Sports Bra Fitting Tips
- Please get in touch if need some help as a measurement is just a guide to the bra size you need.
- A measurement doesn’t account for your body shape; breast shapes and where they’re placed on your chest wall; the difference between your breast shapes and sizes; and your height will have an effect on the bra sizes and styles right for you too. But it's a great place to start!
- Try this online sports bra calculator to find your NZ/UK or AU bra size
Follow the steps below to measure for your sports bra:
Step 1 Band (ribcage): while wearing your everyday bra (not padded, sports or minimizer) pull the measuring tape tight directly under your bust around your ribcage, where your breast meets your ribcage and write down the measurements in inches
Step 2 Bust (cup): pull the measuring tape comfortably around the fullest part of your bust and write down the measurements in inches
Sports Bra Fitting Tips
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%.
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”.
- 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