I’d love some help finding plus size exercise clothes that aren’t the same old Boring Black Basics.
I go to the gym and I’m in a roller derby league, and I’d prefer to have something a bit more fun to wear! My shoes and skates are colourful, my headband has a funky pattern, and my yoga mat is adorable… but the only clothing options I’ve found in my size seem to be really bland. Thanks!
When it comes to workout wear, I’m the type to wear a Team Building Exercise ’99 shirt. As long as it fits and doesn’t make me drown in sweat or anything, I’m fine with old tees and basketball shorts. But what if you want to look a little more glam while you’re pumping iron? Or maybe you want some cooler options for roller derby? And what if you need them in plus sizes? Let’s see what we can find.
If you’re like me and you don’t mind working out in old tees, but you want them to look more awesome, consider heading over to your local thrift shop. Band tees, pop-culture references, and movie merchandise can make for more fun exercise wear. You can even cut them up and DIY some neat sleeveless or cropped pieces to wear over compression tanks without worrying about the cost.
If you’re looking for clothing for roller derby, consider seeing if your team wants to put a custom order in for uniforms. Roller derby retailers are usually pretty great about accommodating all sizes, and they can have some bad-ass options to choose from. Glitter shorts for all!
Plus size sections of online stores
Oftentimes, retailers will have a better selection of plus size clothing in their online stores. This seems especially true for plus size fitness wear.
- Forever 21 has sports bras that are more like crop tops in neon colours.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods has an entire big-and-tall section for shorts, hoodies, tees, and more.
- Old Navy has compression tanks and hoodies in patterns and colours.
- Lane Bryant has a veritable cornu-fucking-copia of workout pants, skirts, shorts, tops, hoodies, etc.
- Penningtons is a Canadian plus size clothing company with an activewear section. (Thanks Katrina!)
Old faithful. Amazon has a whole section of plus size workout gear. Here are some choice cuts:
Zumba Fitness has tops and bottoms in interesting styles and colours up to size XXL. Any of their pieces could totally do double duty for all of your other fitness routines.
How about it, Homies? What are your go-to places for plus size workout gear?