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13 Sports Bra Tank Tops To Keep You Cool in the Blazing Summer Heat

Photo: Getty Images/Luis Alvarez
Nothing ruins a summer workout faster than slipping on your own sweat, which has pooled on the floor. By wearing the wrong T-shirt and sports bra combo, you can often feel like you've opened a lazy river of perspiration that trickles down your bod and makes it a veritable "no running" zone everywhere around you. The quickest way to ditch the sweat is to figure out the right things to wear in the right instances; to which end, we'd like to suggest tank tops with built-in sports bras that can keep you cool and covered in a single piece of clothing.

Workout tops with a built-in bra are not only great at keeping you cool, they're also more cost effective than buying a separate bra and tank, versatile enough to wear for a sweat sesh or dressed up with a flowy skirt and sandals, and more comfortable since they give you some air flow and aren't covered by another piece of sweat-retaining fabric. Whether you're looking for a breathable yoga-ready cami, or a seamless, compression top for a high-impact gym day, these are the sports bra tank tops that are here to keep you supported and keep the sweat off of you all season long.

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Threads 4 Thought Kensi Rib Sports Bra — $30.00

This jersey ribbed tank is not only comfortable, supportive, and covers just enough up top to ensure no mid-workout spillage, but it’s also made from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex, making it a great eco-conscious choice. Reviewers love the fact that the double-layered design has just the right amount of compression without having to have cups.

Alo Airbrush Real Bra Tank
Alo Airbrush Real Bra Tank — $72.00

If you’re looking for a shirt that lifts and supports while still showing a little skin, this longline bra top is the answer to your prayers. The racerback and built-in shelf bra are great for holding everything up and preventing back pain, while the brand’s signature Airbrush fabric is performance-ready and sculpting.

Lululemon Free to Be Long-Line Bra — $58.00

This slick bra-top has a strappy back for an elevated look, but also has removable cups so you can pick what level of support works for you. The fabric has four-way stretch, is sweat-wicking, and is low-friction, so no mid-yoga chafing here.

Alala Essential Seamless Layer Bra — $75.00

For a combination of light support and a fun look, this unique sports bra top, has got you covered…mostly. The front mesh panel and strappy back show a hint of skin, but the under bra keeps everything in place for low-impact workouts.

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Slim Racerback Cropped Tank
Beyond Yoga Spacedye Slim Racerback Cropped Tank — $66.00

This ultra-soft and super stretchy cami doesn’t look like your classic workout shirt. While the shelf bra insert makes it great for an outdoor sweat sesh, since the style comes in seven core colors and 12 seasonal brights, it is also perfect to mix and match for a casual summer fit.

Nike Infinalon Crop Top — $50.00

Rather than having a bra insert in this top, this compression tank has a tight fit, so is a single piece that keeps everything in place the way a sports bra does, but also has the seamless, streamlined style of a classic day-to-day tank. This crop top is soft, stretchy, and smooth.

Athleta Conscious Crop — $59.00

Great for sweaty studio classes, this built-in bra cropped tank features removable cups, compression fabric, and a racerback design that allows for much needed mobility and airflow during a workout. The high neck silhouette adds and extra layer of support for higher intensity sessions.

Alo Airlift Fuse Bra Tank
Alo Airlift Fuse Bra Tank — $72.00

To make up for having an open back, this bra tank is made with double-knit, performance fabric with four-way stretch. Great for sportswear and streetwear, this mock-neck look can do it all.

Montiel Hazel Crop Top
Montiel Hazel Crop Top — $48.00

Lisa Merves, a lead instructor at CycleBar in Louisville, CO, is a fan of the brand Montiel. The brand was developed by a female athlete with a focus on function and comfort so the sports bras have just the right amount of support and a super smooth material, she says. This crop top is made with recycled polyester/spandex and with a high neckline and removable pads, is ready for your next workout.

Outdoor Voices Move Free Tank
Outdoor Voices Move Free Tank — $58.00

This slightly cropped tank is made with TechSweat fabric, which is breathable and designed to keep you dry during your sweat sessions. It also has a built-in shelf bra, removable pads, and adjustable straps to ensure the right fit for you all day long.

CRZ YOGA Racerback Crop Top
CRZ YOGA Racerback Crop Top — $24.00

Whether you’re going to yoga or the gym, this crop tank will move with you. It’s made of a super soft, breathable, and sweat-wicking material, and has wide straps and a supportive racerback back. It has a built-in bra with removable pads an inner chest band for extra stability.

The Gym People Crop Tank Sports Bra
The Gym People Crop Tank Sports Bra — $22.00

Pair this casual tank top with a built-in sports bra with leggings, joggers, or jeans. It’s stretchy and sweat-wicking, and the sports bra has removable pads. The racerback design will keep it securely in place, and the tank comes in a variety of solid colors.

 

 

Girlfriend Collective Dylan Tank Bra
Girlfriend Collective Dylan Tank Bra — $46.00

Look good at the gym and feel good about what you’re wearing, too — this cropped tank/sports bra combo is made with recycled materials and is recyclable. It has a high neck and racerback design, is stretchy and double-lined, and has built-in support band.

What to look for in a tank top with a built-in sports bra

A good sports bra can make all the difference in a workout. "There’s nothing worse than being focused in your sweat session, only to be distracted by having to readjust a strap or feeling like you can’t take the deep breath you really need. I say 'The better the sports bra, the better the workout!'" says Shantani Moore, a Pure Barre XPRO for Xponential+. And since you're going to be sweating it in, look for fabrics that are breathable or sweat-wicking.

The perfect fit will vary from individual to individual, but Moore says one way to know if a tank sports bra is too tight is if parts of your chest are coming out of the side or the straps are too tight on the back. And if you are worried if the top is too loose: "Do a couple jumping jacks and you’ll know right away!"

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