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Best Sports Bras for Every Size

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7/31/2012 2:00 PM   :  17 comments   :  11,955 Views

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Want to make your workouts even better? Get a sports bra that'll keep you comfortable, cool, and dry. Here, Maureen Stabnau, senior vice president of merchandising at barenecessities.com, shares tips for finding a perfect-fitting bra, plus our favorite styles.
 
What Makes a Good Sports Bra?
 
Choose a sports bra that says "Moisture Wicking" on its tag. This lets you know that the fabric will remove sweat from your skin, keeping you cool and dry.

A sports bra with a hook and eye closure offers two big advantages: It adjusts to your size, and it's easier to undo post-workout—no more pulling hot, sweaty bras over your head!
Bras with U-backs, T-backs, and crisscross straps offer the most comfort and will help keep straps from slipping when you're working out. 

How to Find Your Bra Size
 
Step 1: Band Size

Wrap a tape measure around yourself under your arms, high on your back, and across the top of your chest. If the figure is an even number, this is your band size. If you get an odd number, add an inch.

Step 2: Cup Size

Wrap the tape measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement; each inch represents a cup size. For example, if your band size is 34 and your bust measures 36 inches, the difference between these figures is two inches, and you'd wear a B-cup.

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  • SAELBELLE
    17
    I am in Australia so the sizing is a bit different here, but in US terms, I am a 32DD, but it is EXTREMELY hard to find anything in that size, I'm lucky to find a 32D. Quite often I go to a 34C to find a close enough fit, but lately I've been finding anything less than D cup size has tonnes of padding to give the push up effect even if its not a push up bra. I don't need extra, it just pushes me out. I've spent the last 4 months trying to find a normal everyday bra and still haven't found one to fit. I got really lucky with finding a good moisture wicking sports bra on clearance 4 months ago, will be devistated if I can't find anything as good by the time it needs replacing. - 12/15/2013   6:46:06 PM
  • 16
    I currently have to wear 2 compression bras to get the coverage & support I need. Unfortunately, I can never find anything in my size that is moisture wicking, so it will be a goal at the beginning of the year to try and locate a couple of really good ones.

    If you can, try to be sure you include strength training that targets your chest, shoulders and upper back in order to help (eventually) decrease your bust size AND to make all that weight easier to carry around. While they can help, you don't just have to have a sports bra for strength training. The stronger and leaner you're able to make the muscles underneath and around your breasts, the more upright you'll stand, the easier it will be for your chest and back to support their weight (and can give you the appearance of a "lift") and you'll start to eventually lose fat from your bust area. That's a more long-term solution I know, but the strength training is something you can start to do right now.

    I have started to notice a slight difference in my posture from doing yoga and strength training geared to my chest, shoulders and back at least 5 days a week. I am standing a little straighter than I used to, and I my breasts (42DD at last check) don't feel as heavy as they used to. I still have to wear 2 compression sports bras during cardio and things like horseback riding (that's the WORST), but I am hoping that by the time I've lost 20 lbs I'll also be able to move to a slightly smaller bra size (hopefully around the beginning of the year). I feel your pain though women. I have been "busty" since middle school. I was one of the first in my class to gain breasts and when I did, they shot to a B-cup immediately despite my young age. They've been growing and growing ever since. :(

    Just remember not to leave out your strength training as you work out. If you're heavier and can't do a lot of high-impact cardio, stick to brisk walking and do a bit of chest / shoulder / upper back strength training after you finish your cardio routine. You lose the most calories that way, and start to condition your muscles. It also starts to make your walking easier! - 11/15/2013   2:43:28 PM
  • 15
    As Earth420 said, finding a sports bra (or any decent bra) for full figured women is nearly impossible. I am currently a 50DDD and have trouble finding regular bras much less sports bras that are supportive. I have tried (been fitted at top end stores) underwire bras and my girls slip out below the wires/bands. Anything that closes in the front does not work for me. My girls are large in all ways and bras just don't fit right. Even when I was at my lowest weight in my adulthood, they were still very large and bras back then were hard to find. I am contemplating having bras made to fit me. This is my goal once I have lost weight. At this time, when I work out, I wear my regular bra and a Spanx type thing over all. This gives me some pretty good support for anything that requires me to bounce around.
    - 10/22/2013   3:03:27 PM
  • 14
    Enell changed my life. I'm a 34G and wear their smallest size. Highly recommended. Pricey, but I have been using the same one for a few years now. The Champion I used to wear over a second bra was in tatters within 6 months. - 9/7/2013   6:56:48 PM
  • 13
    where can i find a sports bra that fits and is supportive enough im a 40G - 8/23/2012   4:45:40 PM
  • 12
    I would love to find one, that is more supportive , instead of compressing me - 8/4/2012   3:28:37 PM
  • MICHELLEZO
    11
    I agree with Earth420, finding a sports bra once you pass a c-cup is a challenge. I find I end up wearing either 2 bras 1 sport and a regular bra to get adequate support.
    - 8/4/2012   9:38:00 AM
  • 10
    Trying to find a sports bra when you are a 42DD is TOUGH!!! They just don't make them right for us full figured women & when they do they cost a week's whole pay!! - 8/4/2012   9:05:09 AM
  • 9
    This way of finding your bra size is wildly inaccurate. Your band size is the number of inches under your BUST, not under your arms. You wouldn't buy underwear that's larger than your hips, it wouldn't stay up. Likewise, a bra with a band that is too large will offer no support. That false way of measuring is the way that a popular, well-known chain does it, and they always tell me that I'm a 36D... when in fact I am a 32H. - 8/3/2012   6:23:59 PM
  • 8
    I am so small breasted, I just buy the champion brand from target, they go on sale every once in a while. They are super comfortable and fit me great, but probably not everyone else! My daughter loves them too. Many colors to choose from. - 8/3/2012   11:16:28 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    7
    Fewer jiggles, more giggles! That's what I say :) - 8/1/2012   7:33:45 PM
  • 6
    At least this measurement tip is more accurate: traditionally, they would tell you to add almost 5" to your band measurement to get the size... If you add that much to your band measurement, you get NO support from the band! - 8/1/2012   10:34:49 AM
  • 5
    Measuring is good, but it's always best to try on a bra - sports or otherwise. I have almost never been able to wear the bra size that people who measure me tell me I should wear. Even when I measure myself, it's not always accurate for all bras. I usually have to go down at least one band size, if not two. When that happens, my cup size goes up. Trying them on prevents me from having bras that I won't wear. - 8/1/2012   8:13:38 AM
  • 4
    sparkpeople, you should give away sport bra!!!! - 8/1/2012   7:05:36 AM
  • AMOTTLEY
    3
    This is so NOT true because if it were then the fact that my bust and band measurement are 8 inches apart would suggest that I wear an "H" cup which is ludicrous! I've seen ppl wear "H" cup bras and my boobs are nowhere near that big but I do fit DD nicely. - 8/1/2012   12:02:31 AM
  • 2
    This obviously does NOT apply to me (I keep my pecs in SHAPE) but I kept thinking of that episode on Seinfeld (which I hardly watched as I cannot stand it). - 7/31/2012   9:06:26 PM
  • 1
    I find lots and lots of them at yard sale, and most of them have hardly been worn. - 7/31/2012   2:14:36 PM

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