Sports bras shot into the spotlight last week, after footballer Chloe Kelly dashed around the field in just her white Nike crop top after scoring the winning goal in the Women's Euros 2022.
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Following the match, demand for sports bras increased by 316% in the UK, according to lingerie brand Pour Moi, and anyone who exercises, be it yoga, running or spinning, will know a sports bra is non-negotiable.
From high-impact sports bras that keep you feeling secure, to lightweight and breathable options you can barely tell are there, these are the best sports bras around, for every workout.
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We scoured the best online sportswear retailers, including Nike, Gymshark and Sweaty Betty for the best sports bras for every workout.
M&S sports bras
M&S is our go-to shopping destination for everything; food shopping, as well as fashion, sleepwear, footwear, underwear and sportswear.
One item that is particularly high on our radar is the Flexifit Non Wired Crop Top, which has garnered over 1,177 reviews from shoppers. While this is definitely not for high-intensity workouts because it offers minimal support, it's ideal for yoga, where you're looking for seam-free, buttery-soft material. The Flexifit technology moulds to your body shape to provide optimum comfort during your workout, while it also features removable padding, and a gel waistband so not to dig in. Nailed it M&S!
Flexifit™ Non Wired Crop Top, £20, Marks & Spencer
Nike sports bras
Copy Chloe Kelly's exact look in this white Nike sports bra. It's designed for medium-impact activities such as spin, cardio and dance classes, plus it wicks sweat away from the body, to keep you feeling cool, no matter how hard you're working.
It has removable padding too, but if you choose to leave them in, they're designed to stay in place, rather than shift about annoyingly.
Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh, £34.95, Nike
Sweaty Betty sports bras
Sweaty Betty’s Stamina Workout Bra has received over 2,000 glowing reviews from shoppers, and it is no surprise why. This creation boasts a 4-way stretch to allow you to move freely when working out, while it is also seam free and non-padded so as to not cause any discomfort or dig in, which is our personal pet peeve. It has medium support and comes in sizes extra small to triple extra large.
Stamina Workout Bra, £40, Sweaty Betty
Lululemon sports bras
When shopping for sports bras at Lululemon you truly are spoilt for choice, with the Align Bra, Energy Bra, and Wunder Train design all being amongst the brand’s bestsellers, however, the Energy Bra pipped the others to the post with its glowing reviews.
Not only is it a chic design, which is flattering for all body shapes, but it is suitable for all sports, has a four-way stretch for optimum comfort, is sweat-wicking to help moderate your body temperature, and has removable pads too.
Energy Workout Bra, £40, Lululemon
Alo Yoga sports bras
Alo Yoga is the brand to go to for… you guessed it - yoga or pilates attire. For those looking for flattering, stylish and comfortable yet lightweight and breathable designs when carrying out light to medium impact exercise, look no further. The Airbrush Real Bra Tank in particular has proved to be a hit with shoppers, who have hailed it the “perfect” sports bra.
It features a subtle built-in shelf bra for support and coverage, while the v-plunge and racerback design flatter all figures. It is sculpting, has soft cups and is moisture-wicking. Yes, yes and yes.
Airbrush Real Bra Tank, £71, Alo Yoga
Gymshark sports bras
Gymshark is one of the more affordable sportswear brands to shop, so is ideal for those on a budget, or who may be exercising for the first time and do not want to spend a small fortune in case they don’t continue - and we understand.
The Ruched Training Sports Bra has over 126 reviews from shoppers. It suits those who are in need of light to medium support, has adjustable straps and removable padding, and is lightweight and flattering on the bust too, thanks to the ruched detail.
Ruched Training Sports Bra, £28, Gymshark
Gym + Coffee sports bras
Gym + Coffee is arguably the unsung hero in the sportswear business, but a firm favourite in our athleisurewear wardrobes.
After almost two years living in workout gear or loungewear while working from home in the pandemic, we have come to realise spending the day in workout attire, even if we have no intention of working out, is extra comfortable. For those who are looking for exactly that, the Lotis Knit Bra is for you. You can enjoy low impact work outs in it, such as yoga or pilates, or simply laze around the home in comfort.
Lotus Rib Knit Bra, £45, Gym + Coffee
Tala Sports Bras
Tala is a sportswear brand, which has increased in popularity amongst social media influencers. This design in particular may be new season, but it is already in popular demand, as it is a “sports bra and crop top hybrid”, with compression band, removable pads, cross back and is made from sustainable fabrics.
Skinluxe Tank Sports Bra, £36, Tala
Vuori Sports Bras
Sustainable Californian activewear brand Vuori launched in March 2022 in the UK, and we couldn't wait to get our hands on it. Celebrity fans include Harry Styles, Ben Affleck, Liam Hemsworth and Kaia Gerber and the Daily Bra is the top-seller. Great for hiking, yoga, or lounging, it comes in an array of colours, but this punchy orange is our top pick. It's undetectable under clothes for an airbrushed look and gives medium support. Reviewers say it's comfortable and flattering, though advise sizing up for the best fit.
Daily Bra, £50/$48, Vuori
Lorna Jane Sports Bras
This Capri blue buy was designed to cater for C to F cups, to keep larger busts supported during intense exercise sessions, making it the best sports bra for larger busts that we've tried. It was created for a member of the Lorna Jane team, who wears an E cup and wanted maximum support without shoulder discomfort, with cleavage coverage, minimal bounce and little padding. This bra was borne out of her desires, with fixed padding to avoid bunching, stabilised lining for less bounce and gel padded straps for minimal pressure on the shoulders. Dreamy.
Hold and Mould Sports Bra, £75, Lorna Jane
Contur Sports Bras
If you're looking for the perfect sports bra for spinning, look no further than the bold buy from UK-based, female-founded brand Contur. All of their creations are made from recycled fabric and the production is in London, for minimal carbon footprint. The bras are seriously high performers too, keeping you supported no matter how furiously you pedal, plus they wash beautifully, never losing their colour.
Block Rocker V2 Sports Bra, £30.45, Surfdome
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