How Do I Know What Size Sports Bra to Buy?

You’ve probably seen the signs in stores: 34B, 36C, 38D. But how do you know what size sports bra to buy? Follow our simple tips, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit!

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A sports bra is a bra that is specifically designed to provide support to women during physical activity. Sports bras are made from a variety of different materials and come in a wide range of sizes and styles.

It is important to choose the right sports bra for your body type and activity level. Wearing the wrong size or type of sports bra can lead to discomfort, pain, and even injury.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for a sports bra:
-Your body type
-The type of physical activity you will be doing
-The fit of the bra
-The support you need

How to Measure Your Band Size

To find your band size, wrap a measuring tape around your chest, just under your arms and directly above your bust. (If you don’t have a flexible tape measure, you can also use a regular ol’ string; just make sure to measure it against a ruler afterwards.) Make sure the tape is level all the way around—if it rides up in the back, that’s usually an indication that it’s too loose. You should be able to comfortably breathe while wearing the band, but it shouldn’t feel too loose or too tight.

Once you have your measurement, round up to the nearest whole number. If you measured 32 inches, for example, your band size is 34. If you get an odd number, that’s okay! Just round up to the next even number. So if you measured 33 inches, you would wear a 34 band.

How to Measure Your Cup Size

To accurately measure your cup size, you will need a soft measuring tape and a well-fitting bra. Make sure to wear a bra that does not have padding or push-up features built in, as this can affect your measurement.

Stand in front of a mirror in your bra. With the measuring tape, start at the center of your chest and bring it around your body to the point where your shoulder and neck meet. This is called the band size. Write down this number

Now take the measuring tape and put it around you so it lay flat on top of your breast tissue (not under your arms like before). The tape should be snug but not too tight, and it should rest horizontally across your chest. Make note of this number, rounding up to the nearest whole number if necessary. This is now your bust size.

To get your cup size, simply subtract your band size from this new measurement. For example: if your band size is 36” and your bust size is 38”, 38-36=2” Therefore, you would be a cup size B.

If the difference is:
1’’ = A cup
2’’ = B cup
3’’ = C cup etcetera

Consult a sizing chart to determine which letter corresponds with which numeric equivalent for bras in different sizes

Sports Bra Sizing Chart

To ensure you’re wearing the right size sports bra, use the following chart to convert your normal bra size into your sports bra size. If you are between sizes, it is always better to choose the larger size.

Sports Bra Sizing Chart

Underwire Sports Bras
Size XS (4) S (6-8) M (10-12) L (14-16) XL (18-20)
Band Size 28 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44
Cup Size A B C D DD/E

Wirefree Sports Bras
Size XS (4) S (6-8) M (10-12) L (14-16) XL (18-20)
Band Size 28 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44
Cup Size A B C D DD/E

How to Choose the Right Sports Bra

Choosing the right sports bra is important for two reasons: comfort and injury prevention. A well-fitting sports bra will minimize breast movement, which can reduce pain and prevent long-term damage to the breast tissue. It will also help you to feel more comfortable during physical activity.

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a sports bra, including size, style, and support. Start by taking your measurements, then use those numbers to select a bra that will fit you well. You should also think about the type of exercise you’ll be doing and how much support you need. For example, if you’re a runner, you’ll need more support than if you’re doing yoga or Pilates. Finally, make sure to try on the bra before you buy it to ensure that it’s comfortable and provides the right amount of support.

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