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Monday, May 6, 2013

14 fashion-forward, functional sports bras

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Sports Bra
The only thing harder than finding the perfect bra is finding the perfect sports bra. Some are too constraining, while others offer too little support. Not to mention that finding the perfect fit often means forgoing cuter styles and cuts.

That's why we compiled these 14 sports bras fit for the fashion-conscious. Ranging from light to maximum support, these stylish and functional sports bras stand up in yoga and barre class to running a half marathon.

And with stylish shapes and chic details, you may find yourself not wanting to wear much else. —Jamie McKillop

Photo: Fitchicla.net

 

Phat BuddhaPhat Buddha Hudson Sports Bra

The hot coral hue in this seamless bra is the perfect way to work with the rising temperatures—outside or in the hot yoga studio. Wear it solo in Bikram or layer it under a tank for an added pop of color in vinyasa. Plus, thanks to its anti-stink fabric, you can dash directly to brunch afterward without offending your company.

$36, www.phatbuddhawear.com
PrimaPrima Barre Light Support Bra

The graceful neckline on this pretty bra makes it a stylish standout among light-support pieces. The removable cups and cross-over detailing in front provide light support, and the mesh T-back gives it a breathable feel to ease through your next barre class, which happens to be the namesake workout and intended use of this bra.

 

$56, www.primastudio.com

 
nesh bra fitness urban outfittersNesh Extreme Racer Bralette

We know. At first glance, the Nesh Extreme Racer Bralette is so chic it looks more like a summer camisole than a sports bra. But the silky soft fabric is 4% Lycra, which gives it some light support, and makes it a great addition to your next Pilates ensemble.

$76, www.urbanoutfitters.com


 
michiny empress bra fitness fashionMichi Empress Bra

The star of the stylish-bra genre is Michi, whose very sexy (Jean-Paul Gaultier-inspired) pieces have a high-fashion appeal such that it can be hard to want to wear it to work out. We highly encourage it though. This new moisture-wicking bra gets some of its medium-support from the criss-cross detailing, and has adjustable elastic shoulder straps, hook-and-eye closure, and removable cups. We're also obsessed with the Cosmic Bra and the Lioness Bra.

$125, www.store.michiny.com

 
Carbon 38Outdoor Voices Light Support Crop Top

Nothing is hotter right now than the high neck and cropped waist on this sports bra-tank hybrid from Outdoor Voices. The cut highlights your strong and sexy shoulders and worked-hard-for-them abs. And the moisture-wicking fabric is also reflective for a summer night's stroll. Leave it at home on your next jog, though; its shelf-bra layer doesn't offer tons of support.

$48, www.carbon38.com

 
C9C9 by Champion Sports Bra
Budget Pick!

We're hooked on the geometric pattern of this sports bra from cost-effective fitness brand C9. With thin straps, a mesh racerback, and 14% Spandex construction, it's perfect for a light run if you're small-busted, or yoga, Pilates, or Chaise 23 class if you're on the curvier side.

$15, www.target.com

 
Lorna Jane sports braLorna Jane Labyrinth Medium Support Bra

We're smitten for the mod contrasting color panels on the Labyrinth, from Australian fitness powerhouse, Lorna Jane. Its adjustable straps and (removable) padding make it easily wearable to SoulCycle and Body by Simone for those up to a C-cup. And thanks to the sweat-wicking fabric, you'll stay comfortable and dry—as well as chic—in the summer swelter.

$63, www.lornajane.com

 

Solow braSolow Workout Bra

This bra and its flattering details are almost too lovely to keep hidden. The widely placed straps, which evoke a sweetheart neckline as they converge into a V-back, have a super pretty retro appeal. The cups are lightly padded and have underwires, making it suitable for an activity like Physique 57 Cardio or Flybarre where push-ups are de rigeur with your pulses.

$59, www.shopbop.com

 
BodyRockBody Rock Andrea High Support Sports Bra

With its front zip and gold-stud detailing, this sexy number kind of looks like it's been on tour with P!nk or Brittany. All the better to rock it out at dance cardio class. But the Andrea is more than just a pretty face. Molded cups offer maximum support and the Supplex fabric is silky and lightweight. Not to mention that the zipper makes it easier to remove and jump in the shower without an overhead struggle.

$77, www.carbon38.com

 
NikeNike Victory Shape Support Sports Bra
Budget Pick!

While every top drawer probably has a Nike sports bra in it, the print on this one seems inspired by the Missoni weave pattern beloved by fashionistas everywhere. It's a perfect choice for high-impact activity like your daily run down the West Side Highway or your ride at Flywheel. And its Dri Fit technology means you'll be able to wear it comfortably following your workout, so you can sip your green juice in style.

$36, www.nike.com

 
ZobhaZobha Infinity High Coverage Sports Bra

This structured pull-over bra offers the most coverage and support that Zobha makes. C-cups can wear it to spin or to boot camp, and the pretty color blocking extends to the racerback. The shelf bra and removable bra cups make this suitable for running, too. D-cups might find it challenging to get in and out of.

$58, www.zobha.com

 

Moving ComfortMoving Comfort Endurance Maximum Support Sports Bra


The beloved sports bra company is launching increasingly stylish options for curvier women, including this new piece. It's made specifically for women with C-DD cups and uses compression technology, full coverage, and secure straps (that don't dig) to reduce motion. For an added bonus, you'll find a large key-hole in the back, adding an element of visual appeal.

$52, www.zappos.com

 

 

 

 

 

Shock Absorber bra net-a-porterShock Absorber Ultimate Run Sports Bra

We love the simple yet chic aesthetic of this maximum-support sports bra from serious fitness brand Shock Absorber. It's designed with runners in mind, and has cushioned hook fastenings in the back, non-slip adjustable straps, lightly padded cups for support, and a racer back. And with stylish reflective edging, you can wear it day or night.

$79, www.net-a-porter.com

 
CWXCW-X Xtempo Maximum Support Bra
Specially designed for large-busted women, the CW-X is sweat wicking and features a front-snap closure and extra cup-lining to keep the girls secure during a long run or jumping jacks at boot camp. And thanks to the fun white-and-neon-pink piping, it's a support bra you'll actually want to wear.

$65, www.zappos.com

 
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