(Closed) NWR: Petite ladies, where do you buy clothes?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I love New York and Co.  They really have a wide selection of clothing and the petite section really does fit petites. 

Honestly, I’ve just been sticking to the styles that work well even if I am a bit disproportionate.  Some things just DON’T look good no matter what.  You know the style now with the wide sleeves… umm… yeah, no dice.  I look like I’m playing dress up.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@mariwithani:  How tall are you?  I’m 5’2″ and I consider myself a petite person, but most size XS or S tops fit me.  As far as pants, I have to get them hemmed most of the time, although the “short” pants at the Limited (for business casual clothes) fit me fine length wise.  For most jeans, I have to get them hemmed.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ann Taylor is one of my favorites as they have really nice petite selections.  I get most of my ‘business-casual’ work clothes from there.  I also like Express (some of their tops you can get in XXS.

Post # 8
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Newbee

I can totally relate! I used to get SO frustrated when I would go clothes shopping, and often went home empty-handed. I’m 5’2″, and wear size 0 short in pants and extra small tops. My absolute favorite store for work clothes is the Banana Republic Factory Store. They have great deals (I once got a pair of trouser jeans for $21.99!) and if you join their email list, they’ll send you coupons. I can sometimes wear Gap clothes… depends on the cut. American Eagle jeans are great too when they’re on sale (size 0 short fits perfectly!), and their tops fit pretty well most of the time. Anne Taylor Loft is also great! I know these stores sound super pricy, but I am absolutely a bargain shopper and only buy on sale. Hope you have outlets nearby ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I’m 5’2, 110 pounds-ish, and I have been there! I call it “fat child syndrome” – clothes often seem to be too big and too small at the same time! They are tight and loose in all the wrong places, which makes me look like (I think) a fat child – which is very depressing when you are trying to buy professional-looking clothes! Clothes shopping can be so frustrating, especially because salespeople and friends who aren’t petite do NOT get it at all. 

I love dressy tops from the Limited, although you do have to try them on first and make sure the fit in the shoulders isn’t weird. I like dress pants from Express (I’d be lost without the Editor in short lengths) and The Limited. I wear wedges with them (I’m a student teacher, and can’t stand to be on my feet in heels or flats all day) and they are the perfect length for me with a 1-inch heel. However, I have occasionally used double-sided tape or a safety pin to make my pants shorter – just fold the hem over and tape/pin it shut. It works well enough for a short period of time.

I don’t get stuff tailored, but I plan to once I have a good job. My mother is the same size as me and gets lots of her stuff tailored, even jeans. She always looks great, so I think it’s worth it. My Boyfriend or Best Friend gets a lot of his stuff tailored (suits, pants, etc.), and says it’s not too expensive and definitely worth it.

For everyday clothes, I’ve actually found that juniors’ jeans (from Charlotte Russe and Arizona) fit me better than any expensive brands. I have a bigger chest, but I’d try juniors-sized tops if you have a smaller bust, because normally they have a good fit in the shoulders. Target and American Eagle’s junior stuff isn’t as tacky as the stuff you find at department stores. I can often find cute things at Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe (and they’re super cheap, too!). Express and New York & Company stuff also seem to be made to fit a slightly smaller chest than mine in size XS. I always gravitate toward items with an empire waist, because then you can adjust the top/dress to actually fall at the right place (rather than having the natural waist fall right around the widest part of my tummy – UGH.) I’ve also found that a good white camisole is great for a smooth line under a top, and for ensuring that there’s no gap between top and bottom. I love the Merona camis from Target – they’re like 8 bucks and very soft/opaque.

Finally, I’ve found that Old Navy’s simple cotton crewneck tees (I think they’re called “Perfect Tees”) are the best-fitting t-shirts I can find. Nothing expensive even comes close…. I always joke with my Boyfriend or Best Friend that cheaper stuff actually fits my body better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@mariwithani Sounds like you are just a bit smaller than me… Double-sided tape is a lifesaver. Hope you find some brands you feel comfortable in soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Where does that leave me? I’m 5 ft tall and have major curves! I’m in a 14/16- big boobed (40b) with hips lol. Help! I’m stuck going to Wal-mart or having things taylored which is costing a butt load of $.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I can’t even tell you the number of times I end up in tears – both frustration and sadness – from clothes shopping. What I do now is order from Ann Taylor, LOFT, or Banana Republic online because online they carry 00P and XXS, whereas they usually dont in most stores. I am 4’11 and 90 lbs, 32A cup and wear 00/00S/00P jeans, XXS tops. I buy jeans from abecrombie (embarassing, but they fit). I also get a lot of pants taken in and shirts taken in at a tailor – BEST investment ever. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i feel your pain. I am 5 ft 1 in and 96 lb and i also face the same shopping problem. XS usually fit fine if i buy my clothes in a bigger city where people can vary in size a lot. But, in alabama, the XS is way too big and size 0 in alabama is more like a size 2 elsewhere. I do shop at target, forever21 and sometimes gap. So, my clothes are not really very mature =( TJmaxx junior section sometimes do have rare finds (i got my only pair of fitting jeans there). Pants are too long for me and long skirts make me look short. So, i stick to dresses or jeans or short pants. I hate clothes shopping and always come out from a clothes shop after hours with nothing and very upset.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Oh, and I forgot to add. H&M is *THE BEST* for casual and work clothes for me. Their size 2 fits me PERFECT. Try that!

Also, I shop J Crew children’s. 

A lifesaver for me was petite blogs. My favorites are ExtraPetite and AlterationsNeeded (just google them!). They post about sales, fitting room pictures, what clothes run big/small, etc. They are about 5’1 I think. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Ahh – Sorry I keep posting. Haha, this is a problem that is very close to my heart ๐Ÿ˜›

I forgot to add – since you are small up top (like me!) getting tank tops at teen stores like Hollister, Aeropostale, Abercrombie, or H&M is great. You cant really tell with a plain solid colored tank anyway. 

Another blog to google – PetiteLittleGirl 

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