The Difference Between A $10 and $120 Sports Bra

You know a trend has caught on when you start seeing it everywhere. But with so many options comes the question: Which one is actually Worth It? Every Tuesday, we're looking at a different fashion girl favorite and the varying price points it comes in, and letting you know — straight up — how much you should really be spending. You work hard for your money; why not put it towards pieces that matter?
Considering sports bras are supposed to be comfortable, supportive, and easy-to-wear, they sure are tough to shop for. Too snug or too loose, too relaxed or too restricting, find the right piece that works for you (and your cup size) is never easy. And, to make it all the more complicated, the price points are all over the place: Some go for $10, while others for $120. So, how do you know what's actually worth it?
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Truthfully, it all depends on what you're looking for: If you're want something more fashion-forward, decorated with logos and some on-trend details, you'll likely have to splurge a bit; if you're fine with the bare minimum (a simple, no bells-and-whistles type of piece), you can save yourself a good amount of money (just don't expect it to last more than a few wear-and-washes). To break it all down, price-by-price, we've rounded up six sports bras and put them to the test. Click on to weigh your options, and don't forget to make it to the end for our verdict.
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What You're Spending: $10.99
What You're Getting: If you only work out once in a while, we wouldn't recommend shelling out too much on a sports bra (unless, of course, you really want to). Instead, grab a classic option that does the bare minimum: Holds your girls in place. There are no frills, cut-outs, logos or any stand-out details, but Hanes knows what its doing when it comes to reliable basics.

Hanes Sport Women's Seamless Racerback Sports Bra, $10.99, available at Amazon.
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What You're Spending: $19.99
What You're Getting: For just $10 more, things get a little more...trendy. This C9 Champion option from Target features a nice criss-cross back you can show off at barre class, and its Duo Dry+ technology wicks moisture and dries fast. Not bad.

C9 Champion Women's Strappy Cami Sports Bra, $19.99, available at Target.
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What You're Spending: $35
What You're Getting: Once you pass the $30 mark, you're likely getting into more activewear-focused, performance-driven territory. This option from Mission doesn't just have some cute color-blocking — it also boasts some pretty high-tech features, including VaporActive technology, which attracts moisture at the vapor level and rapidly removes sweat, keeping you cool, dry, and comfortable. Plus, it's chemical free and permanently embedded at the fiber level, so it will never degrade or wash out. Oh, and the fabric contains 37.5 active particles that attract and trap odor-causing molecules, releasing them later in the laundry.

Mission VaporActive Temper Racerback Medium Impact Sports Bra, $35, available at Mission.
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What You're Spending: $45
What You're Getting: Nike sells padded, metallic-swoosh sports bra for $45, which feature a compressive fit and sweat-wicking fabric for supportive, lasting comfort. As much as we love a good brand-flexing piece, this is definitely more of a fashion option. (It'll certainly look good in your #OOTD, though!).

Nike Pro Classic Padded Metallic, $45, available at Nike.
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What You're Spending: $70
What You're Getting: Adidas by Stella McCartney is another example of fashion-meets-fitness brand where you're buying more into the clout of showing up to yoga in designer clothing. We can totally make the case for spending a little extra on these pieces, though — they're functional and they look damn good. This kind of sports-bra-meets-crop-top hybrid is blowing up thanks to brands like Outdoor Voices.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Cutout Stretch-jersey and Climachill Mesh Sports Bra, $70, available at Net-A-Porter.
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What you're Spending: $120
What You're Getting: Paco Rabanne. That's what you're getting. One, this French designer is having a major resurgence right now. But, fair warning, this is the kind of sports bra that's better suited for lounging around and taking selfies (which we totally support), than for hardcore physical activity. It sure is cute, though.

Paco Rabanne Logo Sports Bra, $120, available at Barneys.
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The Verdict: Try The Workout Crop
Yes, we are choosing the second-to-most-expensive option in the bunch. Here's why: We like to think of this workout crop-top as a two-for-one deal. With just a high-waisted pair of leggings, your look is all set, and since it's Adidas, it's built to perform.

Of course, shopping for a sports bra all depends on your sizing and what type of workout you're doing, but we do think around $70 is reasonable for a investment piece that's supportive, offers full-coverage, and will last. And this one's proof fashion and function can come hand-in-hand.
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