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Caring for Your Sports Bra

Just like your sports bra takes care of you, you can return the favour and take care of it too!  Taking the time to care for your sports bras will help extend their life and keep you and your bras in top condition.

However it is important to remember that wearing a worn out sports bra can lead to breast pain and ligament damage.  To help you stay comfortable and supported while you exercise we recommend replacing your sports bra every 6-8 months depending on use.

Washing your Sports Bra

If you sweat a lot during your workout it is advisable to take off your bra as soon as possible and give it a quick rinse to remove some of the sweat and bacteria that can cause the fibres to break down.

It’s ideal to wash your bra every time you wear it, but this varies on how intense your workout was. When you are ready to wash your sports bra, ideally hand wash it in cool water with a mild detergent.  Washing in hot water can damage fabrics affecting the integrity of your bra. Avoid using fabric softeners because these can actually coat the fabric of the bra, keeping them from wicking away sweat as you work out.

A great option is to take your sports bra in the shower with you after your workout.  This will help wash away sweat and body oil, plus save you time.  Frequent rinsing will help cut back on the frequency you need to hand wash your bra.

Some non wired bras can be machine wased, ensure the clips are fastened and use a garment bag to prevent damage.  Wash on a cool cycle selecting the most delicate washing cycle and do not add any fabric softener.

Never bleach your sports bra.  Always check the care label for specific washing advice.

Drying your Sports Bra

The best option is to dry your sports bra flat in the shade.  A good option is on a towel.   If you do opt to line dry it’s better to hang from the centre of a cupped sports bra, or by the base of a crop top style, rather than the straps.  This prevents the straps getting stretched out by the wet sports bra pulling downwards.  Avoid pegs as they can damage delicate fabrics. Avoid drying in full sunlight as this can cause fading and the breaking down of fibres.

If you have washed your bra in the shower, hang it over the shower rod or tap from the centre of the bra cups and leave to dry.

Do not tumble dry as the elasticity and fibres will deteriorate with heat altering the integrity of your bra. Shrinking of the fabrics can also occur which can cause your sports bras to become misshapen, not to mention alter the fit and comfort of the bra.

Never iron or dry clean your sports bra.

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Determine Your Size With Our Bra Size Calculator

1. Underbust Size

2. Overbust Size

Measuring Your Underbust

Stand straight with your arms hanging casually by your side; if you can get a friend to measure you around your chest, directly under your bust.

Ideally, measure yourself while you are not wearing a bra, or if you are wearing one, be careful not to sit the tape over any part of your bra.  The tape should sit directly under your breasts (where your bra band would normally sit), should be horizontal all the way around and be as tight as possible without being uncomfortable (exactly like your bra’s underband).  This measurement is your Underbust.

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Measuring Your Overbust

Still standing straight measure horizontally around the fullest part of your bust (usually over the nipples).  This is best done while you’re wearing a good fitting bra.  The tape should not be to tight resting lightly on your body. Make sure the tape is straight across your back and is parallel to the floor.  This measurement is your Overbust.

Finding Your Perfect Fit

Finding your correct Australian Bra Size is as easy as 1, 2, 3. One; follow the instructions below to find your underbust and overbust size. Two; slide the bars to your correct size position to discover your recommended size. Three; start shopping!

  1. Underbust Size; measure around your chest, directly below your bust. Read more below.
  2. Overbust size; measure around the fullest part of your breasts. Read more below.

Crop Tops

Crop tops can fit differently to cupped bras.  Generally speaking they are more similar to women’s clothing sizes.

XS = 8    S = 10   M = 12   L = 14   XL = 16    XXL = 18

Sports Bras Direct recommends crop tops for cup sizes A-D only. You must also check the specific style of crop top suits the level of impact you require.  Breasts that are bigger than a D cup require more specific support from a cup size sports bra.

Each Brand has a slight variation in their actual measurement guidelines for crop tops. Please check brand specific sizing below to establish the best size crop to suit you.

If you are still unsure we would love to help you, please get in touch with our support team via live chat.

Brand Specific Sizing

Abi and Joseph

Anita Active

Brooks Moving Comfort Collection

Cadenshae

Champion

Lorna Jane

New Balance

Royce Lingerie

Shock Absorber