When you’re trying to stay in shape, there is nothing more infuriating than having the wrong sports bra. For years, the only sports bra I would wear would be the most basic version I could get at Nike, which was a struggle to get on and off and if I wore it too long I had to tear it off because it was way too constricting. Happily, since starting in the world of lingerie, I have learned so much more about my sports bra needs that I finally have a collection of perfect sports bra, suited to my every activity. I’ve sorted this selection from least to most support to make things easier for those of you who know that a particular type of activity is what is most important to you. Of course, this means that those of you who view support as your number one priority might want to skip right to the end!
For those of your with larger busts, you might be wondering why this flimsy piece of fabric is worth anything at all. Let me tell you: I absolutely love the Splits59 Loren sports bra because of how light it is! I wear it for activities like yoga or pilates, where there aren’t really any sudden movements and it’s important to be able to relax and stretch out. This was an impulse purchase one day when I forgot a sports bra for an exercise class and I am extremely grateful for it. If I wear it all day because I don’t have a chance to change, it doesn’t feel like anything at all!
Size Range: XS/S-M/L
Support: Light. Best for yoga, pilates or bar classes
I lusted after the Michi Bionic Bra when I first saw a picture of it 2 years ago, so when I decided to treat myself for my birthday in September, this was one of the first things on my list. I’ve been using it since then and I absolutely love it. The thicker fabric in the cups means that it’s useful for any activity with some movement, but not full-on running or jumping. It also looks incredibly cool– whenever I wear it, people ask me where I got it.
Size Range: S-L
Support: Medium. Good for dance classes, aerobics or any class in which you want to look super stylish
This is another sports bra that I tried on a whim and immediately fell in love. This is a wireless sports bra from Anita International that manages to perfectly encapsulate and support my bust even in the most strenuous occasions. I found that it handles cardio-kickboxing like a champ even when we do jumping jacks or ‘happy feet.’ The fabric is super breathable and easy to wear all day– it’s actually my first choice for traveling, moving or any kind of all day strenuous activity.
Size Range: 30D- 40G (US)
Support: Medium- High. Great for martial arts or other sports.
It may be rare, but sometimes there is a product that is simply amazing. This is THE most supportive sports bra available, especially if you mind that no other sports bra has worked for you. The combination of a padded underwire and a very firm band means that not even running or jumping can make even a little bounce happen when I’m wearing it. There have been so many full busted bra bloggers that have raved about this bra, it seems unfair not to mention how well regarded it is.
Size Range: 34-38B, 32-38C, 30-40D, 28-40DD-GG, 28-38H
Support: High. Perfect for running, jumping, anything intensely physical.
Anyone else have sports bras they love? I’m always looking to try out new things to see if they will make it into the regular rotation.