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These Size-Inclusive Activewear Brands Know Everyone Should Feel Badass While Working Out

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

By sixth grade I was well over 150 pounds. Since then I’ve been a myriad of sizes from plus to average to plus all over again. Every single time my frame has come to find itself in the plus size zone, I’ve had inner and outer panic attacks about shopping.

Even today with stores like Torrid and Forever 21 rocking a plus size section, it can still be hard to find fashionable plus size clothing, especially plus size activewear. Stores and brands act like women with curves are totally okay working out in big grubby sweatpants. Excuse me, we want to look fabulous too, honey! Thankfully these brands have realized that women of all sizes should get to sport activewear that is anything but basic. Check out these picks that will make you and your curves feel totally badass when you hit the gym.

Fabletics is relatively still a new company, but it’s doing wonderful things in terms of activewear. Around since 2013, they’ve built their brand on being all-inclusive and it shows. Just take a look at this hot Cashel hoodie that has a relaxed fit and breathable fabric. Two things every woman can enjoy during a workout.

Fabletics Delta Seamless Top

Whenever you can rock activewear in your everyday life like it’s no problem, that’s a win. This nylon top from Fabletics can be your workout buddy during the week, and then easily transform into a cute weekend top for a date come the weekend. Oh, did we mention it comes in five colors? Time to stock it up!

No one wants to go to the gym in basic sweats they lounge around in at home. We’ve established that. Instead, opt for a pair of these Fabletics leggings. Their secret weapon is their compression power to give you that extra hold during your gym time.

We are 100% obsessed with this Fabletics pullover. The tunic style gives it a little something more than the other sweaters in your closet. Again, you can totally wear this elsewhere. It’s not just an activewear look. It’s an everyday look!

Many have been sleeping on the deals Rainbow Shops has going on. That includes this Queen Boss hoodie. Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re owning the kingdom when they step into the gym? They even have royal sweats too if you want to have the whole outfit on lock.

There isn’t a rule that says you can’t show some skin when you’re in your activewear. These slit leggings show just enough to leave them wanting more. It’s like a fun peep show on the elliptical. If you’re wondering what to pair them with, this shoulder cutout hoodie is perfection.

Is anyone else a sucker for these sort of trippy colored leggings like I am? If so, Rainbow has them in blue, lime and pink. So have at it. Just don’t forget the matching hoodie to make it a complete set!

We told you, we’re here to elevate the sweatpants and we feel like these camouflage sweats do the trick. You can pair them with your running shoes or even a pair of heels like they’re shown here. They’re yours to do with as you wish.

Forever 21 used to be the one store I would not go into by myself because I felt judged. Then they started to get inclusive and my anxiety was eased. With that, I am absolutely living for these faux leather leggings that are out of this world, literally. You can get them in classic black but may we suggest these platinum silver ones that will have you looking like a gorgeous space traveler?

When you’ve got a lot of extra booby baggage, finding a bra to workout in can be an uphill battle. Not with this comfortable and stylish bralette. That’s right. It’s a hot fashion item that serves a serious purpose; two birds with one stone.

@forever21

Not everyone wants to wear leggings or sweatpants when they work out. We get that and feel you. That’s why we are all about these bike shorts. Whether or not you want to wear them biking is on you, but we must say they look like a comfy necessity for every woman’s wardrobe.

Being active isn’t always about staying on land. Sometimes it’s fun to hit the water and look good doing it. That is exactly how you’ll look when you rock this Baywatch inspired bathing suit the next time you’re in for some wet and wild movement.

Nike has been an activewear innovator. They got their plus size on and even introduced a workout hijab into the mix. They’ve figured out—at no shock to the rest of us regular folk—that being inclusive just makes sense, and they’re making clothing for all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds. That includes this running vest that could double as a nice winter’s day piece.

If you don’t want to rock a vest while running and want something that’s a bit looser, check out this long sleeve top that comes in a variety of colors. We have a feeling you’re not going to be able to get just one.

Of course, you can’t go running without some bottoms, and these shorts are too cute to pass up. Don’t they remind you of something they would’ve worn on Saved by the Bell? Time to get retroactive, heavy on the active!

Torrid was basically the plus size Hot Topic when it rolled into malls in 2001. Over the years it’s become its own entity and matured in style, thankfully. It hasn’t completely shed its pop culture love, but it’s not as angsty anymore. Now it’s got grown fierceness, which is why this Fierce tank is just what we want to rock at the gym. The mesh detailing on the neckline and sides transforms this tank into one hell of a piece.

See, we told you Torrid was still happy to rep the pop culture. That’s why Potterheads can get their sweat on with this amazing Harry Potter themed sports bra.

Remember, we want your leggings to make a statement. With these Galaxy ones, you’ll have those around you seeing stars. In a good way. If you get these leggings, make sure to get the matching bra too.

It’s hard to walk away from anywhere without a little Hello Kitty in your bag, right? That’s why this tank is currently sitting in our cart ready to make its way to us.

Debshops is an amazing site if you’re a plus size queen looking for a one-stop shop. They have it all. No really, they do. I had to stop and send the link to some of my besties. They just had to see all Debshops had, including this chic AF drawstring hoodie.