Bent Johnson

Mar 03, 2023

13 Best Brands For Plus-Size Activewear

There are two categories of brands in the world of plus-size shopping: designated brands, like Torrid and Lane Bryant, make clothing with rolls, folds, and excessive boob sweat in mind, while more popular brands, like ASOS and Old Navy, have expanded to plus-sizes to accomodate more customers (but could still do better). If you need an excuse to buy more comfortable activewear then it’s important to note that different types of physical activity might require different workout wear. Gusseted leggings offer more stretch in the groin for extra-long Peloton sessions while athleisure dresses are both fashionable and convenient for Yoga to grocery store trips.

This list encompases all, taking you through the best brands offering plus-size activewear that actually fits well and feels good to wear.

A tried and true brand for plus-size people, Torrid truly flourishes with their activewear that offers workout selections in flattering styles and patterns. Whether you need a basic black set for everyday use, or you want to show off during pilates, Torrid has options available in sizes 10 to 30. If you’re a constant treadmill user and need the extra chest support their sport bras and bralettes keep larger breasts secure without side boob spillage.

Lizzo created this Fabletics-owned brand to “revolutionize shapewear” and offer premium activewear that doesn’t try to hide the body, but emphasizes it instead. This is shapewear in its finest with varying compression abilities to tackle any form of physical activity. The high waist shorts and leggings offer ultimate tummy control that keeps the band from rolling down. Lizzo is flipping the plus-size athleisure market on its head in one simple way; by categorizing size with bigger bodies first. Styles are available in sizes 6X to XS and made from eco-friendly, recycled materials.

This UK-based brand has become a favorite amongst both Gen Z and Millennial shoppers for their extensive styles and brand offerings. Including their namesake activewear brand ASOS 4505, ASOS stocks their online shop with brands like Adidas, Reebok, and South Beach, which all offer extended sizing from 0–28. Fashion trends constantly evolve, but ASOS keeps up with these changes by offering new styles regularly — you can find all you need in one place.

Lane Bryant stepped into the activewear market in 2015 with their Livi collection that includes workout selections in sizes 12 – 32. The brand is known for their bras, so of course they introduced designated athleisure bras that range from a size 32DD to 56H to the line as well. Their loose fitting tank tops and sleeveless hoodies pair best with a sports bra for epic cardio days or just a light yoga session in your living room. Whether you’re a big fan of color or like to keep it neutral, your wardrobe will welcome the additional sets.

One of the most inclusive athleisure brands, SuperFit Hero focuses on the plus-size community and offers activewear and swimwear in sizes L (12/14) to 7XL (40-42). When shopping through this brand, you’ll notice models with different body types that show how the selections fit larger bodies instead of leaving us to imagine it ourselves. Their SUPERHOLD collection is made to keep larger bodies secure when doing physical activity. That means no more excessive flopping of certain body parts while doing jumping jacks or jogging.

Halara, a women-founded brand, focuses on activewear that stretches without fear of losing its shape over time and soft interiors for cozy wear. The Everyday Cloud Dress (that comes with built-in shorts and pockets) is one of their best selling pieces for its fashion versatility as well as support for less intensive workouts like pilates, golf, or mid-day walks. Most of their styles are inclusive with the same products offered in both straight sizes (XS-XL) and extended sizes (1X-3X).

Every product on Girlfriend Collective explicitly details the number of water bottles, C02, and energy saved with your purchase, but their conscious business practices don’t stop there. The brand is popular with TikTok and Instagram influencers as well as everyday shoppers for their extensive size offerings (up to a 6XL) and colorful workout sets. Even if you’re not an active gym go-er they have styles available that add extra comfort to everyday living. Check out their racerback bra and compressive flare leggings for an easy work-from home look.

It’s time that the world recognizes Old Navy for what it is: a haven of fashion and affordability. When it comes to activewear you’ll find a variety of options with plus-size offerings available in the same styles as smaller sizes. Pullover hoodies and high-waisted joggers start at $24 and just a warning, the low prices might tempt you to fill your cart (you have our full support).If you’re already in the mood for shopping, keep going and check out their full plus-size section to update your wardrobe with, too.

Athleta offers athletic wear that somehow looks so sophisticated, you could wear it to work and nobody would blink twice. The selection includes options in sizes up to 3XL — consider the brand’s ankle pant for a comfortable and casual look that can be paired with a blazer or a sports bra (or both at once if you’re going for a Kardashian vibe).

Shopping in-store for plus-size clothing can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, Target simplified it, by offering specific styles and sections for extended-sizes – both in store and online. Their activewear line, All in Motion, is filled with plus-size leggings in different cuts and colors, the majority of which are under $30. If you’re looking for a wear-anywhere pair that comes in vibrant hues, look no further than the Contour Power Waist design. It has a classic cut and comes in bold coral, plum, and sage options.

If you need new leggings fast, go to Amazon (you really can’t beat two-day shipping). You’ll find brands like Adidas and New Balance in a few clicks, plus you can snag other popular styles, like the viral butt-lifting leggings that everyone obsessed over last year. The Seasum style offers sizes up to 4XL along with so many colors to choose from. Plus, they’ll highlight, not hide, your curves.

This leading fashion retailer knows the importance of good activewear – they even have a dedicated heading for workout wear shoppers. Nordstrom offers plus-size selections from brands like Nike and Girlfriend Collective, and their own private labels, Zella and BP. If you prefer shopping at one place for all your wardrobe needs, look no further. Also, take advantage of their virtual styling services for help picking a new workout set in your specific price and size range.

BeyondYoga’s super soft fabric is made of stretchy material that contours to the body as it moves, whether you’re going through sun salutations or completing afternoon errands. The site’s best-sellers include a racerback crop top that’s shaped to lie just above the brand’s biker shorts and leggings, unveiling just a smidge of skin. Their extended sizes are offered in 1X to 4X with neutral shades available year round, and seasonal colors launching regularly for sets you can mix and match or color coordinate.