Whether it’s hidden away beneath your favorite comfy sweatshirt or peeking out from under a muscle tee, the sports bra just might be the most crucial element of your fitness ensemble. Because let’s be honest: If the twins (the girls, or whatever you’ve nicknamed your breasts) don’t feel good during a workout, you won’t either.
And yet, like most important wardrobe basics, a trusty sports bra is surprisingly hard to find—especially if you’re shopping on a budget. Who’s got $60 to spend on something no one will see, when there are so many new sneakers you’ve got your eye on?!
The good news is that saving money doesn’t mean losing out on performance, support, or straight-up style.
We sorted through the racerbacks, molded cups, and complicated straps to find 10 sports bras for every activity, all coming in at $30 or less.
Best for: Medium-impact workouts, when you want no-muss, no-fuss
It isn’t called a classic for nothing. From FlyWheel tapbacks to rowing sessions, this simple sports bra will get you through your studio routine (although you may want something a bit more supportive for anything more intense).
Best for: Medium-impact workouts, when you’re lacking in motivation
You’ll want to lay out this sports bra before you go to sleep—because on mornings when your alarm sounds off for your sunrise bootcamp and the snooze button is calling your name, it will serve as a gentle get out of bed now reminder.
Forever 21 sports bra, $14.90
Best for: Low-impact workouts, that awesome backless tank top you’ve been dying to break out
Give your hard-worked back muscles some attention during your next barre sesh. This sports bra is ideal for routines that involve a lot of floor work and any warm-weather days where you can go out sans jacket.
Best for: High-impact workouts—and when we say high-impact, we mean it (think boxing, running and HIIT)
This wire-free bra will keep you locked in and supported without forcing you to spend 15 minutes in the locker room trying to yank it on. Plus, the foam shapewear will you give a natural lift (if you catch our drift), so you can—and should—wear this under your favorite tops and sweaters.
Best for: Low-impact classes like yoga or Pilates, music festivals that have strict crop top-only dress codes
This sports bra-cami hybrid will come in handy when the air conditioning hasn’t yet kicked in at the barre studio. Bonus points if you pair it outside the gym with your high-waisted shorts this summer.
Best for: High-impact workouts like sprinting and bootcamp, times when the girls really need to be strapped down (without feeling suffocated)
Specs like a sweetheart neckline, gel-lined straps, and molded cups are a godsend for high-impact workout addicts—and, with sizes up to DD, this is the budget-friendly bra for all you well-endowed ladies.
Best for: Low-impact workouts like yoga and Pilates, those times you plan on doing some serious bar(re) hopping
Go on, get strap happy: This seamless number comes in four different colors and, oh yeah, rings in under $7, so you really can order one for every day of the week.
H&M Sports Bra, $24.99
Best for: Medium-to-high-impact activities like spinning and dance cardio, when all of your workout tops are dirty and you don’t have time to do laundry
With on-trend mesh panels and color-blocking, ditch the stress of finding a clean tank and just wear this crop top with a pair of high-waisted leggings instead.
Fabletics Hudson Bralette II, $29.95
Best For: Very low-impact activities: floor exercises, walking, sleeping…
This lightweight bralette is perfect for workouts that don’t require much cardio—or, you know, none at all. Take a note from Kate Hudson herself and wear it when you’re feeling a bit cheeky.
Champion Curvy Show-Off Bra, $21.99
Best for: All levels of activity, day-long outdoor adventures (gym-to-brunch-to-shopping days included)
This sports bra offers a feminine v-cut neckline to enhance your curves while out and about, but the second you spring into burpees or sprints, it will keep you locked in and supported. Win-win, right?
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