When I first began the transition from average chest size to busty, one of the first huge lingerie obstacles I faced was finding a sports bra. Some department stores carried t-shirt bras up to a DDD, but I couldn’t find a sports bra above a D cup! When I asked other ladies rocking sizeable gazongas, they suggested that I try doubling up my sports bras to get more support.
This is terrible advice. Do not wear two ill-fitting bras. Get one well-fitting bra. Your boobies will thank you!
I wish that someone had suggested that I look into encapsulation sports bras, but alas, I did not find those until 7 years and several cup sizes later.
You see, most women wear what are called compression sports bras. They are made of elastic materials and hold the breasts tight against the chest. You know what I’m talking about. This is pretty much every sports bra you have seen ever. Compression sports bras do a great job with smaller breasts. However, if your bosoms are large, then a compression bra may not be enough.
An encapsulation sports bra can be confusing if you have the image of a compression bra imprinted on your brain as the definition of a sports bra. But if you can open your mind to new experiences, I promise that they are wonderful! These are the best sports bras for large breasts. Have you ever referred to a bra as a boob holster? I think that is the best metaphor for this type of bra. There are two cups that individually hold each breast in place, and those cups are securely strapped to the chest. This creates an impressive amount of support without any squished breasts. Amazing!
I wear the Panache Sports Bra, and I swear, this thing has changed my life! If I was stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, you bet that this bra would be one of them. How could I ever hunt and forage without it? Not to mention running away from terrifying beasts! No way I am surviving a week without a great sports bra. I can do jumping jacks in this thing, and my boobs stay secure. And to top it all off, it is crazy comfortable. I mean, on a lazy day, I will choose my sports bra over my every-day bra. No joke.
How, you ask, is this bra both supportive and comfortable? The key is the encapsulation. Each breast sits securely in it’s holster, so there is very little movement. Variation in support is created not my flattening the boobs, but by securing the bra more tightly to the chest. There is a hook on the straps so they can be converted to a racerback. When I want to go for a run, I hook the straps together, creating more support (I could achieve the same thing by tightening the straps, but this is way easier). Then, if I want to do something more low-key, like yoga, I just reach up and unhook the straps. Whala! Super comfy!
Now, of course, the Panache Sports Bra may not be your cup of tea. I love it, but you may not. If you want to shop around for other encapsulation sports bras, here are several other brands you should try: Natori, Elomi, Freya, Goddess, and Wacoal. I haven’t tried all these bras, but I am familiar with the brands, so I know they make good bras. If you have an opinion on one of these sports bras, or have another one I should know about, tell me in the comments. I would love to hear about your bra experiences!
Good luck finding the perfect sports bra for you!