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Do Small Breasts Still Need Support?

If your bust is smaller than the norm, you’ve probably heard the same comments over and over again – ‘I wish my boobs didn’t hurt when I run’ or ‘you’re lucky you don’t have to buy sports bras!’ But these statements only mean one thing. That is that even though these women are wearing a sports bra. It is not giving them the support they need.

Don’t make this same mistake. The fact is, even an A cup will bounce anywhere from 2-4cm if unsupported while performing high impact sports or activities. So, make sure you pick the proper sports bra size and type when you buy a pair (and yes, you absolutely need one). But before we teach you how to shop for bras for small busts, here are some things that women with small chests should know:

  1. Yes, Your Girls Need Support

You need to support your A and B cups. Smaller busts do not usually cause back pain but they still bounce with every step you take. And those steps can add up, 10,000 a day!

If you don’t wear a sports bra, this can make your breasts sag over time. A few words of wisdom: wearing a bra as a small-chested woman is not so much for now, but for later in life. You don’t want the girls sagging earlier than the natural order of things dictate. However, if you prefer to not wear a bra, that is your choice too.

  1. Band Fit Is Very Important

The firmness of the band is very important. The band should be on the loosest hook, so it sits level on your back. As the band stretches, you can move to tighter hooks.

All women want comfort. And a firm fitting band is the first step to achieving comfort. Think firm but not too tight. You still need to be able to breathe!

  1. Your Cup Size Will Always Change

Different brands have different size measurements, and our bodies change over time, so it’s not a good idea to always buy a new bra without checking your size. It is a good idea to measure and check you size every time you make a bra purchase to ensure the best fit for you.

Also consider buying separate bras for that time of the month. A time when your breasts can be more pronounced and tender. Make sure you prioritise comfort.

  1. Padding is Optional

The only practical reason to use padding is to maintain modesty in the colder months. That said if you like a little padding to achieve a smooth look or a larger bust size then go ahead.

There is nothing wrong with feeling good while you work out. Anything that improves your confidence is a good thing. So go for it!

  1. You Will Need Several Sports Bras

You might find a bra that works for you, and you wear it all the time. This is bad for you and your bra. It’s always a good option to consider 3 sports bras as a minimum that you rotate.

I like to say wear one, one in the wash and one in the drawer. This gives your bras some time off for relaxation and the elasticity on the band to get some rest. Even sports bras need recovery time so it’s fresh for your next wear!

If you don’t sweat much and are almost always in an airconditioned room when you work out. Consider wearing your bra two or three times before you wash them to extend their lives.

  1. You Will Always Get the Final Say

We cannot stress this enough. Sports Bras should be fun, not just functional. It should also be comfortable, because no one wants to be adjusting a bra all day. At the end of the day, you get to decide which sports bra you want. As long as you feel comfortable and confident, then we say go for it!

Now that you have all this information, here are some buying tips when it comes to sports bras for small breasts:

Do Smaller Breasts Still Need Support?

Check the Material

When choosing the best bras for small busts, it’s important to pay attention to the material. You want something that is going to wick away sweat and keep you cool, but also provide support. As much as possible, it should be adjustable in case you have to tighten it a little bit more. Additionally, make sure that the fabric will not shrink. If the smallest size you can get fits you just right, if it gets any bigger or smaller, that means you’re going to have to replace it again.

A slender frame and smaller bust does not mean you won’t sweat or sweat less than other women. So, make sure your sports bra is made with a fabric that will allow air to circulate. You don’t want to end up feeling hot and icky. Look for materials like mesh or cotton that will help keep you cool. Sports bra padding is also an option, but it’s up to you if you find it necessary.

Finally, you want a fabric that will provide support without being too constricting. Look for materials like Lycra or Elastane that will hold you in without squishing you flat. Sports bras are an important piece of workout gear, so it’s worth taking the time to find one that’s made from quality materials. Keep these things in mind and you’ll be sure to find a bra that’s perfect for your needs.

Pick the Right Type

There are three types of bras that are good for working out. Compression sports bras are generally designed for smaller cup sizes (A-D) or for low- to moderate-impact workouts. These work by ‘compressing’ your breasts against your chest.

Bras with individual cups (encapsulation sports bras) work by encapsulating or holding each breast individually and are generally offer higher support.

Compression and encapsulation sports bras offer a combination of the two.

The type you choose depends on you size and it’s intended use. If you are just wearing the bra walking or to your yoga class, consider a compression style. If you are after higher support, go encapsulation.

Pay Attention to the Straps

Racerback sports bras have straps that ‘cinch’ at the back. Pulling them away from the edge of your shoulders. Many women find these styles provide more support.

Wide straps help distribute weight better than thin straps. As such are often designed into sports bras for larger chested women. Look for straps that are firstly comfortable. As a bonus consider straps that are adjustable and contain padding.

Do Smaller Breasts Still Need Support?

Back-Clasp or Pullover?

Crop top styles typically cover the back more than clasped styles. They lack adjustability and are generally not suited to women with larger busts.

Those with smaller busts find these styles easy and convenient to wear. Just remember they may not be suitable for higher impact activities.

Sports bras with clasp backs offer more adjustability. They let you tighten the band to suit. This can be important as the band is where 80 percent of the bra’s support comes. This is especially vital for higher impact activities where good support is vital.

Check Out Your Underwire Options

Underwired sports bras can sometimes give a nicer appearance because they lift the breasts higher and keep their shape. The wire also helps to contour the natural shape of your breasts.

However, wired sports bras can be less comfortable, especially if you wear them all day long. This discomfort isn’t necessary as there are many great wirefree sports bras out there that offer the support without the wire discomfort.

Get the Perfect Sports Bra Today

When it comes to working out, comfort is key. And nothing’s more comfortable than a well-fitting sports bra. So, whether you’re hitting the treadmill or lifting weights, the right sports bra can make all the difference in your workout.

Check out our website for a wide selection of quality sports bras today.

Yours in support,

Amy x

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