As a plus-size athlete and coach, I am always looking for the best high-performance activewear from companies that understand that fitness and athleticism come in a variety of sizes. For plus-size women, there can be many barriers to approaching fitness—but getting geared up shouldn’t be one of them.
Until recent years, activewear wasn’t as readily available in size 14 or larger, and if it was, it was more like cotton loungewear masquerading as activewear. That was definitely a step in the right direction, but many plus-athletes I know still felt like their fitness aspirations weren’t being taken seriously. We sweat, grind, and give it our all just like everyone else—yet the lack of performance-focused apparel was a constant point of frustration. As someone who trains hard, I wanted the same performance, quality, and style as my “straight-sized” sisters.
Eventually, retailers could no longer ignore the millions of women over size 14 who wanted quality fitness gear. Both small businesses and big corporations started to answer the call to fill a big hole in the fitness world: size-diverse apparel.
Thanks to the brands I’ve listed below—many of which I’ve been lucky enough to try myself—we no longer have to simply “make do” with oversized cotton shirts and sweatpants. Our time has come to shine at the squat rack in well-fitting, stylish, performance-focused apparel. Whether it’s yoga, walking, running, lifting, or any other activity that gets you sweating, there’s gear on this list for lots of different bodies.
Nola by Addition Elle offers a range of athletic wear, from performance-focused apparel to athleisure wear. Addition Elle is one of Canada’s largest plus-size retailers, and has been in the business of serving plus-size women in fitness and fashion for many years. Available in sizes up to 4X.
Fabletics by Kate Hudson offers fashionable fitness apparel in chic prints and styles. In 2017, the brand extended its sizes up to 3X. Fabletics offers a range of gear, from leggings to bras, in a range of styles and sizes to suit your needs. Available in sizes up to 3X.
I was thrilled to see Nike launch a plus-size line in 2017. The iconic brand has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, and the plus-size line does not disappoint. Available in sizes up to 3X.
GAME by US is a modern collection of high-tech performance apparel. I personally own a few outfits and the comfort in these pieces is unparalleled. Not only do they fit well, but they can also handle your toughest workouts. Available in sizes 10 to 28.
K-Deer is best known for its leggings that come in colorful stripes and other funky prints. The brand uses high-quality fabric, so pants fit perfectly and are really durable. Available in sizes SM to 4XL.
Hyba’s mission is to help women find their “happy place” through fitness, and create clothes to work with us, not against us. The brand offers apparel specifically for running, training, and yoga. Available in sizes up to 3X.
7. Skirt Sports
Skirt Sports founder Nicole DeBoom is a former pro-athlete. On a run one day, she saw her reflection in a window, felt totally uninspired by what she was wearing, and decided to create a running skirt. Skirt Sports has since expanded to offer everything from leggings to bras to jackets. Available in sizes from XS to XXL.
Zella, Nordstrom’s signature activewear brand, offers plus-size workout apparel for women in a range of sizes. The line combines performance technology with comfort and style, all meant to help women improve their workouts and feel good throughout. Available in sizes up to 3X.
9. Old Navy
Old Navy offers stylish plus-size active apparel at the right price. It is a go-to brand for many of my clients and women everywhere. Available in sizes up to 4X.
10. Lola Getts
Lola Getts offers classy and simple workout basics, always keeping performance top of mind. The pants are comfortable and won’t chafe or wear out between the legs, and I really love the unique seaming down the back. Available in sizes 14 to 24.
Active Zone is designed by one of the biggest plus-size retailers in Canada. For a long time, they’ve inspired women of all shapes, size, and ages to get active. Penningtons was also the sponsor of my book tour, and I will forever be grateful to them for encouraging plus-size women to enjoy movement. Available in sizes up to 5X.
12. Katie K
As a fitness trainer, Katie Kozloff constantly heard women’s stories and opinions on what was lacking in the activewear industry—she then took that knowledge and filled the hole. Katie K Active combines fashion, performance, and fit for women in a variety of sizes. Available in sizes up to 3X.
JunoActive founder Anne Kelly started the brand in 1995 with the goal of giving plus-size women better technical fabrics and fitness clothing specially tailored to their bodies. Available in sizes up to 6X.
14. Rainbeau Curves
The brand offers apparel in a range of prints and styles in both its activewear line and new athleisure line, City Collection. Available in sizes 14 to 28.
RBX offers fitness essentials in a variety of modern prints and styles. Often when apparel brands move into extended sizes, the style gets a bit lost, but RBX does a great job of staying true to its modern look across all its sizes. Available in sizes up to 3X.
16. Superfit Hero
Superfit Hero believes that strong, confident women can change the world and they provide apparel to help them do that. The brand is not only size-inclusive but also focused on performance, so when you’re going hard at the gym your pants can keep up. The leggings come with a no-roll promise (which I can confirm) and are available in sizes XS to 3XL.
After she got tired of feeling uncomfortable and constantly having to adjust her activewear, Rachel Blumfield decided to start her own brand to help women look great, and feel amazing. I personally love that with each shipment, they send a magnet for shoppers to write their goals, dreams, and messages of self-love and inspiration. Available in sizes S to 5X.
18. Just Curves
Founder Yolanda Williams’ personal frustration with active apparel for plus-size women inspired her to found her own brand. Just Curves is best known for its innovative, supportive bodysuit, the Oneder Suit, among other apparel. Available in sizes 14 to 28.
R-Sport founder CJ Riggins realized that it was virtually impossible for the majority of women in the U.S. to buy fitness apparel simply because their sizing was not offered. R-Sport makes overall fitness apparel and triathlon gear. As a triathlete in a bigger body, I can say that it’s very hard to find tri gear in larger sizes—so I was really glad to find this brand. Available in sizes up to 6X.
20. Active Truth
Active Truth was founded by two new moms who promote loving and taking care of your body. The Australian brand’s best known for its signature high-waist tights. Available in sizes up to size 3X.
21. Lineage Wear
Lineage Wear is a body-positive company that is inclusive and mindful in manufacturing its apparel for women of all sizes. The brand’s mission is twofold: to provide women with comfortable workout wear, while also giving back to a variety of charities. Available in sizes up to 5X.
22. State of Mind
State of Mind is a fitness apparel company based in the U.K. It offers activewear basics—and some cool unique pieces—that are comfortable and actually fit well, so that women can feel confident during their workouts. Available in sizes 16 to 28.
23. Big Fit Girl
My brand, Big Fit Girl, is all about smashing stereotypes and making a bold statement. We know showing up at a gym plus-size can make a statement, and it should be done in style. The brand offers everyday tanks, tees, hoodies, and caps for Big Fit Girls. Available in sizes up to 4X.
For almost 100 years, this independent company has been focused on providing comfortable and well-fitting bras to full-figured women. Available in sizes from 32B to 46H.
Shefit offers custom adjustable bras to fit every woman’s unique shape and size. I can personally confirm that the support of these bras is unshakeable—making the brand a popular favourite among other plus-size women I know. Available in sizing up to 46H.
Livi Active by legendary plus-size retailer Lane Bryant provides activewear and sports bras in a range of sizes. The sports bras are a popular pick, with maximum coverage for bounce-free, high-impact workouts. Available in sizes up to 48DDD.
Enell’s sports bras provide great support and comfort, while eliminating bounce. The brand offers medium- and high-impact bras in sizes up to 52GG.
Panache’s award-winning bras deliver maximum comfort and stability. Available in sizes up to 40GG.
Champion has a nice lineup of supportive and comfortable sports bras with features such as venting and compression. Available in sizes from 38C to 42DDD, depending on the style.
Goddess sports bras provide great comfort and stability, and are a great option for both fitness and leisure. Available in sizes 34C to 48I.
31. Elomi Energise
Elomi Energise is a popular pick among plus-size women. The new J-hook style lets you convert straight straps into a racerback style, making your bra super versatile. Available in sizes up to 38K.
Swimsuits for all is pretty much the authority in online plus-size swimwear because of its huge selection. I have ordered both bikinis and one-piece suits and love that I don’t have to compromise how I look and feel in a suit because of my size. Available in sizes up to size 24.
33. Lands’ End
Timeless brand Lands’ End offers comfortable, classic one- and two-piece swimsuits in sizes up to 26. Lands’ End landed on this list because it’s a name I hear pop up regularly in my groups as a great source for quality, stylish swimwear.
The folks at Nettle’s Tale know that swimsuit shopping can be an intimidating process. This company was launched from a crowdfunding campaign that went viral and surpassed its financial goal seven times over. I love this company not only because it’s based in my home city, but also because it makes swimsuit shopping that much easier for women of all shapes and sizes. Available in a variety of styles and sizes from SM to 4X.
35. Always For Me
Always for Me helps take the stress out of choosing a swimsuit by offering high-quality, affordable, and fashionable plus-size swimsuits in sizes up to 26.
Specialty Sport and Fitness:
Founded by my amazing triathlon coach, Meredith Atwood of Swim, Bike, Mom, Tri*Fe offers stylish, comfortable, and functional triathlon wear for a diversity of women—which, again, is a rare find. Available in sizes up to 4X.
When I was shopping for my wetsuit, it was beginning to look like open-water swimming wasn’t going to be possible because I couldn’t find a quality wetsuit in my size. And then I discovered Blue Seventy. Blue Seventy has “Athena” sizing for plus-size women—for example, a medium Athena is made for the same height as a medium, but for a larger weight range. I am now a proud owner of their Reaction Wetsuit. Available in sizes S to XL/Athene.
38. Water Ski World
Water Ski World Offers life jackets in sizes up to 4X—which is pretty difficult to find—so you can enjoy all kinds of water sports.
Columbia offers another difficult plus-size find: ski pants and base layer pants that fit well and are made of high-performance fabrics. Available in sizes up to 3X.
Lori’s Golf Shoppe is a globally recognized ladies’ golf online store offering golfing shorts, skorts, and tops. They have the biggest selection of golf apparel for plus-size women that I’ve seen out there. Available in sizes up to 5X.