questionswhat are your favorite sites for women's active…

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Off the top of my head:
Old Navy the plus sized section - they use a plus sized fit model so the clothes actually fit women with hips properly.

http://www.junonia.com/home.htm

this site also has one of the better catalogs of women's shopping websites: http://www.elegantplus.com/Plus-Size-Clothing-Mall/plus-size-activewear.htm

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If you like a more retro feel and are still young enough to pull it off http://www.modcloth.com/ has stuff that easily goes from casual to dressy that's also comfy.

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www.titlenine.com
casual girly stuff, all designed to hold up to active lifestyles.
the stuff is pricey, but it's all excellent

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@firstpancake: OOOh, I was just surfing there yesterday. Love the little print skorts!
Their sports bra rating system is great. I have been looking for a small band/larger cup sorts bra that not only keeps the bounce down to a minimum, but also keeps the side to side motion under control AND has separation. Don't like the uniboob look. Found a bra but the cons of it are that it's extremely hot.

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@lavikinga: have you looked at moving comfort? or is that one that doesn't go up high enough in the cup size? I love their bras. Plus a lot of times you can go down in the band size.

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@glindagw: don't laugh but Cabela's has some nice casual stuff and it comes in tall sizes. I do an enormous amount of shopping with Newport News, but I wait for the clearance sales. I hit the sales at Talbot's, Anne Taylor. I stock up on cardigans at Chadwick's.
For oxford shirts, I go to JC Penney. They have the no-iron oxfords for talls with enough arm length and tail length that I can bend over and stretch my arms.

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@lavikinga: Someone posted a great Coldwater Creek coupon over the winter & I added a pair of jeans to my order as an afterthought (I was ordering a hat & scarf). I love their longs! Some of their stuff is too old for me but their jeans & skirts work well.

I feel your pain. I had beautiful pants made overseas. No gaps at the waist, the perfect length, etc. Now I just have to get back into them (thank goodness it's summer).

I'm sick of all of my shirts being too short. Combine that with the lower rise that so many things are being made with and I'm a mess.

I swear by Lands End for bathing suits (long enough & the top fits). I don't think that I've ever bought anything at JC Penney. I've never even looked at Cabelas, that's a great one for me. They have some of the same things that I've seen at rei.outlet.com.

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@firstpancake: Perfect! Title Nine is exactly what I'm looking for. Any hints for coupon codes, sales, etc.? They are pricey.

@bleatzor: These are so cute! I can't wait to see what their winter dresses look like (I switch to dresses & boot in the winter). I'll have to stick to their longer selections (I'm 6' tall).

@lavikinga, @hobbit: Moving Comfort is definitely the way to go for a smaller band/larger cup size. They stay cooler (no molded cup) but nothing moves at all. Even better, they go in the washer and the dryer (awesome for athletic wear). I'm trying to find something that holds me in place without smashing everything but still looks cute under some of my athletic tops (the ones that I wear to climb in, etc).

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@glindagw: I think I found one! The other one I had found on TitleNine was over $70. This Maia is under $50! Yeah!

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@glindagw: moving comfort had a model they came out with last year it was made out of this material that was like diving suit material. It held you in so tight there was NO way you were going anywhere. Most women didn't like it. It also ran small in the band by 2 sizes, not really because it was small, but because it didn't stretch. The nice thing about the cut though was that it was a thin profile with no seams.

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@hobbit: I just saw your comment about Moving Comfort, and googled for it. It says that REI carries them. I would like to find something comfortable, but would really like to try one on, and wear it for a while. What an interesting and useful thread this is!

I'd never heard of this brand before, but am going to go to REI and look for it now.

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@cassandratroy: I love moving comfort, in the running store I work in part time it is one of our best selling brands and no I am not paid to sell the brand I wear it. http://www.movingcomfort.com/ I wear the Maia, I need a big band size. Really for the price you pay I think they are pretty decent, I have had my running bras for five years and one is just starting to show wear, probably because I treat them badly.

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The Moving Comfort bras reminded me of this site. http://www.seejanerun.com/c-3-apparel.aspx They have some great deals on bras from time to time. They also have some other cute stuff.

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Try REI (www.rei.com). They carry women's active clothing as well as all their other stock. They carry a number of brands as well as their own private label. All are very well-made and long-lasting. They have sales every few months and if you are a member (it's a co-op), you earn a dividend each year on all your regular-priced purchases. They also have an outlet site accessed through their regular site.

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Sierra Trading Post for activewear. They have Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Ex Officio and other brands, and the prices are good.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Womens-Clothing.html

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@cheshire255: Thanks, luckily I live about 10 minutes from a REI store. A lot of my clothes come from there (I love the outlet).

@ladysoleil: I've had good luck with Sierra Trading Post. I just posted a deal with free shipping & 20% off. http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/559935f2-cf43-45b2-84bf-af797db49516/20-off-and-free-shipping-from-sierra-trading-post

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I would warn against using Newport News! I was a good customer for years, until they decided to rip me off. At the beginning of last summer I used coupon codes on my order (bathing suits), which they allowed to go through at the point of purchase. BUT, when they actually shipped my items and charged my card, they eliminated every code and charged me $100 more for my order, saying the codes were invalid. In addition, many of my items that were in-stock when I placed my order were placed on back-order for weeks later. I tried mulitple times to get in touch with customer service, but was told repeatedly to call back, they were too busy to take my call. My emails went unanswered, and when I finally got an update on my backordered items, I was told they were going to be a few more weeks shipping them! Eventually I had to get the BBB involved, who were able to rectify the situation. I never heard one thing from NN customer service (an apology?), and haven't shopped with them since.

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@maisyday: Wow. That's awful. Thanks for the heads up. I've been using them for years without a problem, but it's good to know the potential for trouble is out there.
I use AmEx when I shop online. I've heard AmEx customer service agents are actually trained assassins ;) (@catbertthegreat may have provided that tidbit).
If you have a problem with a vendor and they'll really go to bat for you.

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@ladysoleil: That reminds me...check out the Bargain section. As of this morning, they had oodles of women's clothing at up to 80% off. Lots of size 8s thru 16s. Some good sales on stuff for men as well.

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@hobbit: Do you happen to remember the model of the "driving" bra? Sorry, I just like the thought that they have driving glasses, driving gloves, driving shoes....

Anyway, this model sounds perfect to me!! I also suffer from the small band-large cup issue. Many of the models I have tried with the elastic band seem to move about too much. Did this model also separate, or was it the dreaded uni-boob type?

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@ravelazquez: I was trying to find it yesterday and no I can't remember the name of the model. I just know when you feel the fabric you KNOW, because it doesn't feel like the other kinds of bras, the fabric has this weird rubberyish feel, that is the only way I can explain it. I have one friend who wears them and she likes them so it isn't uncomfortable if you find you like it, and the inside is lined with wicking fabric.

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@lavikinga: It really was awful. What really upset me was that I had been a loyal customer for many, many years, but that didn't matter in the least to them. It was their loss though--not only do I not shop there now, none of my family or friends do either, and I warn people against them any chance I get now.

I wouldn't have had a problem with them not accepting my coupon codes, IF they had done it at the point of sale. For them to take them off and charge me full price after the fact though, I just though that was dirty. At a minimum, I should have received notice prior to them shipping the items and charging my account, but they didn't even give me that courtesy. Then to follow up with such horrendous customer service; yeah, I won't be doing any business with them again.

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@maisyday: With the coupons, I had the exact opposite happen. I had ordered pants and prior to the order being shipped, I received an email with the pants being 20%. I emailed their C/S and they gave me the 20% off.
I think I would've launched an Executive Carpet Bomb email campaign until I received proper satisfaction.

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@ravelazquez: The uniboob is the worst. I had been leaning toward the Enell but wanting to buy two, the price took my a bit by surprise.

Here's a good place to see various bras bounce containing abilities:
http://www.herroom.com/sports-bra-videos,301,30.html

Leaning toward the Lunaire right now. Wicking is important!

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@lavikinga: Oh my gosh, those videos are useful but they are really making me laugh out loud.

I had forgotten about the Natori. That's another good one.

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@lavikinga: Oooh. I've been trying to stay off Sierra because I keep spending too much money there. I just bought a bunch of really cute Columbia stuff for summer. must.resist.

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Ran across this article today: http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/05/why_designers_may_be_afraid_to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nymag%2Ffashion+%28The+Cut+-+nymag.com%27s+Fashion+Blog+-+New+York+Magazine%29
Why Don’t More Designers Make Plus-size Bras?
I think all the hormones in chicken and milk has something to do with the major boobage going on as well. When I was younger, I don't remember girls in high school looking like what we see now at the local high school football games. Holy smokes!

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@lavikinga: same reason that clothing is designed the way it is. Did you know that a size 12 is classified as plus size in the fashion world? yet the majority of the population is a 12 or higher? Really I want a personal seamstress to make all my clothes for me.

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CW-X (cw-x.com) makes some good bras and nice run/gym stuff that you can wear before/after activities.
For me it's the most solid bra I have for biking. I have a Moving Comfort and while it's really comfortable, I'm too bouncy (can we say ow?).

Hear, hear to a personal seamstress!

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@wootyoulongtime: that is sweet. CW-X doesn't go up high enough in the band size with stretch for me. I remember trying on the 42 it was really really tight, i couldn't breath. Must be what our formothers felt like wearing a corset. For the record I wear a 42B or even a 40C in moving comfort, depends on my mood the week I am buying bras. I wear a bigger band for other bras, but moving comfort bras seem to be a big larger.

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In a messy pile by my bed.

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@wootvan: THWACK Shoo. Bad dog. Outside with you.

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@wootyoulongtime: Just looked at their web site. I like the cut away image of the high impact bra's support system. Looks promising.
Right now, I need something in a 36F. Trying to find a smaller band/large cup combo when the weight gets back down to normal is going to be my biggest problem. I end up wearing 3 different kinds of bras all at once to control the different directions of movement. It works but it looks darned odd. Most of the bras I've found in the local running shops have a stretchy shoulder strap which is NOT what I'm looking for. I don't mind feeling a bit constricted if it means the girls are going to stay strapped down.

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@hobbit: With sizes, I can see how in some cases 12 could be considered a plus size. Height needs to be considered as well. There are considerable differences in appearance between a shorter woman in a size 12 and a taller woman. For me at 5'10", wearing an 8 means I'm closer to a healthy weight (160-165lbs) but not ideal. Wearing a 12 means my BMI is in the overweight category and not as healthy. But what also has to be taken in consideration is frame. While I am tall, I have a more smaller frame, so I need to be carrying less weight.

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@lavikinga: @enerf can help verify this....it is a designer fashion thing, and really it is stupid. I think a size 12 is still a straight size all the way up to a 16 but it isn't.

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@lavikinga: You are correct on size being dependent on more than just weight, or even height. I am 5'2", and wear a 10 or 12 on the bottom half, but need at least 14 for the top. I am broad shouldered (for my height), and full bosomed, and things just do not hang right otherwise. I am deceptively solid, and I grow tired of salesgirls trying to hand me size 8 when I know it will not fit.

I had no idea that REI carried clothing outside of camping gear, and the best thing about this thread is that I will visit this weekend (and thank you to everyone who recommended it).

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@hobbit: I know that what was a size 12 forty years ago definitely isn't the same current 12. I've got an old pattern (Butterick or Simplicity) that belonged to my grandmother for a size 12 shirtwaist dress. Almost fell over when I saw the hip measurements were like a 34 or something equally small. Just goes to show you what good vitamins and plenty of fruits, vegetables and proteins have done for Americans in the last 50 years!

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@lavikinga: Actually most clothing pattern sizes don't match off the rack sizes. Not that off the rack sizes even match each other, I'm fine in a 12 from Old Navy but swimming in a 12 in other brands. I ended up wasting a lot of money when I first attempted to learn to sew by buying patterns in the wrong size. I wish women's clothing came sized by measurements like men's stuff. It would make my life way easier.

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@lavikinga: vanity sizing, women were feeling bad about getting larger so they started making the sizing different. Look at the European sizing very different. UK sizes are probably the proper size measurements, but really who determined all that in the first place? probably a man - and I am sure @jumbowoot doesn't want us going there again.

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@ladysoleil: I know. I remember the day I tried on a spring skirt suit that my old boss had gotten from Barrie Pace. I can't remember the designer, but I do remember it was a 6. A tad snug across the breasts but otherwise it fit like a glove. She swore the more an outfit cost, the smaller the size she wore.

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Not sure if you are still looking for great active wear, but Jockey (yep, the underwear folks) have a great line of clothing you can only buy online or from a consultant. Check out the catalog at
http://jockeyp2p.com/products/View_Our_Catalog.aspx#
Most of the Spring catalog is 75% off until July 22. I am a consultant, but this post isn't here so I can make money! Just noticed the thread and wanted to help out and couldn't figure out how to PM you :)