Images: Target/Taking Shape/Female for Life.
Despite the ever-rising popularity of this clothing category, it can still be challenging to find stylish fitness gear outside of a six to 14 size range. Which is ludicrous, because exercise isn’t restricted to women of specific shapes or sizes — it’s for everybody and every body.
So, if you’re on the hunt for some fun new gear to run, lift, stretch and sweat in, here are some of the brands that offer sizes over 14 that can be purchased in (or shipped to) Australia — for a range of budgets.
We’re not the only ones obsessed with Target’s cool, affordable activewear — The Biggest Loser host Fiona Falkiner is also a fan. “A lot of the stuff I wear are from shoots that I wear til they run out, and then I stock up with Target!” she told The Glow.
Most of the brands sold at Target, including Active and Giaan by Spalding, run to a size 18 and sometimes 20 There’s also a small collection called Belle Curve Active, with leggings and tees from size 16-26 (and all for just $25 each — score).
Although it doesn't have a dedicated activewear line, you can pick up some great workout-friendly leggings, hoodies, track pants, tees and sweatshirts through ASOS' Curve range. The sizes on offer start at 18 and are available up to a 30 for some items. Prices are also very wallet-friendly — for instance, their cropped leggings are $17 while a full-length pair is $38. Niiiiiice.
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Running Bare's "Plus Size" range is full of striking, colourful fitness clothes that go up to a size 22 (and 24 for some items). The line includes crop tops, leggings in varied lengths, shorts, tees and swimmers for ladies who like to lap. Our pick of the bunch? The power print tights — who could resist zebra-striped legs?
Female for Life
Two pieces of good news: Female For Life offers fitness wear from size six to 24, and a number of these items are currently on sale (go! Run!). Their designs cover everything from yoga to cycling, and are bloody cute — we love the sleeveless hoodie with leopard print panels and the yoga 'skorts' and culottes. Hey, not everyone wants to wear leggings while they're in downward dog.