How to Ensure a Sports Bra Fits Well?

If you’re shopping online, we recommend viewing the size chart attached to the specific bra that you are interested in to know what size may work for you. Your sports bra should fit slightly snugger than your everyday bra, but you should be able to breathe deeply and comfortably. Here are tips to make sure your sports bra fits, let tell you.

1. Start by fitting the band
The band of the sports bra does most of the work in supporting your breasts so make sure it sits snug around your rib cage (not on breast tissue). For the best fit, you should be able to fit two fingers between your body and the band but not more.

Raise your hands over your head and turn sideways in a mirror. If the band is higher in the back (rides up or isn’t level) or your breasts poke out below, it’s likely too big. Try a smaller band size. If you have a hook-and-loop closure, try a smaller hook.

Tip: Wider bands typically provide more support than narrow ones. Hook-and-loop closures allow greater support and a customized fit.

2. Next, adjust the straps
Your straps should feel secure and comfortable and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement. You should be able to fit two fingers between the straps and your shoulders. If the straps dig into your skin, they’re likely too tight. If the straps slip off your shoulders or you get a lot of bounce, the straps are likely too loose.

Tip: Adjustable straps provide greater support and a customized fit. Wider straps better disperse weight and offer greater comfort than narrower ones. Thinner straps generally provide less support but they’re easier to conceal.

3. Check the cups
Your breasts should be centered and fully contained in the cups. Scoop your breasts into the cups and center them. If you see wrinkles or gaps in the fabric, the cups are likely too big. If your breasts spill outside of the bra, the cups are likely too small—or the style of bra is the wrong cut for your breast type. For the greatest support, your breasts should be completely covered.

4. Test the support
Test the bra's support by jumping or running in place. Your breasts should feel secure and supported. If there’s too much movement up and down or side to side, keep looking for a better-fitting bra.

The search for the right bra can be a daunting one. A good-fitting sports bra minimizes breast movement, prevents excessive bouncing and doesn’t distract you from pursuing your favorite activity. But a bra that doesn’t fit well can be a drag—it can lead to soreness, chafing, pain or even soft tissue damage. For some women, such pain or discomfort can also be a real barrier to exercising. With these tips, you can choose the most suitable sports bra for yourself!