A bra expert shows us how to choose the right plus-size sports bra
Finding the perfect plus-size sports bra can require a lot of research and patience since you’re looking for both support and comfort. However, bra expert Kimmay Caldwell says that, while there are no one-size-fits-all rules for plus-sized babes, there are a few tips that can make your search a little easier.
First, Caldwell says it’s important to know that with bras, including sports and active bra types, plus-size is typically defined as band sizes 38 and up. Second, she explains that plus-size does not necessarily mean full-busted.
“You can wear a fuller band size and have a smaller cup size,” Caldwell tells HelloGiggles. However, the cup size is relative to the band size, so a G-cup in a smaller band size like 32 would be considered a full bust, while a B-cup in a 42 would be considered a plus-size band, but not a full bust. When selecting the bra of your choice, Caldwell advises selecting a piece that uses bra sizing. In addition, she suggests selecting a sports bra with adjustable straps and band so you can get a customized fit to your body.
It’s also wise to determine the level of physical activity you plan to use the bra for, according to Caldwell. High-impact activities, like running, require firm support and coverage, while low-key activities require less. And if you’re doing something that requires a lot of bending (think yoga), she suggests picking a piece that is wire-free.
Now that you know how to find the perfect plus-size bra, here are 17 pieces that will keep your bust supported during any kind of physical activity.
1Spicy Lingerie Plus Size Seamless Bra
This stylish sports bra keeps you supported while offering a comfortable fit you won’t be able to resist.
2Runderwear Women’s Support Running/Training Bra
Runners will love this running bra, which keeps your bust properly supported without causing chafing.
3The Breast Whisperer Bra
Suitable for low-impact activities, this breathable piece fits nicely under your gym tanks and tops while providing an anti-gravity effect you’ll really be grateful for.
4Torrid Black Longline Sports-Bra
This cooling bra is ideal for long days spent at the gym, and it can also be used as an impromptu crop top when the temperatures begin to rise.
5Brooks Maia Back-Adjustable Medium-Impact Sports Bra
Great for cardio-intensive exercises, this sports bra offers four-way stretch, which enhances mobility.
6Old Navy High-Support Plus-Size Mesh-Racerback Sports Bra
You really can’t go wrong with this affordable sports bra, which provides a comfortable fit, wide shoulder straps, and adjustable sliding tabs.
7Celestial Bodiez Black Sports Bra
This peep-hole sports bra offers support while also letting you show a little skin.
8Parfait Active Sports Bra
This sports bra is great for those who prefer underwire coverage, since it features a wide elastic under band for heavy-duty support.
9Le Mystere High Impact Sports Bra
There’s no denying this sports bra is perfect for running and spin class, as it boasts high-impact support, which guarantees protection from unwanted spillage.
10Olga Easy Does It Wire Free Contour Bra
Pack this wire-free contour bra in your gym bag for your next yoga class. Its all-over stretch fabric keeps your breasts properly in place during low-impact activities.
11Reebok Plus Active High-Speed Bra
Available for a great price, let this machine-washable bra support your bust without breaking your budget in the process.
12Adore Me Eimi Plus
Pair some comfy leggings with this heavy-duty sports bra next time you take a jog, brisk walk, or run.
13Xersion Sports Bra-Plus
Bring a pop of color to your intimates drawer with this plus-size sports bra, which offers a comfortable fit you’ll truly love.
14Ambrielle® Active Cross-Trainer Sports Bra
This stylish sports bra ensures maximum comfort and support with adjustable straps and cooling moisture-wicking fabric.
15Maidenform Custom Lift Underwire Racerback Sports Bra
This underwire bra is ideal for those who want maximum support, as it provides bounce control and shaping support to ensure the perfect fit.
16Knix Catalyst Sports Bra
If you prefer a cross-back style, let this two-toned bra keep you prepped for any kind of workout you have planned.
17Athleta D-DD Hyper Focused Bra In Powervita
Comfortable and durable, this full-coverage bra can do it all.