Fabric Care & Fit Guide
Fabric Care: Love your bras, performance tops and bottoms and they'll love you back
If you want your performance clothes to perform, you need to show them some love. Wash them on a gentle cycle with a gentle detergent (such as Woolite), and pop them in a cool temperature dryer or hang them to dry. Simple, although it does require some attention on your part.
The toughest thing on performance fabric is not your sweat, but rather the use of harsh detergents and a hot dryer, so take a moment to separate your Sturdy Girl items from the rest of your laundry. Show them some love and they will love you back for a long time.
Measuring for size
Sturdy Girl Sports bras are likely to fit the same as your current everyday bra, but you may find that you want to go down or up one size in our bras. There are no industry standards in apparel sizing so getting your right size can be tricky at first. Keep in mind that our bras will feel tighter, at least initially, than your everyday bra because the job they perform is different. They are intended to provide high support while exercising, not for all-day wear like a lingerie bra. And most of us wear our everyday bras on the loose side for comfort.
If you haven't checked your measurements in a while, we encourage you to get measured at your local lingerie shop or a department store. Many stores offer bra measuring as a free service.
If you want to measure at home it will be more accurate if you let someone else do it, but you can also measure yourself if you are careful to keep the measuring tape flat and taut against your skin.
Natural breasts should always be measured while wearing a well-fitting, unpadded everyday bra that provides lift to your breast tissue.
Augmented breasts can be measured with or without wearing a well-fitting, unpadded every day bra.
Why, you ask? Augmented breasts sit very perky and therefore the fullest part of the breast sits where you need to take your cup measurement. Natural breasts will sit lower and therefore need to be lifted and supported in a well-fitting, unpadded bra in order for the fullest part of the breast to sit where the measurement should be taken.
The rib band measurement is one of the most important factors in getting to your right size. The rib band on a Sturdy Girl Sports bra should fit very snugly in order to provide maximum support. You should be able to slip a finger under the band but not much more. Your bra band will stretch over time, so what feels tight initially will not feel as tight in a couple of months depending on usage, of course.
This measuring method below is a common standard.
Measure for band size: Exhale so your rib cage is contracted, measure around your rib cage just under your breasts, making sure the measuring tape lies flat against your skin, that it goes straight across your back and that it is taut but not pinching. Add 5 inches to this measurement to get to your bra band size. If you end up with an odd number, go up to the next even whole number.
Measure for cup size: Measure around the fullest part of your breasts, making sure the measuring tape lies flat against your skin or bra, that it goes straight across your back and that it is taut but not pinching.
Calculate: Take the original rib band measurement (not including the added 5 inches) and subtract it from the cup measurement. This should give you your correct cup size.
4"-5" = B/C cup, order as C cup 6" = D cup 7" = DD cup
We believe this method will put you on the right path. If your self measurement comes out dramatically different than your everyday bra size, something didn't work and you should consider going to a shop to be measured or order based off your current everyday bra size. You are always welcome to email us with questions.