The Big Girls Bras Guide to Sports Bras

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What Types of Sports Bras Are There?

Regular bras are great for normal, every-day activities. If you want a bra to give you a flattering shape under your work clothes, or to look great under a t-shirt, the key is to finding the right bra for the outfit and your bust type.

But for sports bras, there’s less emphasis on shaping, and more emphasis on support. Many sports bras actually compress the bust in order to help hold it in place while you’re active. This gives you the “uni-boob” look, but the breasts are less likely to bounce around when they’re tightly compressed. This is why many sports bras have this type of shaping for more active styles. (Compression style sports bras)

Less active styles, popular in low-impact activities such as yoga, walking, or just for every-day wear, typically provide a bit more shaping, or simply provide the comfort of soft cloth without a lot of seams, panels or uncomfortable straps. (Encapsulation style sports bras)

Many women perceive this as more comfortable than regular bras, and prefer to wear them on the weekends or after work, when they don’t need the shaping of a more structured bra under work clothes. (This is a false perception, by the way, ladies – if your bra is properly fitted and is a design that’s good for your preferences, it can be just as comfortable as a sports bra!)

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