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Baring the Bra: Is it Okay to Wear a Sports Bra in Public?

Clothing that serves more than one purpose is becoming more and more popular nowadays. It’s not uncommon to see women dropping their kids off to school then heading straight to the gym without getting changed. Or leaving the beach to head straight for lunch in your casual beach wear.

But what about sports bras? Can you wear a sports bra as a standalone top? We say yes – you absolutely can!

Wearing a bra as a top is not only a fashionable move. It also gives you more value for money because you can wear your workout attire for other occasions!

There are hundreds of sports bras variants. So, there are almost unlimited options when mixing and matching your attire. I personally like simply wearing a sports bra on tis own if you have the confidence to do so.

We live in the perfect climate to don your sports bra, activewear tights and trainers and head out with your girlfriends. Just remember to apply the sunscreen!

You may also check our previous blog to see what other things to consider when wearing a sports bra in public. If you want to put a spin on your active look, now’s a good time to learn how to wear a sports bra as a top.

Sports Bra Fashion Hacks

Sports crop tops are very popular at present for a reason. You might be wondering, “Are you allowed to wear a sports bra in public?” and the answer is it depends.

There’s no universal rule about it, but some places are very strict with their dress codes. Here are some stylish hacks you can follow so you can safely wear your sports bras in public.

Use a Button up Top

This one definitely requires the confidence to pull it off. Something you are more likely to see on the fashion runways of New York rather than the streets of the Gold Coast. That said, hey if you want to rock it go for it. Why not!

Having cover for your sports bra will make it possible for you to wear it without looking underdressed. It’s also a perfect way to accentuate your sports bra. You can also play around with various colour combinations. Recognisable brand logos can make you look hip and modern.

Pro tip: Want to pull the most comfortable classy look you’ve ever pulled? Wear a sports bra under your button up top and keep it buttoned enough so no one can see what’s underneath. This is the best way to look professional and supported at the same time!

Baring the Bra Is it Okay to Wear a Sports Bra in Public

Double Up

Can’t decide between two of your most favourite sports bras? Why not wear both? Combine a strappy sports bra with a racerback for a contrast that’s hard to miss.

Just remember not to go overboard with the prints and colors. Rule of thumb is plains match prints and bright colors match darker tones.

Wear with High-Waist Jeans

The high waist jeans era is back, so don’t be scared to experiment with the look. A tank style sports bra will look amazing with a midriff baring top and a cropped jacket.

Depending on your plans, you shouldn’t have problems making it work with either high heels or cute sneakers.

Go Sparkly

Vintage is back. Wear something 80s inspired like a sheer blouse with sparkly star sequins to make the sports bra underneath pop out. Wear plain jeans and high heels or pumps to complete the look.

Pro tip: Bring the ensemble together with some bright nail polish if you’re wearing heels or simply wear similarly colored sneakers.

Complement With a Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits and slip dresses are notorious for showing a bit too much skin. So, what do you do when you want to look great without flashing anyone? Wear a sports bra underneath!

You can go about this in two ways: wear a bra the same colour as the jumpsuit so it isn’t too obvious or wear a highly contrasting colour and design to accentuate your clothes.

Final Words

Sports bras are more versatile than you think. So, the next time you go on a night cap or attend a formal event, don’t be afraid to be bold with your fashion choices.

Check out our online shop today to see a wide range of sports bras on sale. For questions about our products, get in touch with our team today.

Yours in Support

Amy x

Amy Jaffers

Amy is the face behind Sports Bras Direct, Australia’s largest sports bra website. She's a mother of two, outdoors lover and sports bra expert. Her life mission is to help active women get the support they need as well as assisting women in need through her charitable donations.

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