These Activewear Brands Cater to Petite Women, and We're Jumping For Joy!
Where my little ladies at? As a 5'2" fitness addict who is currently wearing a size 23 petite pair of jeans (that almost needed hemming), I feel your struggle when it comes to finding the perfect pair of running tights that don't need to be cuffed four or five times or a long-sleeved active tee that doesn't swallow you whole and make you look like you're wearing a neon pink potato sack.
Fortunately, there are some really incredible brands making tiny clothes for tiny people like you and me. With shorter inseams, customizable lengths, dedicated petite sections, and free tailoring, these brands are the ultimate destination for an activewear-loving petite shopper. Find what you need for any activity, any class, anytime.
— Additional reporting by India Yaffe
It's pretty well-known that Lulu's sizing skews particularly small. With a size two equating to an XXS, everything seems to be well-tailored to a petite frame. Even the svelte, tall models on its website wear a size six, meaning sizes two and four are really, really small. My favorite finds? The Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight ($98) (I own these, and they're great!), which hit perfectly at the top of my feet as full-length pants. The brand also offers free hemming on all its products, including tops, so you can adjust to the right length.
With petite sizing offerings, Athleta is a dream for short shoppers, especially with a 23-inch inseam on 7/8 pants. Its petite-specific products extend into tops as well, which is great for all of us with a particularly small torso.
Another brand with a great 7/8 pants is Outdoor Voices. But the great part about its pants? They're already a bit smaller to begin with. The average women's pants inseam is 32 inches, but OV offers full-length leggings with a standard 28-inch inseam and 7/8 pants with a 26-inch inseam. Its XS sizing is quite snug, and I would equate it to a size 23 or 24 fit.
Alala active is another brand that I've found to have particularly small sizing — the XS in both tops and bottoms is quite snug, and the Alala Captain Ankle Tights ($110) at full length have a 27.5-inch inseam. It's also got plenty of light-support sports bras for those who are petite up top, too. Bonus: its aesthetic is so fashion forward and stylish.
Nike was the first activewear brand I ever tried, and it's worked for my small frame for years. It too offers a shorter inseam for leggings (27.5 inches, typically), and its XS products skew small (I've even sized up to an S in some items, which is super rare for me!). This comes in handy for long-sleeved tees, like the NikeCourt Dri-FIT Victory Long Sleeve Top ($70) with those convenient little thumb holes for running — you don't have to bunch up the arms to get the right fit. Like Lululemon, Nike offers free pant hemming in-store.
Nordstrom is a haven for fit petite shoppers for reasons beyond its own active brand (Zella, which offers a 29-inch inseam on full-length pants). Not only does it offer brands like Nike, Outdoor Voices, and a myriad of top activewear lines, but it also offers free tailoring (not just hemming) on any product you buy from Nordstrom. Seriously. Just pick any brand you love, and let the Nordstrom tailors custom-fit the product to your body, for free!/p>
Zella Live In High Waist Pocket 7/8 Leggings
These Zella Live In High Waist Pocket 7/8 Leggings ($40, originally $59) really are worth living in. You'll be obsessed with them.