What to wear to Barre

I (very) recently started taking Pure Barre classes. It’s a mix of ballet, Pilates, and cardio and it is intense. I’ve never moved so little and sweat so much in my life. But after just a few weeks I’m getting better and seeing results.

Please god don't let me be the only fat girl at barre class today.

The women can be a little judgy (though I would like to know where and how they acquired their sugar daddies) so it can be a bit intimidating being the biggest girl in the room, but at $22 a class, they can deal with my ass in spandex. While they’re in their sports bras and Lululemon, I struggle to find workout clothes.  So, what does a plus-size girl wear to barre class? The basics.

What to wear to pure barre, what to wear to barre

1. Grippy socks $28 for 3 (Don’t buy the ones from Pure — these are much thicker and comfier.)
2. Old Navy Vintage Tees $7.50 (I prefer the tall version so they cover my butt.)
3. Panache Ultimate Control Sports Bra $68 (Best sports bra ever. Don’t know how I ever played sports or worked out without it.)
4. Twistbands 3-pack $5 (These don’t pinch or jab when you’re doing floor exercises.)
5. Old Navy Compression Leggings $27 (High rise to keep the muffin top under control.)

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  1. says

    I’ve been wearing the boot cut yoga pants that you can buy at Target from Champion, but they’re not quite what I need. Too much boot cut. I’ll have to give the Old Navy leggins a try. Also, yay for long t-shirts!!!

    • says

      Once I came to grips with exercising in leggings, it really does make things much easier. The Old Navy pair seem to get rave reviews, and you can snag then for less than $20 with a coupon.

    • says

      I’m not sure how I feel about doing it barefoot, but you’re right, I do slip on the carpet even with the socks. I swear I can plank! Damn carpet.

  2. says

    I’m so happy you put a bra recommendation on here. I need a new one! And I wear those hair ties at night too so I don’t get a bunch of creases the next day. Love them!
    Christina´s last awesome blog post…Just Checking In

    • says

      I’ve looked for a good sports bra for years and this one is definitely the best I’ve found. You can usually use a coupon for them on Bare Necessities!

  3. Emily says

    I swear I am the only person over 90lbs in my classes. I don’t care though! I am SO addicted to Pure Barre! Love your clothing recommendations!

  4. says

    I know this post of yours is old, but I just had my first barre class tonight. I was definitely a little insecure and surprised to be the biggest girl in class, I also struggled, a lot! I am wondering how long it took you to get better at the class and not have to do too many modifications?

    • says

      Congratulations on your first class!

      It does get easier (Confession: I couldn’t do a situp my first class, but after taking 2 classes a week for a month, I could do them no problem!) though I still do some modifications. Don’t feel bad about it!! It’s your class, too, and as long as you’re getting something out of it you can modify all you like!

      I definitely have my favorite instructors who are more attentive and/or treat me like anyone else in the class. The ridiculous part is that I may be bigger than 90% of the women, but I’m just as limber and my endurance is just as good, so I’m probably the only one who notices that I’m bigger!

  5. KK says

    Hey! Just found this blog post. Took my first barre class last week. Good to know that there are other plus size women taking Barre classes somewhere in the universe. Haha

    • says

      Congratulations! I need to get back on track soon. I now take classes at Pure Barre and Barre 3 and I love each for different reasons. If you ever want to compare and contrast (or complain about all the lululemon), tweet me! @CorrinRenee


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