According to Champion’s chief scientific advisor, LaJean Lawson Ph.D. found that around 60 to 70 percent of women are actually wearing the wrong size when it comes to sports bras. I would say that’s a pretty high number of girls wearing the wrong size. So, how can you find that perfect sports bra? We all are built differently and enjoy different types of workouts, so what works for you may not work for someone else. I am not a bra expert, but I have been on the hunt for the perfect bra and I think I finally have the right tools to do so.
- The first step in finding the right sports bra is to try and be realistic about your body. Being honest with yourself really helps to find the right bra size and prevents you from wasting your time and money on an uncomfortable bra! Next, make sure that nothing can slip out by lifting your arms up and seeing if anything tries to escape. If that’s the case, then it may be a good idea to downsize or upsize depending on the size of your ‘girls’
- Another tip would be to check your straps! If the back of the sports bra is higher than the front of the bra then you straps may be a little too tight. You want your sports bra to support you no matter what activity you are doing, so the sizing and functionality of the bra is extremely important.
- The last tip is to keep in mind and look to see if there are any wrinkles or gaps in the fabric of the bra because it may be another clue to size down.
Make your bra work for you and not the other way around!
While sizing is important it’s also a good idea to think about what you’ll actually be doing. Each sport and activity require a different range of motion so it can vary even more from person to person. Here are a couple examples of the types of sports bras that may work best with the following activities.
Yoga or Pilates: With the constant stretching and changes in body positions, its best to have a sports bra that prevents your straps from falling constantly. Try a racerback shape that is stretchy and flexible.
Sports: Whether it be volleyball, field hockey, basketball, or tennis, you’ll want a sports bra that doesn’t seem to ride up every time you lift your arms up. With that, look for a bra with adjustable straps and a rib band to help prevent your sports bra from moving around.
Walking, Running, and Hiking: Chafing can be an issue with distance running because you are constantly moving your body back and forth with each step. To prevent this, it may be a good idea to avoid sports bras with any cups or rib bands, but you may also need some support as well when it comes to running. So, it may be a little difficult to find that perfect sports bra when it comes to high-impact activities like running.
Keeping ‘the girls’ in place never seems to be an easy task. It helps to have some idea of what to look for when you are shopping around for a new sports bra. Who doesn’t want cute bras? But, it may be a better idea to have a practical sports bra in the long run. Just be realistic about your size and what you’ll actually be doing, and you may end up finding that perfect sports bra.