Flattering exercise wear?

(45 Posts)
VisitorTheDog Sat 27-Apr-13 23:26:54

I'm overweight, big boobs, csection tummy and starting to exercise for the first time in a long time. I know I'm not going to look great but why are all sports tops short, tight on the tummy and high neckline? Even going up sizes doesn't seem to help. Trousers are either a foot too long or skin tight capris...

Can anyone recommend anything/where? I've ordered from Sweaty Betty but am not really hopeful.

NaturalBaby Sat 27-Apr-13 23:30:51

What are you going to be doing? I think Yoga tops might be a bit longer in the body, and more flattering. I used to just wear bit old cotton t-shirts and capris to the gym (don't go any more!). My rule was baggy top and fitted trousers or vice versa.

PetiteMum Sat 27-Apr-13 23:30:54

I bought nice normal t shirts from tkmaxx....

VisitorTheDog Sat 27-Apr-13 23:34:49

Well Couch25K to start with. I'm thinking normal tops too but longer ones seem far and few between as well at the moment.

snoworneahva Sat 27-Apr-13 23:48:40

With the tight stretchy trousers - buy a pair that aren't see through - that don't look semi flesh coloured around the butt apart from your knickers - you need a good honest friend to help you with this.
A line across your butt at the back of said trousers will make your butt look more pert, less flat and saggy.
A good bra, a really good bra will make all the difference. I usually wear Enell, boobs are flattened and don't budge, I never have to think about bounce.
I have been wearing the same sports gear for 6 years now, I bought good flattering stuff and even though I changed size from 14/16 to 8/10 I still wear the same tops, the trousers I have changed on a whim. Invest in quality - see through trousers are hideous.

NaturalBaby Sat 27-Apr-13 23:52:46

If you're just going out for a run then there's nothing worse than trousers flapping round your ankles. Go for matt leggings and second a very good bra.

worried90 Sun 28-Apr-13 00:07:47

Nike vest tops from sports direct. Racer back but more flowy at bottom. Will try to find link, I am size 16 with big boobs and they fit and flatter

worried90 Sun 28-Apr-13 00:09:58
timidviper Sun 28-Apr-13 00:14:05

I found some track suit bottoms at Asda that are the old fashioned jersey material and bought mens polo shirts at Sports Direct because lycra does nothing for me, I'd look like a Michelin advert!

worried90 Sun 28-Apr-13 00:16:15

Forgot half my post! If you search nike jersey capris in google they tend to be looser. I've found anything with a drawstring waist tends to be baggier

BallerinaZeena Sun 28-Apr-13 00:29:02

Try Sweaty Betty

BallerinaZeena Sun 28-Apr-13 00:29:31

Shit. Didn't read the last line

<< too much wine >>

Trill Sun 28-Apr-13 00:56:28

You're not supposed to look good when you are exercising. You are supposed to look sweaty and crap. If you see anyone who looks good just console yourself with the thought that they are probably not trying hard enough.

That said - where are you getting trousers that are a foot too long? I want longer ones! smile

Sweaty Betty is great but pricey.

If you live near a Decathlon try there. I have just visited a large one (abroad) and it was packed full of lots of great stuff at very good prices. I could have stayed there all day and nearly did.

VisitorTheDog Sun 28-Apr-13 22:44:23

Thanks everyone, hadn't thought about Decathlon, will give it a try. I suppose I just want to make it so that clothes are not an excuse not to go. One less excuse!!

FrugalFashionista Mon 29-Apr-13 07:32:36

I've bought from Decathlon and Sweaty Betty and prefer the latter as they are full of tiny body-flattering tricks and details (yoga leggings are extra-high-waisted to support wobbly bits; tops are ruched and cut just right). Decathlon have a huge array of clothes but a lot of what I saw was synthetic and I'm not wearing my Decathlon shorts very often.

However, the bamboo exercise clothes from BAM are my all-time favorites - they feel really lovely on and the company is ethical... Have worn a pair of their running leggings nearly every day this year and no pilling or fading so far and they've kept their shape too.

Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 07:39:45

I order brands from John Lewis.
I wear capris. (Skin tight or they'll be uncomfy) and then vests. I don't like too low tbh.

In summer I wear shorts.

Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 07:42:14
Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 09:55:16
Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 09:59:30

I just got this for pump too
Its very long - almost too long for me. Plus depsite its appearance, wicks sweat

hortensemancini Mon 29-Apr-13 10:55:20

Someone remind me what the best sports bras for 34 DD norks are, please? I'm literally bewildered at how rubbish M&S sports bras are now. It's as if they've got the candidates from The Apprentice to design them as a team task.

slug Mon 29-Apr-13 11:47:48

Shock absorber. I have 34 GG norks and nothing moves in them. Don't get the shock absorber run bra though unless you are seriously flexible. I have to get DH to put me in and take me out of the damn thing.

Nehru Mon 29-Apr-13 11:52:38

Agree. The halter neck one was appalling.

For non bouncing around classes I like the marks padded racer back one

HazleNutt Mon 29-Apr-13 14:21:39

Run bra is the best and I'm not really that flexible. Could not manage the new Gym bra though.

Branleuse Mon 29-Apr-13 14:26:02

Marks and spencers do a brilliant sports bra thats black and leopard print.
High impact. Its fab.

I wouldn't spend a huge amount on workout gear- try tk maxx- as in my experience, however much you wash stuff with sports wash or vinegar, eventually it will smell of sweat even when clean! But do buy a good bra- shock absorber are fab.

hortensemancini Tue 30-Apr-13 14:22:24

Thanks! I'll give Shock Absorbers another go. Do they fit true to size? I've tried on several M&S sports bras lately but either they have no support at all and just mash my norks together for an attractive 'bum cleavage' effect, or else they have that weird plasticy moulding inside that makes it look like my bosooom starts halfway down my chest and juts out like a shelf. I can almost feel the sweat pooling clammily thinking about them.

(Why do M&S insist on putting so much padding and underwiring into DD+ sports bras, anyway? I'm going to the gym, not a nightclub.)

PiHigh Tue 30-Apr-13 14:36:39

I have a Royce sports bra and a Freya Active one. Actually I have two of one but I can't remember which!

I think it's these trousers I have www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-mf-3s-tight-ld21-346011 and I'm short - I tuck about an inch up at the bottom.

Tops are just cheapy wide strapped summer vest tops from Sainsburys, Republic and Primark as they seem to have more length.

madmomma Tue 30-Apr-13 19:36:51

Sorry to hijack OP but does anyone have a solution to bouncing bellies? Once I strap my norks down they don't move, but my saggy belly bounces up + down and as well as being profoundly unattractive it's very uncomfortable. Is there a pair of running leggings that will support the hideous flab pillow?

cardoon Tue 30-Apr-13 19:40:04

Try a Primark tummy control vest madmomma

madmomma Tue 30-Apr-13 19:41:46

Ah thanks cardoon are they long? I've got that post csec apron that flops just above my knicker line.

cardoon Tue 30-Apr-13 19:44:24

Yeah, quite long, they have adjustable straps

RayofSun Tue 30-Apr-13 19:48:03

I agree with the Sweaty Betty proposal. I tried loads of different brands but theirs is comfy, flattering and feminine. It is pricey but worth it. I would look in the sale as reductions are pretty good.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 30-Apr-13 19:52:01

I'm a 30G and have never found a better bra than the Enell - rock solid, but you can't wear a low-cut top as it comes up quite high.
Actually, I quite enjoy the novelty of wearing a 'normal' t-shirt for once!

For workout gear, I bought long short-sleeved t-shirts from Dorothy Perkins a few years ago. Haven't found ideal bottoms yet - I don't have the knees for tight leggings but feel passé in bootcuts (still wear them though!) i did find some cotton yoga pants in TK Maxx and they're comfy but, again, flappy.

Panache sports bra. Used to wear shock absorber but Panache so much better. Am largish norked.

KristinaM Tue 30-Apr-13 21:58:18

The shock absorber run bras are small on the band. I'm a 30F and I have to buy a 32E.

Yeah, Shock Absorber Run is teeny weeny in the band - when I've been wearing 32G in everyday bras I've worn a 34FF and it's very snug. Very disappointed in Enell - thought they'd be the bee's knees but the support for me is on a par with the Run without its racerback done up. The whole point was that I can't do the racerback up due tea frozen shoulder so front-fastening would have been spot on. But the point is that sports bras are really personal, and absolutely essential to feeling comfortable (within reason!) when exercising.

OP, exercise kit is my one exception to the rule of wearing v or scoop necks - bit of one is okay, but anything deep is going to reveal either bra or very high, very squashed cleavage, neither of which is a good look! I have Nike and Adidas tips with a bit of a v, pretty nice but a bit old now!

I'm a fan of the Freya underwired sports bra - it also runs small in the band (seems to be common with sports bras!) I buy my usual "letter" but one band size up

VisitorTheDog Mon 06-May-13 22:41:02

Somehow I managed to miss all these replies, thank you! Will take a look at the suggestions smile

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Mon 06-May-13 22:44:32

I find my adidas running tights really flattering. I look good even when I'm at my porkiest. Unless my mirror is lying to me.

VisitorTheDog Tue 14-May-13 09:46:02

Ooh maybe I need to try those, the sound of the word 'tights' scared me off that type originally but maybe I need to be brave. My main problem is finding tops long enough though!

Rosepetal27 Mon 15-Jul-13 13:02:42

Has anyone tried Fittamamma?

I have been wearing their support top for the last 3 months whilst exercising and they are brilliant! and flattering to!
Here is the website www.fittamamma.com/
I really recommend it to anyone who is exercising when pregnant, and they say you can wear it all post pregnancy as well, which is good, something about supporting your tummy after pregnancy etc.

cardamomginger Mon 15-Jul-13 13:08:49

You can get technical running t-shirts, that have the cut and fit of a normal t-shirt - so not massively high on the neck and not that tight. If you want something with a longer length, you could try a man's technical running t-shirt. Will be a bit longer and a bit looser.

I really wouldn't recommend going for 'normal' t-shirts. You need a technical fabric that will wick away the sweat, otherwise you will feel so yucky within about 1 minute.

And second Shock Absorber for bras.

She Runs has some good stuff:

carrie74 Mon 15-Jul-13 13:56:02

I can't bear anything loose when I'm exercising as it starts to chafe after a while.

Another vote for Sweaty Betty plus other good brands - the technology in these things is proven to keep you cooler, and fit well. I wear Ronhill capri and long leggings when I'm exercising. Must have had them for about 7 years and still going strong with no signs of wear. Also worth looking on ebay for Sweaty Betty - lots of people buying it and then never actually working out.

Allthingspretty Mon 15-Jul-13 14:11:43

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