Sports bras: The workout essential you shouldn’t be without

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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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