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Plus Size Active Wear
We Like to Move It! Move It!
It is a common misconception that plus size girls and women do not work out.But we know better don't we? We walk, we run, we bike, we swim, we do yoga, we do Pilates, we play basketball, we play baseball, and oh, so much more. And we love to do it!
The problem up until now has been finding the plus size clothing and the support bras to do all the fun activities we love to do. Look no further! The Plus Size Active Wear lens highlights some of the best online vendors for plus size active wear.
Now go move it, move it with some style and comfort!
Citation: image copyright M. E. Wood.
Are You a Socially Active Person?
Do you prefer to work out with others or alone?
Functional and affordable...
This plus size clothing company is on the hub of plus size fashion for every day wear tops, bottoms, and dresses but they recently introduced a pretty and affordable selection of plus size active wear.
Their active wear lines includes pants, tops, and jackets varying from $25 to $40 at regular price; their sales are a steal.
They have a nice size range too -- 12 to 26. Their shipping is based on weight and they do ship internationally.
You will find some color blocking, print accents, bright colors, and neutral options to choose from.
State of Mind
Working out or doing errands...
This U.K. retailer is available in a few select retailers and online at their official site where they serve a worldwide market. I have had the opportunity to review a few of their high-quality products and found them impressive (there is a link to my full review in the next box).
State of Mind active wear offers plus size bottoms, tops, jackets and a few swimsuits for good measure. They have the usual yoga type wear that is figure hugging as well as some looser a-line styles.
Active wear tops from State of Mind range from $38 to $90 (US) bottoms from $60 to $80 (US). Currently they offer sizes 12 to 22 (US) and size 16 to 26 (UK)
Get Moving with Shapely Girl - You Don't Have to Go to a Gym to Get a Workout
"Exercise Physiologist Debra Mazda, M. Ed is the #1 leader of the plus-size fitness movement and creator of the ShapelyGirl DVD series. With a belief that "Fitness Comes In Many Sizes" and an upbeat motivating style Debra inspires women of all shapes and sizes to "Get off the couch, start moving and change your life." Let's Get Moving! is the workout that will help you feel and look great. Even if you've never exercised before, you can..."
I had the opportunity to review a few pieces from State of Mind, pop over to my blog and read the review and the one I found by another blogger.
- State of Mind Plus Size Activewear Review | My Favorite Things
Finding plus size active wear that is functional, fashionable, and comfortable is a feat for any woman. The last year I have been noticing more and more co...
- The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe: Review: State of Mind, part 1
Ooh that sounds ominous doesn't it? Part one?! Well let me start by saying the lovely Michaela and Kerensa founders of State of Mind sent me 2 very generous parcels of their active/leisure wear, or what they've cleverly called ...
Lola Getts Active
"Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Getts"
It is not a typical name for a clothing company but they are not your typical clothing store. Lola created this line for women who "seek style and comfort" in their active wear that is also fashionable has a "go power" attitude to it.
This plus size active wear line currently carries four tops with four color choices, five bottom with different fabric options. Prices range from $72 to $105.
Lola Getts currently dresses sizes 14 to 24 (let's hope they increase it). I could not find their shipping information but contacted them asking. Will update when I hear back.
Something to Listen to While You're Here
Addition-Elle / Penningtons
They have walk-in stores throughout Canada and now sell to an online audience via their website which they share with sister store Penningtons.
Addition-Elle has always had basic casual wear (tees and cotton pants) suitable for working out but over the last few years they have put more focus on creating an actual line of plus size active wear including: tees, tanks, jackets, cargo pants, and yoga pants. Penningtons actually has a larger selection of active wear which also includes shorts
Pieces at Addition-Elle are reasonably priced from $20 to $70 and come in sizes x to 4x. Active wear at Penningtons range from $20 to $50 and come in sizes x to 6x.
Always For Me
This shop has always been one of my favorite for plus size swimwear but they also carry work out clothing like heavy duty sport bras, cami bras, t-shirts, bike shorts, yoga pants, and boot leg pants.
Always for Me offers sizes 1x to 6x. Prices range from $26 to $66 depending on item.
The Brands they offer include Danskin and A Big Attitude. Spend $50 and get a free pedometer.
The definition of activity in this case is a sustained activity for at least 30 minutes. It can include things like yoga, swimming, aerobics, walking, boxing, bicycling, and tennis.
How Active Are You?
Six Foot Round Yoga Mat
Here is a yoga mat that a plus size yogi can be proud of. No more readjusting to stay on the mat. No more hanging off the mat while doing floor (or worse, carpet) work. And it is big enough to share during toddler yoga.
This six foot mandala yoga mat is available from Yoga Accessories for $74.95.
This plus size clothing company has been providing plus size active wear to curvy chics since 1995. They pride themselves on the quality of their clothing offering a 100% Satisfaction Return Policy.
They have a nice assortment of shorts, tights, yoga pants, t-shirts, bras (and more) in sizes 1x to 4x. Some items are yearly standards while some are updated every season. Be sure to register for their newsletter to get updated about seasonal promotions.
The website also offers advice on "keeping cool with wicking fabrics"; "how to layer for heat management" and "how to find support in a swim suit or a sports bra".
Danskin, one of foremost makers of active and dance wear for decades, have been developing a plus size active wear line for a few years and it seemed to be coming into its own but has stagnated with just a few basic pieces.
Good for activities like yoga, walking, treadmill, aerobics, or just lounging around the house. Danskin offers bicycle shorts, leggings, t-shirts, camis, leotards, bras in sizes 1x to 4x for $40 to $60 depending on style and sales.
A Big Attittude
According to their website this company's ABA bike shorts have been featured on the NBC TV show "The Biggest Loser." Their leggings and bike shorts are available in sizes 4 to 26 and range in price from $30 to $44.
Besides shorts, they also carry yoga pants, t-shirts, leggings, sports bras, capri pants, sport tops and more. This site has been in operation for almost a decade.
Big Fat Facts
What every fat person needs to know. It may not be what you think!
"The Truth About Fat, Obesity, Gastric Bypass, and Weight Loss."
River's Edge Dancwear
If you are a dancing queen and need to find a dance outfit then this is probably where you should visit. They have plus size unitards, chiffon skirts, wrap skirts, leggings, jazz pants, cami leotards, and skating costumes.
Their clothing is available in sizes 2x to 6x in the plus size section with 1x in the regular line. Prices are reasonable for specialty products. Some items are special order and may take longer to arrive. They also have dance shoes and accessories.
Go Figure Go
This Canadian company has been producing plus size active wear in sizes 10 to 24 since 2002. If you are in the Vancouver area they will even custom make pieces for you.
Go Figure offers team wear, tees, tanks, long sleeves, capris, leggings, skorts, tennis skirts, bike shorts, and base layers.
All prices are in Canadian dollars. They ship in Canada and the U.S.
Belly dancing is quickly becoming a physical outlet for plus size women. Some dabble in it for fun while for others it is serious hobby.
Finding lovely clothes that complete the belly dance look and still feel comfortable has always been a challenge but shops like Shimmy Sista are making it easier.
They cover dancewear like unitards, tops, coin belts, scarves, and pants in sizes 1x to 4x. Reasonably priced too.
Plus Size Sport Bras
- Think Pink - Always for Me : Five Favorite Things
Think Pink - Always for Me Always has joined forces with intimate apparel manufacturer, Enell, to market a special PINK sports bra, brand named Hope; for this year’s Breast Awareness month. A portion from each sale will be donated to help fund a cure
- Enell Sport Bra - Large & Lovely
Always for Me carries a sport bra by Enell that they say is endorsed by Pro Beach Volleyball Players and Olympic Biathletes. If anyone knows about bounce they certainly do. This bra is designed for high-impact activities like running, skiing, aerobic
This Canadian company currently offers five different styles of tops($42 to $68) and four different pants ($84) and three jackets ($96 to $110) for plus size women from size 14 to 24. Not all styles comes in all sizes but they are open to requests for additional sizing.
They offer a flat rate shipping for U.S. and Canada for $10!
L. Rose Designs
They have been in business since 1989 offering tops, pants, skirts, dresses, belts, veils and accessories to regular and plus size women. The prices are reasonable for specialty items.
Not all items are in all sizes. In the plus size items available, the tops go up to 3x and the bottoms go up to 2x.
This new company from the UK offers fitness clothing and gym wear for women as their debut line with hopes of expanding in the future.
Currently their line provides the basics, a few tops and a few pants to choose from. They dress curves size 16 to 24 and prices range from about $40 for a cute ruched tank to about $70 for yoga pant.
They are happy to ship internationally.
JMS (Just My Size)
JMS, formerly Just My Size, is a major retailer in the plus size clothing sector especially for affordable bras. They also carry lingerie, swimwear, maternity and casual clothing. In their casual clothing you will find t-shirts, leggings and casual pants,
Most of their clothing is offered in sizes 1x to 4x but they also have a small selection in sizes 5x and 6x. You have to hunt a little more to find the workout clothing here but it is extremely affordable.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors then you should consider Hydro Chic's plus size line of swim and sport clothing that fits up to size 4x. Tops and bottoms are sold separately to mix and match to your tastes.
The style is modest with most pieces covering arms and upper legs for ultimate sun protection. Pieces can be worn for activities in and out of the water. Prices for tops range from $69 to $84 and prices for bottoms range from $58 to $90. Hydro Chic will ship worldwide.
I Would Like to Recommend...
Wendy Shanker has written for national women's magazines, hosted fashion shows, traveled far and wide to gather the data compiled for the "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life." Ok, maybe not "far and wide" but she has first hand experience. Wendy is thirty-two years old and she has been fat for most of her life. Now she is putting that experience to good use.
Shanker's style is blunt and to the point. She says it like it is (or at least as she sees it) with a little bit of sarcastic sometimes comedic twist. She is not degrading like most fat humorists. She is respectful but truthful. Her raw humor made it easy to read. But this book definitely is not all about humor. It is about being fat in a media infested world.
Shanker's book is not what I would call a step by step guide but a "get real" guide. It is time to admit you are "Fat" and then get on with it... Life. Stop dwelling on how you do not have, Cameron Diaz's thighs, and go have some fun. Through her personal experience and empowering dialogue I think she is setting an example. I am looking forward to her next book. Perhaps "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life: Part II."
Taffy Active Wear
This new line of plus size active and yoga wear from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was developed by fitness instructor Katie Kozloff and offers tops, bottoms, and jackets.
The online shop offers sizes 14 to 24. The prices are pretty reasonable with tops between $25 to $50 and pants between $35 to $50. There is a limited selection with some styles still listed as "coming soon".
There is free shipping on orders in the U.S. but I could not find any other shipping information.
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- What is your favorite activity?
- Do you wear special active wear to work out?
- Do you prefer being active indoors or outdoors?