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    Hey ladies,

    I'm just wondering how to choose the right size sports bra? I went and bought one yesterday from the Victoria's Secret workout line as they seemed very durable. However, I am usually a 34D, and the associate told me to go with a 32 DD instead, saying the 34D was a little bit too big in the band for a sports bra. I wore it today for the first time, and I swear I felt like I was suffocating when I was running lol. For the rest of the workout it felt fine though. Will it stretch to the right size (am I overthinking things), or should I get a different size? I obviously want to be comfortable, especially when I'm running, and I'm just not sure how to tell if a sports bra fits properly.

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    I always went with what was comfortable from the start regardless of size. Too many brands play with sizing and the sizing on sports bras isn't the same as with regular bras.

    I have never gotten sports gear from VS. The Under Armour sports bras were cheap and durable. I go with "secure but comfortable" especially since if it's too tight it's uncomfortable and I am not going to want to work out in it. It'll just sit in the drawer which defeats the point.
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    Every sports bra size varies, so i think the best bet is to try it in stores and get a comfortable fit. When I try on a sports bra, it helps to do a couple of movements in the fitting room and see if you feel any restraint.
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    While I buy my every day bras at VS, I would not go to them for a sport bra, especially for running and at your cup size. When I was bigger (just C for me), I would go for bra proper brand names that had the whole support thing (like Wonderbra, Warners, Bali, etc) instead of just a compression bra. Helps to go to a lingerie store for that with a lady good at fitting you.

    Now that I am just a 34B (sports will do that to you - lower your bra size), I go with basic compression bras from sport brands. My favorite are Under Armour and Addidas.

    VS (they have them in Canada now? lucky ) is good for pretty things but the construction IMO is not great. At your size, you need higher quality.

    Another trick would be to wear your basic supporting sport bra then wear your cute compression bra/tank on top.

    EDITS: CHAMPION makes very good sport bra with band/cup size. Just had a memory flash, I think that was my first (got fitted and all) real sport bra.
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    Huh. Learned something new. I didn't even know they made sports bras using band/cup sizing. I've only ever seen them with generic small, medium, large sizing.

    I'm small enough (36B) to get away with off-the-shelf compression sports bras. I buy them snug, but not so tight that they're uncomfortable. The idea is to keep the girls in place, not to make you pass out from lack of oxygen! Some of the more endowed women at my gym have to wear two bras to get the necessary support and coverage.

    New Balance and Under Armour are the brands I find the most comfortable. VS is not a brand I would think of going to for sportswear - their area of expertise is aesthetics, not athletics.
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    as already said you need a 'proper' sports bra from a sports manufacturer, not a high street lingerie company. triumph, Freya, shock absorber, moving comfort are all supportive for larger sizes.

    to check fit - you should be able to get no more than one finger under the band, the whole breast tissue should be covered with no bulges, the cups should not be wrinkled and you should be able to get 2 fingers under the shoulder straps.
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    I'm a huge fan of Moving Comfort. Their bras are super comfortable, snug but not tight and tend to hold up well. I bought my first one while I was training for a half marathon and it definitely kept the girls well contained.
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    Old Navy actually has quite good ones if you're on a budget and they accomodate larger sizes... I used their compression stuff when I was a 38DD.

    I've since shrunk to a 34B/C and have a mix of Old Navy (in size M whereas it was XL before), Nike, and UnderArmour compression ones. The UnderArmour ones are amazing as they wick sweat really well and I have no pudge on the back either.

    I've tried the VS ones and honestly they don't work well for high-impact activity (like sprinting... I need my tits well compressed for that so they don't bounce everywhere on the track!), but I could see them working for yoga and the like.
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    I have always used sports bras from Nike and Under Armor. Never have used Victoria Secret sport bras. I would check out a different company as they all will have different fits. Keep trying till you find the perfect one, it's out there somewhere!
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    uhh i hate shopping for those.. They do have a little give if it's kinda tight. I use Champion and i liked those.

    The old navy ones are cheap but the fit is all over the place.
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    I have actually found the advice of the bra people at VS to be pretty spot on, but I also like the girls hoisted up and smashed when I am working out LOL (I run a lot). I have tried a few of their bras and they are all worthless except this one, which actually beats out all other brands I have tried and is the only one I wear now:

    https://www.victoriassecret.com/vict...alogueType=OLS

    I also like that the straps are convertible. Tighter band and bigger cup is usually a good move for most women, sports bra or regular bra. Yes, they will stretch so you want them tight at first.
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    Y'all are making me jealous.........to hold these puppies in place, I purchase mine from Enell at 65.00 US a pop. They are ugly, but they get the job done for me, I need as much support as I can at 38 DDD.
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    Always them on. Every store has different sizing and every person has a different body. It'll probably stretch a bit though and become more comfortable. It should be firm and supportive, but very comfy.
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    I find that over time my sports bras get worn and then they don't support anymore. I usually get one size smaller. I do have to deal with a bit of back fat but then they last me longer. And thats for under armour and Nike. I have a couple VS sports bras that have the actual cup. Actually they work pretty well. They are getting a bit big now due to my boobs are getting smaller. Just picked up some Fila ones from kohls. Hope they work good!
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    I like to buy mine from Dillards. At first they can seem restricting but after a few wears it fits awesome! Chantelle has great sport bras.
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    I stopped wearing regular bras many years ago, so I can't compare the size of the sport bra to them.
    I usually see the sport bra in sizes S, M and L. I go with the one that fits better, I don't like to feel suffocated.
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    Originally Posted by tommygun2 View Post
    Hey ladies,

    I'm just wondering how to choose the right size sports bra? I went and bought one yesterday from the Victoria's Secret workout line as they seemed very durable. However, I am usually a 34D, and the associate told me to go with a 32 DD instead, saying the 34D was a little bit too big in the band for a sports bra. I wore it today for the first time, and I swear I felt like I was suffocating when I was running lol. For the rest of the workout it felt fine though. Will it stretch to the right size (am I overthinking things), or should I get a different size? I obviously want to be comfortable, especially when I'm running, and I'm just not sure how to tell if a sports bra fits properly.

    Thanks!!
    i'm a busty girl too. i wear 2 sports bras and that seems to work. one "high support" and a thinner one underneath which seems to help keep things from bouncing around too much. its especially useful when jumping rope or jogging. not an orthodox method, but it works and buys me time before i have to go shell out another 40 bucks on a bra that won't fit in 2 months. i prefer to strap those puppies down. if i don't any jumping action would hurt.
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    Originally Posted by tommygun2 View Post
    Hey ladies,

    I'm just wondering how to choose the right size sports bra? I went and bought one yesterday from the Victoria's Secret workout line as they seemed very durable. However, I am usually a 34D, and the associate told me to go with a 32 DD instead, saying the 34D was a little bit too big in the band for a sports bra. I wore it today for the first time, and I swear I felt like I was suffocating when I was running lol. For the rest of the workout it felt fine though. Will it stretch to the right size (am I overthinking things), or should I get a different size? I obviously want to be comfortable, especially when I'm running, and I'm just not sure how to tell if a sports bra fits properly.

    Thanks!!
    I always go with a sports branded and size smaller so its more secure - I feel more comfortable this way.
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    I wear a 32GG and have recently found Shefit and will never wear another brand again. They have quite the range in sizes and are super supportive. They don't MOVE during HIIT moves and you don't need to wear two. Before finding Shefit, I would order from Bravissimo in the UK. They had some great ones too, but Shefit takes the cake for me now.
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    I'm in love with Lorna Jane active wear. Their sportsbras can be a bit pricey ($85 each) but they're really comfortable, give great support and are so pretty you want to show them off.
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