By Isis Briones
Updated Aug 08, 2015 @ 4:45 pm
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"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

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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.

Land's End sweatpants, $14.99; Old Navy leggings, $22; Athleta leggings, $69;

Brighten Your Bust

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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.

Lululemon sports bra, $48; Theory top, $115; Calvin Klein sports bra, $34;

Match And Match

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A perfect alternative to an overwhelming one-piece, these sexy separates show off a little skin, while still working in the same color palette.

Rebecca Minkoff top, $88; RM skort, $148; Topshop Tank, $10; Topshop Joggers, $68;

Take A Hike

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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.

Patagonia pull over, $69; Sierra Hiking Socks, $12.95; REI hiking pants, $64.50;