For any type of bra, the perfect fit and size is key. Many women are wearing the wrong bra size without even knowing it, and that's also true for sports bras—the activewear essential you'll be sure to find in any woman's closet. But what are the key things to look for when shopping for one? Ahead, we're breaking it down.
The sports bra has actually only been around since 1975 when it was first introduced as the Free Swing Tennis Bra by Glamorise Foundations. Two years later, the first general sports bra (dubbed the Jockbra and later renamed Jogbra) arrived when Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith created it to combat the bad experience of working out in a normal bra. Playtex took notice and purchased Jogbra in 1990, and the first iteration of today's sports bra was born. But in the brief history of the sports bra, there have never been more options than today.
For smaller cup sizes, look for traditional racerback styles for light support. The fit is also important. While you don’t want anything too tight, make sure it hugs the body tight to provide good support. As cup sizes move up, look for features like thicker straps and underwire that offer even more resistance when you need it for everything from yoga to high-impact sports. Want to see which sports bras made our cut?
Go on to shop for the best sports bras for every cup size.
While small cups need less support than their larger-breasted counterparts, it is best to go for tight-hugging sports bras in a racerback style for some support.
Only Rihanna could think of such a cool twist on a black bra.
A classic sports bra that will support every type of workout.
We love the keyhole cutout of this sultry bra.
Take this cool Tommy Hilfiger sports bra from your morning hike to daily errands.
Add matching leggings to complete this cool racer look.
Add a little more support for those with medium-sized breasts. Sports bras with halter straps and low-plunging necklines are the most flattering.
We love the wide elastic band and shoulder straps on this bra.
Find your inner warrior with this ripped-detail bra.
This low-plunging bra still adds support while mastering the athleisure look.
Perfect for low-impact activities.
Pair with simple track pants for a chic look.
Thicker straps and crop top–like sports bras are best for C cups. The support and coverage from these types of bras will be the most favorable for this cup size.
Your next go-to cycling sports bra.
The elastic band adds extra support and lift.
Wear yours with matching army leggings.
Perfect for layering on a busy day.
Complete with a cutout racerback and the Adidas logo.
For D+ cups, we recommend going with thick straps that crisscross in the back and underwire support. This will add lift and protection during your hardest of workouts.
Get inspired by this front-zipper bra.
A classic black bra that will support you through the toughest workouts.
Pair yours with simple black leggings.
Enjoy the added support and lift this bra will give you.