Best Sports Bras for Every Size

Want to make your workouts even better? Get a sports bra that'll keep you comfortable, cool, and dry. Here, Maureen Stabnau, senior vice president of merchandising at barenecessities.com, shares tips for finding a perfect-fitting bra, plus our favorite styles.


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What Makes a Good Sports Bra?

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Choose a sports bra that says "Moisture Wicking" on its tag. This lets you know that the fabric will remove sweat from your skin, keeping you cool and dry.

A sports bra with a hook and eye closure offers two big advantages: It adjusts to your size, and it's easier to undo post-workout—no more pulling hot, sweaty bras over your head!

Bras with U-backs, T-backs, and crisscross straps offer the most comfort and will help keep straps from slipping when you're working out.


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How to Find Your Bra Size

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Step 1: Band Size
Wrap a tape measure around yourself under your arms, high on your back, and across the top of your chest. If the figure is an even number, this is your band size. If you get an odd number, add an inch.

Step 2: Cup Size
Wrap the tape measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement; each inch represents a cup size. For example, if your band size is 34 and your bust measures 36 inches, the difference between these figures is two inches, and you'd wear a B-cup.


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How to Make Sure Your Sports Bra Fits

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The bra band provides most of the support, so make sure it rests right beneath your breastbone and stays level all the way around your body.

Check to see if the center gore—the fabric piece that connects two cups—lies firmly against your breastbone. If there's a gap, you may need to go up a cup size.


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Our Favorite Sports Bras

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Soft stretch without seams, wires, or tags—a good choice for smaller chests.

Barely There Flawless Fit Comfy Support Stripe Bra, $24, barelythere.com