A good quality and well-fitting sports bra is a must-have for every fitness routine, but finding the right one can be tricky — particularly when there are a huge range of choices available. To help you find the support that fits the bill, here’s a checklist to keep in mind when you go on the hunt for your next sports bra.
1. Straps: Pick straps that are stretchy enough to enable easy movement while staying snug, and make sure that they’re not digging into your flesh as this will be uncomfortable when working out.
2. Band: This is essential for your comfort and support as your ribcage needs to expand as your breathing gets heavier and deeper with the intensity of your workout. A well-fitting band should not dig into your skin and has room to be pulled an inch or so away from your back.
3. Cups: Pick the right cup size so there’s complete support, to avoid the tell-tale signs of spillage, or the uncomfortable situation of constraint.
Now that you’ve covered the basics, here are some styles to consider:
GO BASIC IN BLACK
A classic silhouette, the basic black sports bra with its wide straps is a must-have in every sports wardrobe. Easy to pair with any top as black goes with pretty much everything, the bra’s understated design keeps you well-supported at all times.
GET EDGY IN PRINTS
A great way to add a fun layer to any sports ensemble, the printed number will add a stylish spin to your gym look, while staying snug and supportive. Take your pick from a wide-strapped or thin-strapped version and pair it up with your favourite coloured top.
BE SPORTY-CHIC IN THIN STRAPS
Instead of chunky straps, go for a thin-strapped version and choose to dress it up with an off-the-shoulder or boat neck workout top. This is best suited to an A or B cup as most thin-strapped sports bras don’t come with much padded support.
GO FUSS-FREE IN A TANK TOP
For the ladies that prefer to do away with the layers and go lightweight with their workout gear, a tank top with built-in cups is the best option. Coming in various colours, prints and strap styles, the tank with built-in bra needs to be fitted properly so you can get the support you require.
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