"Make it work" moments are pretty frequent for women below the average height, especially when it comes to dealing with athletic wear (cue: painful childhood flashbacks of oversized jerseys and baggy gym shorts). To eliminate those regrettable moments for good, we took inspiration from pint-sized actress Reese Witherspoon (she's 5'1''.) As a designer herself (she launched lifestyle brand Draper James earlier this year), the A-lister fully makes her petite frame work for her. Ahead, see picks inspired by the always put-together star.
Opt For Cropped
Whether it’s loose sweatpants or skin tight leggings, cropped bottoms that end just above the ankle make your legs appear longer than they actually are.
Brighten Your Bust
Draw attention to your upper half with a vivid top—your torso will seem leaner. Styles with shortened or adjustable straps also cater perfectly to petites.
Match And Match
A perfect alternative to an overwhelming one-piece, these sexy separates show off a little skin, while still working in the same color palette.
Take A Hike
When it comes to an activity as grueling as hiking, ill-fitting clothing affects your performance. Look for form-fitting fabrics that work for any shape.