The best women’s running tops - for those who don’t want to run in just a sports bra

best women's running tops for summer

Running in a heatwave is hard, whatever you’re wearing. That said, there are some ways to help yourself stay cool as you move, without just running in a sports bra.

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If you’re looking to upgrade your summer running wardrobe, here’s some of the best women’s running tops on the market:

Nike Women’s Training Tank, £34.95, nike.com 

best women's running top - nike crop

This training tank from Nike features a built-in compression bra, and a longer cut for flattering coverage. Best suited to smaller-breasted women, the seamless design allows for a full range of motion as you run. Also available in black.

Adidas Women’s Boxy Light Tank, £20.00, runnersneed.com 

best women's running tops - adidas

With a loose, comfortable, boxy fit, this Adidas tank is a good way to stay cool as you move. Made from soft Climalite fabric, with a square-cut silhouette and relaxed arm holes, you’ll feel comfortably covered, whilst still getting a much-needed breeze.

Quick Pace Short Sleeve, £62.00, lululemon.co.uk 

best women's running tops - lululemon

We love the look of this cropped running t-shirt from Lululemon, for those who want the added covering of short sleeves – also a good option if you’re run commuting with a backpack. With a flattering crossover hem for breezy coverage, the material wicks sweat, dries quickly and has UV protection.

The North Face W Flight Series Tank, £29.00, runnersneed.com 

best women's running tops - The North Face

With fitted ventilation and an in-built bra, this has been designed to deliver protection and ventilation for summer running. Seamless Warp Knit construction reduces movement and the stitch-free construction keeps chafing to a minimum.

Seamless sports vest top, £12.99, hm.com 

best women's running tops - H&M

If any sort of crop is a no-go, this seamless sports vest from H&M looks great, whilst being super affordable. The jacquard-pattern is slimming, whilst the material is fast-drying, allowing you to look and feel cool as you run.

New Balance Determination Crop Top, £45.00, newbalance.co.uk

best women's running tops - new balance

We love this cool, cropped top from New Balance. The relaxed fit looks great, plus the mesh material on the back makes this stand out from the crowd. A good option for those who prefer the extra coverage of short sleeves, this is also available in black. 

Nike Tailwind Tank, £18.00, runnersneed.com 

best women's running top - nike

A slightly longer, super breathable tank for summer running, we love the dropped armholes for optimum ventilation and the Nike Breathe fabric that helps keep you cool and dry as you move. The hem is slightly longer at the back for coverage and the top sits at your hips, for optimal coverage as you run.

Tribe Sports Racer Vest, £21.00, tribesports.com 

best women's running tops - Tribe Sports

This racer vest from Tribe Sports is made from sweat-wicking, antibacterial and anti-odour fabric, to keep you fresh, no matter how sweaty you get. With a feminine cut, this is a great chafe resistant, lightweight addition to your summer running wardrobe.

Saucony Impulse Crop Top, £28.00, saucony.com 

best women's running tops - Saucony

Whether you wear it on its own, or layer this under a tank top, the strappy back design helps you look great, whilst the anti-microbial treatment helps eliminate odours, keeping you fresh. Best suited to those with A-C cup sizes, the in-built bra contains removable cups for additional support.  

Dhb Women’s Run Singlet, £10.00, wiggle.co.uk 

best women's running tops - wiggle

We love this summery coral running tank, currently in the wiggle sale. For a tenner you get a lightweight running vest, with an unrestrictive and comfortable fit. Made from odour control fabric that inhibits the growth of bacteria post-run, you’ll stay fresh as you clock up the miles.