All summer and fall, my style obsession has been open-backed tops. Some of them offer just a little peek-a-boo opening, while others split from the top and sway in the breeze. For someone who sports athleisure approximately 75 percent of the time, it’s an easy way to add a little bit of fashion forwardness to an otherwise super functional wardrobe.
But I quickly realized that I had one problem with sporting this style — the backs of most of my sports bras were plain ol’ boring. And half the point of wearing these cutaway tops is to show off a fun, stylish, strappy back!
So, I’ve kept my eye out for some fun finds and wanted to share a few that I’m currently coveting. But, one thing for some of the bustier FBGs out there to keep in mind — often, the super strappy backs do not equal loads of support, so if you’re looking for a good bra for running or jumping, be sure to check out what the company says about the bra’s support. A sexy back is great, but not if it means you’re gonna end up with a boob to the face.
Victoria’s Secret Crossback Sport Bra ($20)
This is a low-impact bra that comes in a variety of colors and prints, and at this price point? You might need to get a couple of ’em.
Brooks Running Women’s Fineform Sports Bra ($50)
(Because of course we’re going to include something from Brooks seeing as how we’re ambassadors!) Also available in loads of colors, the FineForm has a convertible back so you can wear it as a racerback or open. Keep in mind that it comes in a version for A/B cups and a different one for C/D cups, so be sure to order accordingly!
lululemon Free To Be Tranquil Bra ($52)
Between the spiderweb of straps and the cool prints availalbe in this style, it’s definitely a keeper that would work with loads of cut-out tops.
C9 Champion Women’s Power Shape Strappy Back Sports Bra ($22.99)
There’s a lot to love about Target already, and the fact that one of our fave stores has such cute options for sports bras really seals the deal. Plus? Reviewers say it’s supportive enough for running. Score!
Got a fave sports bra you swear by? I have the FineForm and really do love it — I find it’s fine for short distance running. But I’m definitely gonna have to add to my collection. Hey, this is how FBGs do lingerie! —Kristen