A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post that drew me in. The post was from @shortstorybox and it talked about proper fit for petite women. Now, I’ve never considered myself to be petite-just short. ? But as I was looking at this post I realized that maybe I should be shopping petite sizes. The problem I have, or thought I had, was that I’m short waisted and as a result clothing wouldn’t always fit me correctly. Again, maybe I’m not short waisted, but just petite.
So what exactly does it mean to wear petite size clothing? Well, petite clothing are designed for women 5’ 4” and under. Petite sizes range from xsmall or 00 to xxlarge or 18/20, the same as standard clothing sizes, but there is a difference. For example, petite pants will have a shorter inseam, often up to 2” shorter, and a shorter rise. Dresses may have shorter hemlines and a higher waistline. Sleeves will be shorter—you get the idea. This was an eye opener for me!
Enter Short Story, personal styling for petite women. While there are many companies that have a stylist shop for you and deliver your personal box by mail, Short Story is the only such company that caters strictly to petite women. And when you have one focus you get it right!
So how does it work? To get started you take an online quiz and create your style profile. Here you let the stylist know what types of clothing and accessories you’re looking for based on your likes, needs, sizes, and budget. Each box charges a $25 styling fee, but this charge will be credited towards your purchase. Once the box arrives you can try on all five pieces in the comfort of your own home. What’s nice about this is that you can style your pieces with what you already own to make sure they’ll really work for you! You have five days to return your purchase (you can keep as much or as little as you’d like) in the envelope Short Story provides along with a prepaid label. Shipping and returns are free! When you checkout online you can leave feedback for your stylist about each item. I love this because I feel like they’ll get more of a feel for your likes/dislikes and fit as they read your comments.
I also love to get packages so it’s always exciting when I know my Short Story Box is coming. You can check online when your package is due to ship and you’ll receive an email once it’s shipped and when it has been delivered. Another aspect I like about Short Story is that you can decide how often you want to receive a box from every 2-3 weeks, once a month, once every 2 months, 3 months, or 4 months-your choice depending upon your needs and budget.
I was so excited to get my box and when I opened it, I was not disappointed. A little disclaimer here-I actually cheated a little. When I saw that my box had been sent I went to the checkout link and saw what was being sent. ? I know I have no patience! Seeing the photos made me so excited that I immediately went to my closet to start looking at how I was going to style each piece! If you’re like me, I know you just want to see them already so here’s what I received!
This wrap jumpsuit is so cute. Granted I do have a good number of black jumpsuits, (I don’t think anyone can have too many black jumpsuits) but the fit of this one is new for me. The waist hit me at the perfect spot and the pants were not dragging on the floor. An eye opener for someone who has never shopped petite clothing before! I paired this jumpsuit with a duster from my wardrobe and I love how it looks-and feels. The length was perfect with a pair of kitten heels. This Boden jumpsuit comes with a belt but looks great with or without it. I’ll also wear it with a long sleeve shirt underneath, add a jean or leather jacket, or wear it as it is. Adding sneakers, booties, flats, or sandals, this jumpsuit is such a versatile piece.
A summer dress is always a yes for me! I love this dress with a jean jacket and sneakers. It has an open back, which is not my style (and something I’ll let the stylist know about when I check out online), but wearing a jacket or sweater over it is perfect. This will also look really cute with a pair of sandals. While I’m not keeping this Illa Illa dress, I wish I could because from the front it’s just adorable.
This Petite Principle crewneck sweater can be worn in so many different ways. For a little dressier look, I chose a pair of lace pants, heels, and a cute bag. Then I decided to try jeans and booties, which I also loved. This sweater will look great with flats or sneakers, with a skirt or over a dress. So many options!
I’m pretty conservative when it comes to showing skin, but shoulders are one area that I think are sexy and always look good. And this gorgeous Line + Dot cold shoulder top proves just that! I felt incredible when I put it on-sexy and beautiful. Paired with a pair of leather pants or jeans, this will be a perfect date night outfit. I loved this top, not only because of how pretty and sexy it is, but also because it is fully lined and has adjustable straps. While I wore it with a partial tuck, being a petite size it’s a shorter length and so it can be worn untucked and look great. I’m really experiencing a whole new world with petite sizes! Thank you Short Story!
And for my favorite piece, this Lily Aldridge for Velvet utility jacket! Oh. My. Goodness. I am going to be living in this jacket. It’s just perfect and hits me at all the right places. I paired the jacket with a slip dress and combat boots, but it will be equally as cute with jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers. This will definitely be worn on repeat.
As you already know, I love fashion and I love to shop. Shopping in a store is always great, but if you are 5’4” and under, you’re really busy and don’t have time, if you’re staying home because we’re in a pandemic, or if you like receiving packages in the mail (me me me!), Short Story Box is for you. The fit will be spot on, you’ll learn about new brands, and you’ll be shopping in the comfort of your own home! What could be better? Oh wait-this can-use this code to get the styling fee waived off your first box shortstorybox.com/referral/MicheleLee
Sherri Preston says
This sounds like such a great company to work with and I love the unfits you are highlighting, especially the jumpsuit and that bag:) I love ‘cold-shoulder’ tops and the one you are wearing is perfect. I’m 5’6″ and although I don’t qualify for ‘petite’ sizes, I do find in certain stores, I can easily wear a med in petite when I would usually be a small in a regular size, also the length sometimes works better for me.
Thank you for sharing, great read!
Sherri, That’s great that you have the option to wear petites. I am so excited with this discovery and so appreciative to Short Story Box for the education, great clothes, and this styling service! Thanks for reading. xo, Michele
Gai Russo says
This is so relevant! Thank you for sharing, love reading all you write. ?????????????
Thanks Gai. I can’t believe it took me so long to learn this!! The difference in the fit was eye opening! Thanks for reading! xo, Michele
jess jannenga says
All of these looks are beautiful on yoU! I especially love the off the shoulder top and the black pants. I have the issue of inseams not being long enough from some brands, so I know it must be helpful to find a fit that works well for one’s height!
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Jess, It’s so important to find the right fit and I’m glad I now know what will work best for me! You have the opposite problem of mine, but still a fit issue so I know you understand. Thank for your kind words and for reading. xo, Michele
Celine Coop says
I loved reading this post, it’s intersting seeing the other side of dressing for height. The looks you put together are gorgeous. Celine x
Thanks Celine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading! xo, Michele
Sara Martel says
What a great idea and concept ! As a 5´2 » and a half ? I can use help with styling and picking the right clothes for Petite women. Thanks so much ! Love the pieces you are modelling here and can you believe I don’t have a black jumpsuit ?!
Thanks Sara, I really learned a lot about petite fit from Short Story Box. Check them out and if you do decide to give it a try (it’s worth it!) don’t forget to use my code to save the first month’s styling fee. As far as a black jumpsuit-well, I have no words!! lol But keep an eye out as I have a post coming about different ways to style a black jumpsuit (so many!)! Thanks for reading. xo, Michele
Barbie Holmes says
This is a brilliant concept!! You look fabulous in all the styles. I especially like the cold shoulder with black pants! ♥️
Thanks Barbie! It really is a great service! The cold shoulder top is beautiful1 Thanks for reading. xo, Michele
This is so exciting! I’m 5’4″ (on a good day…LOL!!!), and my wardrobe has taken a major hit during Cov*d…and need it needs a major boost! Thanks so much for sharing this! XO
Hi Christine, I’m so glad this will be helpful to you! I can’t believe I never tried petite clothes prior to starting with Short Story Box. The difference in fit is amazing! Let me know what you think! xo, Michele