* Product provided for review purposes without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.
One thing that I've learned on this journey is that plus size activewear is hard to come by. Whether you're looking for yoga pants, moisture-wicking tops, or even a plus size sports bra, the sizes that many companies make aren't always true to size for a voluptuous, plus size body like mine.
Because of the struggle to find fitting plus size exercise clothes, I decided to do a little research. During my search, I came across several online plus size activewear shops, but one stood out to me: Juno®Active™.
So, why did Juno®Active™ stand out to me more than the other stores I checked out? Well, mainly because of founder Anne Kelly's story on how Juno®Active™ came to be.
I could very much relate with this story, as I, too, had issues finding plus size workout clothes that could wick away moisture and keep me comfortable during my workouts. At one point, I spent hours in stores searching for plus size fitness apparel and I found one—ONE—outfit that fit me properly! It was incredibly discouraging.It all started at a YMCA aerobics class in 1995. Founder Anne Kelly was busy breaking a sweat when she looked around the room and wondered where all the plus size women were finding good plus size workout clothes that weren't just made from cotton. She soon realized they weren't finding any good clothes built with technical fabrics or specially tailored for plus size women's bodies. Fresh from finishing her business degree in London, Anne was inspired to start a plus size activewear company to fill the gap in the activewear industry and meet the growing needs of active plus size women everywhere.
Luckily, Juno®Active™ ended up on my radar and after trying out some of their clothing for myself, I can honestly say that they're one of my favorite shops for plus size workout clothes! They carry yoga clothes, gym wear, and all of your plus size workout clothing essentials. They even have plus size intimate apparel, fitness shoes and swimsuits!
I was lucky enough to get my hands on their SoftWik™ Basic V-Neck Tee and a pair of their QuikWik® Leggings.
When the activewear arrived, I couldn't contain my excitement. I was just about to workout, so it couldn't have come at a better time.
Upon opening the package, my first impression was that the SoftWik™ Basic V-Neck Tee was so soft. At first, this concerned me. I thought, "There's no way this is going to keep me cool during a workout." I was wrong.
Like, super duper wrong. This shirt was incredible! I didn't feel uncomfortable a single time during my 30 minute exercise routine on my elliptical bike. The SoftWik™ Basic V-Neck Tee kept me comfortable and the moisture was absorbed just enough to keep me from feeling super gross. Also, it fit so perfectly and allowed for a breeze to hit my skin, cooling me down. I was seriously blown away by how amazing this shirt is, especially considering my first impression!
The SoftWik™ Basic V-Neck Tee is made with 89% polyester and 11% spandex. The SoftWik™ fabric is comfortable, light, and so soft. It's stretchy and it didn't cling to my skin, so it made for a comfortable workout. It dried very quickly, which I appreciated, and as an added bonus, it features chafe-free neck binding and costs only $53.95!
My first impression of the QuikWik® Leggings was that they could be worn with a casual top, too! Seriously, they're incredibly versatile. They fit me just right and even slimmed down my large, 16-inch calves, which is something not many clothes can do. Upon trying them on, I realized that the fabric is super stretchy but it doesn't cling to the skin. When I sweat during my workouts, the moisture is pulled away from the skin so that I stayed comfortable. The elastic band lies flat and doesn't dig into my sides and the seams are flat as well to reduce chafing.
The leggings are only $59.95 per pair and there are several different colors to choose from.
Two things I'd like to note are that fabric softeners can reduce moisture wicking ability so whenever you wash your top or your leggings, be sure to skip the fabric softeners. Also, check out the Juno®Active™ size chart before ordering to make sure that you're getting the best fit (in these photos, I am wearing an XL top and XL leggings).
I am so grateful to have found a company that actually cares about plus size fitness. Workout clothes for women are easy to find, but workout clothes for plus size women are not. Even harder to find are cheap workout clothes!
Luckily, Juno®Active™ has tops and leggings that are affordable.
No matter your size, workout clothing should keep you comfortable and dry. Whether you're going to yoga class or looking for women's gym clothes, Juno®Active™ has you covered.