For most things in life, comfort is a great thing. It’s reassuring. It gives us something to stand on. It serves as a home-base for our thoughts. When it comes to working out? The “comfort zone” is a place we dance in and out of. People say (and I would tend to agree) that we give ourselves room to excel when we get comfortable being uncomfortable. But when it comes to workout clothes? It’s comfort all the way.
I first wore Rainbeau Curves on April 29, 2016; a day with lots of anxiety and fear. It was the day I began my wellness journey and had my first workout in years. To be honest? It was a day BORN of discomfort. Discomfort in my body. Discomfort in my life. Discomfort in my thoughts. Discomfort in what I had accepted as the status quo… ALL of that is what prompted me to make a change. See, discomfort is powerful. It can propel us forward or leave us rooted in fear; it all depends on how we look at it. For me? Looking that discomfort in the eye was a huge act of self-love.
A few days before my workout, a box showed up at my door. I’ll never forget the day that box of plus size activewear arrived from Rainbeau Curves! This big box of leggings and tops in bright and beautiful colors. All in my size. No fear about fit. No worries about things being too small. No anxiety about how my body would wiggle into the stretchy fabric. I knew it would fit. I knew it would work… and that was comforting.
Rainbeau Curves activewear allowed me to show up for my first workout with one (big) obstacle removed – finding cool looking activewear that would fit my 4X figure without a problem. If you’ve never been in that spot before, you can’t imagine the amount of anxiety it removed! I showed up looking great. I showed up looking like I belonged. I showed up and didn’t worry one bit about my shirt riding up or my pants falling down or anything. Rainbeau Curves gear allowed me to be physically comfortable in my own body at a time when I needed to be OK being UNCOMFORTABLE.
Rainbeau Curves gear allowed me to be physically comfortable in my own body at a time when I needed to be OK being UNCOMFORTABLE.
18-months into my journey and I still feel the same way. Rainbeau Curves has been a staple in my workout-wardrobe, and I intend to keep it that way!
If you scroll around RC’s website, you’ll find a bunch of great activewear basics that you can rely on all year round. I’m a big fan of their Curve Basix Compression Capris, which I’ve worn in three sizes! I also love the Curve Basix Compression Bike Shorts, which are longer-length bike short with an elastic waistband. Both of these styles come in size 14/16 through 30/32, allowing bodies of all shapes and sizes to get moving in comfortable athletic gear.
In addition to their leggings, I’ve also recently started wearing their plus size sports bras. When my breasts were heavier, I needed more support than these bras provided alone, but I wore them for walking or stretching. At my current size, 2X, the sports bras work great for low-impact workouts, yoga, walking, or strength training.
Each season, RC releases several new patterns. They take their classic shapes (leggings, jacket, sports bra, tank top) and recreate it using these new prints. The printed tanks with seasonal fabric are pretty much my hands-down favorite item they offer! This tank top (print is from a few months ago) is still on high rotation in my closet.
If you are someone who prefers workout gear with a bit more coverage, then you’ll dig their jersey-knit tops. Rainbeau Curves does something different with their tops than I have ever worn before — they cut them to allow for hips. Literally. Most of the tops I have worn of theirs all feature an A-Line shape from the waist to the hip. If things that cling make you uncomfortable, then their tops will work like a charm!
In the last few weeks, I’ve been taking their latest styles for a spin. Here are some of my current favs!
Like this new sports bra. I don’t traditionally rock a sports bra with nothing else on top, but LA has been having a heatwave! There’s no fear of my arms hanging out here… so why not? Also, skirted leggings are a new one for me! If you are someone who wants a little more coverage over your stomach, these would be one to try. For example, if you are uncomfortable with a visible belly line, this might make leggings more comfortable for you. Looking to snag this sports bra for yourself? You can find it online here.
Check out this Ciara Tank Top and how it is shaped to go over my hips vs hug them! #ALineShapeBaby
I’m wearing Curve Basix Compression Bike Shorts here with the tank. These are a longer-length bike short, which again, will offer you more thigh coverage if that makes you feel comfortable.
It may be 90-degrees in Los Angeles, but when I want to throw something on with longer sleeves, this will be a go-to top!
Hip vents, a deep V-neckline, and three-quarter sleeves all make this a top that can go from the gym to hangout wear to running errands and back!
The Hazel Tee is one of the jersey basics that offers comfortable coverage for your workout.
I’ve thown it on over the colorful sports bra and love how it peeps through at the shoulders. Again, wearing the Curve Basix Compression Capri.
Earlier, I told you that Rainbeau Curves has helped me to feel comfortable at times when my body gets REALLY uncomfortable. Like this. A few weeks ago, I hit a workout and was feeling worn in before I even began. It happens to us all… Running the six flights of stairs near my gym was wiping me out! I’ve done these same stairs dozens of times, yet on this day I was feeling the feels and falling apart. And that’s when it came time for the second set. And this happened…
Here’s the thing. When you commit to your wellness, it’s a life-long journey. Some days are easier, some days feel rocky. But you show up anyway. You look limitations in the eye. You “embrace the suck” and do your best. It’s ok to be scared. It’s ok to be raw. It’s ok to feel spent… just keep showing up. I love being able to share moments like this; we need to know its OK to process and work through feelings when we hit roadblocks!
Also, as an FYI, I knew I’d be running stairs that day, so I doubled up on the bra and threw a lightweight tank on. The sports bra and leggings? Both from RC!
People ask me all time, where I get my workout clothes? And, do workout clothes really matter? This is totally personal but, for me, they do. I like to feel safe and comfortable in my body when I workout. I like to know I won’t be pulling or tugging. I like compression around my thighs. I like shirts that hug my curves and those that skim my body when I want more coverage. But mostly… I want to feel great about myself. That’s a feeling on the inside that only I can give myself – that feeling that I am strong and worthy and badass. But one way to celebrate that, is by giving myself some kickass workout gear!
If you are interested in any of the styles pictured, you can find them linked here:
Curve Basix Compression Leggings (I am wearing a size 2X)
Sports Bra (I am wearing a size 2X)
Katie Skirted Legging (I am wearing a size 2X)
Hazel Tee (Wearing a 2X in Velvet Crush color)
Ciara Tank Top (Wearing a 2X in Avocado)
*Note: This post was sponsored by Rainbeau Curves but the opinions expressed are totally my own. I have been wearing their brand since April, 2016 and have purchased from them before! I ONLY work with brands that support the missions that I believe in. This blog contains no affiliate links. Thank you!