1 Beyond Yoga Phoenix Bra (made in the US) | $68 at Shopbop
2 Blue Canoe Ohm organic cotton/spandex yoga bra (made in the US) | $34 at Rodale’s
3 Onzie racerback sports bra (made in the US) | $48 at Nordstrom
4 SoLow sustainable eclon nylon sports bra (made in the US) | on sale for $42 at SoLow
5 LVR organic cotton/spandex bra (made in the US) | $34 at Evolve
After my post yesterday on my new Simulacra open-back top, I thought it time to do a post on cute sports bras. I found some that are also sustainable (made with organic cotton) and I’ve tried to stick to brands that produce in the US. About that though: I do like to showcase/wear as eco-friendly/sustainable as possible, but for exercise-wear, I want technical fabrics that will wick away sweat & move with you, and for that, you need polyester/nylon/spandex. Some companies use recycled polyester and SoLow uses BlueSign certified sustainable Eclon nylon, but those companies are few and far between. Organic cotton is sustainable, but if you sweat, cotton will show it, and not wick it away quickly enough to keep you cool. For bras, that’s not as important as with top layers (I wear cotton bras sometimes to Pure Barre, but I don’t sweat much), but it is something to keep in mind when shopping for one.
Now, it may surprise you to know that I don’t own any cute sports bras. All of mine are from Target and VERY old, quite ugly too. They work though, for the most part, but will need replacing soon, which I will do with as sustainable and/or made in the US bras. I’m not averse to spending money on cute sports bras, especially now that I have several tops that would benefit from them, because I treat them like I do regular bras: never drying, and washing on delicate. And for my exercise apparel, especially, I always wash it with other exercise apparel (similar fabrications), which keeps it nicer looking much longer than when I didn’t do that.
I expect my exercise clothing to work as hard as I do – wearing each piece at least once a week for 3-5 years, so again, I buy for keeps, and don’t mind paying for that. Of course, I’m not saying that cheaper sports bras don’t last as long; my C9 bras from Target have lasted I don’t know how long, and I have one from Nordstrom’s pre-Zella activewear line that’s probably 15 years old, that I still use every once in a while, but at this point as I try to replace things that need replacing, my priority is on doing so with more inherently sustainable options. (I love the selection of organic/recycled exercise clothing at Evolve).
If you’re more well-endowed and need a supportive sports bra, there are still some good options out there, and I wouldn’t be shy about showing them off either. Nordstrom has the best selection of high-impact/supportive bras that are also pretty cute.
More of my favorite cute sports bras (most are made in the US) – scroll down for some sustainable tops to wear to show them off!
Now for some tops to wear them with! I wear my Everlane ryan tanks to work out in very often, and I love them, but they are more flowy than I’m comfortable wearing only with a bra, so I generally wear a cami underneath them. (If I’m not doing anything upside down, I’d definitely wear them with just a cute bra underneath). My new Simulacra tank (below) is perfect for wearing with a cute bra if you want a top that stays put (won’t rise up) and that provides FULL coverage up front.
Simulacra organic cotton/bamboo muscle tee | $60 (10% off with code GRECHEN10 – on me)
Alo twist open-back top | $48
Koral Aura sleeveless top (made in the US) | $88 at Bandier
More tops to show off your cute sports bra:
What do you think? Do you wear cute sports bras and tops to show them off? Or do you prefer to keep covered up?
Yeah, cute. Cute doesn’t work for me – you’ve lost me on this one. And I’m envious! As someone who needs 38F or G, I laugh at cute. Moving Comfort make the bras that work for me and because my options are limited if I actually want to exercise without pain, I can’t shop on ethics. I *do* care for and keep my sports bras for as long as possible.
Hi Grechen, I am a twenty something with a pretty tight budget, been looking at trying to find a credible seller for a used 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Satchel. It would be my first designer purse!!!! Would you ever consider selling yours? Let me know if this is even something you may be interested in. I didn’t see you on Depop but I know a lot of bloggers resell items after a few years, and I thought what the heck it couldn’t hurt to just reach out and ask you.
Thanks! Hope you have a great day!!!!!!!
Grechen Reiter says
ok…ok…i knew that was coming ! 😉 laugh away!
you ARE shopping consciously and ethically though – you’re buying what works for you, and you’re taking the best care you can to make them last as long as possible. that’s just as important, i think, as buying an “inherently” sustainable product. If there is even such a thing to be found…
You always want what you don’t have – I want to be a flat-chested red head with curls 😉 And then I could go to town with some of these choices!
Grechen Reiter says
ha. yes, i agree. story of my life…although i’m trying to get better about that!! we are beautiful just the way we are…
funny- i’ve ALWAYS wanted to have curls. or at least have some sort of body/definition/texture to my hair not just straight and fine. i’ve never thought too much about my chest though, maybe it’s the one part of my body i’m happy with?? or just don’t care about LOL
Yay, I’m glad you wrote about sports bras today Grechen ‘cuz I’m in desperate need of one or two! I just started doing hot yoga and am looking for some workout wear that wicks the sweat off me but I don’t want to spend a ton of $$ on them. Will have fun perusing the selections you’ve got here.
I like cute bras (flat chested one here) and I usually practice in a sport bra + legging/capris (or shorts during summer) combo. Since my practice is sweaty (ashtanga yoga) I avoid cotton active wear as it shows sweat and is unpleasant when wet. My latest discovery is Liquidoactive – I like their limited edition prints and styles and most important their mission.
Julia Reich says
Personally… I don’t get the whole cute bra showing through the back of your yoga top trend.
Ooh so cute. I went straight to dresses. Bad sign for my exercise habits, eh? 😉
Bea, what’s the bra sizing like on the Liquidoactive sport bras? I’m not sure if I should get a S or a M for one of their bras and I’m on the more flat-chested here too (34-B).
Grechen Reiter says
nice! thanks so much for sharing – here’s a link to liquido’s online shop for anyone who’s interested
Hi Henny! I am similar size (32c) and I take a small in twisted bra from their om stars line, their fabric is very accommodating yet holds you in.
Ahh, thank you so much, Bea! much appreciated for the info. I’m going to check out these bras when I come home from work tonight. Am so excited!
btw, I love your name as it was my mom’s (short for Beatrix)!