Sharon asks: Being 5’1″ and petite, it is so hard to find clothes that fit properly. Where do you find clothes that fit you so well for your size? Especially designer clothes? I once tried to buy a pair of designer jeans and they were waayyyyy too long. Do you get them altered everytime?
Hi Sharon! Great question. I get asked this question a lot, especially with my work clothes. I am 5’2″ and with heels I am at most 5’6″ but I am also short legged. I would say that 90% of pants/jeans that I buy do not fit properly so I do get them altered. Most of the time it is just the length but sometimes I do need to get them taken in at the waist as well. Remember that when you get them altered, bring your shoes that you think you would most likely wear with them. That way the seamstress can take the best measurement. For jeans, wash them first as they will shrink a bit and then get them hemmed for the best fit. Also, if you find a good seamstress, stick with her and treat her REALLY nicely!! Mine knows me so well that when J brings in his alterations, she writes MY name down on the tag! The best part is, if I ask, she will even do my alteration in one day. Such a great luxury to have considering most alteration places take a week to get them back to you!
I find that even in the Petites department of most stores, the clothes don’t fit me well so I don’t spend a lot of time looking in the Petites section. However, I do recommend Banana Republic as they make great fitting pants for petites. I don’t shop anywhere special, I usually just buy my size and then bring it to the seamstress to get it altered.
If I don’t feel like getting it altered (I can’t justify the cost of alterations on cheap clothes) I just end up belting it like I did for this and this. Or hiding it underneath a cardigan or blazer. It’s all about utilizing what you have and making it work!
MiShi asks: I understand that you are petite, as am I, and want to know what you feel are fashion dos and don’ts for petite women. What looks are flattering/unflattering?
Hi MiShi! This is also a great question because as much as I love some of the fashion/stylings that I see in magazines, I know that I could not pull it off so here are some thing that I like to go by…
#1: When wearing skirts and dresses, watch where it lands on your legs. If it cuts you off on the calf, that is a no-no. It has to just be short (above the knee) or long (a few inches past the knee – closer to your ankle). The in between look just does not work for girls with short legs like me. It ends up making me look even shorter and gives me bigger calves. This actually relates to the first question because I do get dresses/skirts altered to the appropriate length. This is also a big reason why I am not a fan of capri pants. I can make some exceptions but for the most part they just do not work for petite woman. And the same goes for when you wear leggings. Either pull them up by your knee or wear them down to your ankles. Half way just does not work.
It would’ve been cuter if cut above the knee.
#2: Wear heels as much as you can! The one advantage of being petite is that you CAN wear heels and you have small feet that makes everyone love your shoes 🙂 We can pull off wearing short skirts with heels because it doesn’t look nearly as sexy as taller ladies. But of course, don’t go too short. Nobody wants to go around looking like Holly Hooker do we?
Short skirt, low cut top (ok the top is a bit too low cut)
but with the heels it still works.
#3: Monochromatic tones on your bottom half. If you look through my lookbook you will see I wear a lot of black tights + black heels or black leggings + black heels or boots. By wearing all the same color on the bottom it creates the illusion of a longer line.
By wearing nude shoes, it keeps your eyes on her dress and face and elongates her legs.
#4: Concentrate on your top half. This goes along with #3 but I feel like my top half is better than my bottom half. I have a super flat butt and short legs so I try not to bring too much attention to that area. Instead I like to wear bright(er) colors on top or fun necklaces/earrings so those are the areas that people see first.
#5: Form fitting is always better than baggy but if you want to do baggy, avoid wearing too many baggy items at once. I often like wearing loose fitting cardigans but pair it with a form fitting tank or tucked in blouse. This is the perfect example of too many loose fitting items which made me look chunkier and shorter. If you think it is too baggy, tuck it in! This works for anyone.
#6: Skinny Jeans!! It took me awhile to get into skinny jeans because I thought you had to have super long legs to pull them off but actually skinny jeans give the illusion of long legs. If you have yet to try them, do it! And then come back and tell me how much you love them 🙂 I bought my first pair a few years ago and haven’t looked back. The majority of my jeans are now skinny or straight leg jeans.
like Rachel Bilson is the easiest way to look stylish and unfussy.
#7: Embrace being Petite! The best advice I have for everyone is just being confident in yourself and the way you look. If you feel good, you will look good, no matter what you wear. It just works!
Another one of my favorites, Mila Kunis. Just gorgeous.
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