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Dri-Fit Running Tights
Size 1X - 3X
Solid Soft Knit
Size 1X - 3X
Size 2 - 28W
Plus-size leggings are worn by
different groups. The first are by those
fashion trends who layer them under
long tees, tunic tops, mini skirts, and
dresses, much as
tights are worn, but providing
more coverage. Sleek, modern classic
dressers usually choose dark neutrals in natural
fibers, (faux) leather or suede paired with
blazers and tunics.
Leggings are also a popular
summer option under skirts to prevent chaffing. Taking the skinny leg jeans and
pants trend to the extreme, they can also
sometimes be worn with shorter tops. They
can be paired with boots,
skimmers and ballet flats.
The second group likes leggings for ease of
movement while participating in
including exercise classes, running, and biking.
These styles tend to be sportier, solid colored,
and can be made of high performance materials
with qualities like moisture wicking properties.
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Leggings have become a staple wardrobe item for
many women from young trendy fashionistas on
tight budgets to upscale designer shoppers, and
everyone in between. Consequently the
diversity of styles and price points for this
fashion item is extremely varied.
For those looking for upscale, premium quality
layering leggings the major department stores
are the best resource with labels such as
Johnny Was, and
Eileen Fisher frequently offering
natural fibers, (faux) leather looks, and sleek,
heavy gauge black looks in sizes up to 3X.
Favored by upscale, classic style fashion mavens
many of these options have a modern, edgy look
with a hint of luxury.
Lord & Taylor,
Dillard's are the best bets for sizes up
Trendy junior shopping spots
that often have a good selection include
Rue 21 in size
XS to 3X. Both solid basics and fun
patterns are regularly stocked in both summer
and winter weights, according to season.
Urban retailers such as
are another excellent resource for faux leather, bolder prints
and patterns in size 12 to 26W. For those
who appreciate a funkier edge in prints and
patterns that often are not available elsewhere,
often carries an unusual assortment in size 6 to
go-to spot for trendy, curvy fashionistas who
wear extended plus-sizes is
offerings in size XL to 6X.
Especially popular when temperatures drop as an
alternative to footless tights, leggings can
also be a boon for larger women battling thigh
rub under skirts and dresses. Shorter
bicycle short styles have been an open fashion
secret in the plus community for years, but
capri length and ankle length styles have gained
popularity with all age and style groups in
recent years. Predominantly solid
colors they can have feminine detailing such as
lace cuffs (or are lace), a heavy gauge cable
knit, or therma lined for extra warmth.
Available in natural fibers such as cotton and
easy-care synthetics, the advantage leggings
have over tights is that they are sturdier,
don't run, and often hold up to many washings
far better than finer hosiery and tights.
Crotch drop is less of an issue, as the footless
styling solves the issue and socks can be added
(or not) as the wearer chooses.
The plus specialty retailers such as
can be some of the best resources for these
legging styles in sizes that fit as larger as
6X. Sometimes they are found in the
"bottoms" tab, while other times they are under
the "intimates" or "accessories" tabs of
retailers, sometimes even at the same retailer.
Of the department stores,
Macy's has one of
the deepest and most diverse collections for
sizes XL to 3X.
Blair usually has a rainbow assortment
of solid colors available in size S to 5X, with
some styles also available in plus petite and
Athletic leggings for activities such as
running, yoga, zumba, and working out often have
a sleek, sporty look to them, in addition to
high tech materials that offer moisture wicking
qualities. More and more of the top
plus-size specialty retailers such as
are offering these types of leggings in their
growing activewear sections in size 14 to 28W.
Meanwhile, upscale labels such as Calvin Klein,
Ralph Lauren, and Marc New York have sports tech
fabric legging lines in fun patterns and prints
regularly available at
Bon Ton for size 1X to 3X.
Compression leggings are getting more common in
the plus-size activewear section at
from labels such as Nike and Zella.
For those looking for premium, top label
athletic quality sports leggings brands such as
Nike, Reebok, Adidas and others can frequently
be found at
Sierra Trading Post
in women's sizes up to 3X.