Post # 1
I buy most of my athletic gear at Athleta and Lululemon and lately I’ve noticed that 7/8 length “pants” are the new thing. I say “pants” because, if I’m wearing workout pants, I want them to cover my entire leg. Not leave a few inches at my ankles exposed! If it’s cold enough for me to wear something other than crops, that means it’s cold enough that feeling the air on my bare skin is brutal. I just don’t understand what these supposed pants are intended for. Then again, when I work out I tend to get very sweaty so I only wear pants when I’m exercising outside in sub-50-degree weather.
I get if you’re petite and regular pants typically pool at your ankles so these are the ideal pant length for you. But for ladies 5’5″ and up I don’t see the point. If only more brands offered petite and tall sizes too (although Athleta’s pretty good at that). I just hate that I keep seeing cute designs and colors in pants that serve no function for me. So please enlighten me; what do you ladies wear these pants for?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I’m 5’10, and those 7/8ths pants would wear more like ‘capris’ on me. I personally don’t like them, but I can see the appeal if I had super cute sneakers or a really sweet ankle tattoo I wanted to show off.
For real, I got my favourite workout clothes at Ardenes. You have to sort of dig through the ‘jeuvenile’ looking stuff, but there are some really nice gems if you have the patience!
Post # 3
snowflake8 : Ooh, thank you for the recommendation! I’d never even heard of Ardenes so just scrolled through their offerings. Cute stuff!
I can only imagine how ridiculous those pants are on someone who’s 5’10”. I’m 5’6″ and they’re the intended length on me, but I imagine on you they probably end at an awkward or uncomfortable point on your leg.
Post # 4
CakeSniffer : I shop in the same two shops + Nike for athletic wear and actually I have no answer for you, I’m only 5’4 but those 7/8 pants bug me too, besides creating a bare skin freezing cold area it’s also unflattering by cutting off the leg making it look shorter! If you don’t mind a slim fit jogger pant rather than a legging Nike are doing a “retro” range in full length. Think Clarice in the beginning of Silence of the Lambs.
Post # 5
I love them! hah especially for yoga. A full legging can feel too restrictive on me if it goes all the way down to my foot. these are nice because they are long enough to feel like pants (which a lot of the times I like) without brushing around on my feet or ankles (which bugs me). I use resistance bands a lot so I like having fabric on my legs (so the rubber bands arent directly pulling on my skin), but I don’t like having fabric alllll the way down to my ankles.
I guess it is personal preferance, but I love them!
Post # 6
italianbride0508 : Makes sense when using resistance bands so I get the appeal for your situation. I just can’t even do yoga without getting sweaty, even in the middle of winter when we keep the heat at 59 in the house. Even then I wear crops and a tank top so I worry I’d suffocate in pants!
annelise210516 : Thanks! I’ll branch out and see if I like what Nike has to offer.
Post # 7
I’m 5’7″ but have a 34″ inseam so ALL pants fit me like that, jeans and workout pants alike. But I do have one pair of workouts leggings from Old Navy that are actually long enough for me, maybe check them out? And they’ve held up really well, I’ve probably had them for 3 years.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
CakeSniffer : I acutally also love these slightly cropped pants. Granted I’m 5’2″, so they might not seem as cropped to me. But ‘regular length’ leggings are just a bit too bunchy and restrictive around my ankles and get really uncomfortable. Plus I get really warm once I’ve started running, so even though its cold out, its nice to have a bit of ventilation around the ankles.
Also, I had to chuckle a bit at your sub-50-degree comment… at that temperature I’m still in shorts and a tee. If I’m wearing pants outside its at or below freezing, and its super easy to overheat if you start with too many layers and then have nowhere to ventilate.
Post # 9
I am one of those petite girls, at 5’0″ so these 7/8 pants are amazing. Most fitness leggings bunch up at my ankles so I usually have to buy crops which always hit me at the wrong spot. These ones allow me to finally have full leg coverage.
I can see that these pants would fit an average height person similarly to where the crops fit me and that is just uncomfortable 🙁
Post # 10
If you’re using your feet (soccer) they’re useful. They’re actually all I buy. I run QUICKLY (no light jogging here) and if they have a little bit of a flare they can flap and hit around. Also, I’m constantly turning (with a ball between my legs) so I can’t have anything potentially stopping the ball. I also hate bunching so that length makes it perfect.
Post # 11
I’d imagine it has to do with the trend in regular clothing toward ankle pants. It is getting worse and worse trying to find full length pants, and all the same disadvantages apply – unflattering, cold, leg shortening, uncomfortable.
Post # 12
As a 5′ woman, I think these are the greatest trend ever because finally some leggings fit. I don’t know why they don’t just sell workout leggings in petite, regular, and long length though?
Post # 13
Where I live these are worn by suburban women, who are running in to the gym, yoga studio, or errands from a nearby parking lot. So it’s usually not a big deal. I also have some full length pants, but I much prefer the 7/8 length for working out.
With temps in the 40s I would not be cold unless I was not moving at all.
Post # 14
Omg I was just looking at athleta and saw these and thought it was a weird name, but didn’t think much of it haha. I’m 5’0 so these would probably be 8/8 pants on me 😂 I live in GA so it’s not really super cold here and I usually wear capris to workout anyways. I’m weird, I can sit in a sauna and not produce a drop of sweat, but I just like capris better. I only own a couple of pairs of full length pants because they’re usually wayyy too long and bunchy at the bottom on me.
Post # 15
Ha! Yeah, you guys called it. I am indeed a freakish wuss who gets cold way too easily. I cranked the heat to 63 yesterday and I was still so cold that I had to put on my coat over my sweater and burrow under two blankets while sitting on the sofa. My nose was getting numb! But then this morning the heat was set to 59, it was 27 degrees outside, and I was mopping sweat off of myself while working out inside in crops and a tank top. I just can’t win at any temperature!
Alright, it sounds like it’s mostly the petite ladies who appreciate this length since it’s more of a normal pant on them. Which is what I suspected, and why I get frustrated that stores don’t just offer three lengths. They don’t offer only one waist size so why do they expect us all to be the same height? I can see the use for other occasions that you guys mentioned so it makes a little more sense to me. Still, I can’t help but see it as a way for companies to get away with using less fabric but still charging the same price since they’re still technically pants.