It may be hard to find physical shops where you can buy size-inclusive workout clothes for women due to the pandemic and limited designs available. Luckily, we have the Internet as our best friend to help us find curve-friendly activewear. Did you know the activewear market secured 40% of online sales last year? If you’re ready to find your newest workout essentials, here are top picks to get you started.
The popular fitness brand offers Nike selected sports bras and leggings in sizes up to 3X on its websites. If you want more variety in design, they also consign more pieces on ASOS.com. To give you an idea of what to expect from Nike Plus pieces, you’ll enjoy wide straps in sports bras provide support and lightweight fabrics help keep you feeling comfortable and cool during your workouts. The keyword here is comfort. It’s a basic range of comfortable workout clothes with the same technology as Nike’s regular selection but can accommodate fuller figures. One of its sports bra tops even goes up to size G.
Our personal fave: You can't go wrong with a basic sports bra like the Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh Icon Clash. It feels snug and secure around your chest through its medium-support racerback design. It also uses recycled polyester as its main material, which produces 30% lower carbon emissions compared to virgin polyester.
LA-based yoga athleisure wear brand Beyond Yoga also has size-inclusive pieces that you can wear for light to moderate exercises like yoga, sedate walks, and hiking. Instead of you working to fit into your workout clothes, Beyond Yoga believes that the clothes should work for you. It helps you achieve this by using soft, high-quality fabrics with the right amount of stretch and comfort. In line with their ethos of inspiring body confidence, their extended sizing ranges from 1X to 3X (with some extending to 4X) for both tops and bottoms. For bottoms, they recommend measuring your hips (a.k.a where your butt is at its fullest) instead of your waist for a more accurate size. They offer international shipping to our area, so stock up on their pieces when you can.
Our personal fave: The Spacedye Biker Shorts, which comes in seven different colours. It features the brand's unique Spacedye fabric that's oh-so-soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking. It also promises to have some UV protection if you're the type to enjoy daytime outdoor exercises!
Though it specialises in plus size everyday clothing, Manila-based brand estilo also has a plus-size activewear section that houses some functional sports bras with full coverage and varying degrees of support. If you feel a little insecure about showing skin while exercising, there’s an estilo top for you. The current designs range from plain blacks to bright-coloured prints, so you can mix and match your tops to the bottoms you already have in your closet. P.S. They also have a size-inclusive swimwear collection for our IRL mermaids.
Our personal fave: This coral strap crop top looks like two pieces, but it's actually just one! Made of 82% nylon and 18% spandex, the stretchy material can keep up with you throughout all your morning stretches. Its smallest size (which is a large) corresponds to a 38C bra size, which sounds great to us!
Kate Hudson's activewear brand is not only popular but also size-inclusive. The Destination: Plus range offers cute designs in sizes 1X to 4X (or US 0 to 24) for any type of activity in their women’s section. Their sizing for bottoms takes into consideration both your natural waist, your hips as well as the in-seam for various heights. Meanwhile, they offer up to XXL for the men’s activewear so you and your hubby can step up your fitness ‘fits together.
Our personal fave: The Ace 2-Piece Outfit in Sky Way. The baby blue ensemble features a cute three-strap top design for maximum support. Meanwhile, the max compression leggings feel snug but not tight in the right places.
Gym Wear Movement
This Singapore-based athleisure brand has a special way of categorising its wares. On its website, you can choose to browse designs that fit petite, curvy, or tall frames. Their sizes currently range from XS to XXL (UK size 4 to 20) across all designs. There's a wide variety of colours and designs that are inspired by fashion catwalks and celebrities, so you can work out in style. Every piece has soft breathable fabrics to help cool you down and light compression for a flattering fit. Their bras also consider your underbust measurements for the band size, so it feels comfortable around your ribs as you do your squats, mountain climbers, and more.
Our personal fave: The Graceful Bra, which is a wireless sports bra-slash-everyday bra with a back hook design that makes it easy to get on and off. It has a four-stretch high-performance fabric that gives snug support for both high and low-intensity workouts.
Which brand will you be checking out soon?
(Cover photo from: @beyondyoga)
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