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Ask FGG: "Where Can I Find Affordable Plus-Size Tennis Clothing?"
Posted by Angela in Ask FGG,Plus-Size Fashion,Sports + Recreation
Skip the frills -- give us inexpensive tennis apparel that fits
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Hi, do you have any advice on plus-size tennis apparel?  I've looked at Junonia but their selection is very limited -- and expensive!

It's true that while Junonia offers a good selection of active apparel designed for plus-sized women -- including a collection of QuikWik® tennis gear -- their pieces don't come cheap. My thoughts on Junonia are twofold: First, some of the pricing reflects the old "fat-girl clothes cost more" method that keeps us muttering under our breath every time we whip out our Visa. Second, I have to give it to Junonia: their clothes are well-made and long-lasting. I'm not a tennis player (unless you count Wii Sports, and even then . . . I'm not a tennis player), but all of the active wear I've purchased and worn from the company held up long enough for me to wear it to death. While overpricing plus-sized clothes still makes me angry, my experience with Junonia apparel tends to follow the "you get what you pay for" adage.

Turns out, the high cost/few options tennis clothing dilemma doesn't just exist at Junonia. Plus-size pickings are slim when it comes to tennis shirts, skirts, dresses and shorties, and locating low-cost, plus-size tennis clothes is even more challenging. We found a decent selection of items in extended sizes (up to 3X/24W) at Tennis Hut, and we like the wide array of color choices they provide for most items. Overall, most of their prices came in 25-40% less than comparable Junonia pieces (their shorts and panty collection, in particular, was slightly larger and more reasonably priced). That said, we're talking about skirts and tanks priced at $42 and $44 (on sale), respectively, as compared to their $59.95 counterparts. Tennis isn't a cheap sport, but at least these prices are a bit lower.

Lower still: the prices at Ad In Tennis Apparel. We love that this online retailer not only offers active wear (including tennis tops and bottoms) in sizes up to 3X/24W, but they also offer free customization of inseam lengths, sleeve types and fabric choices. What a boon for us girls with longer- or shorter-than-average limbs! Be sure to measure carefully and double check your work before purchasing -- custom orders are non-refundable.

Try to shop for sales; many online retailers (like MyTennisStore.com and Junonia's own clearance section) will offer markdowns as seasons change or when only a few sizes remain in a particular style. Keep your eyes peeled and you might score deals like $51 skirts on sale for $29.99 (size 2X only). And whatever source you choose, make sure you're still getting the proper fit and moisture protection you need to feel and perform at your best on the court.

Tennis-savvy readers: Help your fellow girls out and tell us which brands and retailers serve LOVE. (Sorry -- couldn't resist!)