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How to find the right sports bra

posted on Monday, 14th March 2016 | find under Tamara, Fashion
The base of your activewear wardrobe? A supportive sports bra. The right fit is imperative to a good workout, so we have asked Sweaty Betty Founder and Creative Director Tamara for her top tips for finding the perfect bra.

how to find the right bra
Left: Raghnild wears the Shanti Padded Bra and Navasana Leggings. Right: Raghnild wears the Infinity Bra and Contour Leggings
1. Expert Advice
With so many different activities available, we understand that finding the right bra for your workout can be a challenge, which is why we offer a personal fitting service in our boutiques and an online bra fitting guide.
2. The right support
Unsurprisingly the same bra that supports you through every vinyasa of your yoga practice won’t suit a long distance run. It is worth researching whether you need a low, medium or high impact bra.
Low Impact

These light support bras are designed for less impactful activities such as yoga and Pilates. Lightweight and super soft, they are so comfortable for workouts where I need less support. For yoga my favourite style is the Brahma Yoga Bra as it so comfortable. Recently for a statement look I have been layering the Shanti Yoga Bra under a sheer vest to show off the beautiful front detailing.
Medium Impact

If you’re a cardio fan then a medium-impact bra is for you to run, cycle and train with just the right amount of support. My current go-to the Upbeat Padded Bra has been updated for SS16 in new spring colours and is so comfortable due to the adjustable straps.

High Impact

A high-impact bra with minimal stretch is vital support for running long distances. Our bestselling Ultra Run Bra ensures everything stays in place. Even if you are a neat double A it is as important to wear a correctly supportive bra as if you are a double D.

3. What to look out for in the fitting room

For the perfect fit

Bras should have a comfortable yet firm fit, if it’s chafing and feels too tight you won’t enjoy your workout.

If you’re a runner compression and encapsulation is vital, so when trying on a bra check if your breasts are held firmly in place and unable to move (yes jump up and down).

Your bra should fit tightly at the underband, this is where the majority of the support comes from. This should feel tighter than an everyday bra.

The right hem, raise your arms when trying on a bra and check no flesh escapes underneath, if you don’t feel supported try going for a smaller band size.

You should have good coverage at the side and top of bust to avoid any sideways or upward movement. Coverage of the sides of the breast tissue is very important to reduce the movement sideways and prevent sagging. 

Soft fabric and comfortable straps, we engineer our bras to feel like a second skin.

What to avoid
Sports bras with very stretchy straps as this will counteract the rest of the bra and allow the bust to move up and down.

Avoid bras made from very stretchy fabric as you want everything held in place.

See Sweaty Betty's full range of sports bras here. If you're ensure on fit or what bra you need try our online fitting guide or visit your local boutique
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