What is a Sports Bra?

Whether you’re a marathon runner, casual yogi, or just beginning your fitness journey, you need to invest into at least one Sports Bra. They’re one of the only bra styles that is made for every single body shape and size.

This, as well as many other reasons, are why sports bras are one of Hourglass Lingerie’s best-selling bra styles. Continue reading to hear about the amazing sports bra and all it has to offer!


All About Sports Bras

As the name suggests, a Sports Bra is designed to be your best workout buddy ever. They prevent breast movement, chafing, and damage to breast tissue.

They come in lots of different materials, styles, and back designs so you can find one that works perfectly for your unique body. It’s important to prevent excessive jostling and bouncing in the breasts because they are delicate and easily injured.

This is why some women complain of sore breasts after working out! They simply are not wearing an adequate sports bra for the type of movement they are doing.

A great sports bra will be breathable, comfortable, and incredibly supportive.


Who Should Wear Sports Bras?

A wonderful aspect of sports bras is that they are made for ALL women- regardless of size. To unlock this potential, you must be well versed in the styles of sports bras and who they are meant for.

The first style is the compression sports bra, which holds your breasts from moving by pressing them against your chest in place. This style works best for women with smaller breasts, on the A-C cup size.

On the other hand, encapsulation sports bras work a little differently. These bras have specific cups for each breast with supportive assets such as underwire. These bras are more suited for women who wear D cups or larger.

The third style is the encapsulation-compression sports bra which, you guessed it, is a combination of the first two! We recommend these sports bras most frequently because they look and work the best on DD+ bra sizes.

Our favorites at Hourglass Lingerie are the Anita Extreme Control 5527 Heather Grey Sports Bra and the Elomi Energise EL8041 White Underwire Sports Bra.


When Should I Wear?

We think we have made it very clear up to this point that a sports bra is meant for anything involving workout or activity!

However, there are different intensities of sports bras which are better or worse for different activities. Low-intensity sports bras are meant for slower and less bouncy activities such as yoga or walking.

High-intensity sports bras are meant for the polar opposite, very bouncy and rough movement like running or jumping rope. A moderate-intensity sport would be cycling.

Most sports bras come with definition of what type of intensity they are designed for, but you can usually stick by the rule that the more support a bra offers, the higher intensity activity it is designed for.

When Should I Not Wear?

Although sports bras are godsends for sports, that’s really their main and only purpose in our wardrobes.

Wearing a super compressive sports bra for excessive periods of non-workout time could cause soreness or other issues. For a regular bra to wear throughout the day that offers wonderful support, we recommend a Padded Bra.

Or, if you want to get a little fancier and more risqué, we recommend a classic Push Up Bra which enhances cleavage by pushing the breasts up and together.

As for lounging around the house having a lazy day, the Soft Cup Bra will be your best friend.


Sports Bra Sizing

Finding the right size of sports bra is very important. Wearing the wrong size can be super uncomfortable and ruin that amazing workout. You should begin with your typical bra size and adjust from there.

Many women note that sports bras fit a little snugger, but nothing should be too tight or digging into the skin. We recommend taking a deep breath in and filling your lungs while trying on a sports bra. This is because it will mimic what it feels like during an exercise when you’re breathing heavy.

The easiest way to size yourself is to check out our Size Guide and read up on all of our tips and tricks. Or, if you would rather have the perfect fit without the hassle of research, call and schedule you free, personalized fitting with an Hourglass Lingerie fit specialist. We would love to help you and share our admiration for sports bras!


Bra Style Guide

Now that you've learned everything you could ever possibly want to know about Sports Bras, why not learn some more? Our Bra Style Guide is the perfect collection of guides to every bra style on the market. Try something new, explore an old favorite, or step out of your comfort zone!