Is Sports Bra Size Same as an Everyday Bra?

Is sports bra size the same as regular bra size?

Is sports bra size the same as regular bra size?

Yes. Sports bra sizes are nearly identical to regular bra sizes. They come in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizing whereas regular bra sizes are measured as band size and cup size.

Unlike your everyday bra, a sports bra will be snugger to minimize breast movement. They also compress the breasts against the wall of your chest. The primary function of a sports bra is to keep your breasts from moving or wiggling while you’re running, jumping, or jogging. The focus of a sports bra is to support, wick away sweat, and minimize movement. A well-fitted sports bra should feel tighter than a regular bra while still keeping you comfortable.

On the other hand, a regular bra has a different function. It enhances the shape of your breasts and gives you an extra oomph and cleavage. The focus of a regular bra is to provide comfort, style, and support under any kind of clothing.

How to Measure Sports Bra Size?

Step 1: Bust size – Measurement around your bust at its widest point.

Step 2: Under-band size –   Take a tape measure around the rib cage under the bust without any gaps.

Step 3: Use the Shyaway size chart to find your size.

You should buy the L sports bra size if your bust size according to the Shyaway size chart is 93 cm and your band size is 81 cm.

Confused about choosing the right sports bra based on activity and cup size?

Here’s a Quick Guide to Choose Sports Bra According to the Activity/Cup Size

ActivityCup Size Style SupportDescription
Walking, Yoga, Meditation, Strength Building ExercisesA/B/C/DCompression BraLow SupportNarrow straps and bands with or without adjustments will work
Hiking, Skiing, CyclingA/BEncapsulationLow to Medium SupportWider bands and straps
C to DDEncapsulation and CompressionMedium SupportAdjustable bands and straps for proper fit
Running, Jogging, Biking, High-Intensity workoutA/B/CEncapsulationMedium to High SupportHolds each breast separately to reduce bounce and side movements
D and LargerEncapsulation and CompressionHigh SupportIndividual breasts are supported while compressed against the chest wall


So, what next?

After you choose the right sports bra style, you need to ensure it fits correctly.

Sports Bra Fitting Check List

  1. Does the band fit right?

A wider band provides more support. Hook or zip closures allow flexibility and comfort.

  1. Does the strap fit right?

Straps shouldn’t dig into your skin. Wider straps disperse weight and are often more comfortable than narrower ones.

  1. Does the cup fit right?

Your breasts should fill the cups and be centered. No wrinkles or gaps should be present in the fabric.

  1. Test the fit.

Just run/jump and ensure there’s no too much up or down or side-to-side movement.

You are all set now!

For more information on sports bra styles, types, and designs, read our sports bra guide.

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