It started as a conversation with my sister at the gym. With her perky DD boobs wrapped tightly in a sports bra plus crop top, we discussed the fact that I NEEDED a proper sports bra. And so, the search began. We checked Target, Big W and the local sports store. None stocked anything but a minimiser bra over an 18.

So I opened up the search on twitter.

Brand by brand was recommend, page by page was visited. High and low I searched. And no, freaking, bras. Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to need something like this to be able to enhance my work outs in my mission to lose weight and get healthy. Only to find that to be able to buy a sports bra at all, I need to lose weight!


I’m so annoyed. I contacted some companies. I asked the question. Low demand was the response from most. And I get that, really I do. But what the heck am I supposed to do? Surely within the entire world there is a sports bra, that I can throw on under my tank top and wear to the gym. SURELY. For goodness sake this is THE most annoying thing. And yes, I pretty much spent an entire night talking boobs on twitter.

Such is life.

  • Kimroseaus

    These people cater for big girls not sure if they have sports bras

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Kim, will check it out. 

  • Kelsey

    Have you tried online? The Freya sports range comes highly recommended:
    And you can buy online or instore in Oz 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I’ve tried a few, will click on over to this link. Thanks. Ended up finding a Berlei one that would fit online for $79. Looking for alternatives before committing to buy. Someone suggested I search eBay too, which I did. 

  • Karakeough

    Hey, I feel your pain! check out they have a few on the site that aren’t horribly ugly.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Oooooo, thanks. Not ugly would be fun. 

  • I know. It does my head in too. I HATE the fact that all the *nice* exercise gear is not in my size.  It really really bothers me that I can’t get a good sports bra in size 22C.

    I make do with one of my maternity bras, but it sucks.  I reckon the demand is there.  Have they ever asked us?   

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Frustrating, for sure. I found some nice gear via Danimezza over at but their bra tops only go to a 16. Too bad. All their stuff is GORGEOUS. 

  • Cath-andrews

    I know the feeling! There are so many beautiful bright sports bras but
    None for the larger lass. I love my Elomi sports bra. It’s mega comfortable and does the job. Simone Perele stocks them!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks. I did have that brand mentioned on my fb page. I found one on eBay that would fit me for $54 {from memory} so that seems good for a highly recommended brand. 

      What I wouldn’t give for a fun one. Seriously. Hot pink? Purple? Any one…?

  • Tanya

    Well that would answer my question as to why the Biggest Loser contestants aren’t wearing more supportive bras!  I would have thought women with a larger chest would be requiring more support but what would I know? LOL

    I wear Intimo sports bras and they are awesome. Not sure what size you need but I do know they stock some larger sizes. Worth a shot. Although they’re very plain (just black or white or the occasional red one). I quite like good ole black though. Don’t have to colour coordinate my top with it! LOL

    Good luck. 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      It certainly does. It’s ridiculous. A specialised sports bra is required. But you want to be able to wear them under normal workout gear without it hanging out the top. 

      Actually, a lady at work today mentioned intimo. I used to have to wear an extender in their everyday bras, but that was a while ago, I might have to check. 

  • I never thought I’d hear DD described as perky! 
    I don’t understand why the sports bras companies have tapped into the larger market. Without wishing to offend, there are so many women who need the extra support of a sports bra, since in larger sizes, regular bras just don’t have enough support. I’m thinking of a woman I saw running for a bus, with her boobs bouncing quite a lot. I hope you find something that fits correctly and gives the support needed.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      This is it exactly. A good fitting sports bra, would be a great every day bra. For those incidental moments on life.

      They’re only perky because she’s 22. 😉 Haha.

  • Oops! “haven’t”!! tapped in….

  • KateGocookmydinner

    Hi Suger,
    I totally shared your frustration in this one. I love my bendon extreme out sports bra. You can wear the straps in normal or racerback mode. I wear a 16G (and they go up to an 18G). Even did a cycle class the other day and the girls went nowhere! It can be a bit tricky to do up when the straps are crossed over, but the extra support is worth it. Good luck!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Sometimes the trickier to get into, the better the support. Haha. 😉

  • OH MY GOODNESS! I SO get your frustration! I need to do the exercise even more than you being bigger than you, but there’s no support for the two girls close to my heart anywhere to be found! If you’re having trouble I fear there is no hope for me! Good luck on your search. If you find something be sure to let me know!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I will keep you posted. The girls need support. FOR SURE. 

  • The other brand to checkout might be Intimo. They do party plan, but I’m pretty sure they started their business to do nice bra’s in larger sizes, and they have a sports bra.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Hayley. My SIL recommended an Intimo sports bra, we’re checking on sizes. 

  • Courtenay Goss

    I’ve been lurking for ages! Have you looked at the Panache Ultimate Sports Bra? I am not big in the back but wear an 8H, so exercise without a sports bra is impossible, unless I want black eyes. This bra is amazing, if you can’t find anything I’d recommend contacting a few online bra shops, like Brava Lingerie or Bella Nova, they may be able to steer you in the right direction. I hope you find something, I really do understand your pain. 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks for delurking Courtenay. I’m from a family of large chested women and we’ve all got the big ass shoulders to carry them. So I’m hearing you. Thanks for the suggestion.  

      • Courtenay Goss

        You’re welcome! Mum and I both have large boobs, she isn’t tiny like me though, but my sister must have found the only small boob gene in the pool!

  • Fatgirltothin

    I have this same issue!!!!!  All the time!!!!

      Have you tried Moving Comfort.  They sell workout clothes and sports bras for plus size people.  I have about 4 pairs of their shorts cause they are the only ones that carry a true 2X.  They also have sports bras for the bigger girls. 

    The best one I have and wear every day though is a Danskin Now from WalMart in a 2X as well.  The mosisture wicking ones not the cotton ones.  I have alternated 2 for almost 2 years and they are still holding up and I give the bra a workout of its own!

    hope that helps a little bit.


    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Hey Emily! Frustrating, huh. I hadn’t heard of Moving Comfort, thanks for the heads up. And darn, I wish we had a Wallmart. Those sports bras sound amazing. 

  • Mel, I have had this problem.  For about a year I managed with my normal bra (22DD) with a crop top over the top. I wore a crop top that was “too small” for me to give me a better feeling of security. So I always came away from a workout/walk feeling like I’d been squeezed into ill sitting sausage casing. Back fat rolls were obviously evident.

    I was never a picture of beauty.

    But it worked.

    Then as  I lost weight I lost the crop top and bought a new ‘standard’ sports bra at about $80. Exy, but worth it. I pay about $60 for my normal bras anyway. (Triumph are my brand of choice.) I get refitted regularly…now a 16c.


    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I love your guts Lucy, thanks for sharing. You’re front of mind for me SO often it’s not funny. 

      Thanks to this post, fb and twitter I’m hoping to escape the too small crop top. Keep your fingers crossed something works out. Going to road test some of these babies and see how I go. 

  • Try an Ahh bra (or the cheap on the Miracle bra) they are awesome!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Really!!? A lady I know IRL said she doesn’t get any support from them.

      • I’m an XL in NZ, and I wear an XL size. They give me lots of support, and I’m not little!

        • Melissa Walker Horn

          Ok, good to know! Thanks.

  • Charm White

    I have the same problem! 18ff is like a unicorn when it comes to sports bras! and the crop top thing is just annoying! I have to wear one under my swimsuit to do aqua without becoming indecent!

    My local specialist bra shop tells me they’ll get me a bra but it will cost about $100! Money I can’t afford but my boobs will thank me for it I suppose 🙂

    Oh and I got an ahhbra. No good for support but it’s comfy for wearing to bed under a singlet…

  • lara

    Hey there!  Check out – I think that their site is still being developed, but they have a great range and if you need assistance, give them a call on Monday, the lady who owns the shop is a great fitter and really helpful.  I live in Alice Springs, and its so nice to have a shop that stocks things (anything!) in my size in town now! xx

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you Lara, I will!

  • My

    Not sure where you are located but Brava Lingerie is amazing, they have two stores in Victoria and have just opened a specialist sports bra store. They also have an online store check out and

    • My

      By the way – investing in a good bra (especially for sport) is totally worth it – your 50+ year old self will thank you for it 🙂

      • Haha. Love that. I get you completely. Working out without a proper bra is painful. And cannot be good for me.

    • Great, thanks for this tip. I’ll check it out.

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