What are Sports Bras? How are they Different from Regular Bras?
Sports bras are special bras designed for women who take part in physically intense activities. Such bras have better compression, hold and coverage than regular bras. The purpose of a sports bra is to firmly hold the muscles together with optimum compression to prevent bounce while playing sports or doing workouts. It also ensures that there is no spillage from the sides and the top while performing such activities. In this article, BP Guide discusses the topic of sports bras and provides a list of the 30 best sports bras for you to choose from.
Impact Levels : Sports Bras Types You Need to Know
One of the most important things about a sports bra is the impact level it can handle. Impact levels are physical activities of varying intensities. There are 3 main impact levels and they are as follows.
High impact refers to physical activities of high intensity. Some examples are running, playing racquet, dancing, aerobics and other physically intense sports. Women who are into high-impact activities must opt for bras that provide full coverage, firm hold and are made from moisture-wicking fabric. Bounce, spillage and sweat are part and parcel of intense physical activities and hence they need bras that can counter these issues effectively.
Medium impact refers to activities that are moderately intense. Some activities that can be described as such are hiking, jogging, brisk walking and cycling. There is not much bounce associated with such activities so a bra that provides medium to full coverage and support should suffice. It would be better if the bra is made from sweat-absorbent fabric as such activities produce mild to profuse sweating depending on the body and weather.
Low impact refers to physical activities that are not at all vigorous and can be done in the comfort of your home. The physical activities we are talking about are yoga, stretching and warm-up exercises. There is hardly any bounce associated with these activities. There is also no to mild sweating as these activities are not vigorous and are performed at home. Any medium support and coverage bra are ideal for such activities.
Types of Sports Bra
There are 6 main types of sports bras. They have been discussed below.
The racerback design is the most common design when it comes to sports bras. The design includes the shoulder straps joining over the backbone between the two shoulder blades in a Y pattern. Racerback bras are meant for high-intensity physical activities. It provides full coverage and the design is such that it keeps all the muscles in place, even during vigorous workout sessions.
Crisscross bras are both utilitarian and stylish. The bra straps form an X or crisscross at the back which makes the bra look stylish. Crisscross bras provide firm support and full coverage. You can perform a wide range of activities while wearing them without worrying about spillage or bounce.
Padded sports bras have padded cups to ensure dignity and hold. Sports bras whose cups are made of layers of fabric are not ideal for women who have prominent nipples and heavy breasts. They have to wear a shirt or tank top over the bra for complete coverage. A padded sports bra solves that issue. Women with heavy breasts and prominent nipples can wear only the bra during workouts and that is sufficient. The padded cups not only ensure dignity but also hold the breasts firmly in place.
Compression sports bras are those that do not have any inbuilt cups. They have a seamless design and can be worn under tops and dresses as regular bras besides during workout sessions. These bras hold the muscles firmly in place via uniform compression around the breasts, hence the name. They are made from elastane blend fabric which imparts compression on the body. Compression bras are ideal for low to medium-intensity activities. The elasticity and hold afford a wide range of movements.
These sports bras have well-defined in-built cups. The cups are padded and some of them might have underwires for better hold. These bras are designed like regular bras but function like sports bras. They provide good hold and prevent bounce and also look stylish while doing so.
Pullover sports bras are the most convenient sports bra. As the name suggests, it is to be worn like a top over your head. It is easy to slip in and out of this bra at a moment's notice. No need to deal with back clasps and front zippers. Pullover sports bras are usually a teenager's first bra because there is no hassle associated with it. In the field of workouts, women with small breasts can wear them.
30 Best Sports Bra in India: A Curated List for Your Convenience
The following list contains information on sports bras. They have been segregated into 6 groups, each group dedicated to a type of bra.
1. Clovia Camouflage Print Sports Bra
This sports bra was built to sustain maximum flexibility, performance and mobility. This justifies its olive green military camouflage print as the military is one of the fields with which we associate intense physical activity. The bra is made from spandex and soft polyester and hence is comfortable to wear. The fact that it is non-wired also contributes to the comfort factor. It has full-coverage cups that prevent spillage from the sides and the top. It is resistant to perspiration. You can get this easy-to-wear slip-on bra from clovia.com for a price of Rs. 1,199. This bra is designed for medium-impact activities and is ideal for hiking or Zumba or any other similar activity.
2. Clovia Seamless Padded Sports Bra
This sports bra is grey and black in colour with a perforated patch along the neckline. It has a slip-on feature for easy wear and a seamless design for a perfect fit. It is made from nylon spandex which is an anti-perspiration fabric besides being elastic and comfortable. It has full-coverage removable cups that prevent spillage from the top and the sides, especially during vigorous workout sessions. This bra is ideal for medium-impact activities like cross-training or hiking. You can buy this bra from the Clovia website for a price of Rs. 749.
3. Clovia Non-Wired Full Cup Sports Bra
This navy-coloured bra is non-wired and has removable cups. It is made from soft polyester nylon fabric that has moisture-wicking properties thus removing discomfort during physically intensive activities. Besides, the fabric is soft and sits comfortably on the skin. The shoulder straps are designed in a way that ensures that the bra fits snugly. It is easy to wear with its slip-on style feature. There is no slippage from the sides and top as the cups provide full coverage. This bra is crafted to provide maximum flexibility, performance and mobility during workout sessions without having to encounter discomfort, and wear and tear. Get it for Rs. 1,299 on clovia.com.
4. Sports Bra with Front Zip
This sports bra is pink in colour with black accents. It is made from a blended fabric of nylon and spandex. This material has moisture-wicking properties and is elastic and soft on the skin. It provides comfort and allows for a wide range of motions during workout sessions. It has removable padding and a seamless design that enables a smooth appearance under clothing. The best feature of this bra is its front zip closure. It allows for easy wear and removal. The zip is secured with concealed safety hooks. You can buy this comfortable bra for Rs. 899 on Amazon.
5. Sports Bra with Anti-Odour Technology
One of my pet peeves during workout sessions is profuse sweating and the consequent odour. This particular bra combats those very issues making your workout sessions comfortable and less smelly. The polyester-spandex blend fabric has anti-odour technology that wards off odour-causing bacteria. The moisture-wicking properties help you regarding the sweating issue. The fabric is infused with bioceramic minerals that improve performance, energy, balance and recovery. The bra is black in colour and can be bought from ballerathletik.com for a price of Rs. 2,495.
6. Sports Bra with Pockets
This sports bra offers superior comfort. It is made from the signature CloudSoft fabric of Bliss Club, the manufacturer of the bra. The fabric is essentially a blend of spandex and polyester. Another feature of the fabric is the brushed microfiber yarn that is lightweight, soft and breathable. The shoulder straps rest snugly on the shoulders without cutting into the skin.
It comes with easy slip-in pads, and there are 3 pockets on it. The texture of the fabric is buttery smooth, and together with its moisture-wicking properties, makes for comfortable wear. The price of this black coloured bra is Rs. 2,399 and it is available on blissclib.com.
7. RUNNING Sports Bra with Removable Cups
This white-coloured bra has easily removable cups. It is made from a super soft, stretchable material that has moisture-wicking properties. So, comfort is guaranteed upon wearing. The bra has been built for medium-impact activities like yoga, jogging and the like. It is available on Amazon for a price of Rs. 5,369.
8. Da Intimo Cros Cross Sports Bra with Light Padding
This lightly padded bra is of soft beige colour. The material is soft and elastic which ensures overall comfort. It is also a stylish sports bra. The shoulder straps are criss-crossed at the front giving a unique look to it. The bra is priced at Rs. 1,399 and it is available on Flipkart.
9. MAX Striped-Patterned Sports Bra
This sports bra provides full coverage which means that you do not have to worry about spillage either from the top or the sides. It is made from a nylon blend fabric and feels soft on the skin. The adjustable shoulder straps ensure a snug fit, and the absence of underwires saves you from a lot of pain and discomfort. As for its appearance, it has a white and violet stripped pattern on it. You can buy this sports bra on maxfashion.in for a price of Rs. 499.
10. Marks & Spencers Sports Bra with Animal Print
The purpose of this sports bra is to keep everything in place while you are concentrating on some medium-impact activities like jogging, yoga, hiking and other similar activities. It provides exceptional support and comfort so that you don’t have to stop midway through your workout session to make some adjustments. The fabric is breathable and has moisture-wicking properties, which further contributes to the comfort factor. It comes with easily removable pads and sports a bold animal print. You can buy this slip-on style sports bra from M&S Online Store for a price of Rs. 2,499.
11. Stretchable Sports Bra
This pull-on bra is made from a blended fabric of polyamide and elastane. The fabric is super smooth, soft and stretchable which allows for a wide range of movements besides being super comfortable to wear. It is finely cut lingerie that will give you a flattering silhouette. It has light padding and wide shoulder straps that sit comfortably on the skin and doesn’t dig in. The bra is of light beige colour and can be bought from Amazon for a price of Rs. 1,200.
12. Cotton Bra with No Wires
This non-wired sports bra looks like a crop top. It is dark green in colour, has a distinctly shaped neckline and has light padding. The shoulder straps are narrow and adjustable. It is made from cotton. Overall, it is a comfortable wear ideal for medium-impact activities like less strenuous workout sessions, yoga, jogging, hiking and so on. This bra is available on Amazon for a price of Rs. 599.
13. Cotton Sports Bra with Removable Pads
This pull-on sports bra has removable padding. The bra is made from cotton-lycra blend fabric. It is soft and stretchable and affords comfort and a wide range of movements. It sits smoothly on the skin, wicks sweat and keeps you cool and dry during your workout sessions. The wide shoulder straps sit snugly on the skin affording more comfort. It is grey in colour with black accents. You can buy this lingerie on Amazon for a price of Rs. 799.
14. Heavy Padded Sports Bra
This trendy-looking sports bra is heavily padded. It is ideal for high-impact activities. The padded cups provide full coverage so there is no possibility of spillage from the sides and the top during intensive workout sessions. The bra is made from elastane with a seamless design that allows flexibility of movement and comfort. Appearance-wise, it is grey in colour with neon green accents on it. Buy it on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 899.
15. Lightly Padded Sports Bra
This lightly padded bra has a seamless design. It is grey in colour with black accents and specks on it. The bra provides full coverage ensuring that there is no spillage from the sides and top. The bra provides good support and is available on Flipkart for Rs. 1,099.
16. Comfortable Sports Bra for Easy Movement
This slip-on bra provides low compression and is ideal for low-impact physical activities. It is made from 2-way stretch fabric that not only provides superior mobility but also comfort. Besides, this non-padded bra is breathable and provides good support. It has a relaxed fit and almost feels like a second skin. Get this uber comfortable, black and grey bra from Zivame for Rs. 499.
17. Sports Bra with Quick Dry Feature
Two reasons make this sports bra ideal for medium-impact physical activities. Number one is the fabric. It is a blend of elastane and has an instant dry feature. The moisture-wicking properties along with the quick evaporation technique enable comfort during workout sessions as there won’t be any problems caused by sweat. The second reason is the design. The bra provides medium compression that keeps your muscles in place and prevents bounce. You can buy this blue-coloured, slip-on style bra for a price of Rs. 1,295. It is available on Zivame.
18. Sports Bra with Adjustable Shoulder Straps
This low-impact bra is made of cotton and has a funky colour coding of cyan and pink. The cotton fabric sits comfortably on the skin and feels almost like a second skin. It provides optimum compression, enough to hold muscles in place but not too tight to hinder easy movement. Moreover, the fabric is stretchable which further enables easy movement. The straps are adjustable to ensure a snug fit. You can buy this sports bra from Zivame for Rs. 695.
19. Cotton, Solid Sports Bra
This pair of sports bras was crafted with a blended fabric of cotton and spandex. Hence, these bras are both comfortable to wear and elastic enough to enable a wide range of movements. The cup in each bra is double-layered for extra support and there are no wires or padding. The band at the bottom of the cups provides extra support. Such a type of bra is ideal for low-impact activities like lounging, walking and gentle yoga sessions. The shoulder straps are wide and hence they don’t dig into the skin. You can buy this pack of two bras on Amazon for a maximum price of Rs. 359 (the actual price is dependent on the size). One bra is solid black in colour and the other is solid beige.
20. Comfortable Sports Bra for Light Workout
This black solid bra is made from cotton elastane stretch fabric for maximum comfort and mobility. Besides, the fabric has moisture-wicking properties that keep you dry and fresh during your workout sessions. It has non-padded cups with a band running at the base for extra support. The broad shoulder straps enable comfort as they don’t dig into the skin. This bra is available on Amazon and you can get it for a maximum price of Rs. 695. The actual price is dependent on the size of the bra.
21. High Support Sports Bra
This sports bra has many features. To begin with, it provides superior support and reduces bounce significantly. You can safely perform strenuous physical activities without worry. The fabric wicks moisture and keeps you dry and fresh. The bra has a seamless design, and you can wear it underneath clothing. You can wear or remove it easily thanks to its slip-on feature. The bra has soft padding and it is overall comfortable to wear. It is also elastic which allows for a wide range of movements. You can buy this from decathlon.in for Rs. 899.
22. Sports Bra with Zip Closure
This sports bra has built-in padding which provides high support and is ideal for a wide range of activities like walking, jogging, yoga, boxing and gym sessions. The elastic band running at the bottom of the cups provides extra support. The nylon-spandex blend fabric feels buttery soft on the skin and is quick-drying. Hence, it is both comfortable and convenient. Spandex provides elasticity which assists in mobility. The full coverage design prevents any slippage from the sides and top. It has front-zip closure which makes wearing and taking it off easy. You can buy this bra from nykaafashion.com for Rs. 1,400.
23. Sports Bra with Insta Dry Feature
This sports bra with a seamless design makes high-intensity workouts comfortable and convenient. It is made from nylon-polyester-elastane blend fabric that is both soft and stretchable. It allows for superior mobility while sitting softly on the skin. The bra has no underwires and has soft padding that provides full coverage and guarantees no slippage. The compression is high which enables the wearer to perform intensive physical activities without bounce.
Another feature of the bra is that it has moisture-wicking properties and the wearer remains dry and fresh. It has a front zip closure, and broad adjustable straps and is colour coded in black and white. You can buy this bra from nykaafashion.com for Rs. 1,995.
24. Printed Sports Bra
This sports bra has a peach blossom base colour and grey geometric prints on it. It is made from a blended fabric of polyamide and elastane and is ideal for medium-impact activities. The soft padding is removable and the overall design of the bra is seamless. The bra has quick evaporation properties that will keep you dry and fresh during workout sessions. This feature along with the soft and stretchable fabric makes for comfortable wear. The bra has a front zip closure and broad, non-adjustable shoulder straps. The bra is available on nykaafashion.com for Rs. 1,299.
25. Sports Bra with Underwire
This blue-coloured, nylon sports bra is ideal for high-impact physical activities. It has underwires, specially designed to provide maximum support without compromising comfort. The compression and the wires keep the muscles firmly in place and there is no bounce. The cups provide full coverage so there is no slippage from the top or the sides. There is mesh detailing on either side of the bra to give it a more sporty look. The fabric has moisture-wicking properties and hence you won’t experience the sticky-wet feeling associated with sweating. The bra has adjustable straps and hooks closure at the back. Buy it from nykaafashion.com for Rs. 3,995.
26. Padded White Bra
This sports bra is white in colour and made from polyamide fabric which provides great mobility, and comfort and is moisture resistant. The non-wired cups provide full coverage that prevents slippage and are padded with removable padding for modesty’s sake and convenience. It has a criss-cross, noodle pattern at the back. This bra is ideal for walking and other minimal-strain exercises. Buy it from clovia.com for a price of Rs. 1,999.
27. Non-Padded Bra for All-Day Wear
This baby pink coloured bra is the epitome of comfort. It is made from a blended fabric of cotton and elastane. The superior cotton is soft to the touch and the elastane will give you unparalleled mobility. The cups are double-layered and seamless which gives better concealment. There are also cradle seams for better support. Underwires are absent in this bra. The cups provide full coverage so there is no spillage. The straps are non-adjustable, but broad enough so that they don’t dig into the skin. This bra is ideal for low-impact activities like walking and lounging. It is available on amantelingerie.in for Rs. 445.
28. Black and Grey T-shirt Bra
This sports bra is grey and black in colour and is made from cotton spandex blend fabric. This fabric is both comfortable and elastic allowing the wearer easy movements while sitting softly on the skin. It is non-wired so the wearer will not have to face some really painful pokes. The cups have removable padding and provide full coverage so there is no slippage.
A broad strip of an elastic band running around the base of the cups provides extra support. The straps are of optimum width that doesn’t dig into the skin. This underwear is ideal for a teenager who is wearing a bra for the first time as it is comfortable and convenient (no hooks, pullover). You can buy it from clovia.com for Rs. 599.
29. Medium Coverage Workout Bra
This lavender-coloured sports bra is ideal for medium-impact activities. It has no padding, the cups provide medium coverage and there are no underwires. It is made from a cotton and elastane blend fabric which is comfortable, durable and elastic. It has a seamless design with regular straps. The bra has a back closure. You can wear this bra all day long without experiencing any discomfort. This bra is available on Myntra for Rs. 549.
30. Cotton Bra with Concealed Underband
This grey-coloured bra is made from cotton-elastane-lycra blend fabric. The super combed cotton elastane makes the bra stretchable and hence mobility is smooth for the wearer. The cups are seamless with removable padding which is extremely convenient. The cups provide full coverage. The bra is free of underwires and support is provided by optimal compression and a concealed underband that runs around the bottom of the cups. It is lightweight underwear that can be worn all day long without any discomfort. The shoulder straps are non-adjustable but they sit softly on the skin and don't dig in. Buy this bra from jockey.in for Rs. 479.
What kind of sports bra is right for you depends on your breast size, the type of exercise you do, and your personal preferences. It is best to wear light, breathable clothing. If you want to extend the life of your sports bras, handwashing them is the most gentle option. To wash them in a machine, first, place your sports bras in a mesh lingerie bag to avoid having them get tangled with your other clothes and to keep removable pads close by if they get loose.