So often when I try on clothes the length is too long (I’m 5’2”), the sleeves are too long, the waist hits at the wrong spot, the shoulders are too wide-you get the idea. Well, a few years ago I shared Short Story and learned some eye opening info about petite size clothing.
What did I learn?
I learned that regular clothes are designed for individuals 5’5” and above, so those of us on the tinier side, 5’4” and under, should be wearing petite sizes. However, you may be taller but have a petite frame and prefer the fit of a petite top. It’s all about trying and seeing what works best for you.
How did I learn this?
Finding Short Story was key to learning about the appropriate fit for petite women. Their stylists work with you, and after you take a style quiz, they will shop for you based on your needs. You’ll then receive a box containing five or six items, clothing and accessories, selected just for you. You get to try them on in the comfort of your own home and mix and match them with items already in your wardrobe. As you try them on you’ll see how the difference in proportions changes the look and fit. You then have five days from the delivery date to decide if you need to return anything and can then check out online. If you do need to make a return, it’s free!
So what exactly does it mean to wear petite size clothing?
As I said previously, petite clothing are designed for women 5’ 4” and under. While petite sizes do range from xsmall or 00 to xxlarge or 18/20, the same as standard clothing sizes, there is a difference. Petite sizing adjusts everything proportionately, which means the waist will sit higher, the shoulders will be narrower, the sleeves are shorter, pants will have a shorter inseam and a shorter rise.
What are some styles that work well for petite women?
Wrap style pieces can help define your waist and bring shape to your outfit. High-rise or mid-rise pants and skirts can help raise your waistline and elongate your body. Off the shoulder necklines elongate your neck, vertical stripes will give the illusion of height, show some ankle, roll up your sleeves to your mid-arm or elbow-just like showing some ankle will make your legs look longer, this will make your arms appear longer.
Short Story has a $25 styling fee for every box that goes to the work of your personal stylist. However, this styling fee can be applied to whatever you decide to keep from that box. I’ve got a code for you to use to save the $25 styling fee on your first box! shortstorybox.com/referral/MicheleLee