LuluLemon has a reputation for being expensive, and has faced quite a number of quality concerns. So why do I keep going back?
It's easier to find motivation for exercising when I've got a fabulous workout outfit, and I'm willing to spend a little extra money and time on caring for my clothing if it helps keep me healthy. LuluLemon carries clothing options that are stylish, incredibly comfortable, and, perhaps most importantly, FIT great.
They do not carry petite-specific sizes but they do run quite small. Typically I wear a size 4 in both tops and bottoms, and size up to a 6 for their sports bras and form fitting jackets. And, tiny petites, guess what? They carry sizes down to a 2!
To help elongate a petite body, go with dark solid colors for leggings, paired with darker patterns or solids on top without too many construction details.
For the best fit in tops, look for tank styles listed as 'tight fit' and 'hip length.' I also prefer the removable cup option to keep everything in place without the bulk of a separate bra underneath. The Power Y tank has a similar fit to the top I'm wearing, and is available in many colors. Also try the thinner material Cool Racerback II paired with a light support bra such as the Free to Be.
My trick to find pants with an inseam perfect for my height is to go for cropped leggings. When shopping online, I look for styles that fit in the mid to low calf area on the models (or knee and just below if you want a pant that fits like an actual crop). I also enjoy the more supportive feel of their leggings with the 'hugged' or 'held in sensation' fit. (try the Flow and Go for a cropped fit, or All The Right Places Crop II for full-length).
While the tank top is a fairly recent investment, the leggings I'm wearing are still in great condition and have served me well for years of jogging, hiking, and even ice skating. To increase their lifespan, be sure to hand wash, avoid sitting on rough surfaces, and try wrapping them inside a cotton shirt for storage so they don't catch and pill when you open the dresser drawer.
Price tip: check out their We Made Too Much section online (here) for on-sale items. I even got my first Lulus from a thrift store! While you may not get the exact colors you'd like, it's a great way to try out some of their items and make sure the brand is a good fit for your style and body type.