I went to Costa Rica in the rainy season on purpose. It was green and lush, and I was glad I went ahead and bought suitable clothing to keep me warm and dry. I was willing to go ahead and buy some outdoorsy clothing, because much of Los Angeles social life revolves around exercise. It’s common to go straight from the beach, mountain hiking trails, or a yoga class straight to a nice lunch; I do so all the time. So I knew if I could find athletic apparel that was cute, well-priced, and fit properly, I would wear it regularly.
The “fit properly” part of the equation was the challenge. I’m petite: I’m fairly short, and very small-boned. I want to look like a stylish girl, not a fleece-covered blob. It took a lot of trying things on to figure out what brands would work for my narrow shoulders and short arms, and my low height when I wear flat shoes or sandals. I now have some idea what will fit, which makes shopping faster and means I might be able to take advantage of things like online outlets. I figured I’d share this information for others who find themselves in the same situation.