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 HeadBest 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.
Fasten in BackBest 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.
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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UnderwireBest 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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