I’m pretty short and most size charts label me a petite, but I seldom shop there. Petite garments don’t fit me very well. Although brands like to think there is generic sizing for petite women, there isn’t because our torso can be long or short, our rise can be high or low, our legs and arms can be long or short and we have a wide range of body silhouettes. Shopping in a petite department is a great start but it doesn’t guarantee a good fit.
Here are some things to consider:
Beware of scale
- Petite women are easily overwhelmed by large patterns. A narrow stripe looks more balanced than a rugby stripe on a small person.
- The same is true of prints. Small prints will show more complete patterns which is a better balance on short women.
- Full skirts and billowing sleeves may swamp you but can easily be altered to a better proportion.
- Oversized collars make your head appear small and extra deep or contrasting color cuffs make your arms appear short.
- Pant and sleeve length is important for petites but armhole depth matters too. The petite woman needs a higher armhole to prevent gaping.
- Wearing 3/4 length sleeves or simply pushing them up your forearm will help you appear taller.
- Pants that puddle or drape onto your shoe makes your legs look shorter, as do cuffs. High rise pants make your legs appear longer.
- Tunic tops are flattering at the right length. Look for side slits, curved and asymmetrical hemlines. If a tunic top is longer than your fingertip length, consider hemming it or wearing pants the same color to elongate your look.
Let’s take me for example.
I’m 5’4” with a long torso and short legs. The waist shaping of petite jackets and fitted tops are too high for me. I need to buy regulars and shorten the sleeves. Petite pants have a shorter rise which usually makes them too low on my long torso.
If you’re not petite you may still prefer the fit of some petite garments. If you have a short torso, petite jackets and tops may fit you better than regular. Petite skirts may be a better length for you if you are short from the knee to the waist.
Women have varied proportions so shouldn’t disregard any clothing department when shopping for garments that fit their body.
What fit issues do you struggle with?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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