I love this color. However, beware the color. Or look for versatile "summer weight" wool which can work year-round.
There are only two good solutions, one is don't buy items with low necks! Pick a nice, simple boat neck, for example, or a short 'V'. The only other thing you can do is buy a sewing machine and learn to use it. Making your own clothes can actually be simpler than trying to alter clothes you have bought. Find a pattern you like and adapt it, you'll find lessons on youtube on how to alter a pattern and start with ultra simple patterns. I started with patterns called Very Easy Vogue, usually the number of pattern pieces is a guide to how complex the pattern is.
Once you've had some practice, you'll find single patterns that produce a whole wardrobe, most are marked with lines where you make the necessary adjustments. Ben and Dave must have really small penises!
I myself am 5'1 and not your typical size zero for our height. I'm a size So I often have the struggle of not being able to find things that fit right. I'm not fat, I rather I have bigger butt and boobs. Doesn't make me not petite like the men are trying to say in this feed. Again, small penis syndrome will get to guys heads. Thank you for the article! Ok, For the record- yes, petite in clothing terms does mean short.
Specifically under 5' 4". Petite clothing also compensates for shorter sleeve lengths, shoulder width, pant length, shirt rise, etc In the US, sizes in petite clothing generally extend to size It can be difficult finding descent fitting clothing no matter your body type.
Not all designers have the same cut or sizing standards. I am 5'1 and anywhere between a size 12 and For instance, I recently bought a black pair of slacks at Macy's in a size 14 short, and had to return them for a 16 petite because the waist cut was too high, and too wide with the regular size even tho a size smaller than petite. It's all in the cut for me, same with tops. I have both regular and petite sizes in my closet but fit is key.
I go with classic lines and clothing that isn't too busy. Find staple pieces and brands that really work for you. I'll-fitted clothing- overly baggy or too tight a fit makes one look larger. The way I see it, even tho it can be a challenge to weed out the perfect fit, we have more departments to potentially choose from petite, regular, and plus.
If you find a brand and style that fits well- keep going back for more. And don't let the haters on this site, or others run you down What are they doing on a petite-plus women's website in the first place? Thanks for the helpful tips and keep being fabulous ladies!! Me and a few gal pals are surprising a friend of ours with a make over. We are going to have so much fun! I am 5" and DDD, I kinda have waist only cause my hips are large very short between bustline and shoulders.
I always have to majorly shorten any tank tops I buy or the front is past my breasts. I need help on finding clothes to wear. I don't have the money to shop expensive or go to a tailor.
I tend to agree. It is one thing to know what to wear, it's quite another to be able to find it, and that's not just down to size. As a red head I like to wear warm colors or autumn tones, these aren't easy to find in spring or summer wardrobe items. Why do fashion experts think that those of us who suit, chocolate, bronze or deep orange only want to wear these colors in the autumn? I want to wear them all year round because they look good on me.
Personally I think fashion experts have it all the wrong way round. They think it's the clothes that matter, when really it's the people who wear them. Thanks for your comment, if you find some clothes that are more to your liking, please post the details here so we can all shop there!
Fashion wise I didn't pick up any new tips that I hadn't already figured out but many of the tips are unusable in today's market because of the manufacturers. For example go to Talbot's Women's Petites - every striped sweater is horizontal stripes. I formerly wore almost exclusively Talbots when they knew how to make vertical stripes.
Ellen Liz Taylor used to make vertical stripped sweaters and shirts before it was bought out. I used to love wearing for example monochromatic linen pants and blazers with matching monochromatic silk shirts IN beautiful COLORS [not just black and white] but it is just not being made in any size.
Fashion has really gone downhill. I wish they was a boutique for short curvy girls. I have very large bust broad shoulders. Petites are too short and regular lengths way to large. I often buy misses tops and junior pants to fit better. But often the tops are too wide around the waist.
The struggle is real. I think this is probably the most useful article on the internet for short ladies, plus size or not - it's nice to know how to walk a little taller without having to wear heels.
This article was great until I got to the comment section. For any men like Ben on this website you weirdos , "petite" when shopping for clothes means "short".
If you don't like it, go be a fashion designer and change the word. Otherwise, if you are specifically into "petite-as-in-child-sized" women and are somehow offended by this article, you're gonna have to admit to yourself that maybe you're not into women, you're actually into children. We just know that's what the industry uses to describe clothing that is short. This article is to try to help us find clothing that may work for our body type.
We know our size and don't need you defining it! If your not here to help why be here at all? I am 5'2" and gained a large amount of weight 4 yrs ago-quite rapidly-while eating an excellent diet and exercising regularly.
I was 40 years old, and went from lbs. Turned out to be a result of perimenopause. I was shocked to find out that no matter how much I exercised the weight wouldn't drop.. I was very large busted before and its worse now. I really appreciate sites that address this particular subject. Don't forget-many decent, wonderful, loving men find a little more "padding" to be attractive!
My own husband definitely likes me any-sized. You need to truly educate yourself before commenting! I love the comment about these hateful males who want "the best" "the most beautiful" etc. Those guys who are so hateful to overweight women who, if they were thin,wouldn't have the time of day for them. Men don't get it. They've never had to learn the difference between Misses, Ladies, Women, Petite, etc. I used to be able to shot at Fashion Bug and fit everything pretty well.
Lane Bryant just isn't the same. That place is built for tall girls. I can't fit anything there. Not a bash session for a body type. We are all made different. I am a very attractive woman on the plus size, I am 5ft and I wear classic beautiful clothes which bring in compliments all the time.
Add an accessory, scarf chain, pin You nasty people out there who choose to be afraid of curves Some of you, no matter what you wear I'm in the plus-size petite range of clothing and it is very hard to find things that fit well.
For about five years now, I've been buying the majority of my clothing online from Talbots as they carry plus-petite even though my local Talbots store doesn't. Talbots carries everything in plus-petite: They can be rather pricey, especially the winter coats, but there are often sales. Almost nothing feels better than having a winter coat that fits every place.
No more sleeves covering my fingers, no more back-belts hanging under my butt like a sling when it should be at the back of the waist. Also, Woman Within, an online plus-size clothing store, offers petite-plus in some of their dresses, tops, bottoms, and even sleepwear. And at a reasonable price, too.
Amy, I have to agree with you. This hub has been edited and Hubpages added their own explanatory graphics. Like you, I actually don't like them at all, but it was not under my control, sorry. What's up with that picture labeled "vertical lines fool the eye"?
These color-blocked outfits are not flattering at all! The vertical blocks make the women's shapes look chunky, not long and lean. Change all these outfits to a single, solid color, and they instantly become more flattering. Virgie, it is sad that you think with a closed mind. I do not agree with Ben's statements at all. Please do not classify me in any category, as I do not do the same to you nor anyone else. This is still a good site for information for all, but for me, as of this posting I will be deleting it from my computer.
I will not be chastised by anyone, haters or not. That is my freedom! Have a blessed day to all. I'm 4"10 and lbs but happy with what i am. Thank you for this article. Please ignore the bullies. Eileen Fisher makes clothing for us, if you can find a store that carries it.
Not a lot of choices, but some, mostly separates. Like Bat, I would love to find pretty dresses for petite plus-sizes. I too suffer the lack of height and slight bit of weight.
I'm short 5'3" and lbs. My height size clothing is made for supermodels like toothpicks. So I often turn to women's catalogs for jeans and shirts which happen to be closer to my actual true size.
Now I can see quite a few rolling their eyes, but I don't care. Women of "Petite Plus" size to which I do consider myself have more clothing choices than men. I am married, but my wife does not like the idea of men even thinking of wearing any type of women's clothing.
So I do what I can out of love for my wife. But shopping for clothes men's for myself requires a lot of altering just to fit properly. This is just simply crazy. Sorry to ramble, but I like this site and just wanted to let those out there that are petite plus, don't listen to the haters, keep on going in life. I know exactly how you feel. I too get the hate comments from the male side of the population. Best of wishes to all. I'm afraid my Russian is a bit rusty, but if Google translate is to be believed, this is a recipe for a henna rinse.
Nice thought, but not sure why it's here? Just as for Lu's sizes, petites need clothes designed for their proportions and those aren't easy to find. It never ceases to amaze me which articles bring out the arguments. I never would have suspected to find one here. I have so much trouble in petite departments. I often shop for my daughter who is barely 5' tall. I hold up pants in front of myself and see the hems graze the top of my foot.
How can these clothes be called petite? It can be very hard to find the right size. Thanks for adding your comment to this hub. Let me tell you, you are not alone. Sounds like we are the same height. I too have struggled with my weight for decades and I know exactly what you mean. Most people, however, don't and think we just need more self control. They don't know how lucky they are. I'm not sure I can advise you on trendy clothes. I have developed my own style which makes me feel good, and that is what I stick to.
Personally, I think fashion in irrelevant, if you find something that makes you look and feel good, wear it. But what, in your case, would that be? It sounds as thought your figure is similar to mine, and we wear similar things. Around the house I can often be found in leggings. These don't look fantastic, but they are very comfortable, and since I have a leg that doesn't work well, they give it some support. Over the leggings I like to wear a bright colorful top, usually a tunic.
I scour Romans and the like for anything described as a tunic which is at least 31 inches long, as I know that covers what I want covered. You won't find many, but there are some. When I want to look smart I wear clothes that have been made for me. Sounds tremendously good, doesn't it?
It's not as expensive as you think. I buy from Astarte Woman and from Peggy Lutz. A completely plain, long dress in a slinky fabric is ideal for a formal event and ideal for travelling, and in a plain color you can add your own personality with scarves, jewelry and such.
For outerwear I tend to stick to wraps. There are some great ones to be had at fabulous furs, I also have several in alpaca which are fabulous, but I'm sorry I. Take a hard look at your figure. I assumed I was generally short, but found that my torso is actually average, its just my legs that are really short. Once you know your proportions you can play with shape and color as described in the hub. Above all, spend a little more for clothes that fit, look in the mirror and smile.
Are you doing all you can to be the way you want to be? If so, get out there. People who matter don't mind. People who mind, don't matter. Yes, my name says it all.. All of the pants are way too long because they assume only tall women are supposed to be large or 2. And yes, i have tried to lose the weight every way I can, and it has even gotten to the point where I am seriously considering the lap band surgery. Its already an issue when you are short, but when your short AND fat like me, it becomes a real hurtful issue.
Yes some people are fortunate to have the weight just fall off of them, I on the other hand have struggled with this for the last 20 years, and its very frustrating for those tall, thin supermodel chicks or those dudes that have a 6 pack right now. Remember, you are not going to be drop dead gorgeous forever, despite what you may think.. This is a great hub for those that fit the description. Voted up so more people see it as this hub has many good ideas and helpful.
Even the mass market catalogues are selling petite plus these days, and if that fails, made to measure for a couple of crucial pieces if a good way to go for anyone, regardless of size. Hi, it really helps me a lot for this information coz im having difficulties finding clothes for myself coz im only 5'2 and im fat girl, and whatever clothes i wear i feel like im getting smaller and im already losing my confidence wearing fashionable clothes well actually i dont buy one at all coz i feel stupid when wearing it coz im too small i meant i have a short legs and im fat..
I agree, the UK starts plus size a little early, but at least there are a few shops where you can buy plus size clothes. I remember when it was Evans, Evans or, of course, Evans. Is it possible for size 18 plus to look good? Of course it is as long as the fit is good and you wear a flattering color.
What's depressing is that the quality of a lot of plus size clothes is very poor, fit is quite often terrible, there's very little choice for plus size petites it's a fashion industry term, anyone who doesn't like the word petite being used that way should apply to clothes manufacturers, not me AND there are a lot of black clothes out there. I love black, it's a great color, but not all the time!
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Ive been plus size petite for as long as I can remember, and this was a hub which came from the heart. Have you thought about having some key pieces of clothing made to measure? It isn't always as expensive as it sounds. My Mum had the same problem as you do, and that was how she solved it. Fit really is more important than anything else, and a small wardrobe that fits well, is much better than lots of clothes that don't.
You can be petite [short] and squat. Ben is so wrong for some reason. Petite means small in fashion and French. Ben, Petite does not mean short and squat. You cannot be fat and petite. Please stop trying to redefine the word petite to make fat girls feel good about themselves. It's ugly to see a short fat woman calling herself petite. Stop trying to redefine the word petite to make those ugly fat women feel good about themselves.
Sandra - have you thought about a boob reduction if its really getting to you? I assume your already in a minimiser bra. A DD cup to the breast line and the problem is threefold petite round and big breasted equals life in a sack. I may be a size 12 everywhere but the bust but instantly I become a size 20 long sleeves wide necks.
I m so depressed. I am a woman and agree with Bennot the way he put it, mind you, but in essence, I agree. There are 2 issues here. If you are short, yes you are petite, in that your height is small, however if you are heavy Conversely I believe you can be tall, so by definition NOT petite in height, however if you have small bones and very little weight then your breadth IS petite.
It's a combo thing. I know it's old, but blimey that was some crazy comments up there. In the UK, Plus Size is considered to start at size That's a US Size 8. It's ridiculous that anyone in that category be considered plus size. Of course, I would say that, but we're a plus size company and we don't start until Size 18, which is where we believe it really become plus size. And, again I would say this, but I don't care: The days when you couldn't are thankfully long gone.
The height runs in my family, I like being little. The weight is from medication, depression, stress and working 3 jobs to support my daughter and husband. I only eat breakfeast and the other 2 meals are Boost while traveling between jobs. When I married my husband, I was on lbs size 6 at the most. Husband was normal weight, but now, he is no underwear model, himself.
He has match me pound for pound and then some. Guys are called big, women are call fat. I didn't choice to be this way, but Dave and Ben you choice to be pigs. It is possible for me and others to change are weight but a pig will always be a pig, no matter how you dress him up. At least we women are are this site for information to help us look our best.
Why on earth are you guys on this site and even commenting on such a simple article, again for WOMEN. I appreciate the good information in the article. Thank you ladies for setting Ben straight. I am a mature lady and have had a fun life. I have found that men like Ben love to think they are more than what they are. It is usually because of their short comings,if you know what I mean, that they love to put a woman down. Who do they think they are? Wonder what his mother,sister,wife, or GF will think when he gets old,fat or bald?
Ben, Grow up jerk! I am very frustrated when shopping for clothes. I too am short and round and clothing usually fits my top but not my waist. If I buy clothes from Lane Bryant they are made for tall heavy ladies. Apparantly only tall women can be plus sized. Even the petites are too small. If i am lucky I can find them in 16 and up. Occasionally I find a petite short in pants in an 18 but few and far between. With petite short I don't have to hem them.
Also why do they think if you have a thick waist, your thighs are just as big. The pants usually look like tents. I have to attend a wedding in a couple of months and as the short and fat step mother of the bride I don't want to embarrass her by looking frumpy.
Double standards for men and women need to end now. Men with potbellies insist that their women must look hot. I say 'to hell with them', there are more than enough men out there who look at inner beauty first and consider outer beauty to be just a bonus. Can I break into the bigot bashing to ask; where can I find a dress or skirt that will fit a plus waist but petite hieght?
I am 5'2 and have been searching for a nice mid-calf-length, summer dress all over the web How about all the plus size girls go hide under a rock while you are out on the town, going to the grocery store, and exercising your virile, masculine body. You think everyone should feel bad unless they live up to your standards, but so far, I see that your standards mean being sh it ty to other people until they feel bad so you can feel superior. I love this color. Regular sized clothing and plus sizes will result in pant rises hanging halfway to her knees, shoulder seems similarly laying several inches down the arm, jackets and shirts which land mid thigh, arm holes which lay four inches down the underarm side of the garment… Thanks for sharing….
Although, as a manager of a plus size boutique, I do believe that you can be a bit more easy-going with your rules, such as the pant and top having to match.
Keep your chin up! Even on a great site like hubpages, people like to stretch their muscles and make negative comments. You ARE petite plus. That is an industry fact. The word "petite" has different uses in different arenas, and we'll use ours the way the clothing industry does, thank you very much! If you don't know the business, keep out of ours please, and be a bit nicer next time. I'm very short and very fat. There, we don't have to argue over the term "petite".
This article is extremely useful for me, I just wish it'd come with some more photos to illustrate. I am only four ten and about nine stone. Im considered to be "fat" and yet my height deliniates me as "petite". Ben and Dave, what would someone larger but short be labled in fashion senses if not a "petit" height?
Understanding this as an industry standard, petite refers to the shorter length from neck to wrist,neck to shoulder, waist to hip, breastbone to waist, knee to hip, etc. A five foot woman at 92 lbs has pretty much the same dimensions mentioned above even if she gains forty pounds. Only her measurements of circumference will change. Regular sized clothing and plus sizes will result in pant rises hanging halfway to her knees, shoulder seems similarly laying several inches down the arm, jackets and shirts which land mid thigh, arm holes which lay four inches down the underarm side of the garment really a problem in sleeveless garments; half of the bra shows.
The issue here is clothing fit, not how attractive to men the short person is. Do the men who remarked here picture a 23 year old who is stuffing her face with pizza when she should be svelte and sexy for him to ogle? Got a mom, aunt, or grandma or physically challenged female relative who is really beloved and overweight?
Do you feel disgusted with them because of the weight? Do you feel the same way about male relatives with the same issues? I've seen enough out of shape men making jokes about over weight women who presumably wouldn't give the men the time of day if those women were thin.
Ben, I agree with you percent. If you are 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide, you are NOT petite. I actually work for a Plus Size Woman's clothing company in NZ and it occurs on a almost a daily basis. Incredible to think others feel the need to verbally state their stance on such matters.
Says A LOT about what's going on inside the critic. Often they are in a bad head space about themselves so feel the need to belittle others. Also very easy for someone like Ben to make these comments from behind the safety of a computer monitor.
Ben, I'm delighted to have support from Rebecca and seamstress1, if you read the first paragraph again, I agree that the classical definition of petite is, essentially, tiny, but in the fashion industry the term now refers to anyone who is short. But that's not the important point. Why shouldn't fat girls feel good? Why should you, or anyone else for that matter, get to say when we are allowed to feel good about ourselves?
I couldn't disagree with you more. Ben educate yourself on womens clothing, petite is any woman 5'4" and under regardless of weight. It is not a dictionary definition!! Petite does not mean short and fat. You can not be petite and fat. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
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