Popular Sports Bra Styles: The Pros and Cons

Before you buy a sports bra, you'll want to find the best style to suit your body type and running needs. Here's what to consider.

Pull Over the Head

Best for: A/B cup

Pros: Simplicity—just pull it on and you're set; fewer seams mean less chafing; shoulder straps won't slip.

Cons: No adjustability; you have to pull a sweaty bra over your head after a run.

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Fasten in Back

Best for: C cup or larger

Pros: Adjustable bands and straps create a supportive fit; easy to get on and off.

Cons: Bra can slip down from shoulder during a run; straps peek out under tops; hooks can dig into the back.

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Hybrid (Goes on Over Head and Hooks in Back)

Best for: C cup or larger

Pros: Great support from thick, anchored straps along with an adjustable chest band.

Cons: Requires yoga-like flexibility—or an owner's manual—to fasten.

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Best for: C cup or larger

Pros: Excellent all-around support; the underwire keeps the bra from riding up.

Cons: Requires a perfect fit, or you risk getting poked or chafed; you need to be careful about how you wash it.

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