Fitness Fashion Tips for Not-So-Skinny Girls

Featured Article, Fitness
on May 2, 2013
Fitness fashion for plus sizes.

Are you trying to lose the weight but can’t seem to find fitness fashion that flatters? Think you’re forever doomed to wear baggy sweatpants and shapeless T-shirts to the gym? Well, think again: A number of popular clothing retailers have recently debuted plus-sized active wear collections, so it’s time to ditch the frumpy oversized tee and sweat it out in style. Whether you’re a gym rat, a devoted yogi or something in between, we’ve scoped out some of the best fitness fashion styles for every shape, body type and activity. With these form-flattering, slimming styles, you can look and feel fabulous—and get fit while you’re at it.

Women’s Active by Old Navy Compression Pants, $29.94
Color: Blackjack
Suited for all shapes and sizes, these sleek, form-flattering pants (available in regular, petite, tall and plus-sized) are versatile enough for yoga class, hitting the gym or everyday lounging. With an elasticized waistband and stretchy compression fabric, these slimming pants hide trouble areas while minimizing hips and rear. Our staff members raved about the pants’ comfy feel and flattering wide waist that doesn’t ride up. Bonus: The pants contain a handy little back pocket, perfect for storing keys and other small items.

Lane Bryant Plus-Size Asymmetric Active Tank by Reebok, $39.95
Color: Juniper
Sold at Lane Bryant, this fun, breezy tank in bright summery yellow will make a statement at the gym or in yoga class. Formatted with Reebok’s special PlayDry technology, the tank’s lightweight fabric is designed to promote airflow and keep you cool during sweaty workouts. A drawstring-shirred side and empire waist conceal trouble areas, while wide, colorful straps offer extra chest support and coverage.

Always For Me Active Micro Poly Skort, $36.75
Color: Black
Perfect for running, tennis or cycling, this performance skort from plus-size retailer Always for Me is a cute and feminine addition to any fitness wardrobe. Featuring stretchable fabric and a wide elastic waistband for stomach support, this versatile skirt with built-in spandex pants offers ease of movement for a variety of activities. Unlike shorts, which don’t do much to conceal problem areas, you’ll love this skort’s flattering, mid-thigh length.

Fitted Active Capri by Reebok, $44.95
Color: Black
You are sure to look and feel fabulous in these fashion-forward capris created by Reebok and sold at Lane Bryant. Designed with a high elastic waistband for extra tummy control, these athletic capris flaunt every curve and call attention to all the right places. The pants—ideal for yogis, gym bunnies and runners alike—come in silhouette-slimming black detailed with a crisscrossing design to flatter the waist and add a burst of color.

Gaiam Wrap Waist Yoga Pant, $60
Color: Black
Yogis will delight in Gaiam’s ultra-comfy organic cotton yoga pants, which feature a slimming wrapped waistband to flatten the tummy. Great for all body types, these pants fall right at the natural waistline and won’t twist or slip. What’s more, the comfortable, breathable fabric moves with your body, so you can feel strong and confident striking a Warrior Pose or flowing into Downward Dog.

Always For Me Active Mesh Jersey Shirt, $29.25
Color: Lime/Black
This sporty, vibrant jersey shirt from plus-size retailer Always for Me is perfect for a wide range of athletic activities. Whether you’re pounding the pavement or hitting the tennis court, the shirt’s loose fit offers ease of movement to keep you at the top of your game. Sweat-proof mesh fabric wicks away moisture and keeps you dry, while a slenderizing curved hemline design flatters curves and flaunts your shapely figure.

Gaiam Organic Cotton Studio Top, $58
Color: Maui Blue
This cozy, super-soft top from Gaiam has all the comfort of a sweatshirt with none of the frump. Featuring a relaxed, roomy fit with an off-the-shoulder neckline, this fashionable sweatshirt can double as a post-yoga cover up or as casual wear around town. And, because it hangs loose without being boxy, the top is ideal for all body types. Oh, and did we mention it’s made with 94 percent organic cotton?