Editors' Picks: The Best Sports Bras
Adidas Techfit Bra
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: I am a total workout fanatic -- never miss a day! -- and swear by this bra. At this point, I own four (no joke, one black, two white, and one purple). Why? Simply because it's a no frills, totally functional, won't make you bounce all over the place -- even as a B or C cup like me -- kind of piece. Plus, it's scoop neck (anything too high neck makes me feel like I'm choking when going at high speeds on the treadmill) and its got that signature Climacool Adidas technology, which basically means it wicks away moisture while you work up a sweat (perfect for strength-training workouts). So, yeah, I'm obsessed.
Buy It! Adidas Techfit Bra, $25; kohls.com
Lululemon "Enlite" Bra
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I recently got back into running, a sport I basically stopped after I hung up my high school track uniform. I quickly realized the bras I was wearing to spin class and yoga we're not cutting it during my 5-mile runs. I needed a propper running bra that provided weightless support, which was impossible to find until Lululemon launched it's brand new "Enlite" bra in May. It manages to embrace movement without compromising performance, comfort or look! The criss-cross back style is very on-trend and the material feels so soft and seamless, it's like you're not wearing a bra at all. I never have to readjust and don't notice any bounce when I run. This bra is worth every cent.
Buy It! Lululemon "Enlite" Bra, $98; lululemon.com
Gap High Impact Sports Bra
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: With a petite frame and a large bust (we're talking DDD), finding a sports bra that fits my body and holds everything in place has always been a challenge, to say the least. For years, I was a two-bra gal, no matter what -- and even that wasn't good enough. But everything changed when I came across this gem at the Gap. The fabric is super-firm, which removes almost any bounce, and the straps and back are both adjustable, so pulling everything up and in is easy (and not at all painful). And while they don't truly carry my size, I size down one or two cups (whatever isn't sold out, TBH), which ends up prividing tighter hold. It's a win-win.
Buy It! Gap High Impact Sports Bra, $44.95; gap.com
C9 Champion Racerback Sports Bra
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: The first sports bra I ever wore was from C9 — back in middle school! -- and I've been wearing the brand exclusively ever since. It provides total support through any high-intesnity workout, while still being super comfortable with its ultra-strechy and moisture-wicking fabric. And for $16.99, it's impossible to make a Target run without picking up another bra in a fresh new color.
Buy It! C9 Champion Racerback Sports Bra, $16.99; target.com
Athleta Sports Bra
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Despite my 36DD bra size, I'm generally not a fan of underwire sports bras (I feel a little too held in, and don't feel like I can move — or breathe — freely). This sports bra has been perfect for me: It's lined, supportive and I don't mind the strappy back peeking out from my workout tops. And here's one more thing to feel good about: The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Buy it! Athleta Triple Dare bra, $49; athleta.com
Le Mystere Hi-Impact Sports Bra
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: Growing up as an athlete and also being a little bustier on top, I've always struggled with finding the perfect sports bra that actually works. This hi-impact bra from Le Mystere offes full coverage and major support -- you won't go anywhere, I promise!
Buy It! Hi-Impact Sports Bra, $62; lemystere.com
C9 Champion Seamless Cami Sports Bra
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: I picked up this bra at Target while home visiting my parents and in desperate need of something I could wear to yoga and that would double as bikini top in a pinch. Little did I know that I would become completely obsessed with it to the point that it's the only bra I ever want to wear.
Buy It! C9 Women's Seamless Cami Sports Bra, $16.99; target.com
Sweaty Betty Bhakti Padded Yoga Bra
Kami Phillips, E-Commerce Editor: As a woman with a smaller chest I tend to opt for sports bras with little or no padding, which is why I love this style from Sweaty Betty. Its light padding (which is also removable) provides support without feeling too bulky. Plus, I'm obsessed with the strappy one shoulder silhouette.
Buy It! Sweaty Betty Bhakti Padded Yoga Bra, $70; sweatybetty.com
Lululemon Free To Be Zen Bra
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: Full disclosure: I've got a pretty small chest, so for me, I value comfort and style over support when it comes to my sports bras. While this design probably wouldn't favor my bustier friends, it's perfect for flat-chested gals like me since it sucks everything in just the right amount without any discomfort. Plus, I always get compliments on the cool criss cross design on the back during yoga class!
Buy It! Lululemon Free To Be Zen Bra Full-On Luxtreme, $48; lululemon.com
Nike Indy Cross Back
Briana Draguca, Style & Beauty Intern: For me it's all about the workout clothes when I'm ready to hit the gym. A cute sports bra makes all the difference when it comes to motivation levels and this bright green Nike sports bra does just the trick. It has light padding and a mesh racerback for added support and breathablility. It's cute and sporty and makes me excited for my next spin class!
Buy It! Nike Indy Cross Back, $39.97 (originally $50); nike.com
ALALA Barre Seamless Bra
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Between balancing work, an eight-month-old baby and a serious relationship with my couch, I haven't had the time (or desire) to work out. But I just invested in a 10-pack of classes at Xtend Barre in Brooklyn and to pump myself up (and accomodate my significantly smaller post-baby bra size), I'm buying this ballet pink sports bra. At least I'll look cute as I'm struggling through my hundredth plié.
Buy it! ALALA Barre Seamless Bra, $55; alalastyle.com