Sports Bra Sizing Guide


View our entire selection of sports bras in sizes A to DDD.

How do I find the right size bra?

Bra sizes are made up of two components: An even number that represents the band size (32, 34, 36, etc.), and a letter that indicates the cup size (A, B, C, etc.) determined by the size of the breast itself.

There are many competing methods for determining the best bra size to select. What follows is the method with which we have had the most success.

  1. Always measure while wearing your own best fitting bra - This should NOT be a sports bra, but rather a "lingerie" style bra, as you would typically wear underneath a blouse.
  2. To determine the band size:
    Measure snugly around your ribcage, directly under your breasts. Add 3 inches to this measurement. For example, if your ribcage is 31 inches, your band size is 34. If your result is an odd number, go UP to the next band size.. For example, if your rib cage is 32 inches, 32+3=35, round 35 up to a 36 band size.
  3. To determine the cup size:
    Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Subtract the band size from this measurement. Use this number to determine your cup size according to the table below.
Difference 0″ 1″ 2″ 3″ 4″ 5″ 6″
Cup size AA A B C D DD/E DDD/F

Example: if your ribcage measurement is 31, and your bust measurement is 37, your bra size is a 34C: 31+3=34, so 34 is your band size. Since 37-34= 3, you've got a C cup.

NOTE: Enell bras have a different fitting system, but you'll use the same two measurements to determine your best size.

Fitting hints:

  1. If the band size comes out to an uneven number, try the next band size up.
  2. If you are in-between sizes or you are having difficulty finding the correct fit, then try this this method: Go up in cup size and come down in band size OR Go up in band size come down in cup size. For example, if you are wearing a 42D, but it is a little too snug around the band, try moving up to a 44 and down to a C.
  3. If your breasts are two different sizes, try to fit the smaller breast.

Fit Check List:

  • First and foremost: Does the bra feel comfortable?
  • Is the bra snug around your body without being too tight?
  • Do the cups completely contain your breasts?
    • If breasts spill over the top or sides of the cup, the cup is likely too small.
    • If there are gaps or puckering in the cup, the cup is likely too large.
  • Does the back of the bra stay in place? If it rides up, you may need a smaller band size.
  • Does the center of the bra stay flat against your breastbone? If not, the cups may be too small.
  • Do the straps support your breasts without digging into your shoulders? If not, you may need a bra with wider straps, or more structure in the band and cup to relieve pressure on the strap.

Bra Technology

Compression
use of elastic support fabrics to hold breasts closer to the body. Reduces the amount of bounce, but may produce a “uniboob” appearance which some women object to.
Encapsulation
another method of reducing bounce, encapsulation typically uses molded, often semi-rigid cups to contain the breasts. The shape of the cup, and the way it's built into the bra, limits movement of the breasts.

Many bras use a combination of compression and encapsulation to support breasts.

Underwire/frame support system
stiffening components underneath the breast to hold it up and provide shaping. May also contribute to the overall support of the bra.
Straps
support the weight of the breasts by cantilevering it off the shoulders, much like a suspension bridge. Larger breasts require broader, non-stretchy straps.
Closures
Many A/B bras are designed to pull over the breasts. When there's a lot of difference between band size and bust size, it's difficult to pull on a bra that's suitably sized in the band, so most C/D/DD bras have a front or rear closure. To prevent chafing, the closure should be covered so that it's invisible to the skin.

Product Suggestions


Light support bras:

Coverage, compression, and some bounce control for A/B cups. Good choices for cycling, yoga, low to medium-impact sports.

Handful Sports Bra

You're a handful. They're a handful (give or take). You'll love this bra. It has removable pads that can round out your look and prevent see-through.

Ibex Seamless Wool Sports Bra

Ibex’s Balance Sport Bra really is an amazing piece, marrying the softest Merino wool with wide straps and seamless construction. For moderate activities, this comfy bra is a perfect choice for a cool weather bike ride.

CRAFT High Vent A/B Bra

The High Vent Cool Bra is super cooling when optimal comfort, support, and excellent moisture transfer are a top priority.

HF_650_0
IB_340_0
CR_1900723

Moderate support bras:

Compression and/or encapsulation, good choices for running bras for A/B cups. C cups may choose these bras for low to medium impact sports, but may prefer a more supportive bra for high impact activities like running.

Sugoi Jackie Power Bra

Comfort, adjustability and support are what you get when you team up with the Jackie Power Bra. Features include foam lined cups, adjustable straps, and strategic mesh paneling for breathability and comfort.

Moving Comfort Vixen C/D Bra

Moving Comfort’s Vixen bra enhances your shape, and works well both with and without a workout top. There’s a moderate contour of the cups, but aside from the flattering piping there are no seams.

CW-X VersatX Support Bra

Balancing comfort and support with adjustability in a flattering silhouette with the patented CW-X 5-point Targeted Support Web

SU_10063F
MC_300291
CW_165104

High support bras:

Compression and/or encapsulation, running and exercising bras for C/D/DD/E cups. These bras typically have special features that make them desirable for full-chested women.

CW-X 2011 Xtra Support Bra II B/C to DD

Xtra support for your xtra efforts with a new, back "hook and clasp" closure system. Moisture-wicking, breathability, and support are just three of this bra’s numerous benefits.

Shock Absorber Run Sports Bra A to F Cup

Shock Absorber's Run Sports Bra has been developed to provide support, fashion, and friction-free comfort during running, so you can focus on your performance.

Moving Comfort Juno Bra, B to DD Cup

As seen in Oprah Magazine, this powerhouse bra has it all. Contoured, molded cups and wide adjustable straps are made to flatter. Drawing performance and comfort features from all over the Moving Comfort line, this is an amazing bra for high impact activities.

CW_165102N
SZ_B5044
MC_350025_1