Women tend to wear a bra with smaller cups and larger bands than they really needed while hunting for Sports bras. This is one kind of blunder most women are bound to do. If you can’t get to an expert fitter in your local department store, try online lingerie websites which will guide you on perfect sizing how-tos. Then check out the details below to get the skinny on which options work for you.

What to Do Before Buying a Sports Bra

How do you know that the sports Bras you pulled off the rack will hold up your breasts? Support comes from three points on a sports bra: the straps, the cups, and the band, including the side panels. Test these ways to measure the exactness of the bras by these methods.

Straps : Hold the top of one strap and the center of the corresponding cup, then pull. Whether they’re adjustable or not, the less stretchy the front straps, the more control over the movement they’ll provide.

Straps

Cups : Repeat a similar stretch test by tightening the top and bottom of each cup; the less give, the more control over the movement. Then put on the bra. Whether it’s a compression or an encapsulation style, the cup should hold the whole breast — no spillage. If the cup doesn’t hold the entire breasts without spillage, choose the next larger cup size.

Cups

Band and side panels : Slide a finger under the band between your breasts; you should not be able to pull it more than an inch from your chest. (For an adjustable band style, set the clasp on the first eyelet; if you have to use the last eyelet to get a tight fit, you’re better off with a smaller band.) Next, reach your arms over your head; if the band creeps up, it’s too big. In both cases, pick a smaller size.

Bands

How to Make Your Sports Bra Last

1. Follow these dos and don’ts in washing and caring bras.

2. Wash the bra in cold water with mild detergent.

3. Avoid fabric softener and bleach.

4. Dry it flat or lines dry it. For the dryer, use the cold tumble cycle only. Heat breaks down spandex.

5. Replace the bra if the ends of the spandex fibers start showing or the fabric no longer snaps back into shape. Average lifespan of a Sport bra is considered to be nine to 15 months of regular wear.

Try to find gym bras that come in cup and band sizes rather than just small, medium, or large; they usually fit more precisely. Look for well placed seams and stitching, which help cushion the breast. Own a multitude of sports bras, and when in doubt, choose a higher-impact bra for a lower-impact sport-bra never the other way around.

Fitting

Before buying, jump, swing your arms, and move around. If a bra pokes, rubs, slips, jiggles, constrict your breathing, or bulges, put it back. Also, it should fit on the first hook; as it loses elasticity over time, you’ll need room to tighten it. Rotate your bras and wash them on a regular basis so you can get at least a year’s use out of each one.