Buying bras can be stressful sometimes. Buying a sports bra can be even more stressful. Here are my tips for making it as easy as possible and for finding the right bra.
Allow plenty of time
If you only have 10 minutes, you probably haven’t allowed yourself enough time for sports bra shopping. If you know what you’re going to buy and it’s literally grab and pay, that’s one thing, but if you are looking for the right fit and the right bra, you need to allow time.
Go to shops with trained fitters
I recommend measuring yourself first as a guideline (you can use my measuring guide), but don’t be afraid to ask for help and a fitting by the experts. They want you to be in the best fit and are there to help. If you don’t agree with their measurement, don’t be afraid to ask how they got there and remember the +4 method is outdated!
Make a list of the sort of sports you do
If you’re a runner, you’re going to want a bra suitable for high impact sport. If you are a yoga addict and don’t really indulge in high impact sport, you may not need something quite as robust.
Remember, like clothes, different bra styles and brands can come up differently. So although you may measure 32D, don’t be surprised if a slightly different size suits you better in some styles. Even the colour of bra can impact how a size fits as the dye can affect the elasticity.
So you’ve tried on a bra, it feels good, it looks like and feels like it fits well. That’s great. Now jump up and down. Do a dance. If you’re in a sports shop, ask if you can have a quick run on the treadmill. If you don’t feel supported, don’t buy it.
Never try on over another bra
Don’t try on a sports bra over another bra. And don’t get measured with a bra on. You won’t get an accurate fit.