Vogue’s Ultimate Guide to the Best Sports Bras

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Like a trusty pair of yoga pants, your best sports bra probably gets worn everywhere—whether you’re going on a run or simply running errands. It’s a wardrobe essential in that it anchors your look, but it also serves to support you during your more active moments. Of course, like any other underpinning, certain styles will suit different needs, so finding the ideal one (or two, or three) is essential in any modern wardrobe.

Compressive, full-coverage, and adjustable sports bras are best for high-intensity sweats and particularly crucial for larger chests. On the other hand, seamless, clasp-less, and otherwise non-constrictive styles feel most suitable for low-impact workouts like Pilates or yoga—digging straps or uncomfortably tight fits become all too distracting when you’re focused on stabilization or breathwork.

Fashion-forward sports bras like long-line silhouettes and cropped tanks work even harder than function-first styles. These boast versatility and design factor, doubling as tops with coordinating bottoms for a workout or mixed with ready-to-wear staples like jeans and skirts outside the gym.

Yes, even the sportiest of bras can feel essential to those less enthused by a fitness regimen. For example, a classic racerback made from moisture-wicking fabric lends athletic nonchalance to high-rise trousers and a blazer (with incredible breathability to boot). Likewise, for a minimally cut crop or bustier-style bra—both are undeniably chic with matching leggings in the studio but easily convert to polished with pleated pants, layered under a button-down, or styled with a slip skirt.

Whenever or however you choose to wear a sports bra, ahead, discover Vogue’s edit of the best sports bras for every desire and activity.


When building a sports bra collection, it’s best to start with the basics, and a skin-colored style will go the distance for workouts and beyond. Square necklines and thin-strap crops read modern and sleek while buttery-soft seamless fabrics will sculpt and support.

Girlfriend Collective Tommy sports bra


Adidas Studio Primegreen sports bra


Vaara Lu low-impact sports bra


Abysse Shaffer strappy bralette

$110.00, FARFETCH

Wacoal high-impact underwire sports bra


About Core low-impact antibacterial sports bra



From minimal to strappy to compressive, a black sports bra is undeniably the most versatile style out there. Whether you’re offsetting a printed legging, bright biker short, or favor head-to-toe black workout attire, this is the one to buy in multiples and work into your everyday outfits, too.

All Access Chorus bra

$58.00, BANDIER

Le Ore Corso cutout recycled stretch sports bra

$68.00, NET-A-PORTER

Marysia Sport Serena scalloped-edge seersucker sports bra


Heroine Sport Body sports bra


Falke high-impact C-D sports bra


Koral Norah Infinity leopard sports bra



A supportive, full-coverage sports bra is essential for high-impact practices, especially if you have a larger chest. Details to seek out for maximum comfort include compressive and moisture-wicking fabric, cushioned underwires or under bands, wider and padded straps, and power-mesh lining.

Lululemon AirSupport bra


IVL Collective Scallop Power sports bra


Le Mystère hi-impact underwire sports bra


Natori Yogi convertible sports bra


Athleta Warrior longline bra

$54.00, ATHLETA

Halle Berry x Sweaty Betty Storm Power Shine sports bra


Light Coverage

Fashion can more easily win over function when it comes to sports bras for low-impact works and leisurely days. Think thin straps, cutout designs, lower-cut necklines, and minimal hardware or clasps, whether worn with matching stretchy bottoms or layered under your go-to tee.

Live the Process stretch-fit draped detail sports bra

$100.00, FARFETCH

Lanston Sport Element sports bra

$109.00, MYTHERESA

Varley Watson cheetah-print sports bra


New Balance x Staud crop bra


PE Nation Power Play logo-tape sports bra

$77.00, FARFETCH

Beyond Yoga space dye slim racerback sports bra


Eco-Friendly Design

Sustainable designs are plentiful in the world of activewear. From recycled, organic, and biodegradable fabrics to earth-friendly supply chains focused on reducing a brand’s carbon footprint, these sports bras look and feel good in more ways than one—and function like the best of them, from cycling to stretch class.

Adidas by Stella McCartney TruePurpose seamless sports bra


Reebok x Victoria Beckham logo intarsia sports bra

$111.00, FARFETCH

Reformation Gwen Ecomove bra


Ernest Leoty Florence two-tone recycled stretch top

$145.00, NET-A-PORTER

Outdoor Voices Double Time sports bra


Aura7 Fresh Air Malibu top


Sports Bras That Double As Tops

What could be better than a sports bra that works as hard as you do? Whether you opt for a statement sleeve, cinched tank, bustier detailing, or a minimalist crop, this sports bra style is for statement-makers, both in and outside the gym.

Port De Bras ruffle crop top


Alo Real sports bra


Eres Prana sports bra

$346.00, MYTHERESA

Nylora Marne tank marigold and white combo

$120.00, NYLORA

Alala cinch sports bra

$95.00, FARFETCH

Nike Yoga Dri-Fit crop gingham tank



When sprucing up your sports bra assortment, a ribbed style feels very of the moment—whether you’re drawn to pastel colors, retro stripes, color blocking, or tie-dye. It’s another style that melds seamlessly with everyday attire—in the heat, toss one on under a button-down with jean shorts off-duty, or go more polished with a ribbed crop and tailored Bermuda shorts.

Year of Ours ribbed curve bra

$68.00, BANDIER

Beach Riot Eva colorblock ribbed sports bra


Nagnata Lucid striped stretch organic cotton sports bra

$190.00, NET-A-PORTER

Free People FP Movement Good Karma sports bra


Solid & Striped Sport High Tide rib knit sports bra

$78.00, INTERMIX

Good American seamless strappy back rib bra



Another sports bra style guaranteed to perform is one made from compression fabric. It not only holds you in for maximum support but sculpts your shape for a confident look and feel.

Tory Burch compression Mélange cross-back bra

$88.00, TORY BURCH

The Upside Himalaya Nadya compression bra

$75.00, FARFETCH

Brooks Dare zip running sports bra


Adam Selman Sport cross-back bra

$95.00, BANDIER

Spanx high impact sports bra


Splits59 Claudia stretch sports bra

$78.00, NET-A-PORTER

Nursing Sports Bras

When you’re nursing, functional sports bras designed for ease and support are essential. Features like adjustable shoulder straps, front closures, and crossover designs offer efficiency when feeding or pumping, while wide under bands and padded cups aid in support and comfort.

Belly Bandit B.D.A. nursing bra


Modern Eternity seamles nursing sports bra


Sweat and Milk Chloé 3 running nursing sports bra

$62.00, SWEAT & MILK

Cake Maternity Rock Candy wirefree nursing bra

$45.00, AMAZON

Angelhood seamless nursing bra pack of 3

$20.00, AMAZON

Ingrid & Isabel seamless maternity and nursing sports bra

$40.00, SHOPBOP

Originally Appeared on Vogue