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The Best Plus-Size Workout Clothes for Women, According to Active Women

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If you’ve been leaning hard into your at-home workout routine lately, you might have noticed that your favorite sports bra is stretched out or that you need more than two pairs of leggings now that you’re washing everything in your kitchen sink. While the options for plus-size activewear used to be somewhat limited, there has been a boon of stylish, size-inclusive brands in the last few years. As fitness influencer Chasi Jernigan puts it: “Caring for your body does not stop at a certain size,” and now more brands are recognizing that.

To find plus-size workout clothes for women that are both comfortable and supportive, we talked to Jernigan and 11 other cool women in fitness about their favorite leggings, shorts, sports bras, and other activewear that’ll get you through your next yoga livestream (and sometimes even double as loungewear on your rest day). Read on for their favorites at a variety of price points, which we’ve sorted by style of garment and supplemented with some Strategist-approved pieces to round out the list.

Best plus-size workout leggings for women

Three of the women we spoke to mentioned the Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket Leggings by name. “The Salutation leggings are the best I’ve ever worn, hands down,” says Jessica Rahil, a yoga instructor and body-positivity advocate who is hosting a free livestream yoga class every Wednesday while she is unable to teach in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The material and waistband hug the body perfectly,” she explains, adding that the material is entirely opaque without feeling overly restrictive or thick. The leggings go up to a size 3XL and are also available in tall and petite sizes, so they’ll fit a range of heights in addition to sizes. Jernigan is another fan, saying that “the stretch fabric allows you to move unrestricted.” Curve model Tatiana Lewis also loves these leggings, especially their pockets (which can fit a phone) and high-rise waist that she says offers full, comfortable coverage.

“I live in my Old Navy leggings,” says Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst. Lewis also likes these “super-affordable” leggings, which she says are always “eye-catching and go up to a size 4XL.” And with the sale price, they’re basically buy one, get one free.