Admittedly, actually having big boobs isn’t a topic I know much about: I am squarely in B-cup territory. Looking like I have bigger boobs than I do — even in the gym — on the other hand? This, this I can tell you something about — I received a Facebook message (see below) a couple months ago after changing my profile picture (see above), asking how I got my boobs to look so big and perky (aaaaaah, those words are mortifying to type!). The same photo garnered a second message from a different friend asking if I’d gotten implants.
Before I delve more deeply into this topic, let’s put it out there that motion control and support is a genuine concern for many women. And, I hear Title Nine makes some solid sports bra options if you’re serious about breast management. Let’s also put it out there that many women don’t give two ta-ta’s about how busty they are (or look like they are). Ain’t nothing wrong with that, either.
If you are looking for a quicker-picker-upper for no-bigger-than-a-B-cup, though, these are the sports bra styles I swear by. The key, friends, is strappy little straps and light, removable liners that both big up your bust and ensure you do not broadcast your temperature to everyone around you.
“Free to Be Bra” by Lululemon: $42
It’s dangerously (but let’s be honest, not really for us) low cut and, like all things Lulu, incredibly high quality. This is my go-to, and it comes with removable liners to provide a little extra boost. If you want to go even bigger, double line it. I double-dog dare you.
“Seamlessly Plunge Bra” by Lululemon: $52
This bra creates crazy cleavage without the maintenance of removable pads — it hits all the right angles and squeezes those babies north. Bonus of this one: It’s just un-sports-bra-like enough that it’s become my go-to under casual clothing such as off-the-shoulder tees.
“X Back Fitness Bra Top” by Onzie: $42
Just like the jawn above, this bra provides the illusion of more boob without using padding (so laundry is more low maintenance). The fit is fantastic, and you get a little boost to boot.
The Handful Bra: $42-44
Their motto: “Flatter, not flatten.” And this bra most decidedly does not. It’s probably the most audaciously padded in my arsenal, to the point I worry someone might call me out. My friend MizFit loves this bra so much she wrote a song about it. Seriously. Bonus: The Handful is an approved mastectomy bra, and the company works to support breast-cancer survivors in a variety of ways.
If you’re looking for a lower budget affair, a few options from brands like Avia and Marika are readily available at discount retailers such as TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Even better: They cost less than a third of what the others do at around 12 bucks.
Leave your favorites — along with a brief explanation of why they rank — in the comments section. Tah tah for now!