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The Best Sports Bras for Big Breasts

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author image Michelle Powell-Smith
With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
The Best Sports Bras for Big Breasts
A young woman wearing a sports bra exercises outside. Photo Credit Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Don't let your curves crash your workout! Banish the bounce, even if you're busty. The right sports bra will help your breasts stay in place, whether you're doing inversions in yoga class, going for a run or hitting a high-intensity training class at the gym. While basic sports bras are easy to find, if you're a D cup or larger, you need a more supportive and sturdier sports bra to prevent pain and discomfort.

Smashing Support

Larger busts and basic pullover style sports bras aren't a good combination. These bras work by compressing, or flattening, the bust. If you're larger busted, compression alone won't provide enough support for your breasts. The alternative to the compression bra is an encapsulation bra. Encapsulation-style sports bras hold each breast in place individually. You'll also find some larger-size sports bras that combine features of both, encapsulating the breasts and compressing them against the chest wall.

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Wonderful Wires

Larger cup size sports bras are available in both underwire and soft cup styles. Both can provide adequate support during a variety of activities. Underwire styles may provide additional support and can provide a better shape under workout tops, though. Softcup styles can be more comfortable for some women but may create a "uniboob," leaving you with a less-desirable shape. If you opt for an underwire, choose one that contains the wire in a padded channel to reduce the risk of discomfort.

Super Straps

Straps vary in size, shape and style. While simple, over-the-head–style bras for smaller sizes often have a crossover or racer back style, this may not provide enough support and is often uncomfortable if you're well endowed. Choose a bra with over-the-shoulder straps for the best support and stability. Wider straps, or even wide, padded straps, are more comfortable than narrower ones. Look for adjustable straps, especially if you're quite tall or petite.

Chic Color

Cute colors aren't just for small-chested women. In fact, there are several color options available for larger cup sizes. Look for supportive styles that come in bright and bold colors to wear on their own or under a revealing workout top. If you decide to keep your sports bra under cover, though, basic black, white or beige will do. However, white and beige may discolor with regular wear and washing. Darker shades keep their color, look better longer and don't show sweat stains.

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