Confessions first: Prior to writing this blog, I had never been fitted for a sports bra. I also owned sports bras that were way past their prime.
So…when I got this email last week, I knew it was time to head over to Fleet Feet for a proper bra fitting.
I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated. It’s very personal to let someone measure your bust. Hopefully sharing my experience will show you that it’s no big deal and all women need to be fitted.
Here’s what to expect:
- I let the staff know that I wanted to get fitted.
- I went into a fitting room, removed my shirt and kept my bra on (I wore a current sports bra), and let the staff member know when I was ready to get measured.
- She brought a tape measure into my room, measured around my rib cage and around the largest part of my bust.
- She pulled some bra options for me to try, let me change privately, and once each one was on, adjusted the straps and hooks to insure the proper fit.
The two that worked best for me: I measured 31″ under my breasts which puts me in between sizes. By wearing sports bras with adjustable hooks in the back, I can ensure the correct fit.
1. Scoop your breasts into the cups so they are centered and level.
2. Fabric should be smooth. Wrinkles or puckers indicate the cup is too big.
3. Band should fit more snug than a lingerie bra and lay straight across your back without riding up.
4. The underwire should sit on your rib cage below the breast tissue and follow your natural shape. It shouldn’t poke or pinch and the center panel should lay flat against your breast bone. If it doesn’t, you may need a larger cup.
5. Straps should not slide or dip into your shoulders.
1. Wash it gently. Use the gentle or delicate cycle if you machine wash and be sure to fasten any hooks or straps to avoid snags. Place your sports bra into a lingerie wash bag.
2. Let it hang to air dry. If you must, tumble dry low.
3. Give it a break. Rotate a minimum of three bras: one in the wash, one hanging to dry, and a third ready to wear.
4. Your sports bra should not have a birthday. Replace them ever 6-12 months!
And lastly, I have to include a little sports bra humor!
Have you ever been fitted? Like me, are your bras older than a year old?
Enough with the boobs, tell me about your weekend! Did you race or run long? Our official CMM training run was cancelled due to ice, but I still met up with a smaller group for a 15 miler!
What was the highlight of your weekend? I had a lot of really nice quality time with my husband 🙂