It can be pretty easy to come up with a reason to skip the gym. But one excuse that should never win? Not having something fabulous to wear. Plus-size workout clothes that fit well can fuel the fire of motivation when it's time to get moving and break a sweat.
While the market has been kind to those sized XXS to XL, plus-size activewear has not been nearly as widely represented. Fortunately, some brands are catching the drift: All bodies deserve workout clothing options! Here are the brands that are helping people of all shapes and sizes look amazing at the gym — and beyond.
One of the frontrunners of plus-size workout clothes is Rsport. This company was created by women for women, with a unique focus on whom they call Athenas (female athletes weighing more than 165 pounds.) In addition to workout clothes, the brand also carries triathlon gear, setting them apart from other plus-size activewear brands.
Committed to serving the female athlete, Rsport uses fabrics that focus on performance in addition to appearance. As an extra bonus, the company offers free domestic shipping and returns no matter the amount you spend.
Torrid has been a staple in the plus-size clothing community since 2001. For nearly two decades, they've provided on-trend clothing, catering to sizes ranging from 10 to 30.
Unlike some of the other options out there, Torrid offers an edgy appeal. No shiny stuff here — these plus-size workout clothes are moody and chic. "We wanted to challenge two preconceived notions about plus-size women: They're older and wear loud, gaudy clothing," says Liz Munoz, vice president of design at Torrid. "Women should feel badass and sexy when they work out."
3. Livi Active by Lane Bryant
First launched in 1904, Lane Bryant has been leading the plus-size clothing industry for decades and is a trusted brand for curvy women in nearly every major American city, totaling more than 800 stores.
Their plus-size activewear line, LiviActive, caters to sizes 10 to 32 and offers options for all levels of impact. You can even shop for your apparel by workout, whether you're hitting the yoga mat or going for a weightlifting session. And of course, athleisure is included. Online, they can be found under the hashtags #PlusIsEqual, #ThisBody and #ImNoAngel.
Created by model Candice Huffine in 2017, DAY/WON is one of the newer body-positive brands on the market. The model was intrigued by the idea that anything you do in your day that makes you feel like your best self is a "day won." This motto became a lifestyle that inspired her brand — and now she's challenging others to push past their limits and share their experiences under the hashtag #HowWasYourDayWon.
The most unique item they offer is their customizable legging. Customers are able to adorn their leggings (made from sweat-wicking, antimicrobial fabric) for up to 16 letters. Day/Won ships to the United States and internationally, but keep in mind that the team produces each order from scratch once it's placed.
Glamorise has an impressive resume — nearly 100 years of making bras for full-figured women and self-proclaimed inventors of the sports bra. Back in 1975, as a reflection of the tennis craze, the company created The Tennis Bra by Glamorise, the "world's first sports-specific bra" with moisture-control cups for bigger-busted ladies.
Fast forward to today and Glamorise offers ultra-supportive sports bras up to size F. They're committed to providing every body the comfort and support it deserves. Promising the best customer service, Glamorise offers free shipping, size exchanges and returns. The website even offers an easy-to-use size calculator and bra fitting video.
While they don't offer a full plus-size activewear collection, ModCloth's range of plus-size leggings is worth a click. With sizes up to 4x, they offer plus-size leggings for daily wear and activewear. With various prints and crop lengths (including biker shorts), you're sure to find the perfect pair.
The brand offers domestic and international shipping on all orders, with special offers on shipping popping up throughout the year. ModCloth also offers a personal stylist service, with the ability to schedule an appointment with an online consultant (or ModStylist).
7. SuperFit Hero
According to Micki Krimmel, founder of SuperFit Hero and a competitive athlete on the Angel City Derby Girls, ideal leggings have two components: sweat-wicking fabric to pull and absorb perspiration and adjustable compression to cover "wiggle and jiggle." With numerous positive reviews on the SuperFit Hero website, the Superfit Pocket Leggings do just that!
8. Universal Standard
If you're looking for a brand that focuses on plus-size workout clothes with style as well as quality, check out Universal Standard. The brand's founders believed that a size 26 woman should have the option to shop the same way as a size 6 — so they decided to bring that vision to life. Universal Standard is widely accessible online and currently has store fronts in New York City and Seattle.
One of the company's most unique features? Something they call 'fit liberty': If an item from their core collection no longer fits you due to size fluctuation, return it within a year and get a brand new item in your new size, free of charge.
9. Juno Active
Juno Active empowers consumers to find their own definition of an active lifestyle. The founder, Anne Kelly, says, "Our swim and activewear styles are custom tailored for plus-size women; we focus on fabric performance and design so our customers always look and feel empowered."
This exclusively online retailer creates activewear pieces that transition from gym to street, keeping you looking great everywhere you go. Every item is made through performance tailoring, which means they measure real models up to size 6X for the closest fit. They also maintain the Juno Active Blog, which is written for active plus-size women.
Ever had to find a supportive bra? Then you know it's quite the challenge. Plus-size sports bras are essential for your activewear wardrobe. And SheFit focuses specifically on them, with sizes ranging up to 48I.
11. fullbeauty Activewear
Long a major player in plus-size fashion, fullbeauty expanded into athletic wear in July 2017, debuting fullbeauty Activewear with a buzzy ad campaign called #BePowerfull — starring planking, leaping and cartwheeling models. The line offers four collections: Flex It, Feel It, Work It and Live It, a variety of sportswear designed for low-, medium- and high-impact activities.
12. Forever 21 Plus
When it comes to trendy fast fashion, Forever 21 is a staple of every American mall. In recent years, their brand has grown beyond fun club attire into a one-stop-shop for any inexpensive clothing and accessory needs. Forever 21 plus-size activewear offers a handful of on-trend workout leggings that will make for a fun, upgraded gym look.