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Flattering running clothes do they exist?.

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Stingray2008 Sun 15-Jan-17 20:54:25

I have been running for about 6 months (not well but i try) and have been wearing leggings i got ages ago designed to hold everything in so to speak. The problem is they are getting a bit saggy in their old age and i need some more but everything i try on just looks awful. My fat legs and mummy tummy just look bad or i look like an overfilled sausage. Im size 16 on my lewer half and its so hard to find anything that looks ok. Any suggestions i asked somewhere else and was told to buy bigger but that just means ill be pulling them up every few steps.

Kirriemuir Sun 15-Jan-17 20:58:06

I got some decent kit from Asda today. You don't need to spend a lot.

Stingray2008 Sun 15-Jan-17 21:10:02

Thats where my last ones where from. Will have to investigate where has a big cloathing section as the one near me is tiny so doesnt do sports stuff. Do they still pull everything in ive been going to they gym for a year so they have lasted well.

Jointhejoyrun75 Sun 15-Jan-17 21:19:07

Gap fit is really good. Their tights hold you in and don't slip down on me.

MarvellousMycroft Sun 15-Jan-17 21:43:47

Personally I've found the different brands much the same, I've got expensive RonHill gear and cheapy stuff from the supermarket and not found much difference. If you want a more flattering look, it might be better to go for capri workout pants instead of leggings, as they have a looser cut. I think you can get them in M&S, but I'm sure they do them in places like sports direct. The important thing is to make sure they have a waist tie which is functional, rather than decorative, to hold them up around your waist, and a zip pocket - as some of the work out gear doesn't.

Other than that I have heard rave reviews about Lorna Jane at Debenhams being extremely flattering - but it's ££, and I've never felt like splashing out that much.

Victoria1083 Sun 15-Jan-17 22:21:33

Sweaty Betty - go for one of their reversible styles - perfect for this weather and guaranteed to give you a great silhouette. They are quite pricey but I haven't come across anything similar in other shops. I only have one pair of those but because of the reversable style it's like having two different pairs.
Otherwise, Nike Fit - they are not thick but have a great shape and are extremely comfortable. Absolutely the best for any workout. Personally, I don't find Gap fit leggings good on me - the fabric is too stiff compared to Sweaty Betty for example.

OverByYer Sun 15-Jan-17 22:24:32

I buy Nike leggings. They are a bot more expensive but they hold their shape and last ages.
I've had my current pair for 3 years.
I'd avoid karrimor and cheaper makes as they sag.

StainlessSteelButtercup Sun 15-Jan-17 23:09:20

My best running leggings are Nike. They are supportive, breathable, and don't fall down (always reassuring when you're running...). I look for them discounted on Amazon.

JudithTaverner Sun 15-Jan-17 23:10:14

I wear Nike running tights too - just the black ones. They're flattering and don't fall down.

Stingray2008 Sun 15-Jan-17 23:11:12

Karrimor look horrendous on me i look like ive forgotten my skirt or something. I never seem to loose weight on my legs (very wobbly thighs) even though i walk marathons and have been running for a while. My boobs and everything above my waist get tiny buy the lower part is all joggly so dont look great in spray on looking leggings!!

CallarMorvern Mon 16-Jan-17 00:02:46

Asda gym leggings, fabric is nice thick and supportive, plus a nice wide waistband. Also bought a nice bum covering hoodie from Primark, it has mesh panels and thumbholes ( I love thumbholes!), but their leggings were too thin.

Bensyster Mon 16-Jan-17 07:36:53

I think it's a case of trying on loads until you find a pair you like. I tend to invest quite a lot of £££ in my exercise gear - it generally lasts for years and years. I think with running gear you really do get what you pay for but no brand is universally flattering to different leg/bum shapes. Don't buy a size too big, pulling up leggings is beyond annoying and a saggy fabric around your arse never looks good.

Bensyster Mon 16-Jan-17 07:45:06

And tight running tights look good everyone - I think VPL can look a bit iffy - (I go commando) but generally and I don't understand why but I have never seen a person in running gear who looks bad regardless of their size.

AuntieStella Mon 16-Jan-17 07:47:43

Try TKMaxx - I've had some great finds in there, and they usually have a good range of sizes.

Decathlon always worth a look too.

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Mon 16-Jan-17 07:50:55

Try men's tops as they are longer
Sainsbury and Asda have tops with a drawstring so the bottom of the top ( 😂) stays under your jelly belly

I speak from experience. I also often wear my fluorescent jacket tied around my waste when feeling exceptionally fatty bum bum

Size 14/16 bottom and top and only 5 ft so I run/roll like a weeble

empirerecordsrocked Mon 16-Jan-17 08:00:31

I'm a 16 - I mostly wear cropped tights from adidas - they last for ages, a good few years and very flattering.

CMOTDibbler Mon 16-Jan-17 08:01:12

Buy bigger leggings with a drawstring. In fact, never buy any running leggings without a drawstring! Mine just slither down without one

I'm a fan of skapris - the capris with an attached little skirt. They cover up your bum and swoosh over the mum tum and camel toe area. I've got a few pairs from Aldi, and just acquired some goregous merino ones on ebay from a company called Ashmei.

For tights, I like my RonHill winter ones, an Asics pair (which I retrofitted with a tie, super easy to do), and an Under Armour pair best.
I've got some nice winter tops from Hind (can only find them on ebay) which are cut well, and cover tum and bum without clinging.

I'm contemplating a top from Veil which is intended as modest wear, but I like the coverage (I get a cold bum for some reason)

cherrytree63 Mon 16-Jan-17 08:06:52

Decathlon have a very good range of running gear. The running clothes are branded Kalenji but a lot of their fitness range is suitable, long vests and looser pants with a drawstring.
Sometimes if I'm short of time I go to my running club straight from the stables and run in my jodhpurs which have a zip and clasp and do have a bit of "roll control".
How about black running tights and some brightly coloured socks to draw attention away from your thighs?
Some of the ladies wear a skort over their tights which is quite flattering.

Lovelybangers Mon 16-Jan-17 09:51:38

I like Bam running leggings. The enduro range are very thick and hide any lumps and bumps.

No drawstring in mine though which I resolve by tucking in my top.

BAM

Mrsmaudwatts Mon 16-Jan-17 10:09:06

Mountain warehouse! The grey/navy isocool are fab. Thick, stay up, hold in your tummy, wash great. Nearly always on offer. I tend to size down but I like them really tight. Can't fault them and cheap too.

StainlessSteelButtercup Mon 16-Jan-17 13:59:12

YY to wearing your flouro jacket around your waist! I've done that for ages. grin

OP, how important is the technical/functional side of your running gear to you right now?

I know when I first started I really didn't care and just wanted comfort and modesty, but as I've become more committed to running I've sudden started caring about dri-fit, super breathable whatever in a way I'd not really noticed before. My favourite leggings have switched as a result, from a super-comfy pair of UnderArmour all-sport leggings to a more all-out running legging from Nike with firmer fabric and a waist tie.

paperandpaint Mon 16-Jan-17 19:24:05

I have some Salomon running leggings and they are amazing and far more flattering than capri or knee length ones if you are chunky in the calf like me!

Salomon is a fairly pricey brand but mine have been worn and washed constantly and have even survived many an encounter with brambles.... I wear with them a cross back long waisted Nike vest that covers the bum. Sweaty Betty is good as is LuluLemon but the latter is eye wateringly expensive.

A good running shop should have loads of brands you can try and many of last season's styles which will be reduced but definitely try the proper brands. As soon as I put my salomon leggings on I looked as if I had dropped a dress size on my bottom half.

Ponks Mon 16-Jan-17 23:06:53

I like M&S for leggings, substantial and don't fall down. Then a longer length but technical material t shirt (think mine are Nike) and a running jacket.

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