You'd think finding a sports bra that fits you would be an easy task. I mean, there are only so many different sizes to choose from, compared to regular bras. But you'd be surprised at how many women don't know what to look for when shopping for one. Before we dive into specifics, a Lululemon educator shared with POPSUGAR a simple way to tell whether you should size up: "If the straps in the back and the cups in the front feel like they are cutting off movement, it's definitely too small." Additionally, your sports bra "should fit slightly tighter than a regular bra, but you should be able to breathe deeply and comfortably," according to REI.
Signs Your Sports Bra Is Too Tight
- If your breathing feels constricted: Your sports bra may feel great at first, but you may not realize how small it is until later in the day. Make sure your chest continues to feel comfortable a couple hours into wearing.
- If your bra is chafing your skin: Any signs of chafing around your shoulder straps or armholes are a good indicator that you're wearing the wrong size. It's important to feel supported, but above all, comfortable.
- If you can't fit two fingers underneath the strap: REI suggests testing the fit by putting two fingers between the straps and your shoulder. If you're not able to, it's too tight.
- If your breasts are spilling out of the cups: A clear sign that you've got the wrong fit on is whether or not there's full coverage.
Signs Your Sports Bra Is Too Loose
- If the cups pucker: If you see dents in the fabric of your sports bra cups, try sizing down or finding a different style that better fits your body type.
- If the band rides up: Try the overhead test. If your sports bra doesn't stay put when you raise your arms, consider that it will only do the same during a workout.
- If there's too much movement when you jump: Jog and jump in place to test the fit. If your breasts don't feel secure, try a size down.
Another important thing to consider when purchasing sports bras and activewear in general is making sure you're buying for the appropriate activity. For example, the sports bra you wear for a high-impact workout like running may not be necessary for a low-impact workout such as weightlifting where less movement is involved.