The Best Sports Bras for Every Shape
Whether you’re a AA cup or a DDD, a long distance runner or an occasional-yoga-class-attender, we’ve found the right bra for you.
We’ve categorized them up by cup size (A through D+), as well as by activity impact level (think yoga or pilates for “low-impact" and anything that involves a lot of movement—running or boot camp—for “high impact").
A Cup, Low-Impact
Designed for small-busted women, Handful—whose motto is “flatter, not flatten”—makes sports bras that keep this cup-size’s specific challenges in mind. The ruched center seam creates a flattering shape, without the use of molded cups, which can gap or gape on flatter chests. Slim, removable pads and convertible straps (try them straight, crisscrossed in the back, or tied as a halter) mean you can create a custom contour, support level, and fit. Available in seven colors.
To buy: $54, Handful Adjustable Bra, handful.com.
A Cup, High-Impact
Even if you’re on the very small end of the spectrum, a high-impact sport, like running, can get seriously uncomfortable without the proper support. This running bra offers just that, thanks to power mesh panels and a wide band, plus a few extras bells and whistles, like built-in UPF 50+ sun protection and an inner pocket for stashing keys or chapstick. Available in five colors.
To buy: Zoot Sports Run Moonlight Bra, $45; zootsports.com.
B Cup, Low-Impact
This breathable, stretchy bra offers everything you need for low-impact workouts like yoga or barre. The strappy style isn’t just for looks (although this one definitely checks off that box): Thin straps come together to create a racer-back that offers up a full range of motion without bulk that could interfere with floor work, like sit-ups. Available in six colors.
To buy: Victoria’s Secret Strappy Plunge Sport Bra, $20; victoriassecret.com.
B Cup, High-Impact
With a medium level of support (just right for A- or B-cup runners), this soft, cross-back bra offers lift and shaping, complete with removable cups for extra concealment on chilly mornings—or in over-zealously air-conditioned gyms. A breathable Lycra-blend fabric with four-way stretch and sweat-wicking ability ensures your workout will be chafe-free. Available in three colors.
To buy: Lululemon City Sky Run By Bra, $58; lululemon.com.
C-D Cup, Low-Impact
While smaller busted women love this bra for intense workouts and long runs, it gets equally rave reviews from women who are more well endowed when it comes to low-impact sweat sessions like weight-training or pilates. A wide elastic hem at the band lends extra support to the body of the bra, which is made from a compression textile that has lots of stretch and moves with you even while holding everything in place. Oh, and did we mention that the contrasting colors are reversible? Available in five colors.
To buy: The North Face Bounce-B-Gone Bra, $32; thenorthface.com.
C-D Cup, High-Impact
Get ready to breathe a literal sigh of relief: Not only is the cup construction on this bra fully supportive, but the shoulder straps are, too—they’re gel-cushioned to relieve any pressure on your shoulders that comes from the combination of gravity, a larger bust, and repeated high-impact (looking at you again, running). Not enough for you? It also has ventilating mesh panels, molded cups for shape and support (no wires needed), and an adjustable hook-and-eye closure for just the right fit. Available in 11 colors.
To buy: Champion Spot Comfort Full-Support Sports Bra, $48; champion.com.
D+ Cup, Medium-Impact
The bad news first—once you reach a certain cup size, there really is no such thing as a low-impact workout. Even if you’re just doing yoga, it still takes a little engineering to make sure everything stays securely supported and comfortably in place (thanks again, gravity). The good news? You’re no longer relegated to a tiny selection of unattractive options—there are tons of beautiful sports bras out there for bustier ladies. Case in point, Title Nine’s bra, which keeps your assets supported but separated (no uni-boob!). The full-coverage front prevents spillage—even during inversions—and the adjustable back clasp and straps let you control the fit and level of support. Available up to size 40DDD, in three colors.
To buy: Title Nine Sooth Underwire Bra, $70; titlenine.com.
D+ Cup, High-Impact
This award-winning sports bra hits all the right notes: Molded cups separate and support to keep you comfortable on a run, without the use of compression fabric which can put painful pressure on larger busts. The straps, underwire, and back closure are all padded for extra comfort and zero chaffing. A contrasting mesh insert not only looks great, but also provides breathability in crucial areas. And an attached J-hook allows you to convert the straps from straight to racerback, depending on the support, range of motion, or aesthetic you’re after. Available up to size 36HH, in 11 colors.
To buy: Panache Underwire Sports Bra, $70; amazon.com.