Forget reinventing your life because a calendar page flipped. Call it a resolution or don’t, but working out has always been on the to-do list, and it continues into the new year.
When you’ve already got a drawer brimming with sports bras you don’t exactly enjoy pulling on, our annual guide comes to the rescue! This week, Bare Necessities is crowning both the latest and the greatest MVPs. In one of these all-stars tailored to your workout and your figure, it’s game on in 2019. If the clothes really do make the woman, you’re about to be unstoppable.
Read on to find the reason you’ll love working out this season, then get a move on.
1. Panache Ultimate High Impact
The greatest high-impact DD+ sports bra ever made also happens to be our best-selling bra, period. The size range? Major. The support? Stellar. It’s the bra that the big-busted could run a marathon in—and if you can do that, you can do anything in it. You can convert it to a racerback if you like. It’s lightweight, breathable, wicking, comfortable, cushiony, smooth-looking, and it fits. Everyone loves it…even scientists! Proven to stop bounce by 83 percent, it does so while looking fabulous.
2. Wacoal High Impact
Choose this one for full-coverage support that’s as comfy as it is pretty. In fit and design, it feels just like a regular bra, but it’s built to minimize movement, for women of all shapes and sizes. (The G and H-cups have an inner sling for added support.) Thanks to the external wire and wicking fabric, you’ll want to wear it all day—in fact, judging by your reviews, a lot of you do.
3. Elomi Energise
This here is the ultimate fit for curvy figures. Four-part underwire cups separate and shape each breast individually, two-ply fabric supports without suffocating, the hook-and-eye count in back increases as the size does and you can convert the style to a racerback with the J-hook. Love the pretty print, too.
4. Freya Sonic
High performance, cool comfort, average coverage: spacer fabric-molded cups conceal just enough skin. This is a great bra for someone who doesn’t want to wear a suit of armor to the gym but still calls for firm lift and hold, which comes from the underband and the wide curve of the wires.
5. Glamorise High Impact
The styling of a bra meets the technology of a sports bra. It’s designed to feel good to full-busts in every way possible, from the integrated underwire to the seamless cups. The nylon-based fabric is non-stretch, which you may prefer for total control or running-centric pursuits like, say, tennis. Or running.
6. Anita Extreme Control
Introducing a wire-free style that actually really works for full busts. Well-rounded support comes from three-part, double-layer, full-coverage, terry-lined cups that still manage to maintain the look of your natural shape. The wide, adjustable straps are cushioned and the back band is mesh for a side of comfort with all that control. Awesome size range, too.
7. Glamorise Custom Control
The name says it all: Change up the level of support depending on your sport. Your reviews say it works for running, power walking, Zumba, horseback riding and more. Smart touches like front-adjust (how brilliant?!), no-slip straps and a soft-cup inner bra cater to full busts using rarely-found wire-free compression.
8. Natori Yogi
If you like a little padding, this is your sports bra. Individually molded foam cups and convertible yet rigid straps hold you in and nix bounce. Full-coverage, two-ply cups with a center seam nicely define and contain small to full busts. The Coolmax fabric wicks sweat and keeps you cool even when you’re breaking a sweat.
9. Brooks Maia
Two bras in one! The inner layer with underwire encapsulates as the outer layer compresses and smooths. This bra is an easy fit for average-to-full sizes. It’s been lab-tested to tame bounce by 65 percent, making it the one to reach for when you’re cycling, skiing and the like (they call it medium impact). Comfort bonus points for the gel-padded straps, soft-padded back closure and DriLayer material.
10. Enell High Impact
Full-busts and full-figures get full-coverage control for intense workouts in this one. Wide, non-stretch straps distribute weight take strain off back and shoulders. The hook-and-eye front-close holds you in and makes for easy-on, easy-off. The elastic band and motion-control neckline stop up-and-down movement, even during jumping jacks, keeping your chest in check.
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.