Bigger sizes aren't always made better, especially for D and DD cup women. But at Title Nine, our sports bras for larger cup sizes deliver everything women need to keep it moving and crush a workout while the girls stay secure. When we're on the go, we need sports bras
that lift us up instead of hold us back. Whether your personal preference includes adjustable shoulder straps, underwire or removable pads, we've got all the sizes, styles and support levels to keep the girls up from low impact moves to high impact workouts. Read on to find the right size bra just for D and DD cups.
What features make a sports bra best for larger cup sizes?
Big boobs need big support. And women with full bust sizes, like D and DD cups, can't wear just any ordinary bra. D cups and DD cups need bras that work hard to keep the girls in place so women can workout without worrying about side boob, uni boob, or worse — spilled boobs.
Getting your bra fit and size right is crucial to getting in a killer workout. For those of us with big busts, a well-fitting bra is a must if we want all-day comfort during any activity. If a padded sports bra doesn't adequately support the girls, we risk discomfort and back pain slowing us down. A high-support, no-bounce bra
or strappy racerback
makes it easier to enjoy a trail run or HIIT workout, pain-free.
But, if your girls feel like they're gonna go free, or your straps keep slipping with your every move, here are features we've found work best for larger cup sizes:
Wide, cushioned shoulder straps: Wide, adjustable straps evenly distribute weight without digging into our shoulders. Plus, they give us a little flexibility with size. That way, we can focus on the scenery around us during a challenging hike rather than constantly trying (and failing) to fix our bra straps.
An encapsulation bra keeps our girls separated and supported—that's right, no more uni-boob. Sometimes, we'll wear an Underwire Sports Bra
when we want more support for running trails or chasing the kids around the backyard.
Compression: a compression bra has firm yet stretchy fabric that presses the breasts against the body like a hug while you run, jump, or engage in other high impact activities, and often features pullover racerback styles.
Band with hook and eye closure: A hook and eye closure allows you to customize your level of support from high impact lock down to more moderate support for lower impact or everyday wear.
Breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics: A sweaty chest is enough to put us off our A-game during high-intensity workouts, so we look for high impact sports bras with sweat-wicking powers to keep our girls comfy and dry through anything.
How do I choose the right sports bra for my cup size?
To find the right size bra with the best coverage, support, and style for you, consider your activity level and your usual cup size and band size.
Are you a HIIT fanatic? Or a low-impact yoga flow lover? Every intensity level calls for a specific impact sports bra that'll keep your cups in place. Plus, your breast shape and size will also influence which bra you add to cart and order. If you have a full bust and prefer high impact workouts, you may want a full coverage compression bra like a high-neck sports bra, or a run-ready high impact racerback with adjustable straps.
Finding a bra that fits starts with narrowing down your cup and band size. If you don't know your bra size, or have bras of different sizes, grab a tape measure and measure your bust. Or, use Title Nine's bra size calculator
to get your cup size and band combo right.
With so many factors to consider, it's hard to tell if you've found the right bra (especially if you're shopping online). Always try your bra on for size and take it for a test drive at home before you take it to the gym, trail or studio. If your girls feel comfortable, snug and secure before you start your workout, then you've found your size match.
Where do I find the best brands and styles of DD and D cup sports bras?
There are tons of activewear brands to choose from with plenty of styles in larger cup sizes, from D-DD, and even up to G cups. But at Title Nine, we've done all the searching and testing for our fuller cup friends. Our collection of low to high impact bras come in a range of larger sizes and feature styles from Brooks Running, Oiselle, Handful, and Panache sports bras — all designed and tested on women of all shapes and sizes, through all types of movement: track sprints, downward dogs, push-ups, pull-ups, and way more. All of Title Nine's D and DD cup bras are ready to get moving right out of the box.
Some of our favorite features for our full cup friends include: padded cups, underwires (best for encapsulation bras), hook-and-eye back closure, adjustable straps, and a thicker, extra supportive underband. Our most supportive bra styles are racerback bras, high-neck sports bras, and convertible bras for a little customization.
What's the best way to take care of my sports bras?
Proper washing and drying goes a long way for your bras. So to keep them in good shape, wash your bras together on a delicate or activewear setting in the washing machine. Use a gentle detergent and avoid harsh cleaners like bleach. Always air dry your bras to keep the cups from losing their shape and the fabrics from slacking in performance. The heat from the dryer can snap the elastic in your bras, ruining how the bras fit and perform with every workout.
What type of sports bra is best for high-impact activities for DD cup sizes and D cups?
The high-impact style most loved by D-DD cup sizes is the Marvel Underwire Sports Bra
. This encapsulation bra features contour bra cups with comfortable padding, an underwire for bounce-free support, adjustable straps and an adjustable back closure. Not a fan of the underwire? Get the same high-impact support with the Marvel Wireless
or the Marvel Racerback Wireless Sports Bra
with padded, molded cups and adjustable shoulder straps.
How do I prevent the "uni-boob" effect for DD and D cups?
When shopping online for the best bra for DD cup sizes and D cups, order an encapsulation sports bra. The contour bra cups, better known as molded cups, are designed to separate the cups for individual support without smushing.
How do I know I'm wearing the right size for my DD or D cup size?
You'll know whether your bra is too small or too big the moment you try it on. A tighter bra doesn't exactly equal more support, and a looser-fitting bra doesn't equal comfort. If it feels too tight on the cups and around the band, you need to go up a cup and/or band size. If there's a gap in the cups (your bust isn't filling out the bra completely), then your bra is too big and you need to go down a size. Refer to your bra size to find the sports bra that'll fit your large breasts best.
What should I look for in a sports bra to prevent chafing and irritation?
High quality, quick-drying fabrics and a bra fit to your true size make chafing and irritation next to impossible. Title Nine's low-intensity, medium-impact, and high-impact bras are designed in moisture-wicking performance fabrics that make every workout a no-sweat situation.
Straps that stay put and don't slip off or dig into your shoulders also help max out the comfort and nix irritation.
Can I wear a DD or D cup sports bra for everyday activities, or is it only meant for exercise?
We've said it before and we'll say it again: you can wear whatever, wherever. If you've found a bra that fits your large breasts to a tee and offers max comfort, why not wear it everywhere? Finding a regular bra in your size is already hard enough. So if you find a sports bra that fits your cups just right, stops sweat in a snap, offers full support and just-right coverage, we say go for it.