Every activity is more enjoyable with the right clothing, so you want to have some appropriate plus-size sportswear for exercise, exploration or simply lounging in comfort. And while sportswear should be functional, that doesn't mean it can't be stylish—the huge variety of styles and ways to match separate pieces will ensure that you get the perfect outfit for any sport or task. The keys to comfortable plus-size exercise clothing are proper fit and good support, not to mention a bit of color and decoration to help you look your best.
Fits that Flatter
The most important element of plus-size workout clothes is support. Everything should feel somewhat compressed and stay in place relatively well, instead of bouncing or rubbing uncomfortably. In the case of tops and bras, look for racerback styles, scoop necks and cotton-Lycra or cotton-spandex blends to keep you cool and contained. Underwire offers the most support, but some women find plus-size activewear with wire to be uncomfortable. As with plus size shapewear, look for molded cups and reinforced side or front panels to get support without irritation.
For bottoms, avoid leggings, which only make hips look larger and figures look shorter. Opt for ultra-comfortable plus-size yoga clothing instead, which features pants made of supple fabric, a relaxed yet sturdy waist and often a relaxed leg with a slight flare or boot cut to even out proportions. Look for a dark color with a vertical stripe on the outside of the leg to lengthen the figure, and pair with a colorful top for a stylish and functional outfit.
You'll find that some familiar brands such as Reebok and Adidas carry a decent selection of plus-size workout clothing, including traditional sweats and T-shirts as well as more technical materials. Columbia is a good brand for fashionable and high-performance outdoor clothing, while Junonia offers some pretty, form-fitting activewear styles that will keep you supported and looking great.
Sportswear jackets, hoodies and vests that reach to the middle of your hips are great accessories for making your figure appear slimmer and longer, plus layering is the best way to regulate your body temperature throughout the day. Match the jacket with your pants for a trendy, coordinated look, or buy a couple in neutral colors to wear with virtually any outfit you put together. If you have a large chest, you may find the pullover style will be a bother, so stick with a zipper or open front.