short womens sweatpants

I’m a Short Woman & These Are the Only Sweatpants I Wear

Say sayonara to the sag.

By: Mackenzie Sylvester

In truth, I believe I was born ready for the loungewear-worshipping, slipper-wearing, work-from-home state we’ve slid into amidst the pandemic. Anyone who knew me in high school (or college, for that matter) can attest to the fact that I’ve been a sincere sweatpants connoisseur long before SKIMS was even a twinkle in Kim Kardashian West’s eye. Like many scrolling through Instagram this year, I noticed the jump in loungewear ads in my feed, and I got excited. My time is finally here. Wearing sweats every waking hour of the day is not only totally acceptable, it’s the hallmark of 2020 style.

While those of us with mile-long legs look effortlessly chic in our high-waisted joggers—not at all frumpy or stubby—shorter women are presented with a considerable challenge to find flattering work-from-home sweats. This is a problem I have recently come to know as a woman under 5'4" with proportionately even shorter legs. All too often, the coziest and comfiest of my collection will bless me with the silhouette of some kind of loose, lumpy diaper and even shrink the perceived height of my legs even more—completely counterproductive to high-waisted trousers and not to mention extremely unflattering. Without the length or proportions to fill out the fabric, the fleece gathers in all the wrong places and results in less of a Hailey Bieber cool and more of a granny-chic look. We went on a mission to find the most comfortable and flattering sweatpants for short women—goodbye, sagging backside. Keep scrolling to see our top picks.


White Fox Tied Together Sweatpants


White Fox Boutique beautifully blends the comfort of traditional sweatpants with the style of a jogger. The Tied Together Sweatpants are ultra flattering in the front and back, and come in five muted colors with several options for a matching top.


Talentless Women’s Premium Sweatpants


Scott Disick’s clothing line does not disappoint in either the comfort or style departments and offers an appealing array of neutral colors.



H&M Joggers High Waist


The basic white joggers are a semi-slim fit while maintaining the wear-all-day touch.


Asos Petite Oversized Sweatpants with Pintuck


The Asos petite range is designed specifically for women 5'3" and under, offering shorter inseams and hems.



Missguided Petite Basic Joggers

$38 $19

Missguided also keeps 5'3"-and-under women in mind while designing items in their petite range.


Zara Jogging Pants With Text


Zara’s thick and soft jogging pants are part of a co-ord set with a matching hoodie.


Tna Cozyaf Perfect Sweatpant


This appropriately named pair from Aritzia features a mid-rise and a slim-leg fit.


Richer Poorer Women’s Recycled Fleece Sweatpant


The cozy bottoms are made from 40 percent recycled polyester and come in five shades.


Ragdoll Los Angeles Jogger


Luxury meets comfort with a relaxed, high-waisted fit and stretch hems.


White Fox Backstage Antics Sweatpants


To complete the tie-dye co-ord set, pair with the matching rainbow cropped sweater.


Set Active Unisex Sweatpants


Made with a “fit to flatter,” the Set Active sweatpants pair seamlessly with a multitude of their co-ord options.


Boohoo Petite Boyfriend Joggers

$28 $14

These boyfriend joggers are just oversize enough without crossing into saggy territory.


Abercrombie & Fitch City Joggers


While there’s no option for a shorter inseam, reviewers agree that the length is perfect for petites.


Pretty Little Thing Petite Basic Cuffed Hem Joggers

$25 $13

These classic sweatpants-style joggers are available in three bright colors and two muted grey tones.


Topshop Petite Harley Sweatpants


The pale grey pick features cuffed hems and a drawstring waist.


Madhappy Crush Universal Sweatpant


Madhappy loungewear is renowned for its comfort and cheerful patterns.


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