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3 stylish combos that prove backless tanks and statement sports bras are a summer fling with staying power


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Half the fun of workout gear is being able to experiment with colors and trends you may not dare to wear IRL. Neon and tie-dye at the office? For the vast majority, probably not. Like with regular clothing, activewear can be tricky to layer if you’re going for a fashion-forward look whilst you sweat (or you know, just run errands), especially when it comes to backless workout tops and sports bras.

“I love combining a simple sports bra with a tank with strappy back details,” says Stephanie Dardenne, director of merchandising for the super-stylish activewear retailer, Carbon38. “The focus of this look is the layering tank.”

For those into the high-neck trend, Dardenne recommends pairing a bra in the silhouette with a tie-back tank. “This will leave a bare shoulder and accentuate the shape of your back.”

If a backless workout top isn’t your ideal but you love to layer, Dardenne has a formula for that, too. “One of my favorite combinations is an intricate sports bra under a mesh top,” explaining how a uniquely-designed sports bra is easily showcased underneath the transparent fabric.

Whether you want to try one of these combinations or all three, ahead, shop the pieces you’ll need to re-create each look on your own.

Backless shirts and statement sports bras: The style summer fling that looks to have staying power
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This low-impact bra comes with a keyhole design in front for added breathability and shape (AKA no uni-boob). It’ll really pop underneath the minimally designed cross-back straps on this summer-white tank.

Backless shirts and statement sports bras: The style summer fling that looks to have staying power
Photos: Target/Lululemon

In a speckle print, this high-neck bra comes with an interesting lace-up back. Wear it with an open-back tank like this versatile layer from Lululemon.

3 stylish combos that prove backless tanks and statement sports bras are a summer fling with staying power
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Break from basic and give this statement-making sports bra with wrap straps a try. Pair it with a see-through mesh tank. The glossy trim and raw-hem give this one an ultra-stylish boost.

There are so many ways to wear this trend. If you want to personalize yours, try picking out your own sports bras and backless tanks at one of this summer’s best activewear sales

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