You've found your perfect sports bra (Hooray!), now use our guide below to make sure you really get the most out of it. The last thing you want is your new bra stretching, losing its support, irritating you, damaged technology or changing it’s shape.
How to put your sports bra:
You should do your very best to put your sports bra on in the easiest way possible (sounds obvious but try not to do any short cuts!), that might be undoing all the hooks and loosening the straps. Putting on a sports bra isn’t always the easiest, generally because of the structure and how they provide support, bras can often be rigid and sometimes putting them on and taking them off is just as hard as the work out itself! So do the best you can with this.
Wear your sports bra when you need to. Sometimes sports bras can feel comfier than your lingerie bra so you might choose to wear it more often, if that is the case you should buy an extra one for when you are not exercising.
How and when to wash your sports bra:
Think about what you are putting your sports bra through: sweat, dirt, bacteria and a serious work out! These bras are highly technical and need some TLC after your work outs. You can usually get away with about 3 work outs before you need to wash your sports bra, but the more sweat you produce, the sooner you’ll need to wash it, so keep that in mind.
In an ideal world, hand-wash your sports bra, but when this isn’t possible, you can machine wash on a low spin and a cool temperature so not to damage the technology and structure. Here’s a step by step guide:
> Remove the cups (if possible)
> Clip the bra together to avoid the hooks snagging on anything
> Pop in a lingerie bag to stop the bra from stretching, twisting and catching on anything else
> Use a mild detergent as many bras are treated to enhance their technology, such as moisture wicking or antibacterial, using a mild detergent slows the breakdown of this
> Once finished, reshape the bra and air dry. Dryers can do all sorts of damage as we well know from shrunken jumpers and tight jeans!
Why you need 3 bras on the go:
Having your bras on a cycle will help them last longer. As you wear them, the material and elastic stretches, by giving them a chance to reform back to their original shape, it will keep your sports bra working for longer.
If you look after your sports bra, your sports bra will look after you!
Make sure your sports bra still fits- check out our Fit Guide