For years I assumed that you had to be a skinny model to fit into petite clothing. However this view changed when I treated myself to a personal shopper experience at the local shopping centre. These great personal shoppers take you around all the stores and help you choose the right clothes for your personality, budget and figure.
I was amazed when she told me that I was a petite size. Petite clothing is not as I assumed about weight but about height and general body shape. All these years I had been struggling to find clothing that fit my leg length and shoulders and the reason I couldn’t was because I was picking the wrong fit time and time again.
All About Petite Clothing
Petite clothing is about height not weight. This clothing fit is designed specifically for women under around 5’4”. This means torso, leg and arm lengths are all scaled down to match a smaller frame. Shoulders will also be narrower on tops, shirts and jackets.
Petite clothing is not about weight so there are many sizes to choose from. I am a curvy apple shape and don’t have much trouble finding a good fit with most size 12 petite clothing ranges. My friend has a more buxom petite figure has found some really good petite clothing in plus sizes online. This all means you should be able to find petite clothing to suit a wide range of figures.
Buying Petite Clothing
Petite ranges in different stores will vary so you will need to try a few things on and see which fit is best for you.
- For example I find the Next petite range in size 12 quite good for my 5’2” height and curvy figure.
- The La Perla range in size 12 from Marks and Spencer is also quite a good fit for me but I do find trying clothing on in this store a nightmare as the women’s fitting rooms always seem to be very busy and crowded.
- Other high street fashion chain petite clothing can often a bit of a squeeze with the size 12 frequently being a bit tight and the size 14 being a bit big.
- I did used to go first to Next and La Perla for my work clothes (I work in an office and do need to look smart so well fitting trouser and shirts are a must).
- However I think the size 14 in petite must be very popular as often I find clothing I like in Next but there is no size 14 available, even when I ask.
- This can be very annoying so lately I have been shopping more and more online for my petite clothing.
- There are some great online stores offering a much better range of petite clothing than you can find in on the high street.
- Another benefit is that they tend to have better stock reserves and so I can normally by the right size in the items I like.
- Reputable online clothing stores have good returns policies. This means that in most cases you can try on the clothes and then send them back and get a bigger size if they don’t fit.
- I also send clothes back if I don’t like them and have not had a problem getting a credit note or my money back so far.
- These great online customer support options make it safe and easy to shop online and find some fantastic new additions for your petite wardrobe.
- As a petite person I am always looking for ways to lengthen my body. This can be achieved by choosing vertical elements in clothing design.
- Another good tip is to look out for clothing that has smaller buttons and trims. This helps to narrow down the outfit and create more illusion of height.
If you are looking for a great range of petite clothing then get online now and visit Viyella. I have found this trusted online store very handy for a great selection of smart and casual clothes for the petite wardrobe.