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Try not to worry too much about 'proper gear'. I first started running in a pair of bog standard jogging bottoms from fat face and a t shirt. I bought a good pair of running shoes a couple of weeks in, but didn't buy my first 'outfit' untilI I'd already completed couch to 5k.
If it has to be cotton, then you're better off looking in the leisure wear section of a supermarket/sports shop/high st store, rather than all things specifically meant for gym/running. Running gear tends to be technical fabrics, which is often a sweat wicking type of polyester - it's comfier to wear when you sweat and doesn't feel the same as cooking in a polyester day dress in hot weather. So if you stick with it, you might feel like you'd like to try this at some point.
Only other tip is to try not to wear anything too flappy around your legs, as extra fabric can get in your way. If you're not confident enough for leggings, at least choose something with cuffs.
Many thanks for all the replies. I have tried some technical fabric leggings and top and I couldn't stand the feel of it on my skin (I'm weird, I know). I wore it to my exercise class where I get extremely hot and sweaty (I tend to go for it in class) and I just felt really hot and yuck with the tight material on me. They were supermarket brand so maybe I need to spend more.
I'll stick to my comfy stuff for now and not worry about how I look.
I hate anything too tight and restricting around my middle due to my c section scar...so some days when I run i wear some Capri style jogging bottom style trousers from Primark that were less than £10 and wore very well considering. I'm a 16 too if that helps
As a PP says it doesn't have to be "proper" sportswear. It is hard to get natural fibre sportswear that doesn't cost a lot. Yoga brands might be worth a look, or perhaps get cotton (non sport) T shirts. The synthetic stuff is actually better for keeping cool IME.
The This Girl Can adverts, with ordinary-shaped women doing sports, are good inspiration!