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6 Killer Sports Bra Outfits for In or Out of the Gym

Feeling green seeing those IG photos of Bella Hadid wearing her skimpy sports bra outfits? Thanks to her rockin’ bod (that she probably works very hard for), Hadid can pull off the bare-midriff-sports-bra look like nobody’s business. But the rest of us? We might need a couple adjustments to feel confident in that sports bra outfit.

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Not to worry. You can wear a sports bra outfit successfully, even when the gym isn’t on your day’s agenda. (Incidentally, you can also build your confidence to feel good about showing your midsection a la Hadid. But that’s a topic for another post.) Here are six fun sports bra outfits to inspire you, ranging from conservative to downright racy.

6 sports bra outfits

1. Leggings + tunic tank

Let’s begin with the tried and true activewear outfit. Pair your fav sports bra with a tunic tank and leggings.

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A white tank will show off a brightly colored sports bra best. The trouble is, white workout tops don’t have a long lifespan. If you are actually working out in it, that white tank will be a sweat-stained rag in no time.

Alternatively, you can choose a brightly colored tank that coordinates with your bra. You can also go for a racerback tank with wide arm holes — so your sports bra is on display whether you’re doing push-ups or reaching for the laundry detergent on the top shelf at the supermarket.

2. Open-back workout tee + shorts or capris

If you prefer not to show off your guns, opt for an open-back workout top with sleeves. You can go long-sleeve or short-sleeve here, depending on the weather.

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If you dare, pair your open-back top with a fitted short. Or, for a more conservative option, try a knee-length capri. Choose a bottom with pockets so you’re ready to run errands after your spin class.

3. The sleeveless hoodie

With a sleeveless hoodie, you can dabble in off-duty model style. Wear the hoodie zipped over a sports bra and you’re dressed for arts and crafts in the kids’ classroom. Unzip the hoodie and — bammo — you’re styled like an A-lister who’s bad at being inconspicuous.

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You have many options in this lane, too. A cropped hoodie with leggings works great for the gym, for example. But if you’re not really going to work out, pair your zipped hoodie with jeans or cargo pants.

4. Cropped bomber + leggings

To go bold with your sports bra, wear it with leggings and an unzipped, cropped bomber. You could also opt for jeans here if your workout consists of running around town to find calabrian chili paste so you can make Giada’s ravioli nachos.

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5. High-waist, wide-legged pants

A high-waisted, wide-legged casual pant is an ideal match for a sports bra. The high-waist camouflages lower-tummy trouble areas and the full silhouette adds balance to the tight bra that you’re wearing as a top.

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6. Sheer top + jeans

You can also show off your fancy bra like a bralette — under a casual, sheer top for fun, street wear look. One option is to team a loose-fitting, tunic top over skinny jeans. You can also pair a sheer, tie-front top with skinny cargo pants.

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Sports bra oufits FAQs

Can I wear a cute sports bra as a crop top?

Yes, you can. Some sports bras are designed to be worn as a crop top. Pair them with high-waisted leggings or shorts for a trendy workout look. Note that this is a more youthful look that demands a lot of confidence.

Can I wear a cute sports bra for activities other than working out?

Yes! Fashion sports bras are versatile and can be worn for activities like dancing, hiking, or as a layering piece under a sheer top.

Can I wear a cute sports bra with regular clothes?

Absolutely. You can wear a cute sports bra the same way you’d wear a bralette — under a low-cut top, sheer top, or jacket.

How do I know if a fashion sports bra is supportive enough for my workout?

Sometimes, a “cute” sports bra is made more for showing off vs. working out. If you plan to do both, check for thick straps, a snug fit, and supportive underband to ensure you don’t have too much bounce. Also read the bra description — usually this will tell you whether the piece is light, medium, or heavy support.

That’s your inspo. Now get out there and experiment. Experimenting is the best way to identify the sports bra outfits that suit your shape and style.

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