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In terms of workout gear, a well-fitting, quality sports bra is an essential. Whether you’re striking a pose in yoga class or doing plyometrics in a HIIT session, the fact of the matter is, making sure your bust is supported is key to your comfort during a workout. And because physical activity can put more of a strain on your breasts, a sports bra requires special considerations beyond your regular bras.

There’s certainly no shortage of stores that carry sports bras, but narrowing your search can feel overwhelming. Not sure where to begin? Here are some sources to get you started on finding a sports bra that makes your workouts even better.

Department stores

There’s no doubt about it: When it comes to variety and selection, it’s tough to beat department stores. So if you’re looking to expand your collection of workout apparel with a few new styles, you may be able to find everything you need all in one place. The advantage of shopping at a department store is mainly the breadth of brands carried.


Kohl’s makes it super easy to find precisely the kind of sports bra you’re looking for because you can narrow your search not only by size range, price, and color but also by the level of impact. Check the box for low-impact if you’re seeking sports bras for activities like yoga and Pilates, medium-impact if you need some for spinning and strength training, or high-impact if you’re engaging in exercises like running. You can also search by feature, such as moisture-wicking, underwire or wire-free, unlined, compression, convertible, front-closure or lightly padded.


Nordstrom is another phenomenal choice when seeking out sports bras, boasting a wide range of styles that suit a number of different body types and preferences. This is another site on which you can search sports bras by the level of support (low-impact, medium-impact, and high-impact).

Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor also has an impressive selection of sports bras. The benefit of shopping on this site is you can actually connect with a local store associate via online chat, and consult them about any specific questions you have about the fit of different products.

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Online retailers

Guess what? Online lingerie retailers aren’t all satin demi-cup bras and lace babydoll nighties. In fact, many of them sell a solid array of sports bras that can cater to specific needs, such as full figures and larger bust lines.

Breakout Bras

On Breakout Bras, you’re able to search by styles such as molded, padded, racerback and front closure, making it easier to narrow down the results to ones that fit your requirements. The best part about this site? The product pages include comments from pro fitters. That means you’ll get the full lowdown on a bra before you buy it, including special considerations such as whether a particular sports bra runs fuller in the cups or smaller in the band size, is especially well-designed for plus-sized women, or offers noteworthy compression for bounce control.


HerRoom is another site that sells bras at every support level you can imagine. Filter products by size, color, brand, price, and even new arrivals or best-sellers. You can also search by style, such as contour or encapsulation, and feature, such as back-smoothing or breathable. Going for a specific look? Filter products by “taste” — such as athletic, luxury or contemporary.

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Lingerie boutiques

Local lingerie boutiques

Prefer to shop in person? Head to a local lingerie boutique for some personalized assistance in your search for sports bras. The advantage here is that a knowledgeable staff member can guide you to styles you may not otherwise have considered.

Hourglass Lingerie

For example, Hourglass Lingerie in Baltimore, MD boasts a slew of fashion-forward styles with different functions, from a black metallic underwire sports bra in breathable high-tech fabric to a medium-impact neon wire-free sports bra with mesh paneling. If you live locally, you can even schedule an appointment for a fitting before stopping by.

Linda The Bra Lady

Linda The Bra Lady, which is based in New York City, carries over 275 bra sizes (from AA to N cup), and everything from full-coverage cotton sports bras to high-impact multi-way bras in a sweat-wicking fabric. It’s worth swinging by this store if you live near the Manhattan or Cherry Hill, NJ location, as the staff has had extensive training to conduct professional bra fittings (appointments highly recommended).

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A Guide To Finding The Right Sports Bra

No matter where you buy your sports bras, be sure to prioritize fit. This ensures that you don’t compromise the effectiveness of your workout, stay comfortable throughout your sweat session and avoid damage to the breast tissue during physical activity. Of course, you should also consider your body type, bust size and the kind of activity you’ll be engaging in when shopping for a sports bra. Need a little extra help identifying the proper sports bra for you? Fortunately, this guide will help lead you to the best styles catered to your figure, lifestyle and needs.

Finding the perfect style might take a little browsing, but you’re sure to hunt down some you’ll get plenty of wear out of at the aforementioned department stores, online retailers, and boutiques.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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