April 21, 2010

Shaping Up: Workout Clothes for the Fit and Fab



Do you have a passion for health and fitness?
Do you enjoy working out and staying active?
Do you do yoga, pilates, or zumba?
Do you run, spin, or bike?

If so, then you know that petite women of every size and shape want properly fitting workout clothes.  Many of us know the frustration of sports bras that sit too low (hello, TJ Maxx clearance bras -- I'm talking to you!) or track pants that are waaaaaaay too long.  But you may not know that there are activewear styles designed with your petite frame in mind!

Now, I realize that most of us do not absolutely need petites activewear.  We can always get away with wearing shorts and a tee on the days that we plan to break a sweat.  But just because we can doesn't mean that we must!  I don't know about you, but I'm much more motivated to exercise or go to the gym if I feel good about the way I look in the process.  So that's why I suggest that we upgrade our workout wardrobes, ladies!  We petites now have more options than ever before to get fit and look fab at the same time!  So no more tripping over our pants legs.  No more rolling up the sleeves to our hoodies.  And no more shopping in the children's section for workout gear!   Here are some of the best-kept secrets for looking "nothing short of amazing" at the gym, the track, the yoga studio, and while lounging around the house...


Sweet Petites promises "the perfect petite fit" in a cute, colorful line of coordinating separates.  Bra tops, workout tanks, and jackets are available in sizes XS - L.  Matching pants are available in the sizes XS - L with  28.5" and 29.5" inseams.  The entire Sweets Petites line was designed to accommodate the unique needs of a petite wearer (e.g. shorter inseasms, shorter rises, a comfortable scaled-down waistband) who wants sexy, stylish, and flattering activewear.



Athleta is a one-stop shop for the petite sports or fitness enthusiast!  Pick your own adventure -- running, walking, hiking, exploring, tennis, golf, cycling, yoga, and more -- and you're bound to find the clothing that you need.  Whether you are looking for reflective tights for an evening run (in sizes as small as petites XXS, no less!), workout pants with a shorter inseam, or tanks and tees that come in very small sizes -- you'll find it here.  Best of all, you get free exchanges on any item at any time and for any reason! 


Lucy offers a great selection of high-performance workout pants in four different styles -- the perfect core, the hatha, the vital, and the everyday.  These pants are for the serious athlete -- offering patented moisture-wicking technology, compression, odor-control, and more!  You can order "short" pants in any style (with inseams ranging from 29.5" to 30.5" depending on the style) in sizes XS - XL.  Buyer reviews and ratings of each piece can help you determine exactly which pair is right for you.  Then you can be sure to get the perfect fit by taking advantage of the site's free shipping and free returns and exchanges on all pants!


Land's End has a great selection of high performance, *budget-friendly* petites activewear.  With sale prices beginning as low as $9.99, you can afford to stock up on a brand new workout wardrobe.  Best of all, Land's End carries specific articles of clothing -- like workout shorts, capris, skirts, and pullovers -- that I haven't found in petites lengths anywhere else.  A lot of other retailers focus only on shortening pants lengths; they don't move on to shortening skirts and shorts and all the rest.   But Land's End has gone the extra mile to make sure that every other item fits you just as well!



Finally, don't forget to check out other petite options available at:
  • Old Navy (including this sports bra that seems to run quite small),
  • Victoria's Secret (with lots of yoga and loungewear with shorter inseams), 
  • REI (with petite pants for your next big adventure),  
  • Herroom.com (with pics/suggestions of undergarments to wear while workout out), and
  • Title Nine (which is "evangelical about women's participation in sports and fitness activities"). 

Still need some inspiration to get up and get moving?
  • Check out an inspiring blog -- the petitEAThlete -- for a fun, motivating look at fitness, nutrition, and health from one petite gal to another! 

Weigh in, ladies!  What sports or fitness activities do you enjoy the most?  

    17 comments:

    1. I'll start...

      Well, I was a cheerleader from 6th through 12th grade, so I stayed quite active for most of my early years. Practices several times a week, summer cheer camps, running the mile, stretching out, etc. all kept me lithe and limber!

      Even during college and beyond, I managed to maintain my slender frame without ever having to work out. I could eat whatever I wanted, and the pounds just melted away. But now that I'm approaching 30 years old, I think that my metabolism is changing. I've gained appx. 5 pounds in the last few years, and I'm determined to work them off this summer!

      Now all I need is some cute petites workout gear to get me started... :-)

      My activities of choice -- pilates, zumba, and dance classes (esp. African dance classes -- best workout ever!!!!)

      ReplyDelete
    2. I am embarrassed to say that I do not work-out or exercise in any way, shape or form. But I am thinking about taking tennis or ballet lessons this summer. My husband says I won't follow through- but we'll see!

      ReplyDelete
    3. I've been looking for petite workout gear and though I can get away with shorts/capris, it hasn't been cold enough here to really wear pants, so I haven't had a problem with pants.

      My main issue is with tops. I'd love to find a great sports bra that's functional and pretty. So far, the closest I've come to greatness is lucy in XXS. the lululemon XXS (2) is considered a bit loose on me. =)

      ReplyDelete
    4. @ diary - Tennis sounds like fun! I've always wanted to know how to play. Maybe I'll look into that as well...

      @ stylepint - Wow! You are a tiny one! I'll keep my eyes peeled for more sports bra suggestions! :)

      ReplyDelete
    5. I love to walk every night and as sad as it is- I only have one pair of work out pants and 2 sports bra's..LOL

      Bebe Sport has very petite friendly work out stuff and the sizes run extra small!!! :)

      ReplyDelete
    6. Lululemon offers free alterations on their pants (and I think shirts also).

      ReplyDelete
    7. Really nice blog and collection of Gym Clothes given here for those who wants to buy this product. I really like the blog and description of that product.So for buy online Gym Clothes more products by catagory just click here Gym Clothes

      ReplyDelete
    8. We all love a good exercise. The kind of exercise that makes you feel strong and healthy. And also gets your body into shape so that you can feel and look good in your clothes. But we often forget to think about what kind of clothes are appropriate to wear during the exercise.

      ReplyDelete
    9. Hello,
      One of the most obvious benefits of wearing form-fitting Gym clothes for women is that it is easier to track weight loss when you start out wearing clothes that hug your body.

      ReplyDelete
    10. Everyone loves to wear branded and trendy design apparel for sports and workouts for women.
      workout shorts for women

      ReplyDelete
    11. Excellent ! This is a nice post. You know exactly what you're talking about, exactly where other people are coming .Thanks 
      golds gym shirts

      ReplyDelete
    12. Fitness Clothes for Women FIT-L Sportswear is an Online Store of exclusive female fitness apparell that ships all over Canada and USA. We are a familly business located in Montreal, QC. We import fitness clothes from Colombia and sell them online in our website. We bring the best Lycra® quality and the most exclusive products to make your sweat look fabulous!

      ReplyDelete
    13. Tank Top for men is available in our online shopping store at reasonable store. All type of mens tank top for those of you wanting this trend.

      mens bodybuilding clothes

      ReplyDelete
    14. This is so essential post. This information helps them who are new bloggers. Thanks for helpful post for us. regulation, regulation , regulation, regulation, regulation, regulation, regulation.

      ReplyDelete
    15. I invested in more gym clothing from brands. However, Ryan

      ReplyDelete
    16. Pleased to know about great workout clothes. Thanks for sharing it here. Was looking for best workout gear and found them in an online store. Will surely buy them from there. They are giving them on affordable price.

      ReplyDelete
    17. That's a great review. Workout clothes are like an investment for me in my own well being. Besides they also last you quite long. I recently bought sports bra online from the New Balance India website. Try it out if you're looking for new ones

      ReplyDelete