bra band at the same level all the way round? If it's riding up at the back, you probably need a smaller band size.
  • It even helps to pull the back about an inch lower than the front and that should give you a clean line and take care of “back fat”.

AND FINALLY...

  • Fasten a new bra on the loosest hook i.e number 1 in the picture above
  • As the bra begins to wear you can start moving in
  • When you get to 3 or 4 it’s time for a new one

Seesaw tip

  • If a sports bra rides up at the back you need to go down a band size. If the cup fits well but you have to go down a band size then remember this:
  • Down in a band size > Up in a cup size
  • Up in a band size >Down in a cup size
  • Get the band size right first!

I'm always here to help if you have any questions