A bra expert shows us how to choose the right plus-size sports bra

Sage Aune, HelloGiggles

Finding the perfect plus-size sports bra can require a lot of research and patience since you’re looking for both support and comfort. However, bra expert Kimmay Caldwell says that, while there are no one-size-fits-all rules for plus-sized babes, there are a few tips that can make your search a little easier.

First, Caldwell says it’s important to know that with bras, including sports and active bra types, plus-size is typically defined as band sizes 38 and up. Second, she explains that plus-size does not necessarily mean full-busted.

“You can wear a fuller band size and have a smaller cup size,” Caldwell tells HelloGiggles. However, the cup size is relative to the band size, so a G-cup in a smaller band size like 32 would be considered a full bust, while a B-cup in a 42 would be considered a plus-size band, but not a full bust.

When selecting the bra of your choice, Caldwell advises selecting a piece that uses bra sizing. In addition, she suggests selecting a sports bra with adjustable straps and band so you can get a customized fit to your body.

It’s also wise to determine the level of physical activity you plan to use the bra for, according to Caldwell. High-impact activities, like running, require firm support and coverage, while low-key activities require less. And if you’re doing something that requires a lot of bending (think yoga), she suggests picking a piece that is wire-free. Now that you know how to find the perfect plus-size bra, here are 13 pieces that will keep your bust supported during any kind of physical activity.

1Runderwear Women’s Support Running Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Runderwear
Runderwear | $60

Runners will love this bra, which keeps your bust properly supported while running without causing chafing.

2The Breast Whisperer Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
The Breast Whisperer
The Breast Whisperer | $49.99

Suitable for low-impact activities, this breathable piece fits nicely under your gym tanks and tops while providing an anti-gravity effect you’ll really be grateful for.

3Torrid Black Longline Sports Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Torrid
Torrid | $29.17

This cooling bra is ideal for long days spent at the gym, and it can also be used as an impromptu crop top when the temperatures begin to rise.

4Brooks Maia Back-Adjustable Medium-Impact Sports Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Zappos
Brooks | $58

Great for cardio-intensive exercises, this sports bra offers four-way stretch, which enhances mobility.

5Celestial Bodiez Black Sports Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Celestial Bodiez
Celestial Bodiez | $30

This peep-hole sports bra offers support while also letting you show a little skin.

6Parfait Active Sports Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Parfait
Parfait | $54

This sports bra is great for those who prefer underwire coverage, since it features a wide elastic under band for heavy-duty support.

7Le Mystere High Impact Sports Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Le Mystere
Le Mystere | $62

There’s no denying this sports bra is perfect for running and spin class, as it boasts high-impact support, which guarantees protection from unwanted spillage.

8Olga Easy Does It Wire Free Contour Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
Olga
Olga | $28.99

Pack this wire-free contour bra in your gym bag for your next yoga class. Its all-over stretch fabric keeps your breasts properly in place during low-impact activities.

9Reebok Plus Active High-Speed Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
TJ Maxx
Reebok | $14.99

Available for a great price, let this machine-washable bra support your bust without breaking your budget in the process.

10Adore Me Eimi Plus

Plus Size Sports Bra
Adore Me
Adore Me | $39.95

Pair some comfy leggings with this heavy-duty sports bra next time you take a jog, brisk walk, or run.

11Xersion Sports Bra-Plus

Plus Size Sports Bra
JCPenney
Xersion | $18.99

Bring a pop of color to your intimates drawer with this plus-size sports bra, which offers a comfortable fit you’ll truly love.

12Maidenform Custom Lift Underwire Racerback Sports Bra

Plus Size Sports Bra
JCPenney
Maidenform | $44

This underwire bra is ideal for those who want maximum support, as it provides bounce control and shaping support to ensure the perfect fit.

13Athleta D-DD Hyper Focused Bra In Powervita

Plus Size Sports Bra
Athleta
Athleta | $39—$49

Comfortable and durable, this full-coverage bra can do it all. And you can do it all when wearing it.

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