Padded Sports Bra vs Non-padded Sports Bra
Sports bras are designed to support the breasts during intense activities. With comfort and functionality as the basis for their designs, sports bras have a multitude of styles and features that can fit different women’s lifestyles. One of the most popular style choices and distinctions among sports bras is being padded or unpadded.
There aren’t really major differences between the two, except of course, the presence of padding. Unlike bustiers and lingerie, the padding in most sports bras is removable. This is because quite a number of people prefer non-padded sports bras over padded ones.
But how do padded sports bras fare against non-padded sports bras? Let’s find out.
Both padded and non-padded sports bras have a range of styles to choose from. Racerback, convertible back, underwired, wirefree, to name a few of the many options available.
Most padded sports bras have compression style cups that ‘compress’ the breasts against the ribcage. These are nearly always wirefree. Compression style cups do not suit everyone. Especially those of us with a bit more up top.
Non-padded sports bra cups are most often encapsulation or both compression and encapsulation. These hold or ‘encapsulate’ each breast individually and are often preferred by bigger busted women.
Sports bras are meant to be simple and supportive, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the girls look extra good! Both padded and non-padded sports bras have an array of designs that women can select based on their preferences.
However, padded bras do have a tendency to make the bust look fuller and bigger. This can be an added bonus if you’re not particularly big up top, but well-endowed women may want to steer clear of padded sports bras because of this.
When it comes to bras, support is what truly matters in the end. After all, even with the cutest design, if a sports bra fails to give the girls their much-needed support then it’s not worth your time.
Padding can affect how supportive a bra is, especially because it comes pre-formed. Unless your breasts are perfectly moulded to the pads, they can move around more freely which can cause some discomfort on your end. Additionally, padding adds a barrier between your body and the compression or moisture-wicking fabric, which can potentially make you lose some support.
The functionality of a sports bra generally comes from the support that it provides. However, additional features come from the various add-ons that a bra could have. Padded sports bra adds an aesthetic function to a bra as it prevents the nipples from being noticeable, especially during the colder seasons.
On the other hand, the removable pads may be quite a bother when washing padded sports bras as the padding can move around and twist while in the laundry.