BOD Y ByOliviaManno
Sports bras might seem like a grab-n-go kind of garment: As long as it’s tight, it fits,
right? Not quite. According to Lori Kaplan, owner of NYC-based Bra*Tenders, “ 9 out of 10 women are still wearing the
wrong bra size.” We spoke with Kaplan for some expert advice on what to look for in a sports bra—and why.
Breaking down the basics of a super-supportive sports bra
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A Bra’s Life LORI KAPLAN, OWNER OF BRA*TENDERS IN NYC, SHARES HER PRO TIPS ON PROLONGING THE LIFE OF YOUR SPORTS BRA.
If you sweat a lot while wearing your
bra, wash it after each wear so the
sweat doesn’t break down the bra
fibers. For moderate activity, only
wash the bra every two or so wears.
Like pointe shoes, keep a few
bras in rotation so you aren’t
relying on only one to get you
through a busy weekly dance
Keep in mind that the average
lifespan of a sports bra is six months
to a year with normal wear and tear.
If you’re past that time frame, it
might be time to buy a new one!
Sports bras and sweat
go hand in hand, which
is why a moisture-
wicking fabric is key.
“This will ensure the skin
stays dry and doesn’t
chafe or develop a rash,
especially under the bust,”
Kaplan says. Moisture-
wicking fabrics will also
greatly prolong the life
of your bra.
Contrary to popular belief, “a
Kaplan also suggests looking for
sports bra’s support comes
primarily from the band around
the rib cage, not from the straps,”
Kaplan says. Make sure your
band fits properly with a simple
test: There should be enough
room for two fingers to easily slip
beneath the band, but no more.
bras with adjustable straps, as
the elastic stretches and relaxes
Cups are key if you want your top half to feel
secure during long rehearsals or classes.
“Cup-sized bras reduce movement, stress and
However, if your costume calls for a basic design
strain on breast tissue,” Kaplan says. Regardless
of how small or large your chest, Kaplan
recommends that everyone purchase a cupped
sports bra. “This will eliminate bounce and
maximize motion control,” she says.
without cups (also known as a “compression” bra),
“it should have adjustable straps, and should be
snug enough while still passing the two-finger rule.”