I needed some new sports bras. After 16 months of moving every couple of months, I was down to two and they had stopped performing the functions sports bras are supposed to perform. Instead of buying the cutest one, or the cheapest one, I decided to try a few out and decide which one works best with my body and the type of working out I do. I bought five in varying price ranges and tried them each out in a range of different workout activities. I evaluated them based on look, support, overall fit, and comfort.Victoria’s Secret Lightweight Sports Bra in Chevron Stripe
Look: I love the neon colors and the pattern.
Support: Very supporting with a low level of bounce when I ran. It has thin cups built in which I feel add an extra level of support as well as get rid of the dreaded uni-boob that often comes with sports bras.
Overall Fit: The adjustable straps helped make the bra fit a bit better, but I think if I bought it just one size up it would fit me perfectly.
Comfort: The fabric is light, soft and breathable without being too thin. The wide straps and the individual cup support make this a very comfortable bra, but the bottom elastic is not very flexible. If I ever wore it for longer than my workout it became too constricting.
Look: The plunging neckline, and cutouts in the back were two of the reasons I chose this bra, but what really cinched the decision was that it came in my favorite color-- purple!
Support: Medium level of bounce, but still felt very supportive.
Overall Fit: It definitely fits with the theme of all the bras I ordered being too small. But this one stuck out because the plunging neckline, combined with the smaller size made me feel a bit like I was popping out of this bra.
Comfort: The fabric is very soft and the most breathable. While it doesn’t have cup inserts, the thickness of the fabric ensures that there are no “high beam” situations. Aside from not feeling properly covered, it was very comfortable.
Look: I wasn’t thrilled by black being the only option, but the multiple thin back straps made it more appealing.
Support: Offered great support, there was no bounce.
Overall Fit: I think because I was expecting a looser fit, since this was the only medium I bought, it bothered me that it felt smaller than the smalls had.
Comfort: The fabric was soft, but it wasn’t breathable. The straps cut into my shoulders and couldn’t be adjusted and the bottom elastic was constricting from the start.
Look: Would have preferred a different color, but thought that I should have some neutral options.
Support: Good support, medium bounce.
Overall Fit: Every time I put it on you could hear little bits ripping, but once it was on it didn’t feel as small as the Modus bra did.
Comfort: The fabric was smooth, breathable, and comfortable but I didn’t like how thin it was and that there were no cup inserts.
Look: I loved this color more than I thought I would. It also is sewn in way so that there is no uni-boob effect.
Support: Good support, medium bounce.
Overall Fit: This fit the best out of all of them. The fabric is stretchier than the rest so I felt like it contoured to my body better.
Comfort: The fabric is soft and breathable.
After a thorough evaluation I have picked two winners. Each of these stood out from the rest in every category. Drum roll please…Victoria’s Secret Lightweight Sports Bra (though I plan to order a size up for added comfort) and Target Champion Sports Bra. And considering that the Target Champion Sports Bra was only $18.52 (compared to $39.79 from VS) I’ll declare it the overall winner!
What is your favorite sports bra? What about your favorite workout pant? I am in the market for a new pair and I think I may do a similar evaluation to find the perfect pair for me. I would love your suggestions!
*All prices are the total price including shipping and tax