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I received this email from a SY reader late last year:
First things first – I love your daily instagram of what you’re wearing, so inspiring! Has expanded my wardrobe no end, AND without spending a single $ – thank you!
Now to where I do need to spend money … gym gear
Where I work out most of the girls wear a (popular global brand). Alas the brand doesn’t fit so I’ve feeling like the poor relation wearing my department store gear … cotton sleeveless tops and below-knee leggings from discount department stores.
What I need is some “curvy” girl gym gear please that is NOT pure plastic, as I do sweat and they need to fit, particularly in the bum area.
I’m a size 16FF boobs – menopause was NOT kind, however, I’ve found a couple of imported sports bras that work well for the girls.
I wear size 18 pants – most exercise gear manufacturers (in my experience) seem to stop making exercise gear after size 14.
Any ideas on brands to look at please – either in person or online? You’re assistance in this area would be greatly appreciated.
I sent this reader in the direction of Female for Life and she replied a few days later:
Dear dear dear Nikki,
The pants are BRILLIANT – voluptuous size is perfect, and the Fit Top – size Curvy – also FANTASTIC.
In my new gear, I felt like a million dollars … highly motivating AND I’m told I look heaps thinner (sure felt it). It’s amazing what some quality, correctly sized gear will do for a girl.
I’ve sent a wish list for more Female for Life gear to my Kris Kringle provider! Thanks heaps for the advice
I’ve left out this reader’s name and brand names but this was a real email and a real solution.
Just because a woman might be sized 14 and over doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to look and feel the part while exercising.
I’ve been a fan and buyer at Female for Life for a couple of years now.
It was the fact that this store doesn’t stop its collection at size 14 (they offer sizing from 6-24 making them very much an inclusive activewear label) that drew me in but it was the quality and the fit of the products that have seen me “add to cart” since.
My details are saved so ordering is easy and the parcel usually arrives in two-three days.
Remember last year when I featured the yoga/pilates harem pant and top, shot on location at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat? These were sent to me to trial and I’ve more than trialled them, wearing them weekly up until summer kicked in.
I can’t wait to get them back on rotation this autumn and winter.
I felt the part that weekend and now I feel the part every time I step out the door for a walk or to head to yoga in my Female for Life activewear.
My weekly exercise routine is not hard-core. It can’t be because of my health (I have a thyroid auto-immune condition called Hashimotos and learned the hard way that getting slammed in a personal training session was the worst thing for my immune system – you can read more of the back story here.).
So while I may not be a candidate to run marathons or compete in Iron Woman triathlons like a couple of my girlfriends, I am an everyday chick who feels good when she exercises at a pace that suits her body.
You are already accustomed to my superficial ways so it won’t surprise you to know that wearing activewear that looks good helps me to feel good.
The clothes I wear while exercising help motivate me to stick to the little routine I’ve developed for myself.
I’m not an early morning person. I’ve had to become one to fit exercise into my day. Part of that motivation to get up and get going is waking up and seeing my gear on the floor next to my bed.
There’s no stepping around it. I don’t think. I just get dressed and get out the door.
The other important factor is that it’s not just about looks. Yes, looks come into it for me but comfort has to weigh in massively as well.
There is nothing more frustrating that going for a walk and constantly having to de-wedge your pants, or pull them up. Or both. I don’t suffer from either when wearing my Female for Life pants.
Breathability is important too. I sweat. Especially when it’s super hot and humid where I live by 6am
The fabrications used by Female for Life move with you and they stand up to any punishment you dish out during your exercise routine. I’ve not experienced any pilling at all – and I’m far from having a thigh gap (a crazy new idea that has women believing they need to have a gap between the top of their thighs to be beautiful and fit) so that area is alway ripe for a bit of pilling.
My pieces include fabrications of Supplex (feels as comfortable as cotton yet doesn’t fade, pill, or lose it’s shape, even after numerous washes. Odour, stain and water resistant it is quick drying and keeps the bodies temperature stable) and Merrell (soft to the touch fabric that is lightweight, breathable and stretchy).
The collection is hand stitched in a family business in Brazil – adults working for a real wage for their trade.
It’s only available online but if you find out your body shape – and which pieces are more likely to suit you – as well as measuring yourself against the size chart, you can’t go wrong.
Sizing is labelled from Petite to Bella and equates easily to Australian and international sizing. I wear the Curvy size which is size 14-16.
Tips for choosing activewear:
- Choose activewear to suit the activity. Think about the main activities you do. This will help you to choose what you need most. For me, my yoga and walking gear crosses over a lot, which makes it easier.
- Have a collection of gear that most suits the climate where you live. If it’s cold, you’ll need to add long pants in to your mix. In Queensland, I mainly where pants that come to just below or above the knees.
- Ditch the big t-shirt and choose tops that are streamlined. They don’t have to be super tight but if they skim the body it is a much more flattering look. Less is more. Just like in swimwear.
- Layer. I tend to layer a couple of tank-style tops over a sports bra. A bit like layering a stretch cami underneath a tee, this seems to help with minimising any muffin-top goings on.
- Choose a sports bra that offers the support your girls need for the activities you do. I walk and do yoga so don’t need the same level of support I would if I were a runner.
- Like buying a pair of jeans, buy your pants on the firm side. They need to fit you securely (while still being comfortable) to avoid falling down.
- If your budget allows, have at least two sets (or more) of activewear that make you feel good. That way you always have a set ready to go … no excuses.
Styling You and Female for Life has an activewear outfit (your choice of a top and pants, excluding jackets) to give away to one lucky reader.
To enter, answer this question:
What’s your favourite activewear piece at Female for Life and how would it motivate you to keep active in 2014?
Entries open on Tuesday, February 11 at 5am (AEST) and close on Tuesday, February 18 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
Female for Life is offering a $15 discount for new customers. It applies to items not on sale and can’t be used inconjunction with any other offer. Enter myfirstorder at the checkout.
* The above featured garments are a combination of pieces gifted for this post and bought by myself just because I can’t get enough Female for Life in my life. The photos were taken before we moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.
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