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I'm Kristin! A short & curvy girl seeking clothes that fit. Originally from the South, I'm now taking on NYC! My blog is dedicated to providing style and fit guides for petite-pear shaped women.

5 PLACES TO SHOP FOR AFFORDABLE (& MOSTLY PETITE) ACTIVEWEAR

5 PLACES TO SHOP FOR AFFORDABLE (& MOSTLY PETITE) ACTIVEWEAR

 
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Recently I received a question from one of my readers about where to find affordable, petite-sized activewear. My honest answer is it's definitely not the easiest category to shop for. Fitness is a major part of my life so I'm always on the hunt for great activewear that actually fits me. The most common problem I encounter is clothes that are too long. Workout tanks end up looking like dresses on me and leggings often make me feet disappear beneath all the fabric. I rounded up a list of my favorite places to shop for affordable (& mostly petite) activewear for you! Hope this helps you with your shopping! Let me know what you think in the comments below :)

 

1. Old Navy - I first discovered that Old Navy had a petite activewear line about two years ago and I have been hooked ever since. The majority of items that you typically need for working out from capri tights to tank tops are $30 and under. Their clothing is a great deal, but it’s also well designed. Most styles are reminiscent of Under Armor or Nike so you can still get cool design at an affordable price. Aside from being budget friendly, they also offer petite sizes, which is hard to come by for activewear. However, they only stock petite sizes online (for tops & bottoms) so you’ll have to shop from the comfort of your own home. 

 
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2. Athleta - This is one of my favorite activewear stores because their clothes are generously sized so they are great for girls with curves. For those you have shopped this store before, I know you might be wondering why I’m classifying them as affordable, but hear me out! Check out the sale section in store and online! While it's still more expensive than say an Old Navy, their styles are great quality and last for a while. Also they carry petite sizes, which are available online only.

 
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3. Forever 21 - Ok so they don’t offer petite sizing per se, but because they are a “juniors” line there garments are cut for a younger customer and the proportions work well for petite ladies. You still have to do a little work though! I recommend looking for their capri leggings with an inseam between 18’’ - 19’’ so they aren’t borderline full length tights on us shorties. (To give you a reference point, most athletic brands carry capri length leggings with a 21’’ inseam.) Some of Forever 21’s full length leggings are also petite friendly if you find the ones with an 28’’ inseam or less, which is the inseam I normally look for in jeans. Similar to Old Navy, most of their items are $30 and under. Contrasting the two brands though, I would say Old Navy’s quality is better for performance sports like running or boot camp classes.

 
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4. Lululemon - If I have learned anything from being petite, it’s how to get creative when it comes to finding clothing. While most of Lululemon’s clothing can be on the expensive side, similar to Athleta, again my pro trip here is go to the sale rack. Once you find some styles that you like, don’t stress if they don’t fit perfectly because Lululemon tailors everything for free! I find that their tops are a little long for my torso so I normally have them hemmed so they fit me better. The tailoring process is fairly simple, they mark where you wan the garment hemmed with a safety pin while you try it on and then they have it ready for you to pick it up in 2-3 days.

 
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5. TJ Maxx - Ok so putting them on the list, but it's a little bit of stretch! They fall more in the affordable category than the petite category, but if you do some work I think you can find styles that will fit you. When I went into TJ Maxx recently, I was able to find some tops that fit my short torso and weren’t hanging down super far over my butt. Most of the leggings I tried on were slightly on the longer side. My tried and true trick for dealing with leggings that are too long is rolling the excess fabric underneath so the fabric isn’t bunched up around my sneakers. Not perfect, but hey it works well enough. I think this store is probably easier to shop in store so you can deal with fit issues in the dressing room rather than trying order twenty different styles online. Also I found that the selection in store was better than online. 

 

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