These Are My Absolute Favorite Sports Bras for Every Workout, Hands Down


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For a long time, I absolutely hated wearing sports bras. They were so tight, not very easy to move in, and taking them off was a nightmare. But in recent years, the powers that be (aka activewear brands) have designed sports bras to be a lot more comfortable and stylish. There are so many popular sports bras other than the basic racerback: hook-and-eye closure ones, strappy-back pieces, one-shoulder tops, and longline bras. The latter has become my absolute favorite and a staple in my workout wardrobe.

You see, I've recently embraced working out with just a sports bra on and no tank top. I used to marvel at people in my studio classes who could just work out with just a sports bra. For me, I was always self-conscious about my body—about how my gut and "rolls" looked when I just had a sports bra on. Plus, I liked a little bit more coverage than what a regular one could offer. So I always wore a tank as an extra layer, but as I've been working on getting more comfortable and confident in my body and how I look, I've decided to say "Eff it" and flaunt my cutest sports bras.

The longline pieces have been crucial to my new outlook on activewear. Because they're longer than normal sports bras and can sit just a few inches above my belly button, I get the right amount of coverage that I want for my midriff, but I still get to show some skin and feel a little sexy during my workout. I also like wearing them post-workout because it doesn't feel like I'm baring too much at the grocery store or at brunch with friends. I truly think they look flattering on everyone.

Want to try them out for yourself or stock up on more? Take a look at some of my favorites plus other highly rated ones below.

1. Zella Studio Lite Longline Bra

2. Lemedy Padded Sports Bra

3. H&M 2-Pack Sports Bras

4. Athleta Conscious Crop

5. Varley Let's Move Harris Bra

6. Crz Yoga Strappy Longline Sports Bras

7. FP Movement Good Karma Crop

8. Alo Airbrush Real Bra Tank

9. Sweaty Betty Stamina Longline Sports Bra

10. Lululemon Energy Longline Bra

11. Girlfriend Collective Daydream Rib Paloma Racerback Bra

12. Beyond Yoga Spacedye Lost Your Mind Cropped Tank

13. Zella Balance Seamless Longline Sports Bra

14. Tory Sport Seamless Adjustable Long Bra

15. Outdoor Voices SeamlessRib Longline Bra

16. Athleta Cinch Longline Bra

17. FP Movement Running Through My Mind Bra

18. Alo Alosoft Ribbed Chic Bra Tank

19. Lululemon Like a Cloud Longline Bra

20. Core10 Spectrum Strappy Longline Bra

21. Zella Restore Soft Lounge Longline Bra

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This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

Managing Editor

Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.