40 of the Best Plus-Size Fitness Brands You Need to Know
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 comes in a variety of sizes. For plus-size women, there can be many barriers to approaching fitness-but getting geared up should not be one of them.
Until recent years, activewear wasnt 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. We sweat, grind, and give it to all of us, just like everyone else, yet-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 ' I was lucky enough to try myself-we do not have to do with oversized cotton shirts and sweatpants. Our time has come to shine at the squat rack in a 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.
Superfit Hero believes that strong, confident women can change the world. The brand is not only size-inclusive but also focused on performance. 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.
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.
R-Sport is the founder of CJ Riggins. to buy fitness apparel simply because of their sizing was not offered. R-Sport makes overall fitness apparel and triathlon gear. As a triathlete in a larger 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.
K-Deer is best known for its leggings that come in colorful stripes and other funky prints. The brand uses high-quality fabric, so pacts are fit and are really durable. Available in sizes SM to 4XL.
6. 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.
GAME by US is a modern collection of high-performance 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 handle your toughest workouts. Available in sizes 10 to 28.
Active Zone is designed by one of the biggest plus-size retailers in Canada. For a long time, it's 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.
9. Active Truth
Active Truth was founded by two new Moms who promote loving and taking care of your body. The Australian brand is best known for its signature high-waist tights. Available in sizes up to size 3X.
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.
12. Hyba by Reitmans
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.
13. Skirt Sports
Skirt Sports founder Nicole DeBoom is an ex pro-athlete. On the run one day, she saw her reflection in a window, felt completely uninspired by what she was wearing, and decided to create a running skirt. Skirt Sports has 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.
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.
16. 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.
17. Katie K
As a fitness trainer, Katie Kozloff women's stories and opinions on what was lacking in the activewear industry. Katie K Active combinations fashion, performance, and fit for women in a variety of sizes. Available in sizes up to 3X.
18. 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.
19 . Lola Getts
Lola Getts offers classy and simple workout basics, always keeping the top of mind. The pants are comfortable and will not be chafed or worn out between the legs, and I really love the unique seaming down the back. Available in sizes 14 to 24.
20. Just Curves
Founder Yolanda Williams' personal frustration with active apparel for plus-size-branded herring. Just Curves is the best known for its innovative, supportive bodysuit, the Oneder Suit, among other apparel. Available in sizes 14 to 28.
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.
RBX offers fitness essentials in a variety of modern prints and styles. Often when apparel, the RBX does a great job of staying true to its modern look across all its sizes. Available in sizes up to 3X.
23. Big Fit Girl
My brand, Big Fit Girl, is all about smashing stereotypes and making a bold statement. We know how to 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 favor among other plus-size women. 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 the 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.
The folks at Nettle's Tale know that swimsuit shopping can be an intimidating process. This was a viral and surpassed goal of his 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 much easier for women of all shapes and sizes. Available in a variety of styles and sizes from SM to 4X.
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 , stylish swimwear.
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 look and feel in a suit because of my size. Available in sizes up to size 24.
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.
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Founded by my amazing triathlon coach, Meredith Atwood of Swim, Bike, Mom, Tri * Fe offers stylish, comfortable, and functional triathlon wear for a variety 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 was not going to be possible because I could not 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. / 191
38. Water Ski World
Water Ski World Offers in 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-sized 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 largest selection of golf apparel for plus-size women that I've seen out there. Available in sizes up to 5X.
I hope this list helps you enjoy your fitness pursuits with confidence and comfort. I have researched over 100 retailers from all over the world who are dedicated to helping women. There are too many to list in this article, but if you're interested, you can download my comprehensive guide here. There are many more great brands to know!
Louise Green is a plus-size trainer, the founder of the fitness program Body Exchange, and author of Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have. Follow: Instagram @ LouiseGreen_BigFitGirl, Twitter @ Bigfitgirl, Facebook @louisegreen.bigfitgirl