As anyone who has struggled with a racerback sports bra in a dressing room, or found revealed raw, red nipples disrobing after a long run, finding a sports bra that supports you in your activities is about as hard as trying to find true love. And like dating, the wrong fit can scar you from even wanting to "get back out there."
Researchers from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Wollongong in Australia found a strong relationship between breast size and regular exercise, reports the New York Times. Basically, women with larger breasts felt more discouraged from working out.
We're believers in having the right clothes in the right situation. Even the bustiest among us don't need the most supreme encapsulation bra when we're at barre class. That's why we decided to round up some options based on activity.
"I love how this bra feels like you're wearing nothing, but still gives good coverage," Erika Bloom, a pilates instructor and former professional dancer told The Cut. "The straps are thin so they disappear under tops, and don't dig or slide off."
Barre class for those with small to medium breasts
This may be the trickiest category, where function tends to take precedence over form. But we've recommended this bra before, and we're happy to do it again. Look, we're not alone. "It's a nightmare shopping for sports bras that can take me through high impact. This one did the job perfectly, says one reviewer. This one's solid as a rock, comes in a zillion colors, and goes up to a J-cup.
We're worn and loved this ourselves, and running coach Elizabeth Corkum backs us up with our allegiance to Moving Comfort (a sister brand to running stalwart, Brooks); her busty clients swear by them. "They love this brand. It's very supportive but comfortable." Those cushy, padded straps might have something to do with it.
It's just so damn cool, isn't it? For activities where you want to feel your breasts move — but not knock you out — this medium-support, asymmetrical arty bra will have you feeling like a Fly Girl. And you will be able to fly through class, since the dreamy-soft fabric will keep you from chafing.
Maryam Zadeh, the owner and founder of HIIT Box, recommends this Under Armour bra because it "feels like a second skin. I love the skinny straps. It's best for someone who's muscular but has small breasts." And she's not alone. Others love the wicking properties and those cute, cute straps.