Best Running Sports Bra
Everybody wears them. Well, almost everybody, but what many female runners may not realize about sports bras is that some people put them right up there with running shoes in terms of importance. You see, while you could pull just any bra off the shelf and call yourself Cinderella, it’s not going to do much good if it wasn’t meant for you. Like running shoes, it’s going to make everything a lot more enjoyable if you have the right fit and the right product that matches your need, shape, and activity. Today I’m laying out why it’s important to find a good sports bra, how to go about finding it, and giving you some of my favorite options for all types of #blessed.
Guide to finding the best sports bra for running
Confession: I’m a cheapo at heart. My dad is a financial planner so I grew up with the mindset of save, save, save. This definitely carried over into high school and college where anything designer in my closet would feel awkward and out of place and also in buying inexpensive athletic apparel and wearing my running shoes until they were completely falling apart.
Not much has changed with my everyday wear, but the more I get into running, the more I realize that investing in your gear will only pay off in the long run. It’s a well known fact that finding the right shoes is important, but once you get the right bra, you’ll realize that your chest needs just as much love as your feet.
Important factors to look when buying a sports bra
There’s nothing worse than being out for a long run and feeling like your sports bra is too loose or too tight. Or when you get back race photos where your face and form look great, but your sports bra ruins the entire picture because the girls are looking too wide eyed or saggy.
Here are 4 important factors to think about when buying a sports bra for running:
You want your bra to be all parts supportive, comfortable, breathable, and snug. If one of these things is missing, it throws everything else off. If your bra is supportive and snug, but not comfortable and breathable, your girls may not be going anywhere, but your runs are going to be miserable and good luck breathing. Speciality running stores will actually fit you for sports bras just like they would at Victoria Secret and if you don’t already know your bra size, this can be really helpful to know where to begin with which bras to try on and which probably don’t apply to you.
There are many more features to bras these days than you might realize. They vary in materials, style, cut, and purpose to fit a lot of different needs. If you are picking out a bra for the summer, look for cut outs or breathable mesh. Depending on your bust size, pay attention to different styles like ones that compare to traditional bras, racerbacks, or crossover straps. Women with larger bust may want to look at all the bells and whistles like underwire, traditional clasps, and thick straps, while women who are less endowed may just focus on adjustability and functionality.
You shouldn’t have to be replacing your sports bra all the time. I’ve worked at a running store and in that experience, we always advised women to replace their bra after 6 months, but honestly if you have the right bra that really shouldn’t be the case. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re wearing the same one every day for a year and washing it all the time, it’s going to de condition, but if you have a handful of high quality bras on rotation, you should expect to have them and be in good shape for at least a year if not longer. Look for a bra that seems to be made with high quality material and don’t be afraid to splurge because it’s worth it in the end.
There are two types of female runners out there- women who run in just their sports bras and women who don’t. All vanity aside, it’s important to find a sports bra that fits well and looks good so you’re not spilling out, suffering from uniboob, or feeling self conscious. Regardless of your stance, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your sports bra as if you were to potentially rip off your top mid run out of hot and humid desperation.
Best Running Sports Bra Reviews 2020
Now that you now what to look for in a bra, here are my suggestion based on the top brands and different sizes in the categories of fit, functionality, and style. A “small” in this case would be an A/B cup. A “medium” would be a B/C and a large would be a D+.
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