First I'll say I don't like those cut-out tops on just about anyone. I have lost some weight-more to go-but when heavier in the winter I always wore sweats and sweatshirts. They were comfortable and I had no problem with them. In the summer I have graduated to Danskin (sometimes other brands on sale) and stretchy tops, but sometimes wear regular T-shirts with the pants. Good luck to you. You do feel better when you look better.
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I typically workout in a pair of capris and a tank top (usually old navy). If you're in Canada, check out Addition Elle - they're FINALLY come out with a decent active wear line. It's a bit pricy, but I've got some good shorts and tanks from them.
BUT, I find it's near impossible to get proper, technical clothing in plus sizes. I'm talking about what you'd find at MEC/REI, merino wool base layers, wicking tops, etc. Cotton is terrible to workout in, it holds in moisture, and if you're doing something outdoors, you can get quite chilled because of that.
Hubby and I enjoy hiking and kayaking, but I can't find any proper clothing that comes in my size, so I'm constantly having to wear gross sweaty clothes that stay wet forever!
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I wear loose fitting vented walking shorts with stretchy tank tops from K-Mart or Walmart -- very inexpensive and can be easily disposed of when I replace them with smaller sizes (without throwing out a ton of money). You can find more of these types of shorts in larger sizes in Men's Wear BTW. Nobody notices the difference if you buy colorful ones.
I haven't looked at Target in ages. The last time I looked the selection was very poor, but things may have changed. Since fitness clothes/shoes tend to motivate me I try to splurge a little and I usually buy pants from Lane Bryant or Junonia. I like yoga pants and yoga capris. They aren't baggy, but they don't tend to bunch or constrict either. For tops, I just wear an old t-shirt but a good sports bra. My current sports bras are from Junonia, but I've used Champion in the past (before I was breastfeeding). I find wearing too loose of clothing makes me feel hotter and sweatier, though. When I first started going to the gym a decade ago I wore sweatpants (because they were all that would fit) and I remember how hot they would get. Thank Gods for wicking materials!
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I usually wear a pair of longer shorts and a tank top or t-shirt, or I wear a pair of danskin snug capri's and a tank top or t-shirt... I'm focused on the exercise, not what I look like. I just wear what's comfortable.
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I usually wear shorts and tops. I have had the same workout clothes for years and they are still in pretty good shape, I prefer to wear loose fitting clothes so I can be comfortable while I am exercising.
I've tried Kohls, but as of now, I've never had an article of clothing from Kohl's be long enough either in pants or shirts so I don't bother even looking there now. I do like Old Navy, but the downside is that plus size can only be ordered and returned online. Lane Bryant is extremely expensive for what you get, although sometimes their clearance stuff is a good deal. Walmart is hit or miss in plus size clothes, but when it's there it's a good deal. Target is good for people who wear 16/18 or smaller. Sadly, most of my favorite workout clothes came from Fashion Bug, which is gone now. I think it depends on what you're looking for too. For example, because of spine issues I can't wear anything that has compression, so I need regular knit clothes. Most places tend to carry compression clothes now, which does make it harder for me to find what I'm looking for.
I had the same problem when I started working out. I got everything at Kohls, but tried on everything before I bought. I started at a 16/18, which was XL tops and bottoms, the tops were always a little too tight. At home, I wear large mens shirts, but I found out you can't wear those at the gym since it gapes open at the top when you bend down. Also for shorts, I found the womens to be too short, so I either buy capris or I will go to the mens section and get mens shorts, they are much longer.
I really love Old Navy's workout clothes. The XXL and XL sizes have worked for me. I've bought several bottoms, tops and a jacket - all fit very comfortably and I got them at a great price (one of their big sale weekends).
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I like the Danskin bottoms, they come in many styles, but not the tops. The tops seem to fit a bit to snug even in a 3X . You can get them at any WalMart. I do also like the compression bottoms from Old Navy.
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I have been buying the Champion stuff at Target since I started really exercising (probably around 250 pounds). I was in the XXL for sports bras and yoga pants. Tank tops I would get at Old Navy. For me, I had a hard time wearing loose clothing because I felt like it was getting in the way. I certainly didn't like how I looked in the tight workout clothes but they *felt* better to me. I am still wearing the Target stuff, but I finally went down to XL and even L!
The only thing I would like, but can't afford, is a better sports bra. Being a DDD when I started (and a D now) has made it painful to run or do anything bouncy. And if I see my reflection in the mirror at the gym.... Oh boy. lol not pretty.
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A lot of my workout clothes come from Old Navy. I'm a size 16/18 and very large chested and the XL pants and XXL tops fit me well. They also have plus sizes online and there are a lot of options (they're having a sale right now, actually). Lane Bryant also has a nice collection of activewear, but it's too pricey for me.
I do, however, like the compression pants, which do seem a bit snug, but I find them very comfortable for working out and they seem to shape your legs. I often wear a slightly looser top. But, like I said, there are a number of options for different cuts on the pants and tops. For me, wearing nice looking gym clothes that make me look put together is actually quite motivating.
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Hi! I was about the same weight as you when I began to work out. Was somewhat sad those cute workout clothes didn't come in my size (3X) and if I did find a plus size the "athletic fit" was to snug to exercise in! Perhaps manufactures don't believe in us big girls working out because we are Not Already thin and fit! Same as you, Baggy knit shorts/sweats and top. I Did however promise myself cute workout set as a Reward when I become thin enough to fit in one!
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6/2/14 2:54 P
What do you wear to work out in? I typically wear a very baggy t-shirt and sweats. I am not happy with my body yet. I have lost 20 lbs and 5 inches in my waist. I want to buy some work out clothes but I do not want something that shows every nook and cranny. Any suggestions?
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