No gym kit is complete without a sturdy sports bra. Here's Marie Claire's round-up of the 30 best stylish AND supportive styles in stores now...
When it comes to looking good while we work out, we’ve literally never had it so good. With most sports brands offering cool, fashion-led gym solutions, and the entire high street now getting in on the act, we are thoroughly spoilt for choice.
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. But do we all need one? And which is the best sports bra to buy? The answer is, of course, yes (no matter your size or the intensity of your work out). And the question of which bra is down to the level of impact your sport creates and your bra size.
No woman owns one regular bra do they? And because most of us mix-up our fitness regime with different levels of activity – we’re talking to you Miss three yoga classes and two runs a week – then a collection should also be true of your sports-bra wardrobe. We urge you to invest.
Splashing out on 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. 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.
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.
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A perfect fit for you and your workout, this double strap bra will keep you dry and stylish even through intense workouts. The added bonus of the removable padding which provides shaping and extra support only add to the benefits of this covetable two-tone bra.
This designer-looking bra with a high street price tag is one our top picks. In a fast-drying functional fabric with a mesh racer back, lined front and elasticated hem, its ideal for medium impact workouts.
Ideal for medium-impact workouts like dance and cycling, Nike’s Pro Fierce sports bra is designed with moulded cups and a supportive racer-back to allow a wide range of motion. Not only is the print seriously covetable,it also contains sweat-wicking Dri-FIT technology. Nice.
Varley instils its high-performance active wear with street-credibility. Show off toned arms with this leopard-print sports bra composed of a moisture-wicking technical knit with second-skin support.
This fully lined sports bra in fast-drying functional fabric is the way to go if youre looking to update your kit for less.
Hit your workout hard with the support and style of the Adidas Techfit printed training bra. Its designed for medium-impact workouts and features technical fabric which works to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.
The Upside’s sports bra is crafted from super soft,quick-drying and breathable stretch-jersey digitally printed with a Moroccan tile pattern. The adjustable crossover back straps offer a personalised fit and allow you to move freely. Wear it underneath a tank or as a cropped top with the matching leggings.
Holistic and wellness labels Live The Process and Los Angeles-based Moon Juice have collaborated to create this seriously covetable yoga bra complete with a print that promotes both brands’ beliefs in healing forces,energy and movement. We love.
Weve long admired Sweaty Betty for their technical sportswear with a fashion-edge and for SS16, they havent disappointed. This new V shape design features compression and encapsulation properties for a customised fit ideal for medium impact workouts.
Crafted with strength and femininity in mind, this stylish yoga-appropriate bra is must-buy for those with an A-list approved gym membership.
Accentuate toned abs with this urban sports bra, enhanced with quick-dry technology and a statement zip fastening.
Nod to the seasons rainbow bights trend in your low to mid-intensity workouts in Lucas Hugh’s sports bra. Crafted from quick-drying stretch fabric, the mesh-lined bust offers light support while helping to wick away moisture, and the racer-back design ensures a wide range of movement.
For a bra that does it all, look no further. You’ll be double the trouble in this reversible bra from the athletic experts at Without Walls. Quick drying fabric helps control excessive body moisture, won’t pill, and offers sun protection for a style that seriously does it all.
Ideal for low intensity workouts, this seamfree crop top is perfect for yoga sessions.
Perfect for low to medium-impact workouts like cycling and dance, The Upside’s sports bra is cut from quick-drying stretch-jersey that’s fully lined. This sleek black design has a T-bar back for ease of movement and a wide elasticated underband for shape and support while the large logo nods to this seasons 90s trend.
For all the technical support with the added bonus of hints of neon pink and electric blue, look no further than this breathable, high-tech sports bra.
Live The Process’ printed sports bra strikes the perfect balance between function and fashion. Best suited for medium-impact workouts,it’s crafted from a blend of Supplex and Lycra for a smooth and supportive fit.
Nike’s Pro Classic sports bra provides the medium support recommended for cycling, dance or cardio classes. Cut from the brand’s moisture-wicking Dri-FIT stretch-jersey, itll make a great addition to both gym and weekend wardrobes.
Make a statement in this seriously stand-out sports bra. Cut from comfortable stretch jersey, this classic racer-back style is finished with breathable mesh trims making it perfect for medium intensity workouts.
Whatever youre preferred class, a supportive sport bra is essential. This Marks & Spencer bra is designed to restrict movement for extra high impact activity while the colour-way is bold without being too daring.
Stand out for all the right reasons in this floral print racerback bra.
Nod to this seasons 90s mood with a Calvin Klein branded bra. Crafted from flexible stretch-jersey, its criss-cross straps offer ample support while the iconic branding will earn you serious style points in the gym.
Intensify your workout with this high impact, non-wired crop top. When not wearing it to the gym, pack it in your suitcase and team with denim cut-offs.
Trust in the secure fit of this maximum support sports bra,crafted from soft-stretch microfibre with double racerback shoulder straps.
Maximum support with an aztec print and all for £10? Theres nothing we dont love about this bargain bra.
Lucas Hugh designs activewear for women who refuse to compromise on technical performance and style. Inject a pop of colour to your gym kit with this stand-out orange bra complete with second-skin support and flattering racerback straps.
Designed for high impact activities, this underwired Berlei sports bra features mesh fabric to keep you dry during your workout. While the wide adjustable straps minimise bounce and the crossover straps give additional support and flexibility, the bold colour-way will add a feminine spin to your gym kit.
Designed to give great support during your yoga workout,this covetable snake print bra is far too fancy to hide away under a T-shirt.Wear it at your next Bikram session with high-waisted leggings and let the mesh panels moderate body temperature.
Work up a sweat in style with the Mink Pink Work It Out CropTop. Featuring colour-popping contrast trims, this soft crop top combines function and style in an ultra modern design with a crossover back and elastic branded underband.
Bodyism’s Frida bra provides light to medium support for cycling, dance and cardio classes. It’s constructed from light-grey stretch-jersey, offering a figure-skimming fit with optimum freedom of movement. Wear this flatteringly ruched style with the coordinating leggings for an enviable gym-honed look.