Shopping Tips for Petites
An FTF friend and follower, Wendy, requested that we do a post on finding fashion for petites and especially petite pants. Since petite is no where in my vocabulary, I’ve enlisted the assistance of all my “Pretty Petite” friends – Terese, Lynn and Annie, who are also FTF friends, followers and supporters. I tried to get Wendy to be part of this post. However, she’s requesting that FTF do a fashion makeover with her…that’s a post for another day!
Here’s what our “Pretty Petites” had to say about finding petite fashions and pants to fit:
“I am a 5’4″ middle aged woman… I have difficulty shopping for pants at the box stores because they typically do not go small enough for my size except in juniors and I am NOT a junior…. I have had much success at Ann Taylor, Loft and Express. They have high quality clothing made for the modern woman and typically have awesome sales. My height is borderline petite. I can go between regular and petite length. Sometimes the petite just fits better. When I have things that need to be altered, I take them to my cleaner lady who does a fabulous job with alterations.”
Lynn is 5’3″. “Finding Petite pants has improved but still not great. Some of the nicer brands carry Petites (Chico’s, Boston Proper, Carson’s, Coldwater Creek (I think??), but in most cases they don’t carry the variety that a regular size has. Altering can be iffy depending on the style because most times so much has to be taken off that the shape of the pant doesn’t look right anymore and forget about any bedazzling at the bottom of slacks if they have to be altered. When I find a petite pair that fits and I really, really like them, I’ll buy more than one color BUT I wanted to do that with the Not My Mother’s Jeans and they didn’t stock any other colors (that are available in regular sizes).
Summer is good because I can wear cropped or capri and that solves the problem. This is also an issue with workout yoga pants – have to have these hemmed or I trip on them. For the most part, I won’t even look at pants that aren’t petite for fear of liking a pair and then can’t have them. Long sleeve anything in a regular size is always too long on the arms. I have permanent creases on all my jackets and tops from folding the arms up!”