This dressing room diary experience made me feel shorter than ever. It also made me grateful for companies that scale garments for petite women. There are two Banana Republic stores close to where we live. I typically hop into the closest one but last weekend I hit them both and found success at each one.
My closest store doesn’t carry petite and has a smaller selection. I like this because I can focus on color and shape.
These pants are labeled cropped but were full length on me. I loved the color and fit! The top did nothing for me. It’s 3/4 sleeve meant I wouldn’t need it in petite, but the lack of shaping did nothing for my straight figure.
Next, I zeroed in on color in classic shapes. I loved the cute little buttons at the end of the sleeves on this sweater. The problem was I had to scrunch the sleeves up too much around my elbows to even see the buttons. There’s also too much sweater ruched at my waist. This would be a better fit in petite.
Even on my tip toes, these pants are too long for me. Notice the extra fabric at the top of my legs. The rise is too high for me and rise can’t be altered…I needed these in petite.
I loved to this pearl necklace which comes in 3 colors. Almost everything I tried on is now on sale!
The larger Banana Republic in the opposite direction from my home does have a petite section.
These Girlfriend jeans were very comfortable but at 5’4″, I try to avoid rolled up hems as they shorten the look of my legs.
I love this white blouse with pretty picot edge around the sleeves and collar. It’s dainty but not fussy.
You can see the same scalloped edge on the back of the shirt and you can also see that this was too small for me. A blouse or shirt should not pull across the back like this one does.
This trench coat rang a lot of bells for me. I loved that it was knee length so would look great worn over pants or a dress. The crisp lines are softened by the pretty color which would be fun to wear on a gray day.
Sadly, this was not a petite but so I would have to order it online. It is also available online in tall and has gone on sale…score!
Shopping at a store that doesn’t carry petite won’t stop me from finding things I love. I always look for this tag and order online to get the fit I need.
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