5 PLACES TO SHOP FOR AFFORDABLE (& MOSTLY PETITE) ACTIVEWEAR
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 an 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.
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.
3. 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.