Running is my favorite sport – until something doesn’t feel right. If my clothes don’t behave while I’m running and something rides up or causes chafing, I can’t run without being annoyed. If you’re curvy, like me, plus size running clothes are vital to your training. It’s important to find pieces that fit properly and can outlast years of washing. I always recommend trusted names that I love myself. I curated this list of plus size running clothes as a base reference. If you’re new to running, these are the pieces that are perfect to start your running wardrobe.
As a running Mom, I wear my running clothes all day – from errands to afternoon training runs. Style, functionality, durability and comfort were key to selecting this list.
10 Plus Size Running Clothes for Curvy Women
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1- Running Tights That Stay Put – Nike Power Epic Running Tights ($95) Nordstrom
Running tights are perfect for Fall and Winter running. I love that these are high rise, so they won’t roll as you run. The side detail around the ankle give them an edgy look. Do you see that wide waistband? That’s what you want!
2- A Tank to Keep You Cool – Racerback Running Tank ($34.95) Lane Bryant
Cotton is the worst to run in. You need a sweat wicking tank, like this one to truly keep you cool. The fabric will move with you and not stick to you as you run. The color block on this Lane Bryant tank is a nice touch too.
3- Shorts That Stay Put – Stretch Active Knee Short ($24.99) Lane Bryant
I always chafe between my thighs if I’m not wearing long enough shorts. If you look for tight shorts that fall right above the knee, they won’t ride up as you run. Plus, the high waist and compression will also help keep the short in place.
4- A Piece Top to Layer With – Nike Long Sleeve Pullover ($50) Zappos
When the seasons change, you want to be prepared with layers. This half zip is perfect to keep you warm as your run starts. Then you can unzip the collar and undo the thumbholes as you warm up. Wear a tank underneath it, so you can remove it after a few miles.
5- A Basic Top – Lucy Short Sleeve Workout Tee ($49) Zappos
You can’t live without a basic t-shirt in your running wardrobe. This one is sweat wicking and the Lucy brand is known for amazing durability through many washes.
6- A Lightweight Jacket to Protect Against the Elements – Nike Light Running Jacket ($67.50) Macy’s
This jacket is wind repellent and water repellent. I love to keep a jacket on hand if there’s any possibility of rain for my training runs. It’s also a great layer post-race when you need to stay warm. Plus, it’s got reflective details.
7- Sunglasses Designed for High Performance – Nike Running Sunglasses ($396) Nordstrom
I’ll admit – these are a luxury item. If you’ve ever run with basic sunglasses you know that they fog up immediately. These are designed for aerodynamic air flow to prevent any fogging. The optic lenses provide a clarity and have a sleek design.
8- Basic Capris – Champion Capri Leggings ($14.40) Kohl’s
Champion has a 360 chafe resistant technology to help prevent any friction. These are perfect from running to the gym or getting the errands done. I would buy several of these and keep them in rotation. It’s awful to need something that’s in the wash and you’ll wear these all the time.
9- High Performance Running Socks – Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Socks ($16) Athleta
I swear by Feetures to prevent friction and blisters. Even though the socks are low and don’t show, they stay in place. I don’t have to worry about any exposed skin and they provide cushion under the balls of my feet.
10- A Summer Running Skort – Athleta Stretch Skort ($54) Athleta
Athleta has a great plus size running clothes collection and this is one of my favorite pieces. It’s got an elastic waist, shorts underneath and zip pockets. Don’t be fooled from this photo. It comes in sizes up to 2x.
Did you just start running? Read my tips on Surviving Your First 5k to help you get started.