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The material matters but is more of a personal choice for comfort rather than its use. Most sports bras are made of cotton, spandex, or microfiber. Cotton sports bras are perfect for lounging or everyday wear. This is because cotton bras are very soft and have a light feeling about them. Spandex is a traditional fabric in sportswear. This is an obvious choice considering its elasticity. Spandex acts like a second skin; when you move, it moves.
The microfiber craze has gone beyond blankets, pullovers, and furniture. It's now used in sports bras. This is because of its moisture-wicking ability, another trend in athletic wear. In fact, moisture-wicking technology may be the hottest trend in sportswear since spandex. Many sports bras incorporate synthetic microfibers to lift the sweat off your skin and hold it on the garment itself. This helps you stay drier, which hopefully leads to you continuing your work out. While you may not need moisture-wicking technology for low-impact activities, you'll find many manufacturers incorporate it anyway. For high-support sports bras, you'll have a hard time finding one that doesn't try to keep you drier.
Another trend in sports bras is the seamless design. This means the sports bra has a flat-felled seam for added durability. This prevents the bra from wear and tear, especially in the areas that get stretched the most. While underwires aren't needed in light support sports bras or for low-impact activities, you'll still see some manufacturers include them. However, many light support sports bras are compression sports bras that you pull over your head. These are the ones without a clasp and that hug your chest.