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The Best Fashion Choices for the Petite Woman

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Small clothing sales are higher now for petite women than they have ever been. It makes good financial sense for clothing brands and shops to carry more clothing for the petite female.

If you are one of the many women under 5’4″, you understand the struggle it is to find clothing that fits. Trousers are often too long and must get hemmed, even shorter cropped styles are too long. Instead of being cropped, they look like regular trousers that are too short for you. 

Sleeves and necklines are also problems for the petite woman. Necklines may be too low cut and sleeves too long. Instead of looking fashionable, these can make you look like you are playing dress-up with mother’s clothing. Don’t worry, though. 

There are ways to find stylish, great-fitting items that you will love.

Length Is the Key to a Great Fit

Trousers, dresses, and skirts should get tried on, or their exact measurements checked out. You could look effortlessly chic in a Joseph Ribkoff dress – their timeless designs flatter any figure, but remember to take into account the following tips:

  • Be sure that hems do not touch the ground.
  • Trousers and long skirts or dresses that will get worn with flats should brush the top of your foot.
  • If you plan to wear heels, bring them with you when you shop.
  • A good tailor can be your best friend when it comes to getting a good fit.

Tops Can Be a Challenge

Tops should also get tried on. Some may be cut too low for the petite wearer, and one option is shopping in the small section. However, these tops are often not a good fit for the curvy petite girl. Small-size tops often get cut too narrow for the curvy woman. 

Another helpful tip is to shop for cropped tops, since regular-sized blouses may be too long. Tops should be flattering and fall at about your waist. Petite women may have to try on several styles and brands to find something that flatters their small size.

Those women with creative flare may enjoy showcasing their personality by wearing custom t-shirts. Sites such as Rare Custom allow users to choose from a variety of sizes, add their own custom design and receive top-quality clothing delivered straight to their door.

Quality over Quantity

While buying cheap clothing may be tempting, it does not always make excellent fashion or financial sense. Affordable clothing often gets constructed with inferior materials and craft. These items are usually sized wrong and will likely fall apart quickly. 

It makes much more sense to buy fewer quality items made to last. Take the time to check out the construction of clothing before you make a purchase.

Fortunately, these days it is much easier to find petite clothing. Just be sure to try everything on to ensure that it is right for your height and weight. If you do have to have an item altered, make sure you take it to a tailor with a reputation for excellent work. Always check out the petite women section first. It can help you avoid alterations, which can save you money.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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