Layering with sports bras

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:

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering with sports bras

Top row, left to right:  1  /  2  /  3  ;  Second row:  1  /  2  /  3  /  4
Third row:  1  /  2  /   3  /  4  ; Bottom row:  1  /  2  /  3  /  4

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.

Sports bras collage

Has anyone else used this trick of wearing sports bras, or alternatives like clip-on cami panels? Leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Layering with sports bras

  1. Erin

    Like I said when you originally mentioned this, I think it’s a great idea! Especially under a dress when you don’t have something to tuck the cami into. My camis tend to ride up when I wear them under dresses so this would be a great alternative. I’ll have to look for the Fruit of the Loom ones at Target!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      I’m all about the comfort! It came to me one day, born of sheer practicality with the desert heat and humidity. It became a kind of uniform for me while living in the UAE: a 3/4 sleeve cardigan + sports bra + wide-leg trousers (or maxi skirt) + sandals.

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  3. Shabana Feroze

    This is such a great tip Jen! I live in Bahrain so it’s great for the heat here too. Did you ever visit Bahrain when you were in the UAE?
    I also loved your tip on the hair rubber bands for skinny belts. Thank you!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Shabana! I’m glad you can get some use out of these tips. I was never fortunate enough to be able to visit Bahrain while I lived in the UAE, although a couple of colleagues ended up moving and working there. I did get to visit Kuwait for a library conference, though, and that was very interesting. 🙂

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