Finding the right sports bra is like finding the right pair of jeans...there's agony, there's triumph and then there are all the emotions in between. It takes some time to find the perfect bra for your size and activity, but I've put together my top picks covering everything from running to yoga and women who are extra curvy and those who, um, aren't.
If you normally have to wear 2 sports bras to get the support you need, this is the bra for you. Made for women with C-E cup sizes, this bra offers support, separation and comfort with a padded underwire and wide, adjustable straps. It also offers great sweat-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable and dry. Best for: Curvy Women, High Impact Activities.
The name of this bra says it all and, as the bra experts at Title 9 Sports say, you will rejoice with "cups that perfectly encapsulate your breast!" and "don't look like they start somewhere in the middle of your back." This is a favorite bra for C and D-cup women because it separates, supports and wicks sweat away - the three most important things we want from a workout bra. It also holds up during high impact activities. Best for: Curvy Women, High Impact Activities
A reader emailed me a while back and told me I had to recommend this bra to women who may need a little extra support, but don't want to feel like they're in a straight jacket. As she said, "I wear a 34DD and have had 2 kids...I wear it all the time...It was comfy enough to even wear when pregnant." Best for: Curvy Women, Medium-High Impact Activities.
This sports bra is great for medium-curvy women looking for support without feeling too constricted. The criss-cross straps provide comfortable support and the fabric is breathable so sweat is wicked away from your body. You'll also find you have great support for high impact exercises if you're a C-D cup and the hook-and-eye clasp makes this one easy to get on and off. Best for: Medium-Curvy Women, Medium-High Impact Activities
The Nike Swift Y-Back is another good choice for almost any exerciser. It offers high impact support with soft, foam-lined cups and moisture-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable and dry. A-B cups will get maximum support, while while fuller-figured women will find this bra is perfect for medium-impact exercise. It also keeps sweat away from your body, keeping you cool and dry. Best for: Medium-Curvy Women, Medium-High Impact Activities
I like this bra for higher impact activities and it's one of my favorites because it's seamless and, therefore, there's no chafing. It's a little tougher to get on an off, especially after you've been sweating, but you'll find it a comfortable choice for a variety of activities. It has mesh panels for breathability and is made of moisture-wicking fabric, which keeps sweat away from your skin (although the outer fabric of the bra does get pretty sweaty itself). Best for: Medium Women, High Impact Activities.
This lovely bra is not only perfect for small-breasted women, it's also the first sports bra designed for women who've had breast cancer. It's soft, comfy and lightweight and it also has a zip-front which makes it easy to take off. The CoolMax lining doubles as pocket for a prosthesis, but any woman would find the Grace Bra comfortable and supportive. This is probably my favorite sports bra. Best for: Small-Medium Women, High Impact Activities
This is one of my favorite bras because the straps are adjustable, comfortable and flattering, and the banding around the chest keeps things in place without too much compression. It does included padded cups so, if that's not your thing, you may not like it, but it's great for higher impact workouts. Best for: Small-Medium Women, High Impact Activities
If you want full coverage and good support for medium-light impact activities, this is a great choice. It has a built-in bra which, normally, makes it difficult to get these things on and off. But, that's what makes this a good choice - the fabric is soft and stretchy, so it's easily removed, but it still offers great support. The straps are adjustable which is always a nice feature in sports bras. I find this top is perfect for yoga, weight training or other low impact activities, but not the best choice for running or other high impact workouts. Best for: Small-Medium Women, Lower Impact Activities
This sports tank is just downright pretty and so comfortable, you'll want to wear it all day. It's fitted, but the fabric is stretchy and designed to wick sweat away from your body. The straps are flattering and, like the short Alexis bra listed above, offers comfortable support with no seams, padded cups to avoid that uniboob look and adjustable straps. This top is great for any exercise, even high impact activities. Best for: Small-Medium Women, High Impact Activities