Here's What I Really Think About the "Best" Sports Bras for Busty Women

I am sore. Frankly, that’s the only thing I can think about when I sit down to write about what it was like testing out the best sports bras for busty women. Because after about a month of boxing, Pilates, Spin, barre, and interval-training classes at a studio that has the word “beast” in its name, soreness is pretty much my biggest complaint. This is good news, but more on that later.

I recall being a B cup for about a week when I was 12 years old, but other than that I’ve been living a DD-and-over life ever since. And as a life-long dancer and generally active person, pinpointing a sports bra that makes me feel secure and comfortable—both physically and in my personal style—has been a challenge.

Of course, since my preteen years, things have changed: The fashion industry is bit more body-positive and is doing a better job at catering to women with different shapes and, hey, I’m a fashion editor, and my shopping skills are more honed. Still, for this particular test, I turned to a familiar outlet, Nordstrom, for the “best” options. Even when I shopped there as a teenager who already sized out of most other mall-brand bra options, the department store carried a variety of labels and styles for larger busts. And now, as any online shopper knows, its customers are very vocal and honest in their e-commerce reviews about what works and what doesn’t. Here’s where my experiment started.

I went searching for a sample of the most loved sports bra styles available right on the Nordstrom site and put them to my own test—burpees, jumping jacks, planks, and all—to see if they really lived up to their reputation. I wore each style for at least two different kinds of workout classes (one low- and one high-impact). There was no doubling up on bras (something I do quite regularly otherwise), and I only wore thin tees and tanks on top. In other words: I had to have a lot of faith in these contenders. Here’s how they lived up.

No one's more surprised than I am that my personal favorite of the bunch was a wireless sports bra, but overall I was very impressed by the options. They've been voted as some of the best sports bras for busty women for good reason—it's just a matter of personal fit (and perhaps personal preference, too).

If you can, order two sizes or try on bras in person first before committing to one in a high-intensity workout. And with that, I'm scheduling a much-needed massage.