Shopping for clothes can be a pain no matter what size you are. What looks cute on the model in the store, online or in a magazine almost never looks right when you try it on in real life. Because finding the exact right fit is such an ordeal, many people either stick to the brands they know and love or shy away from shopping all together.
At SparkPeople, we believe that no one is too big too exercise, and to exercise effectively, you need the right clothes. They don't have to be fancy or expensive but you'll appreciate the difference once you've experienced the benefits of wearing a sweat-wicking shirt instead of a cotton one on your next bike ride. From roomier sandals to shirts designed to move with you (and not cling!) these plus-size apparel brands are not to be ignored.
1. Livi Active by Lane Bryant
Lane Bryant has been a plus-size apparel staple since 1904. What started as a maternity dress company has branched out to offer everything from dresses and socks to active leggings and sports bras. Check out their Wicking Active Capri Leggings that feature a wider, covered elastic waistband, a hidden pocket and material that not only wicks but is also fade-resistant and quick-drying. Their Low Impact Knot-Back Sport Bra provides plenty of support with a little bit of style and their No Pain, No Champagne tee adds a little tongue-in-cheek humor to a relaxed-fit, comfortable gym shirt.
2. Old Navy Active
Old Navy has always catered to a wide variety of sizes, and their plus-size offerings are no exception. You can shop their workout staples as well as their on-trend, seasonal fashion lines by shape, size or color. Sizes for all activewear run up to 2X and all clothing is made with Go-Dry fabric that promises to keep you cool while you work up a sweat. Many of their workout bottoms also have compression material to keep you in place and sculpted, and their sports bras are supportive, stylish and comfortable. They also offer a plus-size line of "third-pieces" which is just their fancy way of saying "outerwear."
3. JoyLab by Target
If you like your activewear to be more on the trendy side, then JoyLab is for you. Featuring metallic textures, mesh cutouts, daring prints and mixed materials, JoyLab clothing is available in a range of plus sizes to ensure you always look stylish while you work out. Whether you're looking for a pair of mesh-shine, patchwork leggings, a geometric, two-tone sports bra, or a seamless, short-sleeved cropped top, Target has you covered.
4. Danskin Now
The winner for the most affordable, yet comfortable athletic wear goes to Danskin Now, which is available at Walmart. For less than $18 for most items, you can find awesome leggings, shelf-bra tanks and adorable skorts in sizes up to 4X. Items feature wicking material and antimicrobial properties to keep sweat and odor at bay. An elastic waistband keeps clothing flexible so it can move when you move.
Owned by the same umbrella company that owns Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, Athleta has stood out among the pack for years as the go-to athletic store for quality apparel and comfortable workout clothes. Their Breezy Workout Tank collection features tops that are semi-fitted and made with a linen-like material that is lightweight and made from sustainable European beechwood trees. The Contender Aero 7/8 Tight is a mid-rise performance legging with a stay-put waistband and their Panache Sports Bra has unbeatable underwire support that's great for any activity.
If you get tired of trying to locate merchandise on websites and find yourself scrolling through menu after menu looking for a single pair of leggings, then the Marika site is a dream come true. Marika makes purchasing athletic wear as easy as choosing from "tops" and "bottoms." Choose from among cute details and fabrics in their leggings, seamless sports bras or adorable tees.
Torrid is a plus-size clothing brand that celebrates curves and doesn't try to hide them. Their line of activewear ranges in bra sizes, pants and shirts up to 6X. Try their 2Fer Sports Bra Tank (which combines a sports bra and a tank in one) paired with their signature bike shorts and an adorable sweatshirt and head to your nearest cycling class.
RSport was developed with the plus-size girl in mind. "Athena's are active," their website touts. “We move, we sweat, we chafe and abrade differently than any product currently available on the market supports. As such, apparel for Athena's needs to have some nuances that speak directly to those needs.” With that end in mind, RSport developed a line of women’s clothing with their own brand of 37.5 technology to keep you cool with abrasion-resistant panels and fabrics, flatlock stitching, athlete-specific garment design and loads of pockets. Try the Hope 1/2 Zip Tri Jersey with the Hope Tri Shorts for your best race ever, or add the 1/2 Zip Fleece Jacket to your cart for a comfortable workout even when the weather is chilly.
If their motto doesn't sell you, then their "real" marketing campaign will: RSport doesn't retouch their models on their website, so you can feel good that they celebrate curvy girls, cellulite and all.
9. Nike Plus
If you prefer a tried-and-true brand like Nike, then you'll be thrilled to learn they offer a plus-size line. Available in sizes up to 3X and made from sweat-wicking materials, Nike's colorful and comfortable workout clothing is one of the most extensive plus-size offerings we've seen yet. Try their short-sleeve running top, running shorts or training tank to get the Nike supreme style and flattering fit the brand is known for.
Fabletics celebrates every body, starting at plus sizes 1X to 3X. With their subscription-based service, you can discover your new favorite pair of leggings, see what sports bras you love and test out different tanks and outfits till you find your exact style. VIP members can save up to 50 percent on every order and you can shop or skip a month if you don’t want to purchase anything at that time. The $49.95 service charge can also be applied to your next order.
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