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.
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.
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.
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.
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