When I mentioned in this recent post that I often wear a sports bra instead of a tank top — a great alternative in the summer! — I got quite a few positive comments about it. It surprised me, as I often deploy this trick, but I never thought it worth mentioning or highlighting on the blog. I was obviously mistaken!
I first started doing this when I lived in the UAE, where it is both hot AND humid most of the year, due to the country’s location on the Arabian Gulf. I get sweaty around my midsection and under the arms, so wearing a sports bra — instead of a bra and an extra tank top — under a cardigan or other top was a way to still stay modestly covered, but to not add extra bulk. I also wear sports bras when I feel like I need some extra coverage up top, like with dresses or tops with v-necks or lower-cut necklines. (They’re also great for traveling!)
So here’s a round-up of different ways I’ve worn sports bras as layering options:
I realize that wearing sports bras is a more comfortable option for those of us with smaller chests, so this trick might not work for those more well-endowed. There are plain, inexpensive sports bras available, and then there are versions out there that are way more expensive and actually intended for, you know, sports and exercise. I just pick up a regular pack of Fruit of the Loom sports bras every year or two at my local Target or Fred Meyer, as they are in year-round rotation in my wardrobe. I have sports bras in black, red, white, grey, and light blue.
An alternative is to get some of those cami panels that clip on to the sides of your bra. I even have some of those! They work really well, and would work for those who need to wear undergarments that are more supportive than sports bras.
Has anyone else used this trick of wearing sports bras, or alternatives like clip-on cami panels? Leave a comment and let me know! 🙂