Sports bras – whether it’s for actually working out, for those lazy days around the house, or to wear out as a top under a pair of overalls or an oversized t-shirt every girl needs at least one in her drawer.
If you do plan on wearing your sports bra for exercise – make sure you select one that a) fits properly and b) is designed for the level of impact your breasts will sustain.
According to Fitness Magazine, a good sports bra can cut breast movement down by 53% to 59% (apparently unsupported, the average A cup travels 1.5 inches in each direction while the average D cup can bounce 2 to 3 inches!! Ouch!) which means that the right sports bra can help fight the good fight against saggy boobs.
When it comes to picking your sports bra, keep a couple of things in mind:
- 1. Select a bra with a band that’s as tight as possible (you still need to be able to breath). Most of the bra’s support comes from the band – not the cup so it’s essential that the band is tight. Your bra shouldn’t move when you lift your arms and you shouldn’t be able to pull it more than an inch away from your skin.
- 2. A sports bra with a black clasp (i.e. hook-and-eye-closure) ensures a tighter fit and allows you to tighten the band as the bra stretches out thus providing even more support than it’s pull-on counterpart – vital for larger breasts.
- 4. Compression-style shelf bras are for low to moderate-impact workouts and work better for women with smaller cup sizes.
- 5. If you’re large-chested, opt for a sports bra with individual cups. Much like a ‘regular’ bra, the cups should hold and support your entire breast. If you’re spilling out, select a larger cup size and look for one that comes up higher in the front.
- 6. Racerbacks help to keep the bra tighter to your body and can help provide better support.
- 7. The wider the shoulder strap – the better the weight distribution.
- 8. Also, the less stretch in your straps the better. Stretchier straps can lead to more bouncing.
When in doubt, speak to sales associate/bra fit expert. They’ll make sure you’re well supported. Here are some of my favourite sports bras, all available at Coquitlam Centre.
Enlite Sports Bra
Running never felt so good! This revolutionary bra gives comfort, movement management, and a natural shape. Made from Ultralu™ fabric is soft, smooth and powerfully supportive.
Sizes 32B, C, D, DD and E and 34B, C, D, DD and E . Yeah that's right cup AND band sizes - busty girls rejoice!
Available at lululemon athletica $98*
Time to Sweat Bra
Move freely through any of your workouts in this all-sport bra. Wide straps and two back keyholes keep high-sweat areas ventilated.
Sizes 2 to 12.
Available at lululemon athletica $54*
NIKE Victory Compression Sports Bra
A lightweight sports bra ideal for medium-impact training. This classic racerback design features bonded seams, sweat-wicking and Dri-FIT technology.
Sizes S to L
Available at Hudson's Bay $42*
This sports bra from fit-focused Change Lingerie features adjustable straps and a hook-and-eye closure which means no more struggling to get your bra on (is any one else too exhausted to actually work out after pulling their sports bra on - or is that just me?).
Sizes XS to XL.
Available at Change $89.50*
Calvin Klein Bralette
TBH, this one is really more of a lounging-around-the-house bra than an actual sports bra but with the recent resurgence of Calvin Klein I felt that it belonged on this list. There are also matching panties available if you want to go on full-on CK.
Sizes XS to XL
Available at Below the Belt $35*
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.