Juniors and Boys Departments offer an alternative choice for petite clothing.
Reality: NEVER! Don’t even go there! Teen girls and boys clothes don’t fit our frames. Think about it, petite women have hips and bust lines, therefore it’s not possible to find proportionally fit clothing in those departments. In addition, it is an insult for petites to be relegated to shopping in teen girls and boys departments. Style-wise, it’s a joke and bad idea. The styles are geared for boys and teenagers. Do you really want a Barbie Doll or Spiderman t-shirt?! Hello Kitty is not an alternative.
As long as you select the correct size, you can expect your clothing to fit well.
Reality: Petites rarely find off-the-rack clothing. No such luck in my world. Ready-to-wear is a great concept, but not reality in a petite woman’s world. Fitting petite proportions proves to be the ultimate challenge in shopping. We petites understand that we pay twice as much for our clothes, because our tailors end up our best friends. If you can find a designer label and size consistent in cut, without alterations needed, count yourself lucky! The few labels getting it right know to use petite fit models. Some good examples: Liz Claiborne, Kenar Petites, Jones New York, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic… try them out. Keep in mind manufacturer’s work with averages. That’s why it’s difficult to find ready-to-wear fashion. (reference article “Retailer’s Support Petite Fashion Industry”)
Petite women should always try to look taller.
Reality: There’s nothing wrong with being PETITE! The media, entertainment and modeling industries have created an elaborate illusion about height. Don’t buy into it! It’s a falsehood. Read our continuing series of article blogs on “Truth About Height with Models, Actresses, PopStars & Celebrities.”
The main fashion goal is to look great! When petites dress to look slimmer, we look taller. Dressing to look slimmer will automatically create a leaner line of sight for a longer look. Petites should stay away from big or overly distracting patterns. Also, remembering to accent garments with flattering, simple accessories is a key strategy.