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14 of the best women’s running tops to shop this summer 2022

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Looking for the perfect summer running top? You can run wearing anything you fancy and still make it round the park. But the truth is, alongside great shorts, investing in a technical top will transform your workout and make the entire experience considerably more comfortable, especially during the summer months.

Do you run hot and usually opt for a simple vest or a sports bra, or are you a T-shirt girl who prefers a bit more coverage but can't find the perfect fit? From cutting-edge technical vests to the comfiest tanks, we've rounded up the best running tops on the market so you can forget about kit and focus on enjoying your run.

What type of running top is best?

Running tops typically fall into seasonal categories. Running vests are better suited to the summer months while t-shirts or long-sleeve tops will keep you cosy when the temperature drops. That said, there are no rules and the ideal running top for you depends largely on personal preference! But there are a few points worth considering before you start shopping.

Movement: Is it long enough, can your arms move and does it pinch at the waist or stretch at the chest? In an ideal world, you don't want to waste a single moment thinking about kit when you're out on a run, so opt for apparel that allows you to move freely and comfortably.
Breathability: Look out for running-specific tops made from moisture-wicking fabric. This means they draw sweat away from your skin and dry fast, which helps with temperature regulation.
Temperature: Is it boiling hot outside or has the weather started to change? A racer back vest can feel very different to a long-sleeved top when you're on the move, so opt for a running top that suits the current climate. If in doubt, layering is always a good compromise.
Size: Brands can differ when it comes to sizing, and getting the fit right will make all the difference on race day and during your training runs, so it's worth checking the size charts on the individual products before you buy.

The best running tops for women

From Nike's racer backs to Sweaty Betty's classic vests, keep scrolling for our pick of the best tops, tanks and tees to give your running the edge...


1. Nike Dri-FIT One

    Nike Dri-FIT One
    nike nike.com.uk
    £22.95

    We're big fans of this simple running vest from Nike. It's made from breathable fabric in a racer back design, which is ideal for temperature regulation during the summer months. Plus the relaxed hem won't ride up during your long runs. But best of all, at just £22.95 it's a total bargain.

    Sizes: Available in XS-XXL
    Colours: Choose from cream, white, hot pink or black

    Shop now - £22.95


    2. Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Shirt

    Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Shirt 2.0 Race
    Lululemon lululemon.co.uk
    £58.00

    If you're shopping for year-round running wardrobe staples, you can't go wrong with a simple white t-shirt. Thanks to a seamless, chafe-free construction and the brand's odour-busting 'Silverescent' technology (which basically minimises the stink factor) this classic tee from Lululemon ticks all our boxes. Pop a pair of these great Base Pace High-Rise Shorts in your shopping cart to complete your summer fitness wardrobe.

    Sizes: Available in XS-XXL
    Colours: Choose from white, hot pink, grey and black

    Shop now - £58.00


    3. Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Gym Vest

    Athlete Seamless Gym Vest
    Sweaty Betty sweatybetty.com
    £40.00

    Looking for a versatile vest that will work across all your favourite fitness activities? Your hunt is over. This classic vest from Sweaty Betty comes with all the technical details you'd expect from a great running top, including a seamless design, sweat-wicking fabric and cooling mesh sections. And best of all, it's available in a rainbow of bold colours to suit your mood.

    Sizes: Available in XS-XL
    Colours: Choose from 17 different colours including red, green and purple

    Shop now - £40.00


    4. Boody Racerback Active Tank

    Racerback Active Tank
    Boody boody.co.uk
    £26.95

    Wave goodbye to chafing once and for all with this super-soft tank made from bamboo that's designed to prevent discomfort over any distance. We love the racer back fit that will help you keep your cool, while the body remains comfortably loose around the middle, leaving you to focus on your PB goals.

    Sizes: Available in XS-XL
    Colours: Also available in black

    Shop now - £26.95


    5. Gym + Coffee Activate Vest
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    Activate Vest in Black
    Gym + Coffee gympluscoffee.com
    £25.00

    If you didn't get the memo: don't forget to mix up your running with other fitness activities to injury-proof your body and boost your aerobic power. From yoga to cycling, irrespective of the supplementary sport you choose, this lightweight and versatile racer back vest will suit all of your needs. For best results, size up.

    Sizes: Available in XS-XXL
    Colours: Also available in baby blue, lilac and khaki

    Shop now - £25.00


    6. WIT Logo High Neck Crop Tank

    Logo High Neck Crop Tank in Blue Haze
    WIT wit-fitness.com
    £32.00

    Bored of the same old kit? Add a splash of street style to your running wardrobe with this cool but casual crop tank from WIT. The loose fit, lightweight and breathable fabric works well on its own as an airy summer top, or you can layer it for style points and extra warmth.

    Sizes: Available in XS-L
    Colours: Available in a range of cool hues including yellow, mauve and grey

    Shop now - £25.00


    nike air zoom alphafly next wmns | 7. Tog 24 Aycliffe Women's Tech Tee

    Aycliffe Womens Tech T-Shirt
    Tog 24 tog24.com
    £18.00

    While dinky vests are great for summer running, if you're feeling a bit slouchy and fancy something casual for your recovery runs, it's worth adding this T-shirt to your fitness wardrobe. The scoop neck, capped sleeves and dipped hem give it a relaxed fit, while the technical sweat-wicking fabric will ensure you still keep your cool.

    Sizes: Available in sizes 8-16
    Colours: Choose from grey or purple

    Shop now - £35.00


    8. Proviz Classic Women's Running Singlet

    Classic Women's Running Singlet
    Proviz provizsports.com
    £16.66

    If you prefer to run at night (or it's the only time you get to head out the door) it's worth remembering to wear reflective gear so you stay seen after dark. But if it's boiling hot and sweaty high-vis does not appeal, this bold singlet will be just the ticket. It's breathable, sweat-wicking, comes with reflective detailing and, best of all, it's bright yellow, so other road users will easily spot you whizzing by.

    Sizes: Available in sizes 8-16
    Colours: Choose from yellow, black, pink or blue

    Shop now - £19.99


    9. Dare 2B Women's Modernize II Lightweight Vest

    Women's Modernize II Lightweight Vest
    Dare2b dare2b.com
    £9.95

    This racer back vest comes with all the functionality you'd expect from a technical top, including sweat-wicking and breathable fabric, chafe-proof seams and plenty of space for arm movement. And if you're prone to sweat in abundance, it also comes with anti-bacterial elements to keep bad odours at bay. We love the fabulous blue colour.

    Sizes: Available in sizes 8-16
    Colours: Choose from yellow, black, pink or blue

    Shop now - £19.99


    10. Falke Women Running T-Shirt Round-neck

    Women Running T-Shirt Round-neck
    falke falke.com
    £49.50

    If you run hot but you prefer to keep things covered, this clever tee from veteran German brand Falke has the answers. It's made from super-light and stretchy fabric with a high polyamide content that's designed to keep you cool and dry over any distance. Meanwhile, capped sleeves and a seamless design will keep you covered without restricting arm movement.

    Sizes: Available in XS-XXL
    Colours: Choose from black, white, blue and fruit punch

    Shop now - £49.50


        11. New Balance Women's Printed Impact Run Tank Top

        Women's Printed Impact Run Tank Top
        New Balance runnersneed.com
        £21.00

        Hark back to retro running with this super-cool poly knit mesh tank from New Balance featuring a funky N design. It's made from fast-drying and breathable fabric using what the brand calls 'NB ICEx wicking technology' for temperature regulation, while the loose fit and racerback design will help to keep you cool on even the hottest run.

        Sizes: Available in XS-XL
        Extras: For extra style points, pair with these cute Printed Impact Run 3in1 Shorts

        Shop now - £35.00


            12. BAM Barbet Short Sleeve Base Layer

            Barbet Short Sleeve Base Layer
            BAM bambooclothing.co.uk
            £22.00

            Get prepared for the changing seasons with this short sleeve base-layer made from sumptuous bamboo. The colour block design is stylish and flattering, while the bamboo jersey fabric really does feel soft to touch. The front zip is a great secret weapon for temperature control: as your miles increase, simply undo the zip a couple of inches and you will benefit from a cooler décolletage.

            Sizes: Available in sizes 8-16
            Colours: Choose from black or power red

            Shop now - £44.00


            13. Reebok Running Speedwick Tank Top

            Running Speedwick Tank Top
            Reebok reebok.co.uk
            £14.00

            Feeling hot, hot, hot? Layer it up with this sage coloured tank top that features the brand's 'Speedwick technology', plus well-placed mesh panelling to keep you cool and dry. It also looks seriously cool if you twin with a bold sports bra to peek through the racer back gaps.

            Sizes: Available in 2XS-2XL
            Colours: Choose from sage, black or orange

            Shop now - £20.00


            14. New Balance Printed Accelerate Tank

            Printed Accelerate Tank
            New Balance newbalance.co.uk
            £25.00

            Why blend in when you can stand out with this vibrant printed tank from New Balance? It's sweat-wicking to keep you cool and comes with reflective detailing for night running. And for eco-points, it also meets the brand's green leaf standard, so 50% of the materials are environmentally sourced.

            Sizes: Available in XXS-5XL
            Extras: For maximum style points, pair with Accelerate Short 5 inch

            Shop now - £25.00

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