Beat the bounce with our sports bra style guide

what is a sports bra?

A sports bra is a bra that offers all the support you’re looking for when you’re exercising. Different sports bras are great for different activities with different levels of support, from low impact sports like yoga to high impact exercise like running.

All our sports bras are designed especially for those of us blessed with bigger boobs, so whether you’re stretching into downward dog or training for a marathon, we’re here to support you!

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How should a sports bra fit?

Lots of people find that sports bras can sometimes fit quite differently to your regular bra. Sports bras are designed to hold your boobs close to your chest so that there’s minimal movement when you’re exercising. This means the underband can feel a little tighter than a regular bra - but your sports bra should still feel comfortable enough to wear all day (if you want to!).

Sports bras tend to have a wider back band, thicker straps and more coverage than a regular bra to keep it feeling comfortable and so that there’s extra support and comfort while you’re exercising. The fabric used for sports bras has minimal stretch to reduce jiggle, and some sports bras have quick-drying fabric so that it draws any moisture away from you.

If you’re trying on a sports bra and want to make sure it’s “the one”, why not try the ‘Jump Test’! Have a jump around, a bit of a wiggle, do some high knees or downward dogs and make sure that you can beat the bounce and go for it! This works whether you’re at home, or in one of our fitting rooms – some of our fitters might even join in!

How to choose a sports bra?

Choosing the right sports bra for you depends on what you’ll be doing when you wear it. There are options for high impact and low impact sports and, as with all bras, what fits and feels good for one person may be different to what someone else needs. So, how do you choose a sports bra? There are a few things you can look out for when choosing the right sports bra for you.

What sports will you be doing?

Think about what activities you’ll be doing and the impact it’ll have on your boobs. A high impact sports bra such as the Inspire sports bra is a good choice for running as your boobs are held firmly to your chest to minimise any jiggle. If you’ll be doing yoga, you could try a sports bra like the Royce Impact Free Sports bra which offers lighter support, so that you feel comfy and free to breath as you stretch.

What sports bra is best for high impact sports?

Bravissimo girls can do high impact sports, too – we just need support! High impact sports like running or horse-riding can cause a lot of bounce, so choosing a compression sports bra like the Freya Dynamic sports bra is essential to keep everything in place - beat the bounce and go for it!

Getting fit? Get fitted!

We're here to help you find a great-fitting sports bra so you can beat the bounce and go for it!

We know that sports bras can fit a little differently to regular bras so we're here to help you find a style and size that will work well for you. Our friendly fitters know lots about the different sports bras we offer - whether it's for a yoga class or a marathon we've got you covered!

You can call us on 1 877 826 3857 (we’re open 7 days a week), chat to us via Live Chat or pop into our New York store – there’s no need to book!

Types of sports bra

Different sports bras suit different people, as well as different activities. Our collection includes lots of different types of sports bras , so you can choose a style that feels comfortable and secure as well as supportive - no activity is off limits!

Guide:Underwire

Wires give a sports bra structure, so you may feel more secure, particularly if you’re used to wearing underwired bras every day. An underwired style will also give a more defined and separated shape compared to non-wired styles.

Guide:Non-wired

If you prefer non-wired styles, we’ve got you covered. Non-wired sports bras tend to be made from firmer fabric with minimal stretch and they work on the basis of compression, which reduces the jiggle while you run, jump or dance!

Guide:Racerback

Lots of Bravissimo girls find that racerback styles feel more secure. Some of the standard styles we offer also have a clip on the straps, which enables you to make it into a racerback if you’d prefer to.

Guide:Looking for support when swimming?

All of our swimwear is bra sized so will offer all the support Bravissimo girls look for. There are both underwired and non-wired sports swimsuit options, so you can choose which you’d prefer!