This one is an excellent question that I got from a reader a few weeks back, via Facebook. And after getting this question, I had to wonder a lot of the same thing.
A reader sent me a question, via Facebook, that went a little something like this.
Hey lady!! Any good recommendations for plus sized workout clothes? Do any stores carry or is it all online? Have searched for days!!
Had I not worked in specialty retail, I would have never in my life even thought about how irritating it is to find workout clothing in “odd” sizes. And your sizes aren’t “odd” to me, but retailers often act as though anything over a size 10 is an odd and unsellable size to stock on their shelves. For me, even with my tiny heiny, I have to shove my tush into a size medium in most tights, because the smalls and the extra smalls make me look like a sausage. So what’s a normal-sized girl to do, especially when she’s looking for workout clothes that will wick, won’t smell, and will dry quickly? And I totally understand the not wanting to buy online, I HATE buying online only to realize the clothes make me look like a nurse. So what’s she to do? Head to your local specialty retail store (A Fleet Feet works) and check out these brands that carry a range of sizes.
- Moving Comfort. The maker of the bras also makes flattering technical gear for running. A lot of ruching, decent colors, and flattering cuts if you have anything you’d like to hide. Moving Comfort is available in stores, as well as online.
- Nike. They make a decent selection of clothing for the curvy lady. And they make them in super cute colors and cuts. If you’re young, curvy, and you want to look your age, Nike is the way to go. Available in stores, technical, and also can be purchased online once you kind of get in your mind what you want.
- Skirt Sports. Specifically designed for women, Skirt Sports has skirts, running dresses, and a number of other flattering items for women, and hosts a decent amount of larger sizes. Can be found in store, as well as online.
- Finally, if you’re looking to save a little cash, both Lane Bryant and Old Navy, have a performance line available online and in-stores. But a word of caution. Though you may be saving some of the cash, the fabric isn’t as technical and performance oriented as you may be looking for, and you may notice it wearing out a little funny, smelling, or causing a little bit of chafing.
Ladies, as you’re on your quest to look for active wear, it whatever size, remember to look for synthetic materials that wick, breathe, and flatter that sessy figure! Good luck!