The irony of the world in which we live is that while everyone is telling us to "get active" and "get fit", it is often difficult to find athletic and fitness apparel and equipment in larger sizes. Although natural fibers are favored for certain activities such as silk underwear for warmth, or wool sock liners for boots, synthetic high performance fibers, many of which wick moisture away from the body are integral to some of the best quality sports wear. This higher quality activewear is particularly hard to find in larger sizes, although there are more lines available up to XL or even XXL, than full-blown plus-size options.
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Adidas offers both an extensive collection of athletic shoes for every sport and apparel, most with high performance fabrics with features such as moisture wicking. Men's and Unisex sizing to 3X, with selected Women's styles in sizes to 2XL (18/20).
Editor's Pick Always For Me offers stylish plus-size swimwear and work-out gear with large inventory in stock. Their active wear offerings include Danskin, A Big Attitude and Enell Sports Bras. Swimwear to size 14 to 26W; work-out wear available in size 1X to 6X.
Amazon offers a constantly changing collection of labels in activewear, but name brands such as Columbia Sports, Calvin Klein, Jones New York and many plus specialty retailer labels. Items include yoga pants, tees, sports bras, performance socks, ski gear and other sports. Sizes up to 38W.
Editor's Pick Athleta is a very popular performance and activewear brand that is clean cut and sporty. Choose from yoga wear, work out tops and bottoms, and styles that are both chic and high performance. A substantial extended size collection make this a must stop for curvy activewear. Pricing is moderate. Size S to 2X.
Big Dog Sportswear has a large selection of novelty tee shirts with witty sayings, athletic shorts, and sweat shirts for more active lifestyles. Both unisex and women's styles are available. Size M to 6X.
Blair offers affordable activewear, including some hard to find items like plus-size golf and tennis skirts, in addition to jogging suits, tees, and knit bottoms in size S to 5XL and petite plus up to 3XLP.
Bon Ton carries an increasingly good and diverse collection of quality sports and active styles such as hoodies, leggings, yoga pants, and performance tops from fashionable labels such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Marc New York. Size 0 to 24W.
Burlington Coat Factory is a bargain shopping paradise that can yield some incredibly good deals on tees, leggings, and work out clothes for size S to 3X.
Catherine's has athletic and active wear in microfiber, fleece and cotton in hard to find larger sizes. Choose from tees, sweat shirts, in addition to jogging and yoga pants. Swimwear also available in season. Size XL to 5X.
Champion carries top quality jogging sets, yoga wear, sports bras, bike shorts and athletic skorts in cotton and microfiber for the plus-size woman with an active lifestyle. Sizes available up to 3X.
Danskin whether you dance, do yoga, aerobics or simply want comfortable layering pieces you can now get these high quality items direct from the manufacturer. Plus-size leotards, tights, pants, sports bras and work out gear in cotton and microfiber. Free shipping on orders over $75. Sizes S - 3X.
Dillard's carries department store quality swimwear and activewear including gym shorts, athletic leggings, and yoga pants in women's size S to 3X.
Dr. Jay's has athletic apparel and activewear with a trendy, urban twist. You'll find sporty tops, bottoms including sports skirts, funky print leggings, and jogger suits from labels like Apple Bottoms, Fashion Labs and Coogi here. Size S to 3X.
Dress Barn offers a moderately priced collection of active and work-out gear including yoga pants, leggings, sports bras meant to be alone, and track jackets. Size 4 to 24W.
Eddie Bauer offers cotton tees, tops and other great outdoor clothing. This is a particularly good spot for sporty outdoor jackets, wind breakers, and parkas. Misses, Petite, and Tall size XS to XXL, Women's size 1X to 3X.
Evans is a British plus specialty retailer with trendy leggings, basic tanks and tees, jogging pants, and swimwear in season. Low to moderate prices. Size 10 to 28W.
Footsmart has a wide variety of shoes built for both comfort and active lifestyles that include walking and a variety of athletic activities in hard to find sizes and widths. Women's shoe sizes 5-12 N, M, W, WW.
Forever 21 carries brightly colored sports bras, yoga pants, trendy leggings and tees for active lifestyles in the latest trendy styles. Low, fast fashion prices. Size XS to 3X.
Fresh Pair specializes in the practical intimates such as bras and panties that we buy for ourselves. Sports bras can be purchased here from many well known brands in a wide variety of sizes.
Her Room high quality sports bras for jogging, aerobics and any healthy and active lifestyle. Look for brands such as Enell and Moving Comfort. They also carry a selection of activewear such as shorts, leggings, and athletic tops from brands such as Reebok, Columbia, New Balance, and Lola Getts. Easy size finder makes locating plus-size styles a snap.
Just My Size carries Champion and "Just My Size" work out wear, tights, yoga pants, sports bras and tee shirts. Value to moderate prices. Size XL to 6X.
Kohl's offers a variety of casual clothing for active lifestyles including high tech performance leggings and capris, t-shirts, track jackets, and sweats. Tennis and golf separates are also regularly stocked in larger sizes, including tops and skorts. Good selection of swimwear year 'round, also. Size S to 3X.
Editor's Pick Lands' End offers an excellent selection of t-shirts, shorts and knit pants for active lifestyles, down and high tech ski parkas and pants, and apparel suitable for outdoor activities, in addition to swimwear year round. Rash guards for water sport enthusiasts are regularly available in both basic solid colors and colorful prints. Misses, Petite, and Tall size 0 to 18, Women's Plus size 14 to 26W, with select plus petite and plus tall sizes available.
Lane Bryant has increased their activewear and work out options to include options with high performance fabrics, including moisture wicking, for serious work out enthusiasts and athletes. Styles are both basic for those that prefer classic looks and trendier with the latest colors and pattern options. Professional sports team fan tees are also often available. Size 14 to 28W.
Editor's Pick Macy's offers activewear from in-house department store labels and other name brands you know and trust like Nike and Ralph Lauren. As sporty, activewear fashion has come into style this has become one of the best spots for options such as trendy and performance sports leggings. Styles often include hoodies, tees, capris, and yoga pants in sizes up to 24W.
New Balance has, in addition to an excellent selection of athletic shoes, a collection of women's work out clothing in stylish colors in sizes up to 2X.
Nordstrom has warm up suits, work-out separates including yoga pants, gym shorts, capris, and warm up jackets, in addition to swimwear. Upscale yoga and work out brands regularly offered include Marika, Zella, and Hard Tail. Size 0 to 24W.
Old Pueblo Traders carries a selection of casual tees, jog suits and swimwear. Most available in size 6 to 26w, with petites to 20P. Occasional extended sizes available up to 5X.
QVC carries an excellent selection of videos & equipment for pilates, home gyms, vitamins and work out gear for the woman who wants to meet her fitness goals at home.
Reebok carries athletic shoes, equipment and work out apparel including tees, bra tops, leggings, shorts, capris, and yoga pants. Some high performance fabrics including moisture wicking technologies. Design your own shoes on-line. Men's and Unisex sizes to 6XL. Women's sizes XS - XXL.
Sierra Trading Post has 35-70% savings on famous name brand clothing and gear for the active woman. Woolrich, Patagonia, Columbia, Ex Officio, Henry White, Barry Bricken, The North Face and much more. Excellent resource for specialty socks for hiking and winter sports. Can often find items like convertible pants/shorts for hiking. Women's sizes up to 24W, and Men's up to Big & Tall 5XL.
SWAK regularly stocks comfortable, moderately priced jersey roll waist palazzo pants and gauchos in a wide variety of colors and patterns that are a great option for yoga and dance enthusiasts. Size 1X to 6X.
Ulla Popken carries a good selection of basics good for working out, such as t-shirts, leggings, bike shorts, and yoga pants in plus and super size 12 to 38W.
Walmart has everything you need for an active and healthy lifestyle at prices that are hard to beat. Everything from plus-size work out clothing (to 5X), to outdoor games, to fitness equipment and camping gear.
Winter Silks is an excellent resource for knit silk layering tees and long underwear for winter sports enthusiasts. Size S to 3X.
Zappos carries a growing collection of plus-size women's clothing,
including athletic and activewear, along with their extensive
inventory of athletic footwear. Some high performance plus-size work
out and athletic labels such as Nike, Adidas, and Columbia are
often available for features like moisture wicking properties. Super fast free shipping and free
returns. Women's sizes up to 3X.
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Sporty activewear has become a street style trend in recent years, with fashion darling Alexander Wang bringing it to the high end catwalk. No longer simply what gets worn to the gym, yoga pants, neon sneakers, hoodies, and high tech fabric sportswear has become a style statement all its own.
Healthy lifestyles include getting exercise, whether it is walking,
yoga, skiing, tennis, dancing or other physical and athletic activities.
Yoga, Belly Dance, and Zumba are particular favorites with urban
women of all sizes. From leggings and tees, to athletic swimwear and dance leotards.
While health has no size, all healthy lifestyles do include getting out there and getting at least some physical activity every day; hopefully doing something we enjoy that easily becomes a regular everyday or weekly pattern. So let's keep fit!
work-out clothing and fitness apparel for full-figured women size 12, 14, 16,
18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X
including plus-size t-shirts, leggings, sports bras, sweats, hoodies and yoga pants.