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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides:  Plus-Size Fitness, Active Wear & Work-out Clothing in Size 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus.  Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Activewear @  Lane Bryant

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Lands End

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Rue 21

Plus-Size Sports Capris, 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
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Size 1X - 3X

Zip Front Plus-Size Sports Bra | Editor's Pick
Yoga Pants Sold Separately

Half Zip Sports Pullover, S-3X | Editor's Pick
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Print Waist Band Yoga Pants, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
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 Kohls Department Stores Inc

Patterned Sports Bra
Bra Size 36 - 46 B - DDD

Half Zip Sports Pullover
Size S - 3X
Petite & Tall to XL (18)

  Print Waistband Yoga Pants
Size 1X - 3X

Fitness & Plus-Size Activewear Report
[Shopping Resources Below]

Whether you're just getting off the couch or you're an active, life-long sports enthusiasts, one of the ironies of life is the difficulty in finding work-out and active lifestyle clothing in plus-sizes Everyone says you should be doing it, but then finding the clothes to do it in is a challenge.

Fortunately, plus-size fitness apparel is more readily available on-line, even in larger, more extreme super-sizes which fit our Biggest Loser stereotypes of what "all" large bodies look like.  One of the fastest growing segments of the plus apparel market, demand is growing as people become more and more health conscious.

One of the key challenges for many plus-size body types is finding the proper sports bra. More so than many of their thinner counterparts, plus-size women are likely to have D cup or larger busts which can be very painful during exercise if left in regular bra support.  If this is a particular concern for you in a large, hard-to-fit size we highly recommend Enell sports bras which are among the most popular with plus-size women who need extra support and stability during exercise routines. For those on a tighter budget or with less specialty support needs, Champion sports bras are another good choice. This item, along with the proper footwear, is the area in which the most money should be invested in your fitness wardrobe in order to get the best quality and safety benefits.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Activewear @  Just My Size

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @  Target

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Catherines

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Nordstrom

Workout Skort, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Performance Capri, Plus-Size 1X-4X | Editor's Pick
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Strength Inspiration Tee, Plus-Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Zella, Work Out Capri, Plus-Size 14 - 22W  | Editor's Pick
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Workout Skort
Size 1X - 3X

Performance Capri
Size 1X - 4X

Strength Inspiration Tee
Size XL - 5X

Work Out Capri
Size 14 - 22W

While yoga, Zumba, swimming, and classic gym work-outs are among the most popular activities, many plus-size women also participate in things like dance, winter sports such as skiing, triathlons, tennis, golf, hiking, biking and any number of activities that have specialty clothing needs.  As more and more girls play team sports we also are beginning to realize that fitness and active lifestyles are less about losing weight and more about staying healthy and enjoying life.

If you are new to exercise and have any health conditions, it is advised to ease into routines and consult your doctor and fitness professional for the best plan for you and your body's safety.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Fitness Shoes & Apparel @ Reebok

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Activewear @  Lord & Taylor

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Torrid

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Activewear @  adidas

Reebok, Customizable All Terrain Shoes, Women's Size| Editor's Pick
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Calvin Klein, Wind Breaker, Plus-Size 1X - 3X  | Editor's Pick
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Color Block Tank, Size XL - 5X | Editor's Pick

Stella McCartney, Pure Boost Sports Sneaker, Women's Sizes | Editor's Pick
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Customizable All Terrain Shoes
Women's Size 5 - 12

Calvin Klein
Wind Breaker
Size 1X - 3X

Color Block Tank
XL - 5X

Stella McCartney
Pure Boost Sports Shoe
Women's Size 5 - 10.5

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Fitness and Activewear

Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy activities such as biking, hiking, and skiing will find a wealth of resources at Sierra Trading Post which carries everything from ski boots and parkas to hiking boots and convertible shorts / pants.  You can often find top of the line gear including items such as high tech leggings and hooded jackets in sizes up to 3X.   Lands End is an excellent place for down and high tech parkas, ski pants, natural fiber tees and more relaxed activewear with sizes ranging from 0 to 26W and petite and tall sizes available in selected plus styles.  Athletic swimwear can also be purchased here all year, including items such as rash guards. Of the department stores, Kohl's has the best collection of moderately priced high tech athletic wear and work out separates.  You'll find items such as full figured sports bras, skirted leggings, and running fleeces along with a good assortment of leggings and yoga pants, hoodies, and parkas. Sizes run from XS to 3X.

Plus specialty retailers have also begun to regularly stock sporty, activewear styles.  Lane Bryant is one of the best spots for great fitting sports bras to fit fuller figures in size 14 to 28W.  They have also added a new line, Livi, which includes high performance styles for working out, running, and athletics.

Higher end fitness wear is available under the Big Attitude label at Always for Me in size 1X to 6X.  Bathing suits for swimming laps can also be purchased here.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Shoes & Apparel @ Zappos

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Activewear @  Always for Me

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Macy's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Ulla Popken

Marika Curves, Drape Racerback Tank, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

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Swim Shorts, Size 14 - 32W | Editor's Pick
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Hooded Poncho Jacket, Size XL - 3X  | Editor's Pick

Thermal Vest, Size 16 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Marika Curves
Drape Racerback Tank
Size XL - 3X

Swim Shorts
Size 14 - 32W

Hooded Poncho Jacket
Size XL - 3X

Thermal Vest
Size 16 - 30W

In addition to one of the deepest inventories of brands, sizes, and widths in sports shoes, Zappos also carries good quality high tech fabric athletic apparel including leggings, yoga pants, sports bras, and running tops in sizes as large as 3X.  Well known brands often include Columbia, Adidas, Nike, and Moving Comfort.

 Shopping directly with sports apparel specialists such as adidas and Reebok will often allow you to design your own, custom high tech sneakers in addition to having access to their entire size range.

The upscale department stores are beginning to add activewear collections that are selling out quickly for size 1X to 3X.  Some of the more unusual labels are available from Nordstrom and Macy's with styles that are more than basic black with sports color blocking.

 Just My Size also offers extended plus sizes in work out basics such as tees, yoga pants, and sports bras, in addition to good, basic chlorine resistant swimsuits appropriate for laps in the pool for size 1X to 5X.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @ Willow Ridge

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Activewear @  Bon Ton

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Athletic Swimwear @ Swimsuits for All

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Dillard's

Lightweight Active Pants, Size S - 4X | Editor's Pick

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Columbia, Animal Print Fleece, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
Solid Colors Available

Chlorine Resistant Sports Swimsuit, Size 8 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Nike, Dri-FIT Performance Capris, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
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 Lightweight Active Pants
Size S - 4X

Animal Print Fleece

Size 1X - 3X

Chlorine Resistant
Sports Swimsuit
Size 8 - 24W

Dri-FIT Performance Capris
Size 1X - 3X

Bargain Shopping

With the rise of sporty fashion trends has come an increase of sportswear available in higher end design collections.  Consequently, those looking for trendy leggings, warm up jackets, and tops can often find a good selection at some of the off-price designer retailers.  Those that carry plus-sizes include:  Last Call, Saks Off Fifth and 6 PM.  Expect to find brands such as Marc New York, Calvin Klein, Columbia, DKNY, and other well known labels.



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