For a person who lives in a fat body, the gym has always been a place that gave me a lot of anxiety. Although I really loved working out and how it would make me feel, I always felt like these were places I didn’t quite belong.
It has taken me years to really find a variety of body positive studios to work out in and feel comfortable in my body. There was just one more thing missing: the right set of activewear. So often, buying a sports bra or a pair of yoga pants that make you feel comfortable, functional, and stylish can seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry, I’ve tried to take a bit of the sting out of it by breaking down some lines and why you should try them out.
From online to brick and mortar stores, low-end to high-end, check out these 8 lines that will help you embrace your body before hitting the gym.
Nervous about ordering online? We don’t blame you! Joe Fresh extended its size range to include XS-3X. From compression leggings in colourful prints to moisture-wicking tanks and tees, the line has all the basics for the gym. The best part? It won’t break the bank with pieces ranging from $16 to $30, plus lots of deals in-store.
If you have come to love and obsess over Universal Standard’s minimal line, then you’re going to fall hard for its activewear line, GAME. The collection uses a sweat-wicking, and antimicrobial materials for all different types of workouts and has 16 pieces. You’ll find leggings, tees, and bodysuits in sizes 6-32 in prices ranging from $40-$85 USD. It’s super chic, too.
This indie brand, which was started by Micki Krimmel in 2015, and is branded as a sportswear company for the woman athlete, made and produced in Los Angeles. The line includes leggings, shorts, tops, and accessories and has been one of the most inclusive brands we have encountered to-date with sizes ranges up to a 5X. You can buy most items between $45-90 USD, but the best part? The brand offers the ‘Superfit Guarantee’ program, where if the fit isn’t right, it will offer a single exchange to a new size for free.
If you’re still feeling a bit uncertain about ordering online, pop on over to your local Torrid store. Torrid offers a range of activewear looks that are trend-conscious and can fit just about every budget. Heck, right now it has an entire line dedicated to the Avengers. Pieces come in sizes 10 – 30 and range from $35-90.
You may have heard of this company, as it’s owned by celebrity Kate Hudson. It’s a bit different than your average line, as it operates as a digital subscription service with inexpensive, size-inclusive workout gear. Apparently, you’re billed $50 (USD) for wardrobe credits but forewarned: the Internet mentions it can be very difficult to cancel. But hey, it does have some pretty cute bras, leggings, and tanks. So might be worth a try?
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I’m sure you never thought NIKE would carry plus-size, but it does! You can pick-up the brand at places like Sport Chek or via their website direct. Nowadays, it has over 60 pieces available up to 3X, including supportive sports bras, running jackets, and sweat-wicking leggings. Prices range from $25 to $130.
The Nola activewear line from Addition Elle was one of the first places I found activewear that fit me and looks great. The line goes up to a 4X and has a bit of an atheleisure feel to it. You’ll find everything from shorts, to jumpsuits and some of the best sports bras. Prices range from $24 to $100. My pro tip to you: always check the sale section which has tons of good deals.
The brand became popular for its fashionable upcycled leggings, which are made from recycled plastic water bottles. Their pieces can be found in sizes XXS-6XL, a rarity for an activewear brand. The best part? It’s not that expensive: $28-68 USD. Damn!
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