Sports Bra Guide: Find The Perfect Fit

When it comes to finding the perfect sports bra, it’s all about dressing for the occasion. Just as you wouldn’t wear your everyday sneakers to compete on the court, neither should you wear the same bra.

Regular bras are designed to support your breasts by encapsulation, meaning they often have two separate sections to hold your breasts up separately. These are fine for everyday movements like sitting, standing, or walking, but when you start engaging in more dynamic movements like jogging, running, or jumping, your breasts need more support. This is where sports bras come in. Designed to provide a compression fit, they keep your breasts pressed close to your chest, reducing excess movement and protecting your body from discomfort, soreness, and even serious injury.

With our sports bra guide, we’ll walk you through the different types of sports bras and provide our top recommendations so you can you find the perfect fit and style.

Low-support bras are designed for days when you just need a little extra lift. These lightweight bras still allow natural movement, so they’re perfect for activities like yoga, walking, and weight training. Though they come in sizes to fit everyone from an A-cup to a D-cup, those with larger breasts may find they need a more supportive sports bra even for the low-impact activities mentioned.
Our Top Two Picks: Nike Indy Bra, adidas ALPHASKIN Sports Bra

  • Model wearing the Nike Indy Bra in the all white colorway.
    Perfect for light-impact activities. With removable cups and thin adjustable straps, this Nike sports bra also features a V-neck silhouette for a flattering look.
  • Model wearing adidas ALPHASKIN Sports Bra in the 'Tech Ink' colorway.
    This adidas sports bra features more of a traditional design with an unpadded, light compression fit.

When you increase the energy of your workout, you also need to increase the support level of your sports bra. So next up: medium-support sports bras. With thicker straps and a more compressive fit, these sports bras are great for hiking, training, jogging, and other cardio exercises.

Our Top Two Picks: Nike Pro Swoosh Bra, Under Armour Armour Mid Keyhole Bra

  • Model wearing the Nike Pro Swoosh Bra in the 'Black/White' colorway.
    This is a solid sports bra to keep on hand. Made with Dri-FIT technology to keep you dry, this unpadded, compression sports bra has racerback straps to provide medium support without hindering your movements during workouts.
  • Model wearing the Under Armour Amour Mid Keyhole Bra in the all black colorway.
    Made from Under Armour HeatGear to wick away sweat and keep you cool, this sports bra is another excellent, medium-support option for those in the A-C cup range. It’s an unpadded, compression sports bra with a keyhole in the back to provide additional ventilation.

Just like the previous types, high-support sports bras come in sizes for all breasts; however, if you have a smaller cup size, you may be able to get away without wearing a high-support sports bra even if you’re participating in a high-impact activity. On the other hand, those with a larger cup size (we’re talking D-cup and up) will need a high-support sports bra for most activities.

Many of these sports bras are designed to both encapsulate and compress your breasts for ultimate support. Some of the differences you’ll notice are underwire and hook-and-eye closures. These sports bras are great for athletes competing in activities with intense movements like running, boxing, and dancing.

Our Top Two Picks: adidas Stronger Soft High-Support Bra, Brooks Maia Sports Bra

  • Model wearing the adidas Stronger Soft High-Support Bra in the 'True Pink' colorway.
    High in comfort and support, this adidas sports bra is designed to be customizable so that you can get the exact fit you need. It features hook-and-eye closures, adjustable straps, and the option to switch up the straps to be worn as a regular U-back or crisscrossed.
  • Brooks Maia Bra in the 'Navy' colorway.
    Here’s to no more doubling up on sports bras just to run on the treadmill! This sports bra has adjustable straps as well as adjustable hook-and-eye closures so you can customize the fit. Combining both a compression fit and underwire, this sports bra keeps your breasts secure no matter how intense your workout.

With all your newfound knowledge, you’re ready to find the perfect sports bra, so check out our full selection online! Now next time you take the court for a pick-up game, run around the block, or lift at the gym, you can perform at your best.

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