No gym kit is complete without a sturdy sports bra. Here's Marie Claire's round-up of the 20 best sports bras, stylish AND supportive styles in stores now...
When it comes to looking stylish while we work out, we’ve literally never had it so good. With most sports brands offering cool, fashion-led gym solutions, ( see our edit of the best workout clothes here FYI ) and the entire high street now getting in on the act, its safe to say we are thoroughly spoilt for choice when it comes to the best sports bras. Here at Marie Claire HQ we have even launched our own collection, Marie Claire Sport natch. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.
But if you think that what lies underneath doesn’t matter, you’re mistaken. Ladies, your bounce-combating sports bra is, in fact, the most important piece of your kit and should not be overlooked. From the best plus size sports bras to the best sports bras for high impact, whatever exercise you’re doing you need to get kitted up.
Splashing out on a good bra is recommended and unlike your regular lingerie, this is underwear that you will actually get to show off. Our edit of the best sports bras includes some of the coolest styles around – lovely enough to be worn as a sport crop in their own right, hello Tommy and DKNY. But even if you don’t dare to bare yours fully, a loose vest worn over these bras will make sure multi-coloured racer backs and fluro cross-back details can still be seen.
No woman owns just one regular bra do they? So we say think of your sports kit in the same vein. Lets be honest most of us mix-up our fitness regime with different levels of activity, its what keeps it interesting right? Yes we’re talking to you Miss three spinning classes and two yoga mindfulness sessions a week – then your kit should also be true of your sports-bra wardrobe. Go forth and invest ladies.
If you’re looking for medium-impact support with a seriously cool edge, something that will see you through marathon raining or a pretty printed number for showing off during yoga, we’ve got you covered. And supported.
Best Sports Bras: High Impact
Looking for the best sports bra for that high impact gym time? Yes we hear you cry, well look no further, Shock Absorber matches its comfort with performance, we are sold.
Best Sports Bra: Whilst Nursing
Finding it tricky to find a sports bra that works while nursing? Hell yes! Well we have you sorted, try a sports bra with a zip that goes all the way from top to bottom and you have your breastfeeding dilemmas solved. We love that the zip front options give you a great shape and they are a great option for a breastfeeding Mum. No need to splurge on a specific sports bras for nursing, the easy access zip is ideal and comfortable. We like this option from M&S.
Best Sports Bras: Plus Size
Your style doesn’t have to suffer when it comes to plus size and choosing a sports bra is no exception. Look to Freya Active and Elomie. Suzanne Pentland one of Freya’s expert fitters tells us how important it is to wear the right size…
“When you are working out you may be losing weight and toning up, so double check your sports bra fits you by checking how tight the underband is, whether your breasts are fully contained in the cups and that your straps are tight enough.” When choosing plus size its always best to go for a specialist like Freya who specifically designed their bras to support the fuller bust giving you more bang for your buck with the added design details like its extra hook and eye for a more flexible fit. With designs going up to a K we are sold.
Best Sports Bras: With Zipper Front
Theres a huge trend for sports bras with a zipper front detail for Summer 2018, LNDR is at the top of our lust list. Perfect for when you want something different in your gym kit, the colour blocking style from LNDR ticks all the style boxes.
Best Sports Bras: At Nike
Can you even say you are a gym goer if you don’t own a bit of Nike in your kit? The clever people at Nike have launched the Motion Adapt Bra, which basically adapts to your body whether you are stretching to sprinting, giving the most comfortable fit. Surely the best Nike sports bra ever?
Best Sports Bras: For Yoga
When you want to stand out in the yoga class, look no further than NoKaOi. The ‘Action Couture’ brand is at the top of our list when it comes to all ins yoga and looking super stylish at the same time. We love the removable padding and how the waistband feels supportive but still lightweight.
Pink, tick, super soft, tick and the subtle branding, tick. We are all over this DKNY style.
Look out for the Climalite®, the fast-drying functional fabric is the way to go if your’e looking to up your game.
If its good enough for Elle McPherson its good enough for us. Founded by two stylists we love the bold prints and the tomboy shapes.
Personal trainer turned fashion designer, Charli Cohen knows her stuff when it comes stories fitness. Not for the wallflowers at the gym thats for sure.
Go for this minimalist style in this H&M style that screams expensive.
Super stylish in black with high neck and subtle zip detail, add to basket.
If you’re after a sports bra for plus size then this Next style could be right up your street. With sizes up to a G, racer back shape and sweat wicking detail, ideal if you’re looking to update your kit for less.
Triumph have done the bounce test and this pink style has well and truly passed.
They had us at the claim to reduce ‘breast bounce’ by up to 83%, whats not to like. The leopard print detail adds a fun twist, boom.
Whatever youre preferred class, a supportive sport bra is essential. This Chantelle bra is designed to suit those high impact activity. The adjustable straps and the optional racer back add extra style points.
Part of the Tommy Gigi collection, this crop top is at the top of our lust list.