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Today on my blog, I’m sharing the BEST places to find plus size workout clothes and activewear for 2023. In my experience, finding workout clothes for plus size women used to be SUCH a challenge. Everything was frumptastic, and SO BAGGY.
Also, everything was black and navy??? MAKE IT MAKE SENSE.
Then, seemingly overnight, the number of companies offering plus size athletic wear EXPLODED! We now have on trend and fashion forward activewear for plus size babes – it’s just a matter of what you’re looking for!
Below, I’ve shared 11 plus size fashion workout clothing brands that offer plus size workout clothes, and in the SECOND half of the post I share which brands are best for different types of joyful movement (body positive yoga, crossfit, etc).
This post is all about plus size workout clothes.
[Heads up! This post was originally published on December 29, 2019. It was last updated December 28, 2022!]
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There are a lot of options, so let’s take a quick minute to discuss how I organized my list of plus size workout clothes to make YOUR life easier, as well as a few of my tips on how to find the BEST plus size workout clothes!
#1: Most Inclusive Plus Size Workout Clothing Brands are Listed FIRST
So, the first thing to note is that I’ve ranked this list, sharing the plus size athletic brands that have the most inclusive size ranges FIRST.
Inclusion is important to me, and it’s important to walk the talk! I’ve started with the brands that offer the most sizing (plus size activewear in a size 6X // size 30 ++, FTW!). I encourage to prioritize shopping with the retailers who offer the most sizes. It’s a pretty terrible feeling to realize a brand doesn’t offer your size, so let’s extend that friendship and allyship to people who may wear larger sizes than us.
#2: Plus Size Workout Options are Mostly Online
Okay, let me share my top #1 tip for buying plus size workout clothes:
Most of the variety in plus size activewear is online. I know, it’s a bummer! I also want to try on clothing IN PERSON, so I can walk out with what works – instead of juggling shipping boxes and packaging for multiple online orders. [Some days it feels like I’m running a post office, because there’s so much packaging and boxes and and and STUFF everywhere. Lol cry.]
So, I’ve ALSO included information on return policies (including shipping), so you’re more informed when it comes to trying a new company!
#3: I’m Transparent
It’s important to me to recommend great products, so I’ve made sure to note which plus size workout and athletic wear brands I have personally tried.
The most size inclusive plus size workout brand that I’ve found (going off the size charts) is SuperFit Hero! <3
Plus Size Workout Clothes That Go Above a 4X
Okay, below are the brands that offer above a 4X, aaaand we’re going to start with the brands that go up to a 6X.
#1: Plus Size Workout Clothes from Torrid
First up on this guide to where to shop for plus size workout clothing is TORRID!
- Sizing: Torrid is usually in my top rankings on my guides for being most size inclusive, as their clothing goes up to a size 30/32 or 6X. The brand offers plus size workout clothes, activewear and yoga pants.
What I REALLY Love: I really love the plus size workout leggings at Torrid, because they’re high waisted and they STAY UP. There’s nothing more annoying than constantly yanking up one’s pants while trying to get your cardio on.
- Sizing: Torrid goes up to a 6X, which on their size chart corresponds to a waist measurement of 64″ (be sure to doublecheck the size chart!)
Plus Size Sports Bras
In this photo, I’m rocking a sports bra and plus size workout leggings from Torrid. I double layer my bras when I workout, as I wear an H cup [I layer a regular bra witha sports bra]. This sports bra made me feel secure, and I jumped all around in it! This plus size sports bra has wireless cups, which is great because the bra underneath has underwire.
Love this plus size matching workout set?
This outfit is no longer available, BUT Torrid does have a lot of super fun plus size matching workout sets for 2023!
Shop plus size athletic clothing from Torrid by clicking here!
My Hot Tip: Remember, no two size charts are alike! Always always *always* check the size chart for the garment you’re about to order! Brands have different size charts, and some brands have different size charts for *different* types of clothing!!! <3
#2: Plus Size Workout Clothing from Universal Standard // Size 40
I’ve had my issues with US, but from talking with recent models I think they’ve really leveled up! They also have a great offering of plus size activewear, going up to a size 40!
- Sizing: Universal Standard goes up to a size 40, which on their size chart corresponds to a waist measurement of 70″ (be sure to double check the size chart!)
Universal Standard has really UPPED their offering of plus size athleisure (perfect for low impact workouts, like yoga!), as well as plus size workout clothes for more intense workouts. In fact, the Universal Standard team is SOOOO dedicated to plus size workout clothes that they developed their own
sweat-wicking, antimicrobial fabric”!! That is dedication! I love when science and fashion come together!!
Shop plus size activewear here.
#3: Plus Size Workout Clothing from SuperFit Hero Hero // 7X
Okay, so I’ve never tried plus size workout clothing from this company, but my BFF Alex of Chubby Struggles RAVES about them.
- Sizing: This plus size workout clothing brand goes up to a 7X, which his a waist measurement of 79 inches (be sure to check their size chart!)
This company really gets that inclusion goes beyond size, and they’re one of the most inclusive plus size activewear brands I’ve seen in terms of model diversity, gender representation and radical body positive politics. From their website: “We design, develop, and fit test premium activewear for sizes L-7X. Our sole focus is making products with the high quality materials, style, fit and functionality that our community has always deserved.”
The brand carries a variety of plus size workout clothes, including:
- Plus Size Workout Capris
- Plus Size Athletic Shorts
- Plus Size Workout Tops
- Plus Size Workout Bras
As a member of the LGBT community, I especially appreciated seeing folks of various genders model on the website. That said, I have NOT tried this brand! <3
Shop plus size workout clothes at SuperFit Hero here.
#4: Plus Size Workout Clothes from Lane Bryant // Size 38/40
LB is one of my fave plus size workout clothing brands, because they’re just so dang reliable! They produce plus size exercise clothes under their “LIVI” line, with pieces going up to a size 38/40!
I am so stoked that Lane Bryant has extended their size range – they’re really taking charge in the plus size fashion space to be one of the most inclusive plus size workout clothing brands out there!
- Sizing: Lane Bryant goes up to a size 40, which on their size chart corresponds to a waist measurement of 62″ (be sure to double check the size chart!)
I really love their line of plus size sports bras, both with and without wire. Lane Bryant has been my go-to sports bra brand for YEARS.
Here’s a few of my favorites:
Get plus size workout clothes HERE!
#5: Plus Size Workout Clothes from Rainbeau Curves // 5X
Holy variety, Batman! This brand has thought about just about every sport and activity plus size babes need clothes for. Their tennis dresses make me wish I played more often, because they’re cute!
- Sizing: Up to a 5X, which on their size chart is a waist measurement of 58 inches (be sure to double check their size chart!)
Rainbeau Curves has a lot of of options, and here are a few of my favorites:
- Plus Size Workout Skorts
- Plus Size Palazzo Pants (Ballroom dance, anyone?)
- Plus Size Workout Jackets
From their about page: “
“Founded and based in San Francisco, Rainbeau is a family-owned business that has embraced the California active lifestyle for over 30 years. When spandex was introduced in the 1980’s, Rainbeau was one of the first pioneers that realized its potential in clothing. The stretch and comfort of spandex supported a freedom of movement during any and all active endeavors. Today, Rainbeau continues to be a respected and innovative manufacturer of activewear and dance apparel for women and girls across the US and the world.”
They also have a variety of compression leggings and shorts. Shop here!
#6: Plus Size Workout Clothing from Fabletics & Lizzo // Size 6X
Fabletics is a super fun plus size workout brand known for their bright colors and rad photoshoots.
Recently, Lizzo released her Yitty collectoin with fabletics – and quickly became known for reframing the size chart at “6X to XS.” If you didn’t quite catch that, Lizzo STARTS her size chart at a 6X. When I first got on their site, I got a little emotional when I realized the size chart STARTED at plus size!
So fun fact about the Yitty line of plus size workout clothing — I was a bit shy when trying them. But THEN, I went and visited my bestie Kate Rose in Boston, and LITERALLY when I was walking into her house from the Uber (from the airport!), she SHRIEKED in excitement when she saw her second package of Yitty workout shorts had arrived.
Kate is a very discerning Virgo when it comes to, well, everything, and she GUSHED about how much she loves her Yitty bike shorts.
So obvi, I signed up for a Yitty subscription! I love love loooove the plus size bike shorts, as they feel supportive of my tum tum without being too constricting. I was in between sizes on the size chart for a plus size sports bra (ok it’s actually a bralette, but it LOOKS like a sports bra, lol), and I def should’ve sized up! I got the set in the pink leopard print, as well as the cobalt-esque blue. LURVE.
Sizing Note: The Lizzo line goes up to a 6X, but other plus size Fabletics pieces go up to a 4X! Be sure to use the search filters on the website to find what you’re looking for!
- Sizing: Yitty starts at a 6X, and the brand has two size charts for different styles of clothing (chart HERE!)
Also, real talk, lol — when you get your Yitty plus size workout clothes out of the packaging, they look SMALL. I had a mini-heart attack // WTF moment when I opened mine! I was NOT prepared, lol! Thankfully, it all worked out! <3
Also, real talk, lol — when you get your Yitty plus size workout clothes out of the packaging, they look SMALL. But they stretch!!
Shop plus size workout wear here!
#7: Plus Size Workout Clothing from Girlfriend Collective // 6X
I feel like Girlfriend Collective is a sort of IT GIRL TM brand, but in an inclusive and welcoming way. This brand makes plus size workout clothing and athleisure sets in up to a 6X! I snagged a pair of GC leggings a few years ago in the wrong size (smh, my fault!), so this brand is DEF on my “to try”list!
- Sizing: Girlfriend Collective has different size charts, dependent on the clothing item (tops and shorts have different size charts)! Their shorts go up to a 5XL, with a waist measurement of 53″See their size chart with measurements here!
Shop plus size workout clothes here!
#8: Plus Size Workout Clothing from Day/Won // 5X
Founded by plus model, Candice Huffine, Day/Won clothing is a plus size favorite. Candice started this plus size workout clothing company after she couldn’t find any high impact plus size workout clothes to train for the Boston Marathon.
From the brand: “Candice Huffine, our founder and CEO, has been a game-changing model in the fashion industry for almost two decades. A few years ago, she added “marathon runner” to her résumé and realized during the training process, that there was a shocking lack of high-performance activewear for women over a size 10. When Candice crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2016, she vowed to never tell herself she ‘can’t’ ever again, learning that nothing in this life is impossible if you let go of fear and doubt.”
I’ve only tried their tank tops, but I am INTRIGUED when it comes to their more stretchy apparel.
- Sizing: Up to a 5X, which on their size chart corresponds to a 52″ waist measurement
ALSOOO can we talk about this cheetah print?!
The brand offers a variety of plus size activewear, including:
- Plus Size Bike Shorts
- Plus Size Crop Tops
- Plus Size Workout Leggings
- Plus Size Dance Sweatshirt
The brand has fun prints and designs, as well as leggings and tops with motivational quotes. Shop plus size workout outfits here.
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#9: Plus Size Workout Clothing from Dia & Co // Size 28-30 (Most options stop at a size 24 ish)
Dia & Co is a popular plus size fashion subscription company, and they offer plus size activewear under their line, “Dia & Co Active.” I really appreciate how the brand calls it like it is when it comes to fitness as a plus size person.
From their website:
“Caring about wellness doesn’t stop at a certain size but those of us who wear sizes 14+ often face a toxic fitness culture that at best ignores us, and at worst, openly shames us. For too long, we’ve been portrayed only as a “before” photo, but that stops now.”
Dia & Co offers a great selection of plus size workout clothing. I’ve never tried their plus size activewear clothing, but they’re on my list!
- Sizing: Dia & Co carries other brands besides their own, so the size charts vary! I recommend using the filters on their website to narrow down the selection by size! <3
A few of my favorites:
- Plus Size Puffer Vest
- Fashion Forward Plus Size Leggings
- Plus Size Joggers
Shop their plus size activewear here!
Plus Size Athletic Wear from Other Brands
Below are the brands that offer fewer sizes:
#10: Plus Size Workout Clothing from Nike // 4XL
The plus size fashion world EXPLODED when Nike announced they were going to start offering plus sizes, and then exploded AGAIN when their plus size mannequins went viral. I love that!
I also love how NIKE makes sure to note which plus size activewear clothing options are more sustainable on their website! AAAAND Nike offers both “TALL” options for their plus size workout clothing, as well as options for us shorties. I love that!
Finding plus size options from Nike has in-store has been tough for me, so I shop online, here. (If anyone knows of a Nike store in Utah that offers plus size activewear, let me know!!)
Shop NIKE plus size workout clothing here.
#11: Plus Size Activewear from ASOS // Size 24-26
ASOS, how I love thee! Interestingly enough, ASOS also offers NIKE plus size workout wear, as well as a few other brands.
They carry more of the statement-making plus size workout gear, imho. I’ve shopped at ASOS for years, and I’m a big fan of their 2-day shipping program.
- Sizing: ASOS doesn’t have a size chart with a waist measurement column! Instead, you input your info into their sizing system. <3
Shop plus size activewear here.
#12: Plus Size Activewear from ADIDAS // Size 4X
Finishing out my list of plus size workout brands, you KNOW it wouldn’t be a complete list without ADIDAS! This brand makes plus size workout clothes in up to a 4X, and I am HERE for their fun prints!
- Adidas carries up to a 4X, which is a waist measurement of 50.5″ on their size chart <3
Shop plus size activewear here!
#13: Plus Size Workout Clothes from ATHLETA //1-3X
Like a lot of plus size babes, I was STOKED to see ATHLETA, a more sustainable fashion brand, start to offer plus sizes. They’ve been steadily increasing their offering over the last few years, and I’m hoping they offer a 4X soon, so I can try them out!
- ATHLETA carries up to a 4X, with different size charts. The 3X in their Rainier Tights go up to a 3X, which is a waist measurement of 49.5″ for THAT particular product! (Always check the size chart before ordering, bestie!)
Shop plus size workout clothing at Athleta here!
This post was all about plus size workout clothes.
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