Often when an
activewear brand announces that they're extending their sizes, or shows a plus-size model in a fitness context, a similar narrative occurs: concern trolls freak out and say that the brand shouldn't be promoting "unhealthy" lifestyles. (This even happens when Refinery29 posts a stock photo of someone with a larger body alongside a health story.)
As we've said before, people who are plus-size also work out and care about fitness. More importantly, you
can't tell anything about a person's health just by looking at them, and weight is just one indicator of health. Despite all of these truths, many activewear brands seem to ignore the 67% of women in the U.S. who wear a size 14 and above, while others are just coming around to the idea.
When you're shopping for
new workout clothes, consider supporting brands that you know celebrate and promote size inclusivity, regardless of your own size. Not sure where to go? We've found the activewear brands that have committed to providing technical, fashionable, workout clothes for plus-size individuals. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
This Amazon Fashion brand has a mix of basics and unique athleisure pieces, like these high-waisted mesh leggings, at a surprisingly affordable price point.
Sizes: 1X - 3X Core 10 Core 10 The Warrior Mesh High Waist Yoga Legging, $59, available at Amazon
If you follow
fitness influencers Roz the Diva or Dana Falsetti on Instagram, you're likely familiar with Superfit Hero's pieces. In addition to the high-quality workout clothing, Superfit Hero has an online database that helps people find nearby body positive trainers and workouts that promote joyful movement. Sizes: 1X - 5X SuperfitHero Superfit Pocket Shorts - Navy, $58, available at SuperfitHero
In December 2018, the Instagram-famous workout brand, Girlfriend Collective, announced that they would be extending their sizes up to 6X. The
buttery-soft leggings and unique color palette make the pieces a star at the gym and of course, on the 'gram. Sizes: 1X - 3X Girlfriend Collective Plum Topanga Bra, $38, available at Girlfriend Collective
The popular plus-size brand Universal Standard has a chic activewear line, called
Game, that offers color-blocked leggings, supportive sports bras, and even unitards. Although the clothing is functional enough for sweaty workouts, it's also cool enough to wear out running errands. Sizes: 2X Universal Standard All Star Full Length Leggings, $75, available at Universal Standard
concern troll commented on Academy Sports & Outdoors's Instagram saying that people should be ashamed of being fat, the brand replied: "At Academy, we truly believe every woman should have the same opportunity to enjoy sports and the outdoors. As a result, we will continue to represent a wide range of body types. We’re all different, but our access to an active lifestyle shouldn’t be." Amen to that, and the affordable workout clothes in the BCG line. Sizes: 2X - 3X Academy Sports & Outdoors BCG Women's Athletic Plus Size Side-Tie Top, $4.99, available at Academy Sports & Outdoors
Don't sleep on Old Navy's activewear. From on-trend printed leggings to workout tanks you'd actually want to wear out, there's a lot of great stuff in a range of extended sizes.
Sizes: 1X - 4X Old Navy High-Rise Color-Block Elevate Plus-Size Leggings, $37.99, available at Old Navy Nike
It took Nike a minute to extend its sizes, and when the sportswear brand did in
2016, they were met with criticism from trolls who claimed they were promoting "politically correct nonsense." Nowadays, they still have several styles of clothing available up to 3X, including supportive sports bras and sweat-wicking leggings. Sizes: 40C - 42E Nike Women's High Support Sports Bra (Plus Size) Nike Bold, $56.97, available at Nike
If you like being the flashiest person at Pilates, consider leggings from K-Deer, which come in eye-catching patterns and fabrics. The stretchy fabrics are comfy, compressive, and flattering, too.
Sizes: 1X - 4X K Deer Hi-Luxe Sneaker Length in Charcoal, $98, available at K-Deer JoyLab
fashion-minded athletic line from Target is full of items you'd want to wear to workouts and then brunch. And the best part is the items are all under $50 — unlike your bottomless mimosa bill. Sizes: 1X - 4X JoyLab Women's Plus Size Long Line Crop Bra - JoyLab, $21.99, available at Target Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Training For A Race? These Are The Shoes You Need A Runner’s Guide To Dealing With Seasonal Allergies
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