Best Athletic Apparel for Full Figured Athletes

It goes without saying that having some fashion-forward yet functional athletic apparel in your wardrobe may make you more motivated to hit the gym. We’re not just talking about cute patterns or bright colors, either — but the kind of pieces that also practically address all of your needs during a sweat session. If you’re a curvy woman, there’s a specific set of requirements your fitness apparel needs to meet to make the cut. But there’s no reason why you should compromise on style just to accommodate your body type.

Whether you’re looking to nail that warrior pose, train for a half marathon or boost your boxing skills, you deserve to look — and feel — good doing it. Luckily, we rounded up some of the best fitness apparel from size-inclusive companies, from flattering tanks to supportive sports bras.

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Best basic legging

The brand Addition Elle has been around for more than 30 years with the motto “fashion democracy in sizes 12 to 26.” NOLA is the company’s partnership with body-positive supermodel Ashley Graham, and it includes a vast array of eye-catching activewear for plus-sized women. You can’t go wrong with the Nola Run Sculpting Legging Capris — they boast compression technology and a wide-waistband, which helps with shaping from the waist down, smoothing and flattering your hips, stomach and legs. To boot, the body mapping on these leggings promise increased ventilation so you stay cool and comfortable throughout your sweat session.

Best long-sleeved pullover

Katie Kozloff is a former fitness trainer who noticed that plus-sized clients in her classes were struggling to find stylish workout apparel. So she founded her own line, Katie K Active — and every single design is fit on plus-sized models to ensure they’re flattering. The Propel Funnel-Neck Pullover is an ideal layering piece for workouts during the cooler seasons, with 4-way stretch moisture-wicking performance fabric and thumbholes on the sleeves to keep your hands warm. A wide bottom band and the extra length lend some coverage and contouring anti-chafe seams offer comfort and subtle shaping at the same time.

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Best sports bra

There’s no doubt that a well-constructed plus size sports bra is essential to any workout, whether you’re doing cardio, strength training or anything in between. This is especially true with high-impact activity, such as running, HIIT and plyometrics. Opt for a plus size high impact sports bra, which is specifically designed to control bounce during intense exercise. We suggest the Glamorise Sport Underwire Sport Bra, which features seamless double-layer cups for bounce reduction, moisture-wicking fabric and two-way stretch in the back for maximum comfort.

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Best tee

The name says it all: Marika Curves is all about designing activewear that allows you to embrace your figure, no matter what kind of physical activity you’re engaging in. When you’re seeking a workout top that has sleeves but is still practical for warmer weather, look no further than the Emma slimming tee, which is constructed of soft, stretchy Dry-Wik fabric as well as power mesh, which is known for its compression capabilities. The V-neck and shirred curve seams have an instant slimming effect, and it comes in a slew of both neutral as well as bright colors.

Best tank

Juno Active, which was created over 20 years ago, is specifically aimed at women sizes XL to 6X, and all of the clothing is designed using plus-sized models to make the patterns. The brand offers gear for a wide range of activities, from running and swimming to tennis and yoga, and all the prices are remarkably budget-friendly. The Stretch Naturals Long Support Tank allows for free movement in a blend of cotton and Lycra with a hint of spandex, features a chafe-free inner shelf, and it comes in a multitude of striking hues. The v-neck front and modified racerback back provide a sleek silhouette, and you can easily wear it tucked in our out of your workout bottoms, or layered under a zip-up.

Best fun leggings

Sometimes basic black leggings just won’t cut it. On days when you need a little extra dose of color and print to inspire your workout, slip on a pair by Lineagewear. The line quickly became known for its universally flattering leggings in eye-catching patterns, like the super popular watercolor leggings, which are available in sizes up to 5X and have sold out more than once. The high waist, contoured shape, angled inseam and lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric make these leggings a godsend no matter what kind of exercise you’re performing.


Guest post written and provided by Glamorise

 

Pyjama Shenanigans

My second feature, and the final instalment of this year’s #HolidayDoubleSlay with blogger, influencer and my friend Lisa of Mustangsallytwo, is here and it’s all about PJ’s!!

What a great way to end a fun and festive series celebrating plus size fashion, body positivity and the beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes. And just in case you missed them, here are links to each of the #HolidayDoubleSlay features from Lisa’s blog:

Monday – Lisa & Gail in Eloquii

Tuesday – Lisa & Me in Catherine’s

Wednesday – Lisa & Sarah in Full Beauty

Thursday – Lisa & Caterina in Torrid

The final look is a GROUP SLAY!! This segment was so much fun to shoot because A) we are undeniably adorable and B) we were all incredibly comfy! All of our looks are provided by Lane Bryant from their fantastic Sleep & Lounge collection. We selected each look ourselves, and we were so impressed by the versatility they had to offer. Each one of us was able to find something to reflect our personal style in our size.

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In the colder months, I am definitely a leggings, tunic and tall boots kinda gal, so my “Chillin’ With My Snowmies” set and knee-high socks was a natural choice. The fabric was soft, stretchy, high quality, and the size was just right (I am wearing the 1X). The socks are so fun, and they complete the look making it something I could totally wear on Christmas morning without freezing my toes off. They are now sold out, but here’s a cute alternative.

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We each shot a look alongside Lisa, the creative mind behind this entire collaboration.

Gail and Lisa:

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Sarah and Lisa:

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Caterina and Lisa:

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Bringing Lisa’s vision to life was not only super fun, but a reflection of the friendship we’ve developed and the genuine affection we have for each other.

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Please enjoy all of Lisa’s #HolidayDoubleSlay looks on her blog – and yeah, we’ve already started planning next year’s: think outdoors at night, a park flooded with Christmas lights, jeans and outerwear…you’ll wanna be here for that!

For now, we wish you all the happiest of holidays, and remember what’s important: time with family and friends, a spirit of benevolence, and of course, great PJ’s 😉


This post was proudly sponsored by Lane Bryant but all opinions are my own.

Thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for these AMAZING photos – it was my first time meeting and working with her and she was as delightful and professional as she is talented.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

 

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Holiday Double Slay with Mustangsallytwo

Well the holidays are in full swing now and I am so excited to share my recent collaboration with blogger extraordinaire and good friend, Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.

Lisa’s commitment to inspiring women through her blog is tremendous and she is one of the most dedicated influencers I know. She has become an icon in the plus size fashion industry and a leader in fearless fashion for plus sizes with a special focus on extended sizes. Her blog and social media presence provide a wealth of information and insight into brands that are size inclusive, such as Catherine’s, the plus size fashion company we are featuring for our #HolidayDoubleSlay looks.

The #HolidayDoubleSlay concept was born last year when Lisa wanted to team up with some of her favourite full figured fashionistas and plus size brands to showcase beauty diversity through festive fashion – it was such a hit, and so well received by her fans and followers that Lisa decided it had to be an annual event.

I loved being a part of last year’s project, and I am so honoured to have been invited by Lisa to participate again this year. So without further ado, let’s dive in to the fabulousness that is Catherine’s and the fierce options Lisa and I chose for this year’s holiday looks.

I wanted to showcase an outfit that was versatile and professional – in that it could be worn for the holidays but could also be repurposed throughout the rest of the year, and be representative of me as a business owner. The matching Moto Jacket and Ponte Skirt from their Curvy Collection was a great place to start. Both fit extremely well and the ponte fabric in both pieces made them very comfortable and easy to move in. The jacket zipped up easily and I love the silhouette shape it provided. And let’s face it, it is a total boss babe look.

 

Next, to throw in some rich colour and contrast, I chose the Drape Front Top in scarlett, and because I am petite, I tucked it partly into the skirt to balance out my torso with the length of the skirt. The beauty about this top is that it is long enough to wear with leggings as a tunic on someone short like me (at 5’2″ I’m a petite plus, and guess what, Catherine’s offers a petite line as well!).

Here’s is a full view of the top.

It was easy to find the perfect accessories to complete this look. I chose the Gilded Cranberry Bracelet Set, the Ipanema Faceted Necklace and the Night Mood Cluster Earrings. They brought the look together making it festive but still fitting for day or night.

I also was completely obsessed with Lisa’s super fun and girly look. I mean, seriously, she never misses a beat when styling a look, from head to toe, from her adorable earrings to her magical shoes. Do head over to her blog to read about her look here.

Our thinking was holiday office party, work appropriate but still festive, and I think we delivered very well, thanks to Catherine’s!

Please enjoy all of Lisa’s #HolidayDoubleSlay looks on her blog, and get ready for pyjama shenanigans from all of us on Friday, Dec 8!

This post was proudly sponsored by Catherines but all opinions are my own.

Thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for these amazing photos – it was my first time meeting and working with her and she was as delightful and professional as she is talented.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

 

Fall Style on Point

As some of you may be aware, in 2016 SexyPlus Clothing partnered with Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo to curate a collection from the Canadian-made Artex line sold at the boutique. Well, the 2017 Fall collection is sophisticated, functional, soft and super stylish.

Here is the “scroll” print in two different styles, the sweater with removable cowl neck collar and silhouette design, and the tunic with macramé sleeve detail. I love both, but I just had to have the sweater because of the silhouette peplum-esque shape.

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Which one would you wear? Do shop Lisa’s Artex collection, click here.

Sleevey Wonders Changes Everything!

Have you heard? My amazing boutique SexyPlus Clothing Sleevey Wonders is now offering Sleevey Wonders!

So many women are shy to show their arms – and that’s ok. Because body confidence and fashion is about dressing in whatever way that makes YOU feel good. So if having some arm coverage makes you feel prettier, then you rock those arms however you see fit.

The team at Sleevey Wonders understands that women of all sizes are looking for fashionable and sexy options for their wonderful arms, and boy do they deliver. Transform any look AND get arm coverage with these reversible wardrobe fixers. Wear under any garment to make it look like the sleeves are a natural part of the top or dress without covering it up! Wear front to back or back to front for different necklines. Made by women who understand women and who also cater to plus sizes.

Sizes 14/16 to 24/26 available in most colours and styles in lace, mesh and jersey, on or off shoulder. There are so many styles, colours and fabric options! I’ve gotten such great feedback from so many women so far, and I am so thrilled to provide something so simple that makes women feel so wonderful.

Here is am wearing the long sleeve trellis style, and it looks so cool with my dress.

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Shop Sleevey Wonders here and let me know how you like ’em!

Ambrosia

It’s been a while since my last post, but I am so proud to bring you the Ambrosia. This dress, by one of my favourite recently relaunched brands, IGIGI, is quite spectacular.

When you love a bodycon (a form fitted style that outlines your curves) like I do, but you also are a little self-conscious of your tummy, ruching is your friend. Ruching is a style of pleating that has become popular in recent years, and the reason it is embraced is because it camouflages the area it covers. So if you are drawn to bodycons, but you’re a little shy about your mid-section, look for dresses with ruching, or better yet, try the Ambrosia itself.

With a slightly off-shoulder design, and a sweetheart neckline revealing a slight décolletage, the Ambrosia is a sexy yet still sophisticated cocktail, dinner or date option.

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Given the time of year and approaching Spring weather, I decided to style it with a cream coloured wedge sandal and accessorize with ruby and cream accents.

The large Ruby Multi Chain Faceted Teardrop Crystal Necklace Set elevates the look to a more formal level. And the Sophie Multi-wear shawl by designer Joseph Ribkoff provides a layer of elegance and ties in with the sandals.

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The Ambrosia dress comes in black and teal as well, in sizes 14-36.


Ambrosia dress by IGIGI, also available at SexyPlus Clothing

Ruby Topaz Multi Chain Faceted Teardrop Crystal Necklace Set by SexyPlus Clothing

Sophie Multi-wear shawl by designer Joseph Ribkoff by SexyPlus Clothing

Sandals by Maurices – vintage


Special thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.com for taking these pics for me.

Copyright SassyPlus 2017 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved

Just Do It

A guest post by Teresa Hodgins Power

Just Do It

When I turned 40 I heard that your eyesight goes, you start to forget nouns etc.  Well, it’s true!  I’m in the middle of a conversation and suddenly I can’t remember the next word that I want to say.  I stumble through trying all different ways to remember.. you know the, the, the, fingers snapping, the thing, the one that goes with, well what do you call it when.  As if the person I’m having a conversation with is the Encyclopedia of Britannica.   Perhaps only those reading this over 30 will understand that reference!

For the eyesight that was a fun moment.  It actually happened before I hit 40.  I was at a conference and my schedule was on the back of my name tag on a lanyard around my neck.  Thank goodness for elastic lanyards and long arms!

So now that I’ve turned 50 I think the next step in the evolution of a woman is forgetfulness.  Walk into a room to do something and do something else.  Or, walk out of the room before you even do anything because you’ve heard that if you re-enter the room you will remember what you were going to do there in the first place.  Even that doesn’t always work for me these days.

So I have decided “JUST DO IT”!  This may be the Nike marketing slogan, however it proves a good point.  Just do it, when you think of it, just do it!!  That goes for homework, housework, laundry, calling your mother, sending an email to a friend that you haven’t heard from in a while etc….

Some may say write a list.  Well, for me lists don’t work.  Either I forget where I put the list or forget the list at home, in my purse, when I go to do something that’s on the list.  Here’s an example, my Honey gave me some buns the other day, we didn’t finish them at the Christmas dinner so we thought we would take them up to the out-laws for dinner the next day.  I put them on the stove to remember to take.  I should have put them right by my purse because about a kilometer from home, “did you put the buns in the trunk” … ahhh nope they are still on the stove.  Needless to say my mother in law makes really good homemade bread and there was lots to go around.

Just do it!

This is not only going to help my forgetfulness it’s also going to help me.  When something is accomplished I feel so much better about it.  I’m going to come out and tell people when they look nice, yes complete strangers.  I’ll walk up and tell them I like their outfit, they look nice.   I’m going to make a phone call or send an email when I’m thinking about someone.  Go get milk when I realize … darn see I forgot even what I was going to type …

Want to say something to someone, good or bad, get it off your chest.  Say what you mean to say, spit it out.  You will feel better for it, maybe not right away, but at least, you won’t be holding it in anymore.

When it’s something nice you want to say, say it often.  I totally talk to strangers all the time now!  I saw a beautiful outfit on a woman at the mall the other day and told her so, she was very surprised and thought I wanted something…  Nope just loved the outfit.  We don’t tell people enough that we like them, the way they look, their smile, their hair … Just do it!

Now that the new year is here there are a bunch of resolutions going around and this is mine, just do it!

Get out and enjoy life, don’t wait for it to come to you.  Go grab it by the balls.  Just do it!

Do something that you haven’t done before, take a course not related to your current job.  Go take a pottery lesson, go hiking.  Head to the museum to see that time limited display.  Start volunteering with a charity, raise money for a cause that’s close to your own heart.  Say good morning to that good looking guy/gal in the elevator, you might just meet a new friend.

These are just a very, very few ideas.  For me it’s because I’m so forgetful now and I mean to expand my personal universe.

So I say just do it!

What do you say?

Get it touch with Teresa here.