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how to find a sports bra that fits

Looking for a lingerie review or more information on a product before purchasing? You’ve come to the right place.

In this series, we’re sharing our favorite styles (and a few reasons why you’re sure to love them too.)

Parfait Active Sports Bra

Construction

The Parfait Active Sports Bra is a supportive sports bra designed to keep up with your workout. The molded cups, supportive band, and full coverage work together to reduce bounce and provide stability for C to G cup sizes. The seamed cups and hidden underwire contour the bust.

The foam cups are designed to completely encompass your breast tissue without compressing or flattening your breasts. The wide bra band is designed to stay in place – no need to worry about it rolling up. The Parfait Active Sports Bra is constructed in moisture-wicking Coolpass fabric and breathable mesh to keep you cool and comfortable.

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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Black/White

Fit

One of the best features of the Parfait Active Sports Bra involves the straps, which are secured by rings that can be moved to a different slot for the most secure fit. This design feature also means that the bra can be worn regular or with the straps crossed in back. Additionally, it means that the straps won’t fall off your shoulders if you have narrow shoulders.

Another favorite feature to note? The wide band and multi-hook and eye closure feel snug and secure without feeling restricting. With sports bras, the fit of the bra band is crucial and the Parfait Active Sports Bra excels in this area.

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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Infinity Blue

When choosing a size for the Parfait Active Sports Bra (or any sports bra), remember that sports bras typically fit tighter than your regular bras. This is largely due to the fabric choice (you want a fabric with minimal stretch for a medium to high impact sports bra) and purpose (sports bras need to be snug to keep your bust in place during quick and rigorous movements). Depending on your comfort level and tolerance for a snug band, you may prefer your sister size (one size larger in the band and one size smaller in the cup).

The Parfait Active Sports Bra is a bra-sized sports bra. Instead of using XS-4XL sizing, the Parfait Active Sports Bra is designed in bra sizes 34-44C, 30-44D, DD, E, F, FF, G. This means that you can start with the bra size that you’d typically buy and use it as a guide for getting the best fit with this style.

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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Black/White

How to style the Parfait Active Sports Bra

If you don’t like your sports bra showing, the full coverage neckline works perfectly under crewneck tops. It can also be worn on its own with high waisted leggings or under a fitted zip-jacket or pullover top. The full coverage fit ensures that you won’t have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions or breast tissue spilling out of the cups while you’re getting your workout on.

The Parfait Active sports bra is available in three colors: Black/White, Infinity Blue, and Claret Red. All three styles feature contrast coloring (black and white, blue and black, red and black) for a bold look and the same supportive fit.

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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Infinity Blue

Care

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Proper care is crucial if you want your lingerie to last. We recommend washing bras and panties in cold water and avoiding the dryer at all costs. Hand washing lingerie is the gentlest option (as it involves the least amount of agitation), but machine washing on the delicate cycle is also an option if you don’t have time to hand wash. If you do machine wash your bras, be sure to hook them first, separate the colors (bright colors may bleed onto your light-colored bras), and sort them into mesh lingerie bags. Panties should also be sorted by color and placed in separate bags so the bra hooks don’t snag delicate underwear.

To wash, use a gentle detergent or laundry soap designed for lingerie and wash them on a delicates cycle in cold water. Once they’re washed, either hang dry them (drape the center front of the bra over the hanger – don’t hang a wet bra by its straps) or lay them flat to dry (away from sunlight which can cause the colors to fade over time) with the cups facing up.

Lastly, be extra careful when storing your bras. For molded bras, line them up in a drawer with the cups facing up – one bra in front of the other. Unlined bras, bralettes, and non-molded sports bras can be folded in half and stacked on top of each other to save space. Panties can be folded and sorted by color or style in a lingerie drawer.

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One last thing…

Education is a big part of my job as a bra fitter. I feel fortunate to be partnering with Parfait on creating lingerie-related content with the goal of helping readers make educated and empowered shopping decisions. There is so much to bra fitting that we can’t cover in a single blog post, so the goal since the very beginning of the blog has been to tackle it one article at a time.

If you have any questions about any of these products or if you would like us to do a review on one we haven’t done yet, let us know in the comments below.


Related: A 3-Step Guide To Buying The Perfect Sports Bra


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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Black/White

We Highly Recommend

If you’re shopping for new sports bras, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Claret Red

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Parfait Active Sports Bra P5541 in Claret Red

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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