If you’ve been following along with us somewhat closely this year, you’ll know we kicked off 2021 with the #LIY1800MinuteChallenge — which is a fancy way of encouraging one another to get in 30 minutes of exercise daily for 60 days [hence, the 1800 minutes]. It’s been a fun way to hold each other accountable and challenge ourselves– not to mention prizes are involved AND it’s a good excuse for new workout wear. Of course, workin’ on my fitness [as Fergie would say] doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. Sore glutes aside, wearing the wrong gear can be one of the most painful parts of a workout [not enough support, armpit chaffing- if you know, you know 😉 ]. And depending on your girls, finding the right sports bra can make all the difference in a good sweat sesh. Insert LIY. We took matters into our own hands… errr, tatas… to find the very best sports bras for our cup sizes.
How We Tested
The process was simple, really. We rounded up 5 LIY ladies to put the bras [and their breasts] to the test. We wore them during our workouts making note of comfort levels, support, sweat absorption, and our overall general thoughts. One important piece of info to note: not all bras are created equal. Since this isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario, we did not test the same exact bras. For example, a bra that works great for me [size 32DD– I got it from my mama], probably wouldn’t work best for an A cup gal. We did a little research [and by “research”, I mean lots and lots of shopping] to round up some of the top brands and styles that should work best for each of our individual cup sizes, so be sure to shop by your cup size to find the best bra for Y-O-U.
Size 32A // XS-Small:
- Top Pick: Under Armour Crossback Mid Sports Bra [size XS]
- Amazon Racerback Sports Bra [size small, 3 Pack]
- Outdoor Voices Doing Things Bra [size XS]
The Under Armour Bra was by far my favorite! It’s budget friendly, breathable, great for all types of workouts and despite it being a little tricky to get on and off all the other factors made this one a clear winner! If you are looking for a LOW impact/yoga sports bra or just don’t want to wear an underwire bra for lounging, I would definitely recommend the Amazon bras for that! I wear mine to lounge in all the time because they are so comfy but NOT ideal for workouts!
Size 34D // Small-Medium:
- Top Pick: Soma Seamless Ballet Back Sports Bra [size small]
- Target All in Motion Elastic Strap Seamless Bra [size medium]
- Zella Body Fusion Sports Bra [size small]
I had a hard time picking a favorite, because these were actually all great for light-medium intensity workouts–like weight lifting and elliptical. I didn’t hate any of them! Soma was my personal favorite because of the classic bra strap + clasp style. I know some women might not prefer that feature, but the band is nice and thick and very comfortable. The clasps made it super easy to get off and on! If you’re going for cute or stylish, Zella was adorable and I loved the trendy high-neckline. I would probably suggest sizing up if in between– because boy, was she snug and a little tricky to get off and on [a real pain when sweaty]! If you’re looking for a classic, budget-friendly bra, Target never fails. I did notice a liiiitttle bit of rubbing in the armpit area after wearing it to lounge for a longer period of time throughout the day.
Size 38B // Large:
- Top Pick: Under Armour Crossback Mid Sports Bra [size large]
- Calia by Carrie Made to Move Strappy Back Sports Bra [size large]
- Lululemon Energy Bra [size 10]
I would give my full support [ha!], to the Under Armour bra! There weren’t really any extra frills to it, it had the best support for any workout, and was the most comfortable! I would probably remove the pads as they aren’t really secured in there, so this may impact the sweat absorbency a bit, but overall, this is a great sports bra that I’d definitely buy more of!
Size 32DDD [32F] // Large:
- Top Pick [Budget Friendly]: Amazon Racerback Sports Bra [size large, 3 Pack]
- Top Pick [High Intensity]: Athleta Ultimate Bra [size large, be sure to reference size chart when ordering!]
- Victoria’s Secret Knockout Sports Bra [size 32DDD]
I wore all 3 of my sports bras for both spinning and weightlifting. I personally found the Amazon brand to be the most comfortable, especially considering the price and it provided adequate support for both of those types of exercise. If I was going to do a more intense cardio [running] workout, I would opt for the Athleta Ultimate Bra just to ensure I have the support I would need! One more note on the Athleta Ultimate Bra: the large was a little too large on me and I’m thinking a medium would be a much better fit. I would be sure to reference their size chart for accurate sizing when ordering!
Size 36G // Large-XL:
- Top Pick [For Comfort]: Cacique Livi Sports Bra [size 36G]
- Top Pick [High Intensity]: Bare Necessities GLAMORISE High Impact Underwire Sports Bra [size 36G]
- Soma Seamless Ballet Back Sports Bra [size large]
Cacique Livi Sports Bra was the favorite one I received– I’ve been wearing it now for two days because I love it that much! In fact, I have already ordered another to have, but it’s not the most effective for a workout and would work best for low impact exercises and lounge. For medium to high impact workouts, I loved the GLAMORISE High Impact Bra. It was a little tight at first with the underwire but after wearing it for a couple of hours it loosened up and was much more comfortable. I could do any kind of workout, running, etc in this sports bra with minimal to no movement!
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Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a hobby blog into a full-time career which she now runs alongside the LIY team! When not in front of her computer screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in front of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you can find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up with her two pups and husband most likely watching the latest Shark Tank episode, or getting lost in an easy beach read.