For so long, it seemed like plus-size workout gear was an afterthought for most brands. Baggy, frumpy, and overall unstylish? No, thanks. But now, fashion and fitness brands are finally realizing they can’t—and shouldn’t—ignore active, plus-size women.
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“Brands are starting to understand that big girls do work out, and we also want to look cute while we’re in the gym,” says CeCe Olisa, the fashion-forward blogger behind Plus Size Princess, a fitness, fashion, and lifestyle website that promotes body positivity. “I’m never going to wear baggy sweats and a ratty t-shirt.” Nor should you have to!
We teamed up with Olisa to showcase some of her favorite workout gear that shows off her curves and makes her feel crazy confident.
No shirt? No problem. Wearing a sports bra that matches your tights means you don’t even need to bother with a top. Pick a color that makes you feel good. “This plum is so unexpected, but I’m in love,” says Olisa.Available at adoreme.com, $69.95.
Fact: You can show off your arms and still stay warm by becoming a pro at layering. “I still do outdoor workouts when it’s cold, so anything that layers easily is perfect,” says Olisa. Top a form-fitting shirt like this Tek Gear double-layer performance tank with a warm puffer vest, then werk. Available at kohls.com, $59.99.
Slightly see-through details like the mesh panels on these Lane Bryant Livi Active leggings offer max breathability and tease a little skin. “I love my legs, and these sexy tights let me show them off a little,” says Olisa. Similar style available at lanebryant.com, $34.99.
Ever since the strappy sports bras trend blew up, tanks and tops have followed suit with sexy, strappy details. The C9 Champion Train tank showcases your shoulders with skinny straps that create mini vents to help keep you cool and dry. Available at target.com, $6.64.
Never considered wearing a bodysuit to work out, huh? Allow this number to change your mind. “I love this because I never would have thought to wear it, but it’s edgy and cool,” says Olisa. Toss a leather jacket over it on your way out of the gym, and you’re set for the day.Available at fashiontofigure.com, $41.17.
Be prepared to get JT’s “I’m bringing sexy back (yeah)” stuck in your head every time you slip on this open-back shirt. “I don’t normally wear t-shirts to the gym, but the back detail on this one makes it a winner for me,” Olisa says. Available at target.com, $7.89-21.99.
Flowy doesn’t have to be frumpy. “I love a flowy racerback tank because it’s flirty and perfect for when you don’t want to wear something tight,” says Olisa. Go for one with a figure-flattering cut like this trapeze-style Adore Me Sanya Plus tank. Available at adoreme.com, $59.95 (with coordinating leggings).