I know that many large women have trouble finding workout clothes in their size. They either can’t find it or can’t afford it.
I remember wanting to start working out a few year ago, having nothing appropriate to wear, and going to Target, where the only pants and shirts I could find were just a smidge too small, but what else was I going to do?
Well, I’m older, wiser, and love online shopping. Of course, I’d love it more if I could shop in stores, but I’ll take what I can get for the moment.
In stores, Old Navy carries workout gear through an XXL. Their regular sizing is generous, and an XXL will likely fit through a 22/24, even though they’re marked as 20. They have capris, yoga pants, sports bras, tanks, and t-shirts, and carry compression gear. Online, they carry sizes 18W-30W in their plus section. While the selection is a bit smaller and the fat-tax is pretty generous, they carry all styles of gear at decent prices. I went on a spree a few years ago, so Old Navy is what I wear, and I find it pretty darn comfortable!
You’d never know it by their pathetic in-store offerings, but Target carries some decent women’s workout clothes online. Unfortunately, their search function is difficult to use. Some good sleuthing will find you good deals, though.
Woman Within has cemented a place in the online shopping experience. It is great for basics, has excellent prices, and they consistently offer up to a size 40W. Workout pants, skirts, shirts, comfortable swimsuits, and sports bras are available.
Junonia is synonymous with classic plus size activewear. They’re a little pricier, but they’re known for quality and a variety of clothing to cover every activity from skiing to golfing to swimming to tennis to running. Their sizing goes up to a 6x/40W in some pieces.
I’ve heard great reviews of Sparkle Skirts from the fitness group I’m a part of. With pockets, compression shorts, and as finely obnoxious of a print as I could ask for, I’m excited to order one in the future. Sparkle Skirts offers sizing up to a 3x.
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Whether working out, wearing shorts, or just wearing a skirt in summer, chub rub can easily occur. Most often, this is when thighs rub and chafe, due to movement combined with heat and perspiration. Chub rub does not discriminate, either. Even many (most?) thin women’s thighs touch, and therefore rub. It can be painful, messy, and some people worry that it is unattractive. From reading around the internet, lots of people think that they suffer alone. Not true at all.
Chub rub is fairly easy to deal with. There are different methods to combat the pain of chub rub, but they can be generally broken down into two groups- clothing barrier and products. Today we’ll cover the clothing methods, which are best used under skirts.
A traditional option. Awesome if you love full skirts, petticoats and classic clothing! These are also often the most widely available, available on Amazon and many other places. There seems to be a lot of overlap between the two terms, but here are two options: Pettipants , Bloomers
For those that love lace, lovees is a shorts option designed to prevent chub-rub and still look good if your skirt blows up.
These look fantastic. Thigh Society makes shorts made distinctly to prevent chafing, and in a wide range of sizing.
Alihalla has had some beautiful shorts for under-skirt wear, and they also stock beautiful underwear. They are on hiatus through the end of the month, but check back then!
You can get cotton bike shorts from places like Amazon, department stores, or Target. Stock varies widely by season.
Up Next, Part 2 – products. Best for shorts and working out.
I I’ve been asked about where I get my clothes for a while now. I usually wear dresses or shirt and skirts, and I like to dress up. So here are some places I shop.
My number one recommendation would be to learn your measurements, know them by heart, and always order to your largest measurement. You can always get things tailored down. The exceptions would be stretchy material (you have a 2-or-so inch margin if you’re comfortable with a tight fit), and if your hips are your largest measurement, any flowy skirt will probably not be an issue.
I’ve called a bunch of these companies for sizing help over the phone, they’re usually very helpful.
There’s a mix of trendy and classic, cheap and kind of expensive ($100 dresses). But, at least with these retailers, you really do get what you pay for. If it is expensive, it will last you a looooong time – long enough to get tired of stuff!
So without further ado:
(Torrid is, in my opinion, a bit overpriced for the quality, so keep an eye on the sales! Cute underwear and sexy stuff, too)
Basics: (t-shirts, youthful, cheap, on-trend)
Old Navy ( I wear between an XL and a XXL in almost all of their clothes, but they have a plus line, too)
High Quality Basics: (Camisoles, sweaters, simple skirts, belts, tights…)
You may notice a few names conspicuously absent. I don’t care for most of the easily available things at the big stores, but they have their purposes, including Lane Bryant’s bras and panties, which are reasonably priced and decently made. Which is the nicest thing I think I can say about them…
Please leave your recommendations in the comments!