15 Budget-Friendly +Size Activewear Designs

by Mariah Carrillo

Stylish workout wear can make heading to the gym a bit more enjoyable, but for those who are on a tight budget, affordable plus size activewear isn't always easy to find. Whether you're looking for a full figure sports bra strong enough to lock down a large bust during kickboxing class, or just trying to find a cute and comfy pair of plus size active leggings for your yoga practice, individuals who wear larger sizes are often forced to pay a premium for workout clothes in extended sizes. There's nothing worse than going shopping for gym wear, only to find all the designs in your size are less fun and more expensive than similar straight size offerings.

Don't worry though; there are quite a few inexpensive plus size workout styles available if you just know where to look. No matter whether you're looking for simple, functional basics to keep you comfortable while you sweat, or unique, on-trend pieces to make your activewear wardrobe as stylish as the rest of your closet, there are options out there that will have you looking and feeling fabulous without breaking the bank. So, if you're looking to upgrade your workout wear this season, check out these fifteen affordable plus size active styles that mix the best of form and function for less than you might expect.

1. The Little Details

Halife Cutout Tunic Top (Sizes S - XXL), $18, Amazon

Upgrade your yoga practice with this soft, relaxed tunic. The longer shape is great for layering with your favorite leggings or sport shorts, while the sweet raspberry shade and cute cutout details make this piece pretty enough to wear outside the gym, as well.

2. Make A Splash

Champion SmoothTec Capri Legging (Sizes 1X - 4X), $23, Amazon

Look cool while staying comfortable in these patterned leggings from Champion. The cropped capri length and moisture-wicking fabric make this style ideal for summer workouts, and a wide, smooth waistband protects against chafing and rolling.

3. Secure Support

Rainbeau Curves Jenna Sports Bra (Sizes 1X - 4X), $28, Amazon

Get pretty support for low impact workouts in this fuschia and black zip-front sports bra. The racerback style and wide shoulder straps offer a secure fit without sacrificing comfort, and the breathable cotton fabric will keep you feeling cool and relaxed, even in the sweatiest hot yoga sessions.

4. Asymmetric Ombre

Penningtons ActiveZone Asymmetric Tee Shirt (Sizes 0X - 5X), $36, Amazon

Personally, a little jolt of color helps me muster the energy to head to the gym, even when I'm feeling less than excited about working up a sweat. If you feel the same way, you just might love this heathered tee, with an asymmetric hemline and vibrant, ombre motif for maximum style motivation.

5. Wake-Up Call

Pink Lotus Aloha Vibes Dolman Top (Sizes 1X - 3X), $32, Amazon

Waking up early on the weekends for that barre class you love but usually skip won't seem quite so difficult with this bright, cheerful top to get you in the mood. The oversize, dolman shape and super-soft modal fabric are the height of easy comfort, too.

6. Love And Light

Balance Collection Lightweight Yoga Hoodie (Sizes 1X - 3X), $19, Amazon

Sometimes, when your muscles are just warming up in the morning, you might want a light layering option like this soft patterned hoodie to keep you cozy. Light enough to pack away easily in your workout bag, but substantial enough to provide just the right dose of comfy coverage, this top just might become your new activewear staple.

7. Graphic Appeal

Pink Lotus Contrast Performance Legging (Sizes 1X - 3X), $38, Amazon

Maximize your athleisure outfit potential with a pair of graphic leggings that will look just as good out and about running errands as they will at your favorite spin class. The candy-colored geometric pattern is accentuated with bold black accents for dramatic contrast.

8. Zip It

Glamorise High Impact Zippered Sports Bra (Sizes 32D - 46G), $45, Amazon

Another bright zippered sport style, this sports bra offers a wide range of band and cup options so you can find the ideal fit for your body. Lined cups help control bounce and adjustable straps allow for an even better, customized fit. Plus, this style is machine washable, so you'll get great support without the fuss.

9. In The Band

Crush Seamless Skinny Yoga Pants (Sizes S - 3X), $14, Amazon

Say goodbye to chafing during high-impact workouts with this soft and seamless pair of athletic tights. Printed with a fun, abstract pattern in your choice of sky blue, petal pink, or lime green, these leggings also boast an extra wide contrast waist so you be sure that this style will stay in place, no matter what your workout entails.

10. Easy Essentials

Belle Donne Scoop Neck Yoga Tee (Sizes S - 3X), $12, Amazon

Every closet needs a few dependable essentials, and your gym wardrobe is no different. This extra long scoop-neck top is an upgraded version of the basic tee, created from a light, soft cotton blend and offered in a rainbow of color options, so you can buy one in every hue your heart desires.

11. Faded Florals

Calvin Klein Performance Crop Legging (Sizes 1X - 3X), $42, Amazon

There's no reason you can't look pretty while sweating like a beast. These sweet crop leggings will upgrade any workout with a dreamy watercolor floral print and decorative shirring on the back of the legs and the waist. A hidden runner's pocket allows you to tote the bare necessities without extra bulk.

12. Standout Performance

TEMA Active Yoga Tank (Sizes 1X - 3X), $40, Amazon

This cute and comfortable easy-dry tank is perfect for even the most intense activities. The drawstring waist keeps your shirt in place through inversions and headstands, so you don't have to worry about tugging down your hem. The mesh inset racerback detailing allows for extra breathability, and the wide selection of colors and prints allows you to customize your look.

13. Sugar Skull

JOYHY Print Yoga Capris (Sizes S - 4X), $14, Amazon

It can be hard sometimes to find great plus size leggings in all the fun, printed styles that are readily available in straight sizes. That's why I was so excited to find these JOYHY leggings, which go up to a 4X, and come in a veritable slew of unique and fun patterns and colorways. Plus, they have pockets! It doesn't get much better than that.

14. Sweet Simplicity

Marc New York Performance Dolman Tee (Sizes 1X - 3X), $32, Amazon

Maximize your layering potential with this light, sheer top in a seafoam water lily print. If you love a little extra coverage, throw this piece on over a simple, sporty tank. Or, if you have a favorite sports bra you've been wanting to show off, the burn-out fabric allows for a subtle glimpse of what's underneath.

15. Great Lengths

GENx Camo Print Compression Shorts (Sizes 1X - 3X), $12, Amazon

Show off strong thighs and avoid chafing in these fun, patterned compression shorts. These are an especially great solution for plus size runners or cyclists trying to beat the summer heat, but anyone can enjoy the easy convenience of this playful style.

Every body deserves to look good and feel great, and cute activewear can help you do both. If you love great style (and great bargains), these 15 fashionable plus size workout styles will have you feeling fierce on any budget.

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