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Where I Buy Activewear | Wardrobe Oxygen

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

One of the crucial in style questions I’m requested on Instagram is the place I purchase my activewear. And I haven’t written a submit about it as a result of my reply is just not thrilling. I’m 5’three” which has me between common 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 within the Wild Wild West of girls’s attire sizing, not all Larges are created equal. On prime of this, I’ve a big bust (36F) so I carry out greatest with each help and protection. My activewear assortment has been cobbled collectively from a number of sources.

Why and The place I Put on Activewear

Virtually each weekday morning I’m going to a health club the place I weight practice and infrequently go on a treadmill.  A few occasions every week, I may go to a special fitness center the place I’m going on the elliptical, sometimes a motorcycle, and typically extra weight coaching.  On weekends I journey my bike with my household – nothing hardcore, however sufficient that I do higher in activewear than road garments.  As soon as every week I’m going to yoga. I search for activewear that may work for all of those events as an alternative of distinctive merchandise which have a single objective.  I like enjoyable activewear, however I often stick with black, grey, the occasional pop of colour in order that the items may be worn a number of occasions, by way of the entire yr, and never be so memorable anybody realizes I typically wash and rewear the identical items greater than as soon as in every week.

The place I Purchase Activewear


Zella is an in-house model from Nordstrom that gives common 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 if you do a squat), the match (no sliding down due to my booty), and the sturdiness (I’ve pairs two years previous which were washed and even dried dozens of occasions and nonetheless look superb). Zella is usually on sale; search the model after which 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, high quality, and elegance.

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


I’m going to activewear, slender down by the kind of merchandise I’m on the lookout for, my measurement, after which I filter from least expensive to costliest. I typically discover activewear, particularly exercise tops, on sale at Nordstrom for lower than $35 they usually’re good manufacturers. I sort this earlier than going to the fitness center in a sleeveless grey wicking t-shirt with the Nike emblem on the entrance that I obtained at Nordstrom for about $14. Many discover Nordstrom costly, however it’s all about the way you store the retailer.

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


I store the identical means at Macy’s. Select activewear, then I often select “all activewear” after which my measurement. Then I filter from least to costliest. I discover Macy’s to be extra hit or miss with high quality than Nordstrom, however I nonetheless have a number of tops and shorts from there that I scored and ridiculously low costs which have held up properly. Their model Ideology has cute exercise tops for lower than $15.

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In a pair of blue leggings I discovered at TJ Maxx (have no idea the model anymore) and displaying the unwell 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 because of lack of sizing, however continued as a result of it doesn’t profit my pockets. I’m going in a retailer and really feel I ought to depart with a purchase order to justify my drive and search and sweaty hair from the Frito-smelling becoming room session. I purchase what works, however I don’t essentially love. So 99% of my clothes purchases are from on-line… and that 1% is often activewear from TJ Maxx. I stick with manufacturers I’ve heard of – no want for fancy manufacturers like Sweaty Betty or Outdoors Voices however names I do know like Underneath Armour, Gaiam, Reebok. TJ Maxx is nice for leggings and capris and light-weight unfastened tanks and sleeveless tees for underneath $20. I don’t attempt to discover stylish or fashionable, however I’ve 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 providing plus sizes. Don’t go anticipating to fill a drawer with decisions, however you might discover one, probably two gems.

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


Once I need one thing to suit and be useful I’m going to Athleta. In depth buyer critiques, affordable measurement vary, detailed descriptions, and items which have fashion but perform. Their choices transcend leggings and exercise tops to gear nice for particular actions and outside excursions as much as measurement 2X.

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

Previous Navy

I’ve just about written off Previous Navy for clothes. At 44, I discover the standard 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 vary, and superb costs. I don’t LOVE Previous Navy, the match isn’t good for my curves they usually typically appear so as to add bizarre particulars for curiosity simply cheapens the piece and makes it much less efficient, nevertheless it’s a superb place to go for an honest pair of leggings at an honest worth.

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Common Commonplace

Earlier than I modified sizes, Common Commonplace was my JAM for activewear. The standard is stellar, the fashion is minimalist stylish, the match is superior. Nevertheless, at my present 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 approach you might inform it was so worn was as a result of the printed label inside wore away a bit. The highest stayed saturated, no drugs, no snags, no thinning, so change in form or weight. The leggings are equally nice high quality. We frequently search for the bottom worth, however with regards to issues like activewear that will get so crushed up with use and washings, it might show less expensive to purchase high quality that may survive longer.

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Core 10 by Amazon

I had the chance to attempt a free pair of Core 10 leggings over a yr in the past. They proceed to be my favourite leggings in my drawer. Good and thick, holds their form. They’ve stayed saturated black, haven’t gotten fuzzy regardless that they aren’t washed with care, and the wrap fashion waist (the model I obtained) 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 “construct your personal” yoga pant legging which let me decide size 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 as much as measurement 3X and lots of variations come briefly and tall choices.

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The place I Purchase Sports activities Bras

I’m all the time on the seek for an awesome sports activities bra. To date in 2019, my favourite has been this one by Freya. I prefer it a lot I simply ordered a second one to make use of when the opposite is within the laundry. As a result of I’ve a big bust, I don’t put on conventional sports activities bras and search for types with extra bra of particulars from retailers recognized for designing for a big bust. Naked Requirements and Nordstrom are my two go-to retailers for respectable return insurance policies, broad vary of manufacturers, and buyer evaluations.

Exercise Sneakers

I’ve one fallen arch, and ft that usually match higher in a shoe field than an precise shoe.  I want a shoe with arch help, a roomy toebox, and a shoe that’s comparatively straight.  I like buying at Zappos and Nordstrom as a result of the return insurance policies are good and there are many evaluations to know higher what I’m ordering.  My third favourite is Dick’s Sporting Items as a result of they’ve a surprisingly assorted choice, good delivery and returns, and sometimes the bottom worth on-line. I’ve probably the most success find arch help and help usually from Asics and Brooks.  I’ve stopped looking for fashionable or “cool” sneakers as a result of foot ache is means much less cool and impacts my want to train.  My two most up-to-date exercise sneakers I’ve owned are:

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

  • Brooks Ricochet Operating Shoe: That is my present sneaker.  It does not have as a lot arch help because the ASICS nevertheless it has a number of cushioning whereas additionally providing ankle and foot help.  They provide a lot cushioning treadmill days aren’t as dreaded as they was.  With these, I went with probably the most ridiculous colour mixture obtainable.  Nonetheless not fashionable or going to get compliments… nicely truly they do as a result of fellow fussy ft individuals will cease me and praise me on my shoe selection as a result of they too love Brooks!  I obtained mine at Nordstrom, I additionally discovered them at Zappos.
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On the fitness center sporting a “Objective Weight: Robust AF” tee (hyperlink to purchase it at Amazon) and my favourite Fabletics leggings (not obtainable, they have been referred to as the powerform leggings), and my present weightlifting gloves. iPhone case is from Baublebar

The place I Have Not Had Luck…

I do not love sharing unfavorable evaluations as a result of my miss may be another person’s hit.  Nevertheless, I do know lots of you will have comparable physique varieties and this will likely help with narrowing down decisions:

  • Fabletics: Considered one of my absolute favourite pair of leggings is from Fabletics.  They’re so cozy and a cute print.  That being stated, each different factor I’ve gotten from Fabletics has match me terribly.  I’ve thick thighs, an ample booty, a decrease stomach and the leggings are simply too straight they usually find yourself sliding down whereas additionally suffocating my calves.  Their sports activities bras, even the excessive influence, are not any match for my chest.  Their tops are actually meh, additionally straight minimize and even with all of the offers I do not assume well worth the cash.  Fabletics is nice when you have a smaller bust, for those who’re extra straight or pear-shaped, and when you’re on the lookout for enjoyable activewear that does not value a kazillion dollars.  Every thing is method cheaper in the event you be a part of, and it is comparatively straightforward to cancel by e mail/chat.
  • Knix: I really like Knix’s boyshorts and have a number of pairs, however the whole lot else I’ve tried from them, together with their Catalyst sports activities bra, have been a disappointment.  I hate to confess that as a result of I really like the corporate, however I feel the material is simply too simply stretched out.
  • SHEFIT: I had a number of readers ask me to evaluate the SHEFIT bra.  I bought the SHEFIT Final Sports activities Bra. I feel it is terrible.  It is heavy and such a cumbersome contraption.  The velcro catches on my exercise tops.  The bra does help, nevertheless it provides an terrible bizarre bust form, it is lumpy underneath exercise tops, there is no means I am going to put on it and not using a shirt over it as a result of it appears like a posture help product or a part of a Kevlar vest.  You are able to do higher.

Now I’d like to listen to from you! The place do you store for activewear? What are nice assets on your particular wants? Your suggestion could also be precisely what one other lady must really feel nice throughout her subsequent exercise!

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