9 Buys Every Curvy Running Fanatic Needs Right Now

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The rise of ‘sweatworking’ and all things ‘athleisure’ mean it’s now totally okay to wear Lycra 24/7. And in brilliant news for all you more practical fashion fans, Slick sportswear is the hottest addition to your wardrobe, whatever your size. After all, life is a lot more spontaneous in s-t-r-e-t-c-h-y pants than a pencil skirt.

But not all fit kit is created equal, and while many sports luxe styles may look the biz, they’re not necessarily built for a turn on the treadmill.If you’re thinking about actually working out in your workout gear, it’s important to choose certain elements – including your leggings and sports bras – with care.

The good news for curvy girls is that brands have finally woken up to the fact you don’t need to be a stick insect to enjoy pounding the pavements. Adidas, Nike, Fabletics, Regatta and M&S are just some of the brands offering activewear which passes the plus-size test.

And if you follow our guide, you’ll pick up some fitness bargains which work just as hard as you...

1. Serious Leggings



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More than just a fashion statement, the right running leggings are a crucial part of your daily kit and worth splashing out a bit more on. Look out for high waistbands, non-slip or anti-chafe fabric and sweat-wicking technology to keep you comfortable and dry – particularly important on longer runs.  

2. Statement Leggings

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For those times you find yourself jogging straight to the shops/work/the pub (come on, you’ve earned it!), a pair of more fashion-forward leggings could be in order. This season it’s all about clever mesh panels which flatter as well as tease with a flash of flesh: Keep your top half subtle and let your legs do the talking. 

3. Longline Vest Tops



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You should spend your run enjoying the view – not worrying about constantly pulling down your top or giving other runners a glimpse of your pants. Choose dipped hems, plus longer line vests and T-shirts that offer a bit of extra comfort and coverage, and go for wicking fabric, which draws sweat away from the skin to prevent underarm rubbing.

4. Fabletics



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Actress Kate Hudson might not actually know what a curve is, but her activewear range Fabletics is brilliant for bigger women, with sizes available up to XXL (UK 22-24). Plus, a new collection each month means there are always loads of fun designs to choose from.
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5. Waterproof



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An autumn must-have, a light waterproof layer will help keep you dry and motivated once the weather changes. Choose something with a hood and clever concealed pockets to stop your phone getting soggy, and extra safety points are awarded if you choose something in a bright colour or with glow-in-the-dark flashes: Drivers and pedestrians will be able to spot you if you’re running in the dark – which is good for everyone.

6. Sweat Bands



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Not just for fancy dress parties, every running kit needs sweatbands. They’re perfect for mopping your brow if perspiration or precipitation threaten to get in your eyes, and the good news is, styled the right way, they can actually look cool, too. Think more the Call On Me video rather than Mr Motivator, though.

7. No-VPL Pants



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Lycra legs = tight legs: So it’s worth thinking about what’s going on underneath. Avoid bulges under your leggings by choosing well-fitting laser-cut pants which, as well as avoiding unsightly vpl, have no seams to rub or irritate delicate skin.

8. The Right Trainers



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When it comes to running trainers, you get what you pay for. And if you’re serious about running, it’s definitely worth splashing out a bit extra to ensure your feet are supported and stable. Not only will good shoes be comfortable, they’ll also help avoid injury. Steer clear of pumps or canvas styles for any kind of high intensity exercise as they offer little or no support. Instead, try reputable running brands. 

9. A Slogan Water Bottle



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The perfect one-size-fits-all purchase. Send a message to the world with a cute water bottle, and the only question will be: What are you going to fill it with?

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