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Where I Buy Activewear | Wardrobe Oxygen

Sporting a cropped tank from Athleta (not out there) with pants from Sweaty Betty (measurement L), a cap from ASOS, and Brooks sneakers

One of the well-liked questions I am asked on Instagram is the place I purchase my activewear. And I haven’t written a publish about it as a result of my answer is just not thrilling. I am 5’three” which has me between regular and petite sizing, and I put on a 14 in pants, 12 in some denims. This makes me often a Giant in activewear, however we’ve all discovered in the Wild Wild West of girls’s attire sizing, not all Larges are created equal. On prime of this, I have a big bust (36F) so I perform greatest with each help and protection. My activewear assortment has been cobbled collectively from a number of sources.

Why and Where I Wear Activewear

Virtually each weekday morning I go to a health club the place I weight practice and infrequently go on a treadmill.  A couple of occasions every week, I may go to a unique health club where I go on the elliptical, sometimes a motorcycle, and typically extra weight coaching.  On weekends I experience my bike with my family – nothing hardcore, but enough that I do higher in activewear than road clothes.  As soon as every week I go to yoga. I search for activewear that may work for all of these occasions as an alternative of distinctive merchandise that have a single function.  I like fun activewear, but I often keep on with black, gray, the occasional pop of colour in order that the pieces may be worn multiple occasions, by way of the entire yr, and not be so memorable anybody realizes I typically wash and rewear the same items more than as soon as in every week.

Where I Buy Activewear


Zella is an in-house brand from Nordstrom that gives regular and plus measurement activewear at an inexpensive worth. I’ve tried a number of types of their leggings and like the load (no going sheer whenever you do a squat), the match (no sliding down due to my booty), and the sturdiness (I have pairs two years previous which were washed and even dried dozens of occasions and nonetheless look superb). Zella is usually on sale; search the brand and then go by worth and you may typically discover their live-in leggings at 30-40% off in some last-season colour or element. Even full worth, Zella is well worth the worth for the match, quality, and elegance.

woman with hands in her pockets smiling white standing in front of an adult tricycle

Sporting a Nike prime and Brooks shorts, both I discovered on sale at Nordstrom with a Dagne Dover fanny pack and the Brooks sneakers mentioned under


I go to activewear, slender down by the type of item I am on the lookout for, my measurement, and then I filter from least expensive to costliest. I typically discover activewear, especially exercise tops, on sale at Nordstrom for less than $35 they usually’re good brands. I sort this earlier than going to the fitness center in a sleeveless grey wicking t-shirt with the Nike emblem on the front that I obtained at Nordstrom for about $14. Many find Nordstrom costly, however it’s all about how you store the retailer.

woman in pink activewear sleeveless top and black leggings standing and staring at the camera

Sporting a clearance prime I found at Macy’s a yr in the past with the Core 10 leggings from Amazon I talk about under and Brooks sneakers


I shop the same approach at Macy’s. Select activewear, then I often select “all activewear” after which my measurement. Then I filter from least to costliest. I find Macy’s to be extra hit and miss with high quality than Nordstrom, however I still have a number of tops and shorts from there that I scored and ridiculously low prices that have held up nicely. Their brand Ideology has cute workout tops for lower than $15.

woman taking mirror selfie in blue leggings and lifting her shirt to show her sports bra

In a pair of blue leggings I found at TJ Maxx (have no idea the model anymore) and displaying the ailing match and bizarre contraption that’s the SHEFIT bra (reviewed under)

TJ Maxx

I don’t store in brick and mortar shops typically. It began resulting from lack of sizing, however continued as a result of it doesn’t profit my pockets. I go in a retailer and really feel I should depart with a purchase to justify my drive and search and sweaty hair from the Frito-smelling becoming room session. I purchase what works, but I don’t necessarily love. So 99% of my clothing purchases are from on-line… and that 1% is often activewear from TJ Maxx. I keep on with manufacturers I have heard of – no need for fancy manufacturers like Sweaty Betty or Outdoors Voices but names I know like Underneath Armour, Gaiam, Reebok. TJ Maxx is nice for leggings and capris and light-weight unfastened tanks and sleeveless tees for beneath $20. I don’t attempt to discover chic or fashionable, however I have some superb leggings in strong colours, some with sheer panels which might be years previous and price about $18 at TJ Maxx. Do observe, the bigger your measurement the smaller the choice. Additionally, some TJ Maxxes aren’t nearly as good about offering plus sizes. Don’t go expecting to fill a drawer with decisions, but you might find one, probably two gems.

woman in black crop top and magenta leggings flexing her muscles

Sporting these Athleta leggings and a not out there prime from Athleta with Brooks sneakers and Adidas ball cap


When I need something to suit and be practical I go to Athleta. In depth buyer evaluations, affordable measurement range, detailed descriptions, and pieces that have type yet perform. Their offerings transcend leggings and workout tops to gear nice for specific actions and outside excursions as much as measurement 2X.

woman taking mirror selfie flexing one bicep

Sporting a prime from Previous Navy (not obtainable) at the health club

Previous Navy

I have just about written off Previous Navy for clothes. At 44, I discover the quality and match are extra misses as an alternative of hits. Nevertheless, I nonetheless rock their activewear. Respectable high quality, constant match, on-trend types, good measurement range, and superb prices. I don’t LOVE Previous Navy, the match isn’t good for my curves they usually typically seem to add weird details for curiosity simply cheapens the piece and makes it less effective, however it’s a great place to go for an honest pair of leggings at an honest worth.

Universal Normal

Earlier than I changed sizes, Common Commonplace was my JAM for activewear. The standard is stellar, the type is minimalist chic, the fit is awesome. Nevertheless, at my current peak and measurement, I discover all of it too lengthy and tall for me. However I had one prime I wore twice every week, which meant I washed it twice every week, for a yr. The one method you might inform it was so worn was because the printed label inside wore away a bit. The top stayed saturated, no tablets, no snags, no thinning, so change in shape or weight. The leggings are equally nice quality. We frequently search for the bottom worth, but in relation to issues like activewear that will get so crushed up with use and washings, it might prove cheaper to purchase high quality that can survive longer.

Core 10 by Amazon

I had the chance to attempt a free pair of Core 10 leggings over a yr ago. They continue to be my favorite leggings in my drawer. Good and thick, holds their form. They have stayed saturated black, haven’t gotten fuzzy regardless that they aren’t washed with care, and the wrap type waist (the version I acquired) is flattering and stays in place even when it’s leg day and my coach has me do nothing however squats. Amazon has a number of variations, I did the “build your own” yoga pant legging which let me decide length of leg and sort of waistband; this particular legging is $44 with Prime delivery and returns and a part of Prime Wardrobe. Core 10 goes up to measurement 3X and lots of versions come briefly and tall options.

Where I Buy Sports Bras

I am all the time on the search for an awesome sports bra. Up to now in 2019, my favorite has been this one by Freya. I prefer it a lot I simply ordered a second one to use when the opposite is in the laundry. Because I have a large bust, I don’t put on traditional sports bras and look for types with more bra of details from retailers recognized for designing for a large bust. Bare Requirements and Nordstrom are my two go-to retailers for respectable return policies, broad vary of brands, and customer critiques.

Workout Sneakers

I have one fallen arch, and ft that normally fit better in a shoe field than an actual shoe.  I want a shoe with arch help, a roomy toebox, and a shoe that’s relatively straight.  I like purchasing at Zappos and Nordstrom because the return insurance policies are good and there are plenty of evaluations to know better what I am ordering.  My third favourite is Dick’s Sporting Goods because they’ve a surprisingly various selection, good delivery and returns, and sometimes the lowest worth online. I have probably the most success find arch help and help generally from Asics and Brooks.  I have stopped looking for fashionable or “cool” sneakers as a result of foot ache is means much less cool and affects my want to exercise.  My two most up-to-date workout sneakers I’ve owned are:

  • ASICS GT-2000 6 Operating Shoe: The arch help on these are superb, so much it took some getting used to.  However completely value it. This shoe is available in quite a lot of colors, I selected all black considering it will look more neutral but assume fun colours might look extra hip.  I purchased it at Nordstrom and it’s now bought out but I discovered it on Nordstrom Rack, at Dick’s Sporting Items, and in addition on sale at Amazon for less than $75.

  • Brooks Ricochet Operating Shoe: That is my current sneaker.  It doesn’t have as a lot arch help as the ASICS nevertheless it has a whole lot of cushioning whereas also offering ankle and foot help.  They provide so much cushioning treadmill days aren’t as dreaded as they was.  With these, I went with probably the most ridiculous colour combination out there.  Nonetheless not fashionable or going to get compliments… properly truly they do as a result of fellow fussy ft individuals will stop me and compliment me on my shoe selection because they too love Brooks!  I obtained mine at Nordstrom, I additionally found them at Zappos.
woman taking mirror selfie with one arm flexed to show her biceps

On the fitness center sporting a “Goal Weight: Strong AF” tee (link to purchase it at Amazon) and my favourite Fabletics leggings (not obtainable, they have been referred to as the powerform leggings), and my current weightlifting gloves. iPhone case is from Baublebar

Where I Have Not Had Luck…

I don’t love sharing destructive critiques because my miss could be someone else’s hit.  Nevertheless, I know lots of you might have comparable physique varieties and this will likely assist with narrowing down decisions:

  • Fabletics: One among my absolute favourite pair of leggings is from Fabletics.  They’re so cozy and a cute print.  That being stated, each different factor I have gotten from Fabletics has fit me terribly.  I have thick thighs, an ample booty, a lower belly and the leggings are just too straight they usually end up sliding down while also suffocating my calves.  Their sports activities bras, even the excessive influence, are not any match for my chest.  Their tops are really meh, additionally straight minimize and even with all the deals I don’t assume well worth the money.  Fabletics is great when you’ve got a smaller bust, in case you’re more straight or pear-shaped, and in case you’re on the lookout for fun activewear that doesn’t value a kazillion dollars.  Every little thing is approach cheaper for those who be a part of, and it’s comparatively straightforward to cancel by e mail/chat.
  • Knix: I love Knix’s boyshorts and have several pairs, but all the things else I have tried from them, including their Catalyst sports activities bra, have been a disappointment.  I hate to confess that because I love the corporate, but I assume the fabric is simply too easily stretched out.
  • SHEFIT: I had several readers ask me to evaluation the SHEFIT bra.  I bought the SHEFIT Final Sports activities Bra. I assume it’s awful.  It’s heavy and such a cumbersome contraption.  The velcro catches on my exercise tops.  The bra does help, nevertheless it provides an awful weird bust shape, it’s lumpy beneath exercise tops, there’s no means I’ll put on it with no shirt over it as a result of it appears like a posture help product or part of a Kevlar vest.  You can do higher.

Now I’d like to hear from you! Where do you store for activewear? What are great assets in your specific wants? Your suggestion may be exactly what one other lady needs to really feel nice throughout her next exercise!

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