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October 16, 2011 11:59 AM   Subscribe

Help me find this unique, snowflake-y sports bra for dance/yoga.

I've run into a new problem as I get older and my breasts get saggier.... they've started slithering out of the top of the leotards and tank tops I wear for dance and yoga when I bend over.

Having gone to a couple of different stores and tried on some different styles, I think the answer is a basic, low-impact compression sports bra worn under my leotard or tank, which will keep things in place while I'm bending over, without being too restrictive and annoying.

And here's where we get to the special snowflake circumstances. All the style I liked were sold in sizes S, M, L. I'm a 32 DD. The small leaves me bulging out all over the place on the top, but the band on the medium is too loose to be really useful. Meanwhile, the only bras sold specifically for D cups have extra wires and padding I don't need for my low impact activities, cost a fortune, and pretty much encase my entire torso in spandex (I'm a dancer, I'm vain, what can I say...)

So where can I find a basic, no-frills compression sports bra, sized for a D cup, that won't look too ridiculous worn under a tank top or leotard?
posted by psycheslamp to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
 
I'd suggest giving Decent Exposures a try. They're a great company and I've been very happy with my bras from them (which I have worn for yoga -- not a dancer so can't speak to that). I am also a well-endowed lady and find the support totally appropriate for yoga.
posted by pupstocks at 12:05 PM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I should mention... DE custom makes everything, and they will work with you on little changes until everything is exactly what you want. The process takes a little time, but they really make everything 100% customized to you. The end result is pretty awesome.
posted by pupstocks at 12:08 PM on October 16, 2011


I'm the same size as you, and I actually like the underwire-free "mediums" at Old Navy. I wore some hiking this summer, and it was pretty awesome. They're cheap, and at least for me, the band isn't too loose. I know that's useless if you've already tried them, but perhaps keep trying more styles and bands on the cookie-cutter sizing end in the hopes that you find that one bra that magically fits properly?

Kind of jaded about bra shopping after a lengthy Nordstrom fitting revealed that the only bras that work for my size and sensibilities (not old lady looking, no superfluous padding, must be 100% comfy) were the 2 Wacoal styles I already owned. Grr.
posted by deludingmyself at 12:47 PM on October 16, 2011


Another vote for Decent Exposures!
posted by rmd1023 at 12:58 PM on October 16, 2011


As a lady who is of similar proportions, I really like the moving comfort sports bras that a. come in proper bra sizes and b. have adjustable straps. In particular I like the Fiona. They are more pricey than the generic spandex sports bras, but they work so much better for me. They definitely have a 32D, though I'm not sure about a 32DD. There aren't any wires and while they are lined, I don't really feel like there is padding. The adjustable straps make all of the difference in the world for me. I basically choose the level of compression I want by adjusting the straps. It, however, won't flatter your chest, but then neither do those cheap racer back spandex ones.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:31 PM on October 16, 2011


Lulu Lemon sells very good sports bras in 32 DD. I have the "Tata Tamer". Looks fine under a tank top.
posted by Go Banana at 2:26 PM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm not your size so I can't recommend particular bras, but I've always been happy with the selection at title nine.
posted by nat at 3:38 PM on October 16, 2011


I'm a 28F-30E depending on the brand. I didn't like the Lululemon ta-ta tamer, because my boobs just wouldn't fit into the 32D and the band was too big. However, it does have great structure and it may work for you if you fit their 32D.

I've had good luck with the frog bra, which is unfortunately no longer being made. It looks like the Fiona bra mentioned above gets good reviews as a replacement.

Also - check out this blog: http://www.investinyourchest.co.uk/ . It's a great resource for all bra questions, and is especially helpful for those of us with big boobs and a small band size. The author, who is a 28FF, is currently reviewing sports bras. From what I gather she has been very happy with the Freya Active bra, which comes in both an underwired and soft cup bra (which might be fine for yoga) in your size.
posted by pintapicasso at 5:00 PM on October 16, 2011


I'm your same size. This Champion bra in a size 2 is the best sports bra I've ever had, for any activity from running to pilates. The underwire is comfortable and supportive and there's no extra padding anywhere. Champion's also running a 20% off sale right now.
posted by Fuego at 6:32 PM on October 16, 2011


Moving Comfort get good reviews from lots of women, and according to their website several of their bras come in 32DD.
posted by Lexica at 8:32 PM on October 16, 2011


I'm a fan of Moving Comfort - I have three of the "Fiona" bras. (Which I originally got from Title Nine, who are indeed great for sports bras of all kinds.)
posted by mskyle at 7:12 AM on October 17, 2011


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