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Where to Shop For Plus Size Activewear

Plus Size Fashion shopping tips

where to buy plus size activewear - wardrobe oxygenMany of you have reached out asking for resources for plus size workout clothing and activewear. Luckily, selection has improved in the past couple of years. Gone are the days of wearing men’s sweats or items that lack performance; many brands offer high quality, hard working athletic gear in extended sizes. The best of the best:

Zella

Zella is a brand sold only at Nordstrom and it is my JAM. Cute, functional, on trend, and reasonably priced. I also find their line to be consistent in sizing. Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns so it’s easy to try in the comfort of your own home to find the right pieces. Check Nordstrom Rack where sometimes you can find pieces from Zella on clearance; I also stock up on Zella during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.


My picks are above; their selection changes seasonally but I have been super pleased with their ruched tops and leggings. I have two pairs of these pants and they’re great for everything from lounging to kayaking. I find the line runs a bit large; order your regular size and if unsure, you may wish to size down. Zella is available in regular and plus sizes up to 3X.

old navy plus size activewearOld Navy

The older I get, the less I shop Old Navy. Okay, sometimes you can find a real gem there but in general, the stuff is crap. The fit is off, sizing is inconsistent, manufacturing and fabric quality is often awful. I’d rather wear the same shorts every day all summer long than again blow $100 on several pieces at Old Navy that each will disappoint me in some manner before Labor Day. However, their activewear is pretty great.


My picks are above; I’ve bought leggings and yoga pants from Old Navy that are still looking new years later. Their tops are cute and fun without a huge pricetag. I also like that they go up to size 4X.

Lands' End

Lands' End was one of the first to offer plus size activewear and they continue to offer basics up to size 3X.  While their line isn't full of the latest fashion trends in athletic wear, the collection continues to be highly rated for fit, quality, and purpose.


Speaking of ratings, one of the best things about shopping at Lands' End is the customer reviews.  Extremely detailed and often by repeat shoppers, the reviews can really help you find the pieces that will best work for your body and activity.

juno active plus size activewearJunoActive

Previously known as Junonia, Juno Active has been making quality performance plus size activewear since 1995. Available in sizes XL-6X, JunoActive specializes in equipping the plus size woman. The line isn’t cheap, but that’s because they make quality pieces that are meant to last.

While they have leggings, shorts, and cute tops, JunoActive is also great for padded bike shorts, moisture-wicking underpinnings, and other necessities to be comfortable while being active. I have a pair of bike shorts from them that are almost a decade old and they still look like new.

Rainbeau Curves plus size activewear reviewRainbeau Curves

A family-owned business based out of California, Rainbeau Curves has been making activewear and dance apparel for over 30 years. They focus on creating fashion for curvy women who have an active lifestyle.

I haven’t tried Rainbeau Curves but friends and many of you have raved about this line for quality, fit, and customer service. They go up to 5X/32 and have a way to send questions to their fit director to get custom advice and support for shopping their line. All this, and reasonable prices!

Columbia

Columbia is one of the few high performance outdoor apparel that makes plus sizes. Led by a female Chairperson, Columbia has been based out of Portland, Oregon for over 70 years. Their plus size line goes up to 3X.


Columbia isn’t where to find cute outfits for the gym. However if you’re hiking, camping, skiing, like spending time active outside, or are planning a vacation with active elements… Columbia is for you.  Above I have links to Columbia items found at Macy's and Amazon.

lola getts active plus size activewearLola Getts

Imagine a plus size activewear brand that doesn’t size up from a skinny fit model, but has a size 16 fit model. That’s Lola Getts. The whole goal is to support and flatter a curvy figure, from the fabrics chosen to the placement of stitches. All this and the line is made in California.

just curves plus size activewearJustCurves

Available in sizes 14-28, JustCurves creates awesome activewear, tees, hats, and other gear Their OneDer Suit is utter brilliance to be able to focus on working out without your leggings sliding down or your top riding up.

While I love the activewear, I'm also a fan of their message tees. Inspiring and attractive, and shaped to fit a larger and curvy frame.

Marika Curves

Sold at Bare Necessities, Nordstrom, Zulily, and many other retailers (including their own website), Marika Curves sells up to 3X/24. Selection at different retailers seems to vary drastically; I’ve found the best selection at Nordstrom (I own this tank from the line) and Bare Necessities (they also have the best shipping and return policies).


My picks are above; click the image to shop it at the retailer's website. It’s not an extensive collection, but Marika Curves does a good job of creating plus size activewear and athleisure basics at good prices and with some fun details.

katie k active plus size activewearKatie K.

Katie K. is an activewear line made by a personal trainer who believes women size 2 two 24 should have a beautiful, high-end option for clothing for exercise or a casual day out.


Made in NYC, many pieces have a UV rating of 50+, anti-chafing properties, and/or moisture wicking properties.

livi active plus size activewearLIVI Active

Lane Bryant's activewear line, LIVI Active is pretty great.  Plenty of reviews for good quality, fit, as well as style.


While LIVI Active has plenty of gear for the gym, they also have athlesiure pieces that are minimalistic chic, perfect for the yoga studio or a weekend run to the market.

Do you have a plus size activewear brand you love? Share in the comments!

9 Comments

  • Thrift Store Mama May 22, 2017

    I buy a lot of plus sized active wear. Totally agree with you on Old Navy – I don’t even bother anymore. I’ve been very, very happy with LandsEnd active wear.

  • Veronica May 17, 2017

    Great post! Zella is my favorite, too. As you mentioned, Nordstrom Rack carries some of their pieces, but they also offer a slightly lower-priced line exclusive to the Rack, Z by Zella. I also like Tema Athletics and Lucy Activewear.

  • Twixlen May 17, 2017

    This is fantastic. I’m a huge fan of athlesure wear, and pretty much wear leggings with everything. You’ve included a couple brands that I wasn’t aware of (and I google this subject on the regular), so I’m pretty excited to delve in and see what they offer. I’ve gotten some great pieces at Meijer – which is a midwest superstore chain. They run their stuff up to a 3X and I’ve found them to be a little generously true to size (22 = 2x). …. I noted that Dick’s Sporting Goods has started carrying more plus sized items from Adidas and other larger brands, including in store, which is a new thing within the last year or so. …. Columbia items — I’ve found their fit to be a random, but once you find a thing that works, you’re golden. If you sign up for their points, you get free shipping. Their longline shorts (132″ inseam) are purely brilliant and run true to size. They’re cut like dress slacks, so paired with a cute top and dressy sandals, and you’re ready for work. Yas.

  • Bibi Maizoon May 17, 2017

    Target actually has some really great quality plus size activewear from Champion online. Just My Size/hanes online has some basic pieces that are good too.

  • Kathryn Braun Fenner May 16, 2017

    I love that Lands’ End gives the garment dimensions (not as helpful in active wear as in other areas because of the extreme stretch component, but you can still measure a similar garment you own that fits and compare it.)
    Marika makes bermuda-length workout shorts that are perfect for a taller person….I have worn several pairs out.

  • Pam S. May 16, 2017

    This is an amazing list Allie! I had no idea many of these companies existed. Finding bike shorts that work comfortably on even a size 14 booty can be a challenge. The high performance companies seem to assume that only thin people ride bikes. I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone above a 14 to shop for active wear. I’m really happy to see there are some companies filling that niche.

  • Jennifer Mitchell May 16, 2017

    I’m a big fan of Athleta (part of the Gap family), especially for workout capris, shorts, etc. They run slightly large, so sometimes I can even wear an XL, which is part of their straight sizes.

  • Grace McNamee Decker May 16, 2017

    OK, before clicking the post, I said to myself, “Yeah, right… I have searched long and hard, I know what’s out there.” But your list includes quite a few makers I was not aware of. Thanks– looking forward to checking a few out!
    As a Montanan, waterproof and warm outerwear is not a luxury. I have looked and looked. I will say that Columbia’s stuff doesn’t really fit this plus size woman right. I don’t know for sure, bt it doesn’t seem like they use a plus size fit model. I’ve had a bit better luck with Eddie Bauer, and I’m a big fan of Lands End for outerwear and activewear.
    My peeve is that plus sized people apparently don’t deserve the newest, cutest, high-tec fabrics and finishes. I have searched endlessly for a truly ultralight “down sweater” or “down jacket” in plus sizes. Not to be found, though they are ubiquitous at every outdoor-clothing store in straight sizes. Secondary peeve? XXL is a standard size for men, whereas women’s sizes in high end outdoor wear (think Patagonia, Marmot, etc.) stop at XL and sometimes even L.

  • Michelle Van Ellis May 16, 2017

    I love my leggings and capris/shorts from Rainbeau Curves and am looking forward to visiting these other sites. Thanks for all of the info!

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