The athleisure market is hotting up as brands compete to find the perfect sports bra – one that provides sufficient support for women as they work out, while also looking fashionable. We take a look at four options.

Nike

Women athletes told NikeWomen design team that a good sports bra is one that provides total support for a variety of activities and keeps them cool and dry without sacrificing comfort. It also needs to look as good as it feels.

With Sydney Leroux,the US Olympic soccer gold medallist the star of the campaign, Nike’s new Nike Flyknit sports bra is a digitally engineered knitting process that debuted at the 2012 London Olympics with the Flyknit Racer.

“We prioritised support, breathability and cooling in essential zones” for the Nike FE/NOM Flyknit Bra, Nike’s senior bra innovation designer Nicole Rendone says.

The result is a significant reduction in materials and seams: The bra has two panels and a binding (other high-support Nike bras can have up to 41 pieces and 22 seams) and is 30 per cent lighter than any other bra in its line.

Perfect Moment

Thierry Donard, the professional skier and extreme sports filmmaker and founder of Perfect Moment, aims for the perfect fusion of style and performance. The star printed stretch-jersey sports bra in storm-blue is his brainchild. It has a wide underbust band to support mid-intensity workouts like boxing and lifting weights.

With a racer-back design, users enjoy unrestricted movement. You can match this with leggings from the same series for an energetic look.

LNDR

With quick-drying and antibacterial properties, LNDR’s ‘Glide’ mesh-trimmed, stretch-knit bra is made from the American label’s technical stretch-knit with a seamless finish. In order to optimise breathability, the bra has been designed in mesh and completed with a perforated racer-back.

The reflective underband helps with visibility on night-time runs, while the detachable padding allows for customisable lift and support. LNDR track pants provide comfort during running.

Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh’s ‘Core Cross Back’ sports bra is perfect for outdoor workouts, as it offers UV protection and is cut from breathable and quick-drying stretch-polyamide.

The technical athletic-wear brand integrates body responsive performance with a high-fashion look. By featuring an elasticated underband and removable cups, the sports bra offers light support and lots of flexibility for movement. Leggings are also available for free and easy movement at pilates.