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
This longline sports bra is designed for low-impact workouts like studio or yoga.
2. Lemedy Padded Sports Bra
This Amazon find is always a best seller among our readers, and it's no surprise since it has over 45,000 ratings and 4.5 out of five stars on Amazon. The light-support sports bra also features removable cups.
3. H&M 2-Pack Sports Bras
Two sports bras for $30? This pack from H&M is a deal. The racerback designs are made with fast-drying fabric and are perfect for medium-impact workouts. They come in black and dusty rose.
4. Athleta Conscious Crop
Designed for yoga or studio classes, this longline sports bra is made with Athleta's signature Powervita fabric, which is buttery soft and hugs you just right.
5. Varley Let's Move Harris Bra
There's a cutout at the back of this high-neck bra that can help keep you cool. It's made with lightweight jersey material and is perfect for medium-impact workouts.
6. Crz Yoga Strappy Longline Sports Bras
The strappy back on this piece ensures breathability during the sweatiest workout. Note: The manufacturer says the bottom part may feel tight, so you might want to size up.
7. FP Movement Good Karma Crop
There are crisscross straps on the back of this FP Movement sports bra for extra support. The fabric also features SPF 30 UV protection.
8. Alo Airbrush Real Bra Tank
Made of soft performance jersey fabric, Alo's Real Bra Tank has a built-in shelf bra that provides enough support for yoga and studio classes.
9. Sweaty Betty Stamina Longline Sports Bra
The geometric pattern makes this sports bra stand out.
10. Lululemon Energy Longline Bra
Designed for training, Lululemon's Energy bra is made with the brand's "Luxtreme" fabric that is breathable, sweat-wicking, has four-way stretch, and feels cool.
11. Girlfriend Collective Daydream Rib Paloma Racerback Bra
Girlfriend Collective's best-selling Paloma sports bra features a racerback design, scoop neck, built-in support band, ribbed details, and a double-lined construction. It's also made from recycled water bottles.
12. Beyond Yoga Spacedye Lost Your Mind Cropped Tank
If you're looking for something a bit different than your regular bra or tank, you might want try out this one-shoulder top. It has a built-in shelf bra.
13. Zella Balance Seamless Longline Sports Bra
This bra has a double-layered design so it's ultra-supportive. The seamless design makes it really comfortable, too.
14. Tory Sport Seamless Adjustable Long Bra
Tory Sport's bra features a compression jersey fabric, removable padding, and adjustable racerback strap. The material is also breathable and anti-chafing.
15. Outdoor Voices SeamlessRib Longline Bra
Outdoor Voices's longline bra features a scoop neck and comfy seamless design.
16. Athleta Cinch Longline Bra
17. FP Movement Running Through My Mind Bra
Talk about breathability—this sports bra has breathable mesh details on both the front and back. It delivers moderate support.
18. Alo Alosoft Ribbed Chic Bra Tank
Alo's Chic Bra Tank is made with the brand's Alosoft fabric, which is so comfy, breathable, and stretchy. It features a shelf-bra lining for medium-impact support.
19. Lululemon Like a Cloud Longline Bra
Designed for yoga, this sports bra has "marshmallowy-soft foam cups" and soft, sweat-wicking fabric to make your practice more comfortable. It supports cup sizes up to DD.
20. Core10 Spectrum Strappy Longline Bra
There are darts at the bust on this sports bra for extra shaping so it doesn't look like you have a uni-boob (IYKYK). The lightly supportive piece is tighter at the waistband for more support and has a strappy back for breathability and easy movement.
21. Zella Restore Soft Lounge Longline Bra
Seriously, this sports bra is so soft you're going to want to wear it all day long—that's because it's made of the softest, brushed jersey fabric.
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.
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.
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