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10 Best Plus Size Sports Bras

Updated 24 May 2022.

Last week I listed my 10 best sports bras for running. This week I am going to answer another question I get asked a lot; what are the best plus size sports bras? I am not going to re-invent the blog here and plan to follow roughly the same format as previous.

One of the biggest inhibitors to exercise for women is breast pain and we all know the best way to alleviate that pain is to wear a good fitting and supportive sports bra. But what if you are a little bigger than the norm? Historically sports bra companies neglected you when they released their latest range of 8-16 (S-XL) sports bras. Not anymore. There are many great sports bras out there to fit the fuller figure.

Before we delve into my top ten, we first need to answer the question; what is plus size? As a general rule a plus size sports bra is any bra size 16 and bigger. In the sports bra world band sizes are made up to a 26. I am not sure why bra manufacturers think larger women are not interested in exercise but for the time being that’s where we are at. If you are bigger then you may have success using a band extender to accommodate a 28-back size.

Here are my Top Ten

Larger ladies shouldn’t have to compromise on support and comfort in their sports bras. As such I have used these two criteria as the foundation of my list. My list is a ‘crop free’ zone as they may be comfortable but as a rule, they get a thumbs down for support. Great as a lounge bra but not so great for exercise.

This list is broken into two sections. Top 5 wirefree and top 5 underwired. Why you ask? Over the years I have found that of all sports bra features this is the one that most women are set on. You either love underwire or are a wirefree fan. If you are a fence sitter take a look at ‘underwired or wirefree sports bras’ to help you find the right side of the fence for you.

I’d also like to say, I received no financial incentives from suppliers to get their bra on the list. This happens a lot when ‘best product’ lists are formulated. Thus, lists are often biased and do not offer the absolute best of advice. These are my picks from a life of sports bras.

Read on to see my top 5 + 5 = 10.

My Top 5 Plus Size Wirefree Sports Bras

#1 Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

I am a big, big fan of this sports bra and the feedback I have received on it is outstanding. It is made up to a 24 back and is perfect for larger women looking for comfort and support. It’s called the ‘Extreme Control’ for it’s shaping function giving you an attractive bust shape with maximum support.

Like all Anita bras it is made from high-tech material that is lightweight and comfortable. A wirefree number one for me!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact support.
  • Band – Soft microfiber underband. Firm support that moulds to your body.
  • Cups – Soft, shaped wirefree cups that encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable ergonomically tailored comfort straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Fabric – Breathable with Anita sweat management system.
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#2 Glamorise Sports Elite Adjustable Wirefree Sports Bra

This bra is an easy second for me. It accommodates up to a 24 back and is so supportive. Glamorise give it a high / extreme impact rating and I would have to say they are not far off the mark.

I especially like how you can adjust the bounce control on the go with an easy to use outer panel adjustment. Simply ratchet up the support with a quick unclip / clip. Comfort is not compromised either. It feels soft against your skin and the wide shoulder straps help alleviate shoulder soreness.

What more can I say; I wear it and I love it. A thumbs up from me!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact with front adjusting outer panel.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Seamless, non-padded and wirefree inner cups. Compresses and encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Non-slip adjustable straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular back.
  • Fabric – Quick dry and moisture wicking.
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#3 Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic Sports Bra

Next on the list is the Active D+ Classic from Shock. I am a bit of a Shock fan so can be a little biased towards their bras. They really do know how to make great sports bras.

Why then isn’t it higher up my list? Simply because it only goes up to an 18 back. If you are a smaller back, then move this bra to number one.

It is a fantastic all-round sports bra that offers great support and comfort. I do love the padded straps and back design. I always look for that little bit of extra comfort and support when I exercise, and this bra offers that.

Features:
  • Support – Perfect for all high impact activities.
  • Band – Soft, wide elastic underband.
  • Cups – Soft, wirefree cups that compress and encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Shaped, adjustable padded straps.
  • Back – Regular back style with padded closure.
  • Fabric – Made from moisture-wicking, breathable, high performance fabrics.
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#4 Royce Lingerie Impact Free Sports Bra

How can I have two bras at number 4 you ask? Simple, they are essentially the same design with slight adjustments to suit different cup sizing. Add the two together and they accommodate D-K cups. Impressive!

Now this bra wins the comfort battle. It’s so soft and being made from 100% cotton keeps you cool and fresh. The downside is that it does not offer the same support as the bras listed above. Royce list it as High Impact but I would say that is at a stretch (no pun intended).

Features:
  • Support – Ideal for all high impact activities.
  • Band – Wide, supportive, fully encased elastic underband.
  • Cups – Structured, wirefree, non-padded cups. Compression and encapsulation fit.
  • Neckline – Full coverage high neckline.
  • Straps – Foam lined, adjustable straps.
  • Back –  Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Fabric – Breathable double layer fabric.

#5 Panache Wirefree Sports Bra

Once again, I am going to include an ‘honourable mention’ as this bra only just missed my top five. The main reason? It only goes up to an 18 back. Thus, accommodating some plus size women but not all.

If only Panache made it in larger sizes it would certainly move up my list as it is a great sports bra. So supportive and comfortable!

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Moulded and seam-free. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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Honourable mention:

Goddess Sport Soft Cup Sports Bra

Number five on the list is another sports bra that lacks a bit in support. ‘You’re not selling it to me so far’ I hear you say. What it lacks in support it makes up for in sizing. Covering from an 18 up to a 26-back size it wins the sizing game hands down. It is specifically designed with the needs of larger ladies in mind.

It’s only a medium impact bra so offers good support but not great. Goddesses big advantage is comfort. The wide band and full coverage helps keep everything in place all day long.

A good sports bra to round out my wirefree top five.

Features:
  • Support – Medium impact with tall centre front.
  • Band – Covered elastic underband. Supportive and comfortable.
  • Cups – Wirefree, non-padded oulded and seam-free. Compresses and Encapsulates each breast.
  • Straps – Supportive and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular with tall smoothing sides.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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My Top 5 Plus Size Underwired Sports Bras

#1 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra

OK onto underwired and Glamorise has slipped into top spot. Is that because Anita don’t make many underwired styles you ask? Most likely yes. That said this is a damn good bra for larger ladies.

It offers great support and comfort when you’re working out. I particularly like the Wonderwire technology. Glamorise have done a great job of designing the bra to give you the benefit of underwire but the softness of wirefree.

If you’re after a great all round underwired sports bra in a larger back size then it’s hard to go past this one.

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Double layer seamless cups with integrated Wonderwire® design. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable padded shoulder straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#2 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra

OK next on my list is the Elomi Energise. Wow, what a bra. It’s specifically designed for fuller figures and larger cup sizes and offers great comfort and support. So why didn’t it make number one? In my opinion it is ever so slightly bettered by the Galmorise in the comfort and support department.

It’s a great bra in its own right. Just not number one.

Features:
  • Support – High impact.
  • Band– Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups– Underwired, non-padded with 2-ply construction. Four sections with side support panels encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps– Wide and adjustable.
  • Back– Regular. Converts to racerback style with a J-hook.
  • Fabric – Smooth microfiber. Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#3 Panache Underwired Sports Bra

With up to 83% bounce control this awesome sports bra by Panache comes in nicely at number 3. Unfortunately it only supports up to an 18 back but it supports in comfort.

Panache make great sports bras and this bra is no exception. It is a perennial Panache favourite and with good reason. It does exactly what a good sports bra should do, support you in comfort. Well done Panache you have created a winner here.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact. Reduces bounce by up to 83% (10E subject).
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Silicone encased underwire, moulded and seam-free. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#4 Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top Sports Bra

A worthy number 4. It is unfortunate this bra isn’t made in larger back sizes as it is ‘da bomb’ (am I to old too say that?). If it was move it to number one!

Why? Quite simply the support it offers. Freya reckon it can reduce independent breast movement by 92%. I don’t know about that, but it certainly does a good job of keeping your assets in check. It’s surprisingly comfy for an underwired bra too (there’s my wirefree bias again!). All in all, a great sports bra and a definite ‘game changer’ for larger women.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact. Reduces independent breast movement by up to 92% (University of Portsmouth).
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Perforated foam cups. Underwired. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable padded straps.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#5 Triumph Triaction Ultra W Sports Bra

Rounding out my top five is one in the more affordable range. I have deliberately ignored price when compiling my top 10 but thought it worth noting that this is a very good sports bra at a better price than many others on this list.

One of our most popular styles, the Ultra W sports bra offers great support up to a 20 back. It’s designed to meet the needs of real women and is perfect for larger back sizes.

Features:
  • Support – High to Extreme impact support.
  • Band – Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Underwired, non-padded, double layer cups with rigid top panels. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, padded, adjustable straps.
  • Back – Regular back that can cross-over to racerback style.
  • Fabric – Lightweight moisture management fabric.
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Honourable mention:

Sculptresse Non-Padded Sports Bra

OK, my honourable mention is this Sculptresse. If you are after a sports bra that accommodated both larger back sizes and bigger cup sizes then look no further than the Sculptresse Non-Padded sports bra. It accommodates up to a 24 back and an amazing JJ cup!

Perfect for supporting your curves in style and comfort.

Features:
  • Support – High impact support.
  • Band – Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Non-padded and underwired with Fortitube© technology. Compresses and encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, moulded foam straps.
  • Back – Regular back that converts to racerback.
  • Fabric – Soft, breathable fabrics.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. My 5 + 5 = 10 done and dusted. As always, the perfect sports bra for you is very much a personal choice. What works for your training partner may not work for you. Use this list as a guide and hit your weekly class with the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The very best advertise 80-90% bounce control and over a long run that 10-20% can add up.

In my opinion a must have running accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This athletic breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for holding your breasts in place preventing bounce and breast damage while you exercise. You will love it!

Yours is support.

Amy x

Amy Jaffers

Amy is the face behind Sports Bras Direct, Australia’s largest sports bra website. She's a mother of two, outdoors lover and sports bra expert. Her life mission is to help active women get the support they need as well as assisting women in need through her charitable donations.

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