Consultation

(Choosing the Right Bra)

When choosing a bra, consider the size of your breasts. If you’re an A or B cup, you may need less support, while larger cup sizes require more support. Wide bands tend to be more supportive than narrow bands. Consider compression—shelf-style bras work best for smaller cup sizes or lower impact workouts —Encapsulation sports bras with individual cups work better for larger-breasted women. Select your style—racerback or wide straps—depending again on your cup size and activity impact level. Finally, choose your style—pullover or clasp.

Measurement

(A Good Fit)

Give your girls the support they need. The band of your sports bra should be snug around your rib cage, but not restrictive. A good test is to see if you can fit two fingers between your body and the band. You should get two fingers in comfortably, but not more. Shoulder straps should feel secure and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement. On the middle clasp, your bra should be snug and lie evenly. If it rides up, it is too loose. For the cups, your breasts should fit snugly inside without any spillage out the top or sides. For bras with underwire, make sure the wire sits flat against your body.

Long-Term Success

(Replacing Your Bras)

After finding the right sports bra—one that doesn’t pinch or itch but holds you in place—it can be hard to let it go! Don’t hang on too tight though, as sports bras don’t last forever. The rough rule of thumb is that a sports bra should be replaced every six to twelve months, of course depending on how much you’ve worn and washed it. Try putting your bra to the test by stretching it when it’s off your body. If it springs without any resistance, it’s time for a new bra.