Mamavation Monday: big girls want to look cute too

Sometimes fitting into workout gear is like squeezing into a toy plane

Ok, so it’s not Monday…but I started writing this on Monday :)

This post could also be called Fashion Fascism in the Fitness industry or Fitness Fashion Industry Fail: a story as old as time of how the fit keep the wanna be fit from looking and feeling good. How is a size 14 person suppose to get fit if they can’t fit into the cute clothes like everyone else….

I fluctuate from a size 10 to a size 16 at my biggest. This depends on my fitness routine as well as what hemisphere I am in. In America clothing tends to be sized smaller than in New Zealand. So something that is a 14 in NZ would be a 12 in Canada or the US.

Clothes go along way in making you feel good.

Clothes make the (wo)man and motivate. If you look good, you feel good.

It is every wonan’s right to look and feel fabulous. I’m not hating on slimmer people, I just think fitness clothing needs to be inclusive to everyone.

A person who wants to lose weight is likely to be body conscious. Going into a shop that either has your size as the absolute largest (14) or doesn’t have your size at all is likely to make you feel hopeless. Why is the workout fashion industry ignoring women who are above the average size 14? Don’t they know that some size 6, 8 and 10s started out as size 16, 18 and 22s. Their is definitely an untapped market for clothing that looks good , is functional and works to a plus size person’s body traits.

  • Running jackets that zip up over a set of big knockers :)
  • Sports bras with wide shoulder straps so you don’t come away from every workout with marks engraved in your shoulders thanks to the force of gravity and a EE cup size
  • Clothing sized above the “traditional” large
  • Cute tops and matching workout pants in girly colors like pinks and purples
  • Invest in a designer who will come up with flattering styles. Clothes don’t need to be skin tight, that’s not flattering. But who’s gonna feel confident in a man shaped oversized top, that’s not flattering either.

To read more stories on how the fitness industry could be more inclusive, go here.



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21 Responses to Mamavation Monday: big girls want to look cute too
  1. Wendy
    December 9, 2011 | 11:16 am

    O. M. G.

    I have been saying this forever!
    I’m a size XXL- 20ish, and dammit, I’m TIRED of buying men’s clothing to workout in.
    Know what I want more than ANYHTING!?!?!
    One of those cool Nike shirts. HELLO NIKE I AM “JUST DOIN’ IT” too!

    LOVE this post!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 9, 2011 | 3:32 pm

      Sorry to hear clothes are still such a struggle. Honestly, it boggles the mind! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Megan @mnmspecial
    Twitter: mnmspecial
    December 9, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    I completely agree with you. I want to look good so I am comfortable working out. I didn’t realize it until I had my baby and surgery, but working out in ugly sweats that were boxy and bagging made me put less effort into it. I don’t know if it’s just our area here, but this Walmart has some cuter Capri and yoga pants for plus sizes. I never noticed that in other states we lived in.
    Great post!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 9, 2011 | 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Megan It’s all about feeling good inside and out :)

  3. Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
    Twitter: Fitcheerldr
    December 9, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    We have the exact same plane & I got stuck in it too :). I think you need to creat your own line of bootylicious clothing – you’re so right, there’s definitely a market for it, so tap into it!
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  4. Jayne Townsley
    December 10, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Jesse Duplantis says if you want people to see your vision, you have to give them a picture. Your picture perfectly speaks to an issue I have struggled with myself. Like big girls want to wear ugly when they work out? Seriously.
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 11, 2011 | 2:51 am

      Exactly! I wish I wasn’t right about this. But at least I know I’m not crazy.

  5. Angela
    December 10, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    I just want to say how foxy you look in that photo Ghada! Curvy and gorgeous :-)

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 11, 2011 | 2:40 am

      Hey funny girl! Thinking of you muchly and wanting to see a belly pic :) this photo is from last Christmas. Nowadays, my bod is still showing the effects from the weight loss at the beginning of the pregnancy, so that’s a good thing. Wish we could have a proper catch up xx

  6. Rhonda McBride
    December 10, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    I’ve found that exercise wear (supposedly my size) fits at least 2 sizes too small. Completely discouraging!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 11, 2011 | 2:36 am

      Yep, a lot of exercise wear is sized to be close fitting :(

  7. Elle
    Twitter: Elleberra
    December 11, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    You said it! I am in need of such clothing myself…I would love to start trying to get more fit…but as it is I’m gonna do it in my living room because I absolutely refuse to let anyone see me dressed like that.

    Of course my usual mode of dress is blue jeans…and those are not always much better.

    Great post! Thank you for speaking out for use bigger ladies!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 19, 2011 | 10:24 pm

      Thanks and your welcome, Elle :)

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