Why do you need a sports bra for small breasts? Breast tissue is a delicate material and without adequate support it will change. And even if your bust is smaller than average, you still need support and modesty cover. If you favor low to medium impact exercise activities like yoga, Pilates and jogging, a low to medium support sports bra will be fine. However, if you like to do aerobics, HIIT, CrossFit or running, then you should invest in a more supportive sports bra.
Sports bras for small breasts are usually ‘compression’ bras that work by holding your bust tight to the chest to prevent movement. They don’t have underwires and are mostly styled to look like a bralette or a cropped top. However, some, like the padded, Your Handful – Adjustable Sports Bra look more like an ordinary bra and are popular with breast cancer survivors.
HerStyleCode is constantly testing and reviewing the latest sports bras to identify those that aren’t worth buying and guide you towards the best short-list to choose from. Our teams are chosen from regular women, who wear a selection of bras for a minimum of two days, before reporting back on every aspect. And eventually, we narrow down the choice to the best bras and publish regular guides to help you get the right bra in the least amount of time!
Here are the best sports bras for small breasts on offer right now!
|1. Best Overall Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Athleta – Ultimate Bra
|2. Best Petite Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Lululemon – In-Alignment Sports Bra
|3. Best Running Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Outdoor Voices – ‘Doing Things’ Sports Bra
|4. Best High-Impact Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Athleta – ‘Conscious’ Embossed Crop
|5. Best Padded Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Your Handful – Adjustable Sports Bra
|6. Best Innovative Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Under Armour – Infinity Limitless High Sports Bra
|7. Best Low-Impact Sports Bra for Small Breasts
|Outdoor Voices – Double-Time Sports Bra
1. Best Overall Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Athleta – Ultimate Bra
This is a wire-free, compression bra that starts at XS size and is designed for A – C cups. It gives high-level support for cardio, running and HIIT exercise. The fabric is re-cycled Nylon/Lycra, Athleta calls, ‘SuperSonic’. SuperSonic fabric pulls perspiration away from your skin and allows it to evaporate quickly.
Our testers said they loved the fully supportive compression that kept their bust tightly in place throughout high-impact activities. They stayed cool and said the mid-rise neckline was a good shape because it’s neither too high nor too low-cut. The fabric feels soft and all testers loved the trendy, strappy back.
2. Best Petite Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Lululemon – In-Alignment Sports Bra
This compression bra was especially designed for A and B cups and petite body sizes, starting from clothing size 2 (US sizing). It has adjustable straps, which not all sports bras offer. The fabric is quick-drying and removes sweat from the skin’s surface. It is intended for low-impact sports activities like Pilates and yoga.
The adjustable straps were very popular with our ‘petites’ testing team, and they all said they helped get an excellent, comfortable fit. Testers liked the built-in molded cups, which gave good coverage and nice shaping. Several reviewers also said they would buy this for their daughters to wear.
3. Best Running Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Outdoor Voices – ‘Doing Things’ Sports Bra
This compression sports bra has is designed for running and medium-intensity exercise regimes. The racer-back is almost completely made of a honey-comb mesh for added cooling properties. It’s a tightly-fitting bra to give good support. The sizing starts at 30AA.
Our B size testers said they got a great fit with this bra for yoga, hiking, running and walking. The testers all said that the bra dried extremely fast after they became sweaty, which made it a very comfortable and cool garment. They also like its stylish back and the strong support. Here are more best sports bras for running.
4. Best High-Impact Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Athleta – ‘Conscious’ Embossed Crop
This is an elegant sports bra that provides coverage of the mid-riff. It was designed for cups A – C only. There are removable pads and it is made from ‘breathable’ fabric. Sizes start at 30A. It’s a compression bra with a racer-back intended to support you for all activities including running and HIIT.
First of all, our testers absolutely raved about the textured fabric that has a sophisticated look. They found the removable pads useful for more breast cover and the longer length gave more of a cropped top look, which some testers preferred to skimpy bralettes. It was cool and highly supportive during exercise and the fabric is very soft and comfortable.
5. Best Padded Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Your Handful – Adjustable Sports Bra
This bra has padding to give you more self-confidence, no matter what size you are. And it has adjustable straps to help you get the perfect fit. To aid breast cancer survivors, this bra arrives with two sets of B-cup pads or three sets of C-cup pads. And it has convertible straps, so it can be worn as a halter-neck, criss-cross back or as an ordinary bra.
Our team of testers said this was a fabulous sports bra, which comes with great removable pads you can ‘stack’ on top of the other to get the right look for you. Everyone said this is a great bra to enhance your bust, and for cancer survivors to wear. It’s soft and comfortable and works well as a sports and everyday bra.
6. Best Innovative Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Under Armour – Infinity Limitless High Sports Bra
Unlike the Nike sports bra, this sports bra from Under Armour was injected the padding in a figure-8 pattern aiming for a lighter feel and a better fit. It is designed for high-impact activities and sports like tennis and has mesh panels for ventilation under hot conditions. Unusually for a sports bra for smaller sizes, it has a hook-and-eye fastener. Sizes start at extra-small.
This is a great sports bra for wearing on the tennis, badminton or basketball court, when you can easily become over-heated. The testers liked the ventilation panels between the breasts, which lets heat escape and keeps you cooler. They also loved the adjustable straps and back closure, which kept the bra in place and gave an outstanding fit. If you don’t like this sports bra, you can try these sports bras from Calvin Klein.
7. Best Low-Impact Sports Bra for Small Breasts
Outdoor Voices – Double-Time Sports Bra
This is a low-cut, ‘double-scoop’, sports bra designed for low-impact activities such as Pilates, yoga and walking. It’s sizing starts at 30AA and the medium-weight fabric offers comfortable compression. The retailer advises that it runs small, so you may need to order a larger size than normal.
Our testers were all pleased with the fit and comfort of this sports bra and commented that it was great to find small sizes. No-one reported any riding-up, sliding down or other discomfort. They all thought it was very flattering to individual body-shapes. It was cool and supportive for exercise. And some testers kept it on all day, because they liked wearing it so much!
If you like to do a variety of activities to keep fit and in shape, you can invest in two or three different sports bras, tailored to suit your different sporting interests. And as most of the Best Sports Bras for Small Breasts look like cropped tops of varying types, you can save cash by using them as cute bralettes under a shirt or as an everyday bra.
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