The Right Sports Bra For Every Workout (and Cup Size)
With so many amazing sports bras out there in the athleticwear universe, one can easily become overwhelmed by all the choices. Simultaneously, you might feel a little frustrated — which one of these is going to be comfortable and supportive for my workout? Will it fit? Will it look nice? I have so many questions!
Bra shopping in general can be frustrating enough; compound that with your athletic endeavors and needs, and you may feel like you're on the brink of insanity. It's going to be OK! We have different (supercute) sports bras, broken down by impact level, high, medium, and low — and cup size from small to large, at a variety of price points. Check out these options and find the right fit.
- High-impact: Think running or jogging, contact sports, plyometrics (bootcamps, HIIT, Tabata, etc), and anything that causes a lot of bouncing (like gymnastics).
- Medium-impact: Dance cardio, hiking, Spin or cycling, and machines like the elliptical.
- Low-impact: Strength training, yoga, barre, Pilates, and walking.
High Impact: All Cup Sizes
While I've heard mixed reviews on this bra, I actually own it and love it. It's not often that you can find a high-impact, molded-cup bra for smaller cup sizes! Whether you're a 30C, a 34A, or a 38DD, this smooth, pretty bra will give you support. Keep in mind: it runs a bit narrow and has a very tight band!
Nike Pro Rival Women's Sports Bra ($50, originally $65)
High Impact: All Cup Sizes
This classic silhouette ranges in sizes from XS to XL, giving a bit of versatility without specific cup and band sizes, while still providing high support for intense exercies.
Old Navy High Support Racerback Sports Bra ($17 to $25, depending on color)
High Impact: Medium to Large Cup Sizes
With pretty colors and molded cups, in sizes B to DD, you'll control bounce and stay comfortable without sacrificing style.
High Impact: Large Cup Sizes
Freya bras have perhaps the most variety of sizes (where else can you get a 28GG?), and our senior editor Michele raves about them. If you've got a hard-to-find size (read: small rib cage, larger cup), definitely check out this brand. And if you prefer a racerback style, try the Sonic silhouette.
Medium Impact: All Cup Sizes
Fresh, bright colors, medium support, adjustable straps, and a sweat-wicking fabric: all at an under-$20 price point.
Medium Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes
Medium Impact: Medium Cup Sizes
Medium Impact: Medium to Large Cup Sizes
This shaping racerback style comes in trendy colors, with a lot of extra coverage. In sizes XS through XL, this is ideal for larger-chested women performing a moderate-intensity workout.
Low Impact: All Cup Sizes
With a unique, beautiful design, this style is deceivingly delicate. You'll still get a good amount of support and coverage for your LISS exercises, no matter your cup size.
Low Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes
Low Impact: Large Cup Sizes
This thoughtful silhouette from Panache is lightweight and gentle while still providing the coverage you need for your less-aggressive exercises and days when you don't need as much support. In sizes 28DD through 40F and in more colors here.