A year ago, I published one of my first blog posts on Training for Chocolate – Sport in a D Cup – a run-down on my fave sports bras for the more buxom fitties among us.
The post, even now, still gets heaps of hits every day and is one of the most-read pieces on the blog. So I guess I’m not the only one on the eternal search for the perfect sports bra. So many pretty pretty options if you’re a B Cup; much harder if you’re a tad more voluptuous than that.
I thought I’d do an update to the original post since:
- Not all of the bras I had a year ago are still in production
- Some fab new ones are, yippee
I don’t need to tell you that we’re all different, and even one D cup is different from another. So, these are just my personal faves. Everyone’s body is a different shape and size, so it’s always best to try a new bra on first.
Alright, let’s get to it and crop it like it’s hot.
Sports Bras for High Impact Activity:
Juno by Moving Comfort
For running, or any high impact activity where there may be some running, jumping or skipping, the only bra I wear now is the Juno by Moving Comfort.
Look, it’s not delicate and strappy but it does the job, defying gravity like no other I’ve worn, and it’s not massively offensive… you may not feel like a Victoria’s Secret Angel wearing it, but you won’t feel like your grandma either.
You order by bra size (over 20 of them, in fact, from C-E Cup) so you get the absolute perfect fit.
The Juno has hook and eye closures like a regular bra, and cushioned adjustable shoulder straps (that also have Velcro so if you find it too tricky to pull on over your head and do up behind you, you can do up the hook and eyes at the front, twist it round and then pull the straps over – there’s a video on the Moving Comfort website to show you how to do it).
The cups are moulded and seam free. Really, if you think there is a better bra to run in if you’re a C/D/DD/E Cup, I’d be interested to try it. I have bought several of these since I discovered them a year or two ago. My go-to bra for serious sporty action.
Sports Bras for Medium and Low Impact Activity:
Ta Ta Tamer III by lululemon
When I’m moving my body but not running, say in a spin class or on a walk, there are loads more options. Even more so for low impact sports like yoga or weights. Here are my favourite crops for everything-but-the-run….
The Ta Ta Tamer by lululemon athletica has recently been updated – we’re on Ta Ta Tamer III now.
This lulu bra is made by cup size so you know it’s going to fit well. You can have the straps over the shoulder or crossed over at the back so they don’t show under a racer-back tank. The removable pads on the Ta Ta Tamer are awesome, they give a really nice shape to the bust (and you can take them out and wash separately so they don’t get all squishy in the washing machine).
I love this bra for the gym and there’s usually a few pretty colours to choose from. It kind of works like an underwire bra without the underwire, so it’s nice and comfy. Gives great uplift and no mono-boob in sight.
Ocean Print Cross-over Crop Top by JAGGAD
The JAGGAD Ocean Print Cross Over Crop Top isn’t specifically designed by cup size, but seems to work for me anyway.
Maybe it’s the mega-wide band under the bust for extra support, or the cross-over straps, or the double-thickness compression fabric, or the high-cut neckline for extra coverage… whatever it is (probably a combination of all of the above), it’s easily big enough, super comfy and easy to get on and off.
Great print too (there’s also the sky version still available). Match it with the tights for a perfect look on your Sunday morning pre-brunch walk. I went with a size Medium and it’s perfect. Love it.
Comfort Bra by Lorna Jane
Lorna Jane’s Comfort Bra is a long-standing fave of mine, because it is, well, comfortable.
It’s a pull-on (I like it for my 6am spin class when I’m getting dressed in the dark, half asleep) padded bra (removable padding) that’s just plain and simple. I prefer it in a size Small, as it feels a bit more supportive because it’s tighter, but as I said, try on first.
Usually available all year in Black and White and then LJ adds seasonal colours, so keep your eye out. It will become a staple in your activewear wardrobe, I guarantee it.
Pro Rival by Nike
The Nike Pro Rival comes in bra sizes (I think it’s the only Nike bra that does). I actually size down in the cup on this.
You pull it over your head so it’s easy to get on (bit trickier to get off when you’re all sweaty haha), and it’s flattering with a really nice shape.
The cups are moulded with a little padding which looks good. They’re not removable, though. Simple and fuss-free, with a great fit and sweat-wicking fabric, this is another great bra for gymming-it. Head to Stylerunner who currently (Jan 2016) have a few colours on sale!
Gabrielle by Vie Active
The compression fabric of the new Vie Active Gabrielle crop minimizes bounce and holds you in tight.
The T-back on this bra is a so beautiful (especially in the Navy/White/Nude colour way that I have) and the slightly wider band under the bust means that, although it’s not sized by cup, it still works for bigger boobs.
I got mine from Fire & Shine. I love the colours and design so much, super-sophisticated.
Oxygen Bra by lululemon
The Oxygen Bra by lululemon athletica is another new one. I’m a 12D or DD and I ordered an 8 (Aus 12) in this and the fit is perfect (the website says it’s designed for the C/D cup).
So comfy, even after wearing all day (I know because I’ve done it). Hook and eye fastening so you can adjust the fit around your chest and a double-shoulder-strap design gives you that extra bit of security.
Actually having detail like that on a bra for a D+ cup is unusual and kinda nice. There are also removable pads. I like removable pads.
So these are my 7 picks – one for every day of the week, better get moving 😉
If you have another fave that I’ve not tried yet, let me know in the comments below. x
Read my latest recommendations here >> 8 New Sports Bras for the D Cup (posted April 2016).