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You Need These Plus Size Activewear Pieces That Won’t Make You Look Drab

You Need These Plus Size Activewear Pieces That Won’t Make You Look Drab

Getting to the gym or studio can be a chore sometimes. Our self-confidence can hinder us from going to places such as the gym or yoga studio, especially when you know you will be surrounded by people who look healthier and better than you. Oftentimes, gym clothes are unflattering, especially for plus sized ladies. Good thing, we now have more options when it comes to plus size activewear pieces. Check out 5 looks you can copy when you hit the gym as part of your New Year’s resolutions this year.


Ready to Crush That Gym Workout With This Plus Size Activewear Look

1. NIKE Sportswear Air Satin Track Jacket

Let’s face it: looking good makes us feel good and when you feel good, you feel confident about taking on the world. That includes your workout! Keep comfortable at the gym with this lightweight track jacket that takes you from the outdoors (or brunch), to your next workout session. It features the Nike Air logo on the chest and on the sporty tape on its sleeves for a truly updated 2020 look that will turn heads at the gym or studio. Perfect for casual to sports wear this season. Comes in a luxurious looking Sanded Purple color and sizes 1X (US 16-18) to 3X (US 24W-26W). Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.

2. SPANX® Perforated Active Tank Top

Work up a sweat in style with this fun, airy, perforated tank from Spanx. It features quick-drying technology that will keep you cool throughout even through the most rigorous workouts. Comes in basic Black, which is a perfect staple for any wardrobe, Bright Cobalt, which is fun and adds energy, and White, which is also great for mixing and matching. Sizes are 1X (US 18-20W) to 3X (US 26-28W).  Shop at Nordstrom.

3. SPANX® Colorblock Active Leggings

Take to the streets or to the gym with this pair of Colorblock Active Leggings from Spanx. It features Slim-X® compression fabric and a wide, dig-free waistband that supports and smoothes for a perfect silhouette. This pair of comfortable leggings feature a cotton-lined gusset that enhances comfort and breathability, and moisture-wicking fabric that dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable. Made of 60% nylon and 40% elastane. Comes in Cosmic (pictured) and Marled Heather. Shop at Nordstrom.

4. WACOAL Underwire Sports Bra

Sports bras need not be restricting. It should provide safe and comfortable support for you to get the most out of your workouts. This Wacoal Underwire Sports Bra is unlike other sports bra with wires as it provides soft support through its wide shoulder straps that don’t look outdated. Its powerful exterior underwire provides a secure yet comfortable fit. Its wide straps can also be worn crossed in the back. Made of 80% nylon and 20% spandex. Comes in Black, Nude, and Mazarine Blue (pictured). Sizes range from 32C to 40G. Shop at Nordstrom.

5. NIKE Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Premium Running Shoe

Keep it light at the gym or on the trail with this Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Premium Running Shoe, which is built for speed without sacrificing your comfort so you can perform well. It features perforated JDI-jacquard fabric and integrated Flywire cables that maintain a breathable and flexible upper that provides secure support. It is also equipped with a sculpted Nike Zoom Air sole that provides neutral cushioning, swooping aerodynamically along the sides and tapering to a neat keel on the back. It also features a cool lace-up style that’s a classic, flywire cables that integrate  with the laces for secure, flexible lockdown at the midfoot, and a removable cushioned insole for better, custom orthotics. Get 15% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.



Plus Size Activewear Pieces for the Chic Yet Sporty Type

1. PARFAIT Wireless Sports Bra

Style and support combine in this wireless bra with seamed cups designed by Parfait. It features a wide band and cooling mesh accents that lets you stay cool and comfortable throughout your workouts and yoga sessions. It effectively helps release heat as you go. Its convertible straps make for great stylish wear. Made of 84% nylon and 16% spandex. Sizes range from 30D to 40G. Get 10% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.

2. ZELLA Live In High Waist Leggings

With an amazing moisture-wicking construction, these high waist leggings from Zella provide cool comfort in your warm workouts. These stretchy, figure-sculpting leggings feature a high, slip-free waistband, a hidden waistband pocket for small important items, and a smooth flatlock seaming that won’t rub or irritate your skin. It is made of 88% polyester and 12% spandex. Comes in a regal Green Ponderosa color that you can wear at the gym and on the street. Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.

3. NEW BALANCE Fresh Foam MOR Running Shoe

Meet your new favorite running shoe: the New Balance Fresh Foam MOR Running Shoe, which features signature cushioning and innovative support that lets you go as far as you want. It features responsive Fresh Foam for a natural-feeling run, HypoKnit mesh sock that provides lightweight, streamlined comfort on its upper, and alignment technologies in the heel and gradient hex lugs in the tread that provide effective, medial stability. It is designed with a pull-on sock upper and lace-up shell for easy wear and features a removable cushioned insole that allows for custom orthotics. It also has an Asym Counter construction helps gently align your stride. Shop at Nordstrom.

4. HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. Strand Duffle Bag

Your gym accessories need not be drab or too sporty. Maintain that femininity with this lightweight duffle bag in hard-wearing canvas from Herschel Supply Co. It features snap-down sides that expand so that you can pack extra essentials inside. It’s great for both work and play, especially at the dance studio. It also features reinforced top handles that make it easy to carry and convenient pockets that make organization super easy. Features a two-way top-zip closure and exterior slip pocket. Comes in a chic Ash Rose color that you can mix and match with most outfits. Shop at Nordstrom.

5. BP. 3-Pack Tie Dye Hair Scrunchies

When it’s time to get down to business, you know you need to put your hair up. Whether at the gym or yoga studio, keep your hair out of your face and your workouts with these bow-embellished scrunchies patterned in chic tie-dye. Who says functional has to be boring? These fun hair scrunchies come in an array of tie-dye prints that breathe new life to your workout wardrobe. The best part? You can even wear it to other occasions. It is made of polyester and must be dry cleaned. This pack of three comes in a multi combo color in shades of pink, blue, and green. Shop at Nordstrom.


Dance and Yoga Studio Ready Plus Size Activewear Pieces

1. NIKE Plus Size Sportswear Shine 1/2-Zip Fleece Top

Glamour, style, and comfort combine in this plus size zip top that’s perfect for runs and other types of workouts, or even brunch and PTA’s. This zip top features super-soft brushed-back fleece and a metallic zipper and logo graphics that are chic and sophisticated. It has a loose fit for extra comfort, a funnel neckline with a front 1/2 zip closure, and ribbed cuffs. Definitely a must-have this winter season. Shop at Macy’s.

2. NIKE Plus Size Yoga Graphic Tank Top

All serious in front and party at the back. That’s one way to describe this yoga graphic tank top from Nike, which features overlapping panels at the back that creates an airy and stylish feel. It is designed with Dri-FIT technology so you’re sure to be dry during your workouts. It hits at the hip and is great for yoga class. Made of polyester. Size ranges from 1X to 3X. Shop at Macy’s.

3. NIKE Plus Size Glitter-Logo Leggings

These Nike logo leggings are a must-have for every athleisure closet. It features a glittery logo on the calf for a fun highlight. It has a mid rise style and tight fit through hips and thighs. Its pull-on style makes for easy wear and the elastic waistband provides a snug fit. Made of cotton, polyester, and spandex blend. Shop at Macy’s.

4. NIKE Plus Size Indy Dri-FIT Low-Impact Sports Bra

This ultra chic sports bra from Nike is adorned by slender straps that look stylish yet provide much function. It features removable pads that enhance low-impact support, a band that hits above the waist, and mesh panels. It is also powered by Dri-FIT wicking technology that helps evaporate moisture quicker. Features a v-neck that looks flattering in every angle. Sizes range from 1X to 3X. Shop at Macy’s.

5. ASICS Women’s GT-2000 8 Wide Width Running Sneakers from Finish Line

Whether it’s for easy jogs or marathon training, the Asics Women’s GT-2000 8 Wide Width Running Sneaker delivers optimal performance and stability thanks to its FLYTEFOAM® technology. This offers soft landings with every step, with GEL technology providing a cushy, springy feel underfoot. It has a wide width for larger feet and TRUSSTIC SYSTEM® technology in the midfoot. It also features breathable and lightweight engineered mesh and synthetic upper materials. Shop at Macy’s.


Plus Size Activewear Pieces that Will Take You from Gym to the Street

1. RBX Active Women’s Plus Size Hoodie Tunic Sweater

Step into the yoga studio in style with this relaxed fit athleisure pull-over that is made of breathable, lightweight fabric that keeps you cool throughout your workouts. It features thumbholes for extra coverage and to keep sleeves in place no matter what movement or position you are in. It also features side pockets that keeps hands warm on cooler days and provides storage for grab-and-go essentials. The tunic provides support with a 4-way stretch construction that lets you move. Its tagless neckline features a contrast trim so your skin doesn’t get irritated. Its striated pattern and princess seaming also add a modern style to this top. Customer Caligirl shares, “I love this lightweight hoodie. Where I live in California, our coldest temps are typically about mid-40s, occasionally dipping into the high 30s. This sweatshirt is perfect for layering over a t-shirt and/or under a parka. Great quick cover up to & from the gym. Great purchase.” Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

2. Core 10 Women’s ‘Icon Series’ The Ballerina Sports Bra

Created with 4-way stretch, moisture-wicking fabric, this crossover, light support sports bra from Core 10 provides compression fit through its band and bust to minimize bounce and keep everything in place as you stay active. It features a hidden powermesh lining that offers additional support. Made in Vietnam using 79% Nylon and 21% Spandex. Machine washable and comes in inclusive sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X. Customer ERSB gave it 5 out of 5 stars, writing, “I bought this thinking it might work for breastfeeding, and it totally does! It’s easy to move one side out of the way to feed my baby. It provides decent support (for walking or lifting, I wouldn’t run or jump a ton) and is really flattering!” Shop at Amazon.

3. Ideology Plus Size Active T-Shirt

Whether you’re going on a run on the treadmill at home or going for a coffee run, this active t-shirt from Ideology gives you enough room to comfortably move around. it features a short-sleeve style and scoop neckline for easy wear. It has a tonal print at the front that’s great for workouts in and outside the gym. This t-shirt is made of polyester, rayon, and spandex, and is machine washable. Comes in sizes 1X to 4X. Shop at Macy’s.

4. Vimmia Plus Size Curv High-Waist Impact Pants

Amp up your style on the streets and at the studio or gym with this pair of high-waist Impact Pants from Vimmia. It features chic mesh insets that catch the eye. It is fitted through skinny legs and has an ankle length and pull-on style. Made in the USA from Amni® nylon/spandex. Features a high rise style and wide waistband so it stays in place no matter how you move. Shop at Neiman Marcus.

5. Nike Women’s LD Victory Casual Sneakers

Strut and run with confidence when wearing the Nike Women’s LD Victory Casual Sneakers, which features a design inspired by the iconic Huarache Run and plenty of 1990s flair. Whether on the sidewalk or at the gym, this fun sneaker is a great addition to your collection. It features a breathable textile upper with leather overlays for support, snug bootie construction, gore straps at heel stretch for added comfort, a rubber clip borrowed from the Nike Huarache Run, and grippy rubber traction pattern for the best jogs and runs ever. Shop at Macy’s.


Fashionable Plus Size Activewear Pieces for Hitting the Studio

1. Vimmia Plus Size Curv Serenity Split-Back Tee

This ultra chic split-back tee from Vimmia offers a crew neckline and short sleeves in a relaxed fit and pullover style that lets you move the way you want to. Made in the USA from modal/spandex. Perfect for hitting the yoga or dance studio. Shop at Neiman Marcus.

2. Core 10 Women’s Icon Series ‘Fierce Pleats’ Mesh Yoga Longline Sports Bra

Especially designed for yoga and light impact workouts, the Core 10 Fierce Pleats Sports bra offers high neck coverage, longline styling, and back mesh pleats that combine form and function in a neat piece you’ll love to wear over and over again. It’s made of Core 10 Spectrum fabric that is medium-weight, moisture wicking, and brushed for a super soft feel. It is designed fit close to the body and provide light support. Comes in inclusive sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X. Customer RM1986 gave it 5 out of 5 stars, writing, “Wish I’d bought sooner! I got this and the matching leggings after it sat in my cart for months. I’m not sure why I waited because both pieces are my new favorite activewear. I love the feminine details of this sports bra, but it also makes me feel strong. Better support than I was expecting to be honest. Can’t recommend it enough. Also great quality and better than anything I’ve ever gotten from Lulu!” Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

3. Nike Air Plus Size Leggings

These fun basic leggings from Nike are designed with soft stretchy jersey and features a sporty logo tape running down the side seams. It’s both comfortable and stylish thanks to its wide elastic waistband which is adorned with a logo at center back. Made of cotton, polyester, and spandex. Shop at Macy’s.

4. Asics Women’s GEL-Nimbus 22 Running Sneakers

Optimize performance during workouts and runs with Asic’s Gel-Nimbus 22 Running Sneakers. It offers a better fit and feel from the last iteration, letting you breeze through any training session with ease. These performance running sneakers are powered by Guidance Trusstic System technology and Impact Guidance System technology, and features OrthoLite X-40 sockliner. Its SpevaFoam 45 lasting material offers a soft platform and improved comfort while its Guidance Line midsole technology offers support. Also features an engineered mesh upper for more breathability. Shop at Macy’s.

5. Maven Thread Women’s Workout Athletic Headband

When it’s time to get down to business, keep your hair away from your face with this athletic headband from Maven Thread. Made of sweat-wicking fabric, these headbands are designed to be stretchy so you can wear it comfortably without hurting your head or leaving marks on the skin. Comes in versatile designs that are great for both workouts or everyday use. Rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.


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