Figure-flattering fitness wear

Lynnette Peck / 12 January 2016

Whether you run marathons or do the occasional Pilates class, find out how to look and feel good when you dress for your body shape and work out with figure-flattering fitness wear.

Flattering fitness wear for...

Pear-shaped women

Wear light or neon colours on top to draw the eye away from thighs, and choose flared trousers and leggings to balance and lengthen your shape. Avoid trousers and leggings that have stripes down the side of the legs, as they actually make hips seem fuller.

To wear: Pink top, £39.99

Flattering fitness wear for tall women

Specialist brands for tall women sell leggings that are actually long enough to cover ankles and tops that do cover tummies and wrists.

To wear: Sports Fluoro Trim Leggings in Grey Marl, £28

Flattering fitness wear for women with an hourglass figure

Pick fitness tops with a scoop or V-neck for optimum flattering, plus you can wear detailing near your waist to show off how trim it is. Don’t wear large and baggy clothes that hide your figure, as you will look much bigger than you are.

To wear: Nike Dri-Fit Contour Short-Sleeve, £30

Flattering fitness wear for women with a boyish shape

Create the illusion of curves with padded sports bras, tank tops with a low neckline and trousers with a pop of colour at the hips.

To wear: Aztec Print Leggings in Black and Pink, £38

Flattering fitness wear if you have a small chest

A ruched workout top, scoop necklines and well-placed seams enhance smaller busts, plus you can get away with thinner straps than your more bosomly-blessed friends can. Add some colourful shorts or leggings to draw attention to your legs instead.

To wear: Lorna Jane Slouchy Gym Tank, £

Flattering fitness wear for apple-shaped women

If your stomach is of concern than opt for tops with flattering side ruching and ombre patterns, plus square necklines make waists appear smaller. Capri style leggings are flattering with a Lycra waistline that cinches or ties to define and conceal the tum. Flared trousers will add bulk and throw off proportions so avoid.

To wear: Black Crossover Piped Leggings, £10

What to wear to work out if you’re busty

A sports bra is a must; one with contoured cups, to help with bounce, padded underwires and soft shoulder straps is the ideal combination. Pair with fitness leggings and a simple t-shirt and you are good to go for most sports.

To wear: Elomi Black Energise Sports Bra, £34

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