The Best Activewear for Plus Sizes

Posted on February 06 2015

Our guest blogger Katherine Roll has been a plus size model for 10 years. In addition to print and fit modeling, Katherine is also a fitness enthusiast and stylist. We asked her to share her thoughts on plus size active wear with us. Many of you are a month into your resolutions to get fit for the New Year, and Katherine's expertise will show you that with a good sports bra or pair of yoga pants, you can revitalize your motivation to reach your goals!


Fashion? Function? How about both!

Plus-size women often underestimate the importance of proper activewear when working out. Many choose to wear their traditional underwire, lace, padded bras to the gym, oversized tees, and baggy sweatpants. But often times, these women do not get the appropriate support they need for their activity level. I say, show off your healthy curves! The following looks can help you choose the right workout pieces for you, depending on your activity level, style preference, and pocketbook.

 High Impact:

 Goddess Sports Bra ($48, Goddess Bra- This is a bra meant for maximum impact. It is full coverage in the front - no spillage, and no underwire necessary! The band under the bust is designed with compression quality, so it is suggested that you size up. It is a simple design so it can go with any activewear. Great for running, biking, and other high-impact activities. Available in cup sizes C-I.



 Women's Running Top ($27, Old Navy- Designed for the most active worker-outter, these shirts are made of durable, comfortable, moisture-wicking material along with mesh side panels to keep you cool and dry during your most intense workouts. Available in sizes 1X-4X.





Paramount Capri ($55, City Sports) - Ready to run? These capris have an insert to hold your iPhone! The drawstring waistband is sure to keep your pants wehre they belong, and the flexible fabric will move and shake with you wherever you go. Available in sizes 1X-3X. 



Minimal Impact:


 Molded Underwire Sports Bra ($44, Lane Bryant) - This bra is amazing for women who have minimal - higher impact activities, such as jogging, Zumba, aerobic workouts, volleyball, tennis, etc. The bra features soft cups, underwire, and offers convertible straps in racerback or traditional styles. Available in cup sizes C-H.


Ryka Women's Cap Sleeve Tee ($45, Monroe and Main ) - Designed for those who bend and stretch, this breathable, flexible tee has a high-low style to keep you comfortable and covered during all exercises. Bend and snap, anyone? Available in sizes 1X-3X.



Women's Active Compression Pants ($35, Old Navy- A must have! These durable, comfortable pants are meant to smooth and compress your curves for ease of movement. The stretchy waistband and moisture-wicking fabric are perfect for any active woman. Available in sizes 1X-4X.

 Low Impact:




Women’s Plus Active Sports Bra ($22, Old Navy Active) - This is a great sports bra for those who are doing low impact activities, such as yoga, barre, pilates, and walking. The elastic band lies about 3” under the bust, giving extra coverage with a sleek, flattering look. Available in sizes 1X-4X.



Lounge Pants With Ribbed Knit Waistband ($39, Jones New York- These pull-on lounge pants are great for working out OR lounging at home! The ribbed design at the waistband gives a stylish look while the breathable 100% cotton fabric adds ease and comfort to a low-impact workout. Available in sizes 1X-3X.



Nola High-Low Sweater ($50, Addition Elle- The high-low hemline, cowl neck, and side slits add to this pullover’s stylish design, as well as keep you warm during winter exercise. Available in sizes 0X-4X.



So whether you're hitting the gym, walking the dog, or stretching those muscles, you can show your personal style in cool, comfortable, and coordinated looks!

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