While the style is most commonly associated with sports bras, the best racerback bras come in versions that can serve you well every day of the week. From
lounge-worthy cotton bralettes to smooth T-shirt bras, the shoulder-baring style is actually a super versatile player in your lineup — and one that promises to become the most-reached-for item in your lingerie drawer.
If you commonly wear a traditional bra, you might be wondering if there are any tangible benefits to the racerback. As it turns out, the cut offers several key advantages. It’s a popular build for
sports bras because placing the straps closer to your neck keeps the shoulder clear so you have total range of motion. However, there are particular benefits for regular wear too that shouldn’t be overlooked. As a result of that strap placement, it’s impossible for them to slip off your shoulders. If you have sloped shoulders or just feel cursed when it comes to bra straps, a racerback style is worth considering as your daily driver. Larger cup sizes may find them more comfortable too, thanks to the extra support they provide due to their angled straps. Another huge plus: They disappear under racerback tops.
Racerback bras do vary in terms of their adjustability, which can be a feature or a bug depending on your needs. Some options will have adjustable straps, whereas others are more “one size per cup size.” Most racerback bras will either pull on or fasten in the front due to how the back is constructed, but occasionally you’ll find a traditional hook-and-eye closure that gives you more room to peel it off with ease.
Ahead, eight racerback bras to cover every kind of day you’re dressing for — and they all come with rave reviews to justify buying them in multiples so you’re never without.
This Lace Bralette That Looks Like Expensive Lingerie
lace racerback bralette channels Agent Provocateur in contrast lace, but there are plenty of solid-colored options if you prefer something low-key. A sheer lace band and tapered accents are layered over sewn-in cups (with removable padded inserts) that give just enough shape, with delicate adjustable straps at the shoulders. “Yes! I’ve been looking for a bralette for ages with a little bit of padding. This is fantastic! Lace is soft and the fit is wonderful. I bought a top rated brand from Nordstrom and this blows it out of the water for $20 less,” a reviewer commented. Available colors: 10 Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large 02
An Iconic Bralette You Can (And Will) Sleep In
With a single layer of buttery-soft cotton and modal, the
Calvin Klein racerback bra is barely there in the best possible way. It has the kind of quality construction you’d expect from a name brand, with solidly finished seams and, of course, that iconic logo elastic. The straps aren’t adjustable but the sizing is somewhat malleable: The brand recommends sizing up if you want an easier fit with less compression. (Get the matching thong or bikini underwear if you want a cohesive set.) If you’re maximizing a budget, this three-pack of cotton racerback bras from Fruit of the Loom gives you more bang for your buck and it similarly has rave reviews. Available colors: 30 Available sizes: X-Small — 3X 03
A Seamless Wire-Free Bra That Fans Call “The Holy Grail”
Beloved by editors and Amazon shoppers alike — with more than one devotee referring to it as “the Holy Grail of bras” — this
light-as-air bra has bonded edges in a velvety microfiber that slides under the clingiest knits. The adjustable straps convert into a racerback when you need it, and its wire-free design comes with removable pads so the bra feels as invisible as it looks. Another thing to love: the wide band wraps your torso in gentle support. One Bustle commerce editor raved, “It's so comfortable I usually forget I'm even wearing it, and the fabric is thin and seamless, so it disappears under clothing." Available colors: 13 Available sizes: XS — XL 04
A Racerback Everyday Bra With A Cult Following
Boasting more than 13,000 ratings, this
racerback T-shirt bra has molded cups for a smooth look under clothes, with lace trim across the band and back. The straps are fully adjustable and that front closure is so handy at the end of a long day — however, since the band itself isn’t adjustable, make sure to measure yourself before ordering to ensure the right fit. Once you do, you’re all set: Shoppers raved that it was a fabulous bra for the price. “This is an OMG actual comfortable true to my professionally measured size, quality bra,” one shopper gushed. “No pinching, digging, riding, warping, gaping, chafing.” Available colors: 16 Available sizes: 32C — 42D 05
A T-Backed Bra With An Incredible Range Of Sizes
front-close racerback bra was engineered for maxed-out comfort. The underwire is completely padded and then set into a second layer of plush cushioning to provide support you feel for only the right reasons. Meanwhile, its adjustable racer straps have a touch of stretch and extra width so they won’t dig into your skin throughout the day, and the front clasp is secure even after regular wear. “Are you a busty girl but an average-ish band size? Struggle to find an awesome T strap that supports, or a front close without quad boob or spillage?” one shopper queried, adding. “Welcome to the bra that solves all your problems. It might even fix your credit and make your boyfriend better looking.” Available colors: 6 Available sizes: 34B — 48H 06
A Racerback Sports Bra That’s A Cinch To Get Out Of
Thanks to its unique hook-and-eye closure, this
racerback sports bra gives you extra wiggle room so you don’t have to fight your way out after a sweat session. The band is set with three rows of hooks in four columns for solid support that’s fully adjustable. The keyhole racerback leaves more of your back exposed to provide extra airflow, while strategically placed mesh lining ensures it’s as breathable as it is moisture-wicking. “Simple, cute, and sturdy,” one fan remarked. “It’s tight enough to be compressing and keep me from painful bouncing while I run, without cutting into the skin. Straps and band are thick and sturdy, and I love the adjustable hook closure to really get a good fit.”
Looking for even more ease? This
front-zip racerback sports bra unfastens fully if you prefer that style. Available colors: 3 Available sizes: Small — 3X-Large 07
A Lace Push-Up Bra With Gorgeous Detail
lace racerback bra is beautifully made with impressive attention to detail for a bra that’s less than $25. Its curved lace overlay on the cups is mirrored in the back in a triangular shape that comes with adjustable straps, and the sheer mesh band is edged top and bottom with satiny elastic for a more dimensional look. A sturdy metal clasp secures in the front, too, for an effortless on and off. “Very pretty and comfortable and the best front closure bra I could find,” a shopper praised. “The front clasp works smoothly and is secure. I also seem to constantly have an issue with straps sliding off my shoulders and this solves that problem.” Available colors: 12 Available sizes: 32AA — 40DD 08
A Cute Racerback Sports Bra That’s Made To Be Seen
Not all racerback sports bras need to be utilitarian, and the
YIANNA sports bra gives you the same functional range of motion in a racerback shape with an intricate strappy design. The moisture-wicking fabric has a soft finish with mesh lining for enhanced breathability. A wide elastic band at the bottom provides good support and there are even removable pads to customize your coverage. “Amazing support, quality material, breathable, extremely comfortable and super cute,” one fan raved. Available colors: 9 Available sizes: Small — XX-Large 09
Also Nice: A Set Of Clips That Convert Any Bra Into A Racerback
Whether you want the ability to convert your favorite bras into racerbacks or need to pack light for travel, these
convertible bra strap clips are indispensable items worth having on-hand. They slip securely over both straps to pull them in, and the unique design ensures they won’t pop off at an unfortunate moment. “Who would have thought how a little piece could do so much?! These can, at first look, be confusing. But I promise, that they are easy to use and work with a variety of bras,” one shopper wrote. “The first day they came in, I wore one all day...Very well made, even as I twisted and turned it the first time while learning to use it.” Don't miss a thing
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