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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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To measure your size it is best to wear an everyday well-fitting non-padded bra and use a fabric / flexible tape to measure in centimetres.

To help you further, brand specific size guidelines have been added to the product images of some of our sports bras.  Please also check these before ordering.

Back Size – Underbust measurement

Your bra back size is determined by your under bust measurement.  Place tape
measure around your body, underneath the bust, in line with the bottom of your bra’s hook & eye.  The tape should be taught but not uncomfortable.

Cup Size – Overbust measurement

Place the tape measure loosely over the fullest part of your breasts (usually over the nipple). This is best done when wearing a bra.  Ensure the tape measure is at the same height across your back as across your bust.

Your back size can be different to your clothing size as it relates to the width of your back and diaphragm.  A lady may wear size 12 clothes and a size 14C bra.

Now look at the Bra Fitting Chart below.  First find your underbust measurement (Back Size) in the left hand column, round up to the nearest cm if required.  Then find the corresponding Australian/NZ size in the grey column.  This determines your back size.

Once you have your back size, follow the row along until you find your cupsize measurement, again round up to the nearest cm if required.  This will determine your cup size.

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

However the correct size can be more accurately determined using your under bust and over bust measurements in the table below.  To understand how to take these measurements please see the explanation above.

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, so we have summarised the individual Brand’s advice in the table below.

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