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.

Librarian for Life + Style | 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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