Say goodbye to boob bounce.

By Braelyn Wood
August 23, 2019
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If you’ve ever let your breast size dictate your workout, you’re not alone. A 2019 study from University of Wollongong in Australia found that the participants with larger breasts typically participated in less physical activity, and less vigorous-intensity exercise, compared to women with smaller cup sizes.

While this shouldn’t be a shocker for anyone who’s ditched burpees and jump squats due to painful boob bouncing, it does validate why it’s so important to find the best sports bras for large breasts. As Joanna Wakefield-Scurr, Ph.D. previously told Shape, a good sports bra will minimize bounce by up to 53 percent (which is pretty significant, considering an unsupported D cup can bounce two to three inches in each direction).  That’s why the well-endowed should be extra-picky when choosing the perfect sports bra for their needs. 

So if you wear anything above a C cup and are on a mission to find the right sports bra for your workouts, there are a few things to keep in mind. Sports bras designed for large breasts should have encapsulated cups that keep your breasts supported and separated. In other words, don't rely on compression alone.

You’ll also want to look for options with wide, cushioned straps that evenly distribute weight without digging into your shoulders. Another fun fact? Most of the support in your bra actually comes from the band. To ensure you have the maximum support possible, it’s a good idea to pick a style with a hook and eye closure to ensure you get the closest fit to your body. 

Of course, plenty of sports bra have all of these features (and more), yet still fail to keep the ladies from moving around. That’s why we scoured customer reviews to find out which sports bras actually give the support and comfort they promise. Here, we’ve collected the 11 best sports bras for large breasts—so your cup size no longer has to dictate your workout.

Best for High-Impact Workouts: Panache Women’s Underwire Sports Bra (28D-40H)

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Designed specifically for larger busts, this high-impact option has built-in cups that mold to your breasts to reduce boob bounce by up to 83 percent. That means you can run, jump, and shimmy in comfort—whether you wear a cup size 28D or 40H. Customize the underwire bra to your style by converting the wide cushioned straps into a racerback, or picking from 21 different patterns or colors. 

The rave review: "I'm actually a 36F, and this bra, you guys. It held me up through spin class where I go HARD. Totally worth it," says one enthusiastic reviewer. "I have the BIGGEST boobs—long and full—and it's incredible. It's a nightmare shopping for sports bras that can take me through high impact. This one did the job perfectly."

Buy It, Panache Women’s Underwire Sports Bra, $32-$75; amazon.com

Best Supportive Sports Bra: Sweaty Betty Victory Sports Bra (30A-38DD)

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A combination of compression and encapsulation guarantees this sports bra offers maximum support for cup sizes up to a DD. The high-quality design features moisture-wicking fabric and mesh panels for much-needed ventilation while you sweat through your workouts, along with supportive straps and padding along the bust. (Plus the flat, even seams prevent chafing.) All you have to worry about is choosing between two chic colors—black or dusty rose.

The rave review: "I’m a 34D, about two years post breastfeeding so need a bit of support as you can imagine! This bra does the trick and actually makes my boobs look perkier, and provides me with all the support I need whilst training," says one reviewer.

Buy It, Sweaty Betty Victory Sports Bra , $70; SweatyBetty.com

Best for Running: Wacoal Women’s Sport Contour Bra (32C-38DDD)

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Between underwire construction and contour cups, this performance bra gives you phenomenal support for high-impact activities like running. Despite the traditional bra shape, the design is actually super breathable and includes mesh fabric around the cooling cups and along the straps, sides, and back. Available up to a cup size G, it even has convertible straps which can be lengthened, shortened, or crossed into a racerback style. 

The rave review: "I am a long-distance runner with over 20 years of running experience. This bra is the 3rd Wacoal bra that I have purchased this year (2 sports, 1 regular)," reports one woman. "I spent hours at the department store trying on dozens and dozens of daily bras, and sports-bras from other high-end brands. I decided to stick with Wacoal. Their bras fit well, are comfortable, and support, support, support, support! I am looking forward to my next half-marathon!"

Buy It, Wacoal Women’s Sport Contour Bra, $50-$89; amazon.com

Best Racerback: SYROKAN High Impact Wirefree Sports Bra (32A-40E)

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If you’re worried about excess pressure along your shoulders, this racerback design is your best bet for support without the added weight on your shoulders. Not only are the cushioned straps wide enough to prevent unwanted digging into your skin, but the racerback design also helps evenly distribute weight. Despite a lightweight, breathable fabric, you’ll still feel secured and covered with padded, full-coverage cups that come available in sizes A to E. 

The rave review: "Best bra ever! This is my favorite bra in the history of EVER. The absolute perfect bra, I'd give it 100 stars if I could," says one reviewer. "It is a sturdy compression bra, so be prepared, it does sort-of "squish" the breasts flat... but I appreciate that because there is zero bounce. The bra stays put, no slipping, sliding, or riding-up... no matter how you stretch."

Buy It, SYROKAN High Impact Wirefree Sports Bra, $20; amazon.com

Best Plus Size: GODDESS Mid-Impact Wire-Free Sports Bra (34C-48H)

Bare Necessities

Unlike most other bras which stick to standard sizes, this ultra-soft option goes up to a band size 48 and a cup size H. A compression fit holds down your breasts and reduces movement, making this the perfect choice for medium-impact workouts like cycling or the elliptical. Despite the lack of underwire, you can still expect full comfort between padded shoulder straps, a stretchy underband that minimizes rubbing, and anti-bacterial cup liners. 

The rave review: "I've never worn just one sports bra when working out before. I tried a few other styles before getting to this one, but goodness! IT'S AMAZING. I have 2, I've had them for over a year and they're still working fine," says one shopper. "I really didn't expect it to be as supportive as it is—I mean, look at how thin those back straps are! Would totally recommend."

Buy It, GODDESS Mid-Impact Wire-Free Sports Bra, $56; barenecessities.com

Best for DD Cups: Champion Women’s Spot Comfort Full-Support Sport Bra (34D-42DDD)

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If you’re a cup size DD, then finding the right bra is all about support—but not at the cost of comfort. Luckily, this Amazon best-seller (which is only available in cup sizes C to DDD), is focused on just that. The adjustable straps are infused with gel to stop uncomfortable digging, while soft, molded cups give your boobs an extra boost of support. 

The rave review: "This has become my favorite and only sports bra I will wear. As a DD girl, I need a sports bra to keep the "girls" from flying around and hitting me in the face. This pretty much accomplishes the task," one loyal fan says. "The fit is comfortable (hey, comfort is in the name what do you expect.) The colors are attractive enough and provide good coverage (so) that you do not need to cover up with a shirt to work out in public."

Buy It, Champion Women’s Spot Comfort Full-Support Sport Bra, $15-$65; amazon.com

Best Wireless: Glamorise No Bounce Plus Size Wireless Sports Bra (34C-50J)

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If you dread underwire but still want to feel supported during your workout, look no further than this camisole-style bra with over 6,600 positive reviews on Amazon. Not only is the sizing super inclusive (it offers cup sizes C to J and band sizes 34 to 50), but the nylon and polyester fabric is breathable and sweat-wicking. There’s even extra padding along the shoulder straps and the hook and eye closure to prevent uncomfortable pinching, along with two-way back stretch to ensure you have a full range of movement throughout your sweat sesh.

The rave review: “My search for a sports bra is finally over!! No longer do I have to stuff myself into three sports bras, crushing my bosom and my soul, to be able to get a good workout," says one superfan. "My 36G bust is fully supported in this bra—it's comfortable, easy to put on, and cute! Now I can go to the gym without feeling self conscious."

Buy It, Glamorise No Bounce Plus Size Wireless Sports Bra, $25 (was $36); amazon.com

Best Strappy: Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra (30DD-38DD)

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You don’t typically hear the words ‘strappy’ and ‘support’ in the same sentence, but this Lululemon bra is the ultimate exception. Designed for high-impact activities, like running or HIIT class, this lightweight bra has breathable built-in cups to soften bounce and a “no-distraction” bonded underband. Not to mention, it’s actually machine-washable, and is made with lycra material that helps your bra keep its shape wear after wear.

The rave review: "I can not recommend this sports bra enough. I’ve purchased two. My first was a 34E, and I lost some weight so I downsized to a 34DD. Whether my larger or smaller bust, this bra holds me in for any activity—without underwire!!" one shopper says. "I love the straps in the back, and don’t mind seeing them outside of my racerback exercise tops."

Buy It, Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra, $98; Lululemon.com

Best Customizable: Glamorise Double-Layer Custom-Control Sports Bra (32B-46I)

Bare Necessities

You shouldn’t have to settle for an uncomfortable bra that doesn’t meet your workout needs—and with this double-layer sports bra, you won’t have to. Depending on the activity you’re doing, you can conveniently adjust the front outer panel for low to high impact bounce control. The non-slip straps are also adjustable, guaranteeing maximum support and comfort. An Amazon’s Choice pick (meaning it’s highly-rated and reasonably-priced), this innovative sports bra is also completely wire-free with only the brand’s signature MagicLift criss-cross design on the inner cups to provide extra lift and bust definition.

The rave review: "This is THE coolest bra ever. This panel is life. The person who figured this out needs an award," says one Amazon reviewer. I sadly have uneven breasts that have created infinite securities and difficulties dressing with bras and just about anything… this panel allows me to tighten up one side, and loosen up the other. I really appreciate that about this bra."

Buy It, Glamorise Double-Layer Custom-Control Sports Bra, $29-$66; amazon.com

Best Option with an Adjustable Band: SYROKAN Women's Adjustable High Impact Sports Bra (34C-46D)

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Unlike other bras that only let you adjust shoulder straps, this high-impact bra actually has a velcro bust band that can also be customized for your perfect fit. As one reviewer noted, this design makes it a great find for anyone that has larger cups but a smaller band size. It’s also wirefree, has lightly padded cups, and a wide band to keep you stabilized through big movements. 

The rave review: "This whole concept—velcro straps, velcro back strap—is ingenious and I cannot believe more companies don't make sports bras like this," says one Amazon reviewer. "This bra is comfortable, supremely adjustable, holds everything in place, and if it came in more colors I'd definitely buy them."

Buy It, SYROKAN Women's Adjustable High Impact Sports Bra, $24; amazon.com

Best for E Cups and Above: Freya ‘Active’ Underwire Bra (28D-40G)

This medium-coverage bra, designed for E+ cups, proves you don’t have to settle for a full-coverage bra in order to get maximum support. This underwire sports bra uses molded foam cups to keep your breasts lifted and separated (so long uni-boob), while still feeling super soft against the skin. Not only are the padded straps comfortable, but they can easily be converted into a racerback style using the included J-hooks. 

The rave review: "First of all, I'm a 34DDD and it's hard enough finding the right size. The fit of this sports bra is so awesome. It makes you look natural, not like you have a uni-boob! It is so comfortable, I wear it even when I'm not working out," one fan says.

Buy It, Freya ‘Active’ Underwire Bra, $69; nordstrom.com

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