They don't have many items marked petite but I did find some, though in my case ALL the dresses - and some of them are lovely - were too long, even in the shorter length, but I liked them so I'm taking them up. Why on earth are you guys on this site and even commenting on such a simple article, again for WOMEN. Scarves are wonderfully versatile, but petite women — especially those with less than petite chests — need to very careful about the proportions and patterns of scarves, and more importantly, the way they are draped or tied. If your dress has long sleeves, make sure they are the right length and fit well in width. We women are the ones who shop for clothes for women, not Ben and Dave unless you guys DO shop for women's clothes?
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Are you thinking about buying a nice pair of leather boots? But finding the right pair of leather boots can be a really challenging task if you don't know how to begin the search in the first place. Thanks for your feedback. I think lengths both above the knee, on top and just below can all work. If I look at the pictures above many of the dresses and skirts cover the knee and I think the women look fabulous. But of course, just do what looks best on you!
You are right that I could have shown more casual styles. But photos from celebrities in more casual style are harder to come by and I just had to work with what I could find. Thank you for replying!
I will have to experiment with that as I think it is a sophisticated look. I agree about finding celebrities in casual wear! I am always searching for photos to get ideas. I need to add length to my torso, rather than to my legs.
Thank you for any help! I offer some tips here: Very healthy and fit. Pumps can slim your calves especially those that show a lot of your foot. Wearing dark tights can also help.
Hi Sylvia I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your interesting article regarding what short people should wear. I am trying so hard to lose some weight as I am attending a wedding in May I just want to look elegant for this wedding but due to me not being able to wear high heels as I have a very bad right hip.
Sylvia can you help to suggest something for me. I have been through menopause and now I have quite big boobs for a little person. I look so so forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Lesley Cryer. I wrote an article about how to downplay your bust. I would say not to focus too much on losing weight. Try and dress for the body you have now and go shopping now to find that perfect dress!
I am enjoying this site and the article. Yes these tips would be good for anyone would wants to have a taller, leaner appearance!
Petite is no longer for woman under 5 feet like it was years ago. I wear a size Really liked the idea of dresses for different body shapes. I am size 10 but found that I was looking very small with my thin slim structure so trying gaining some weight around waist. Not sure if this would be best. Short women often look best in short dresses.
However, maxi dress can be worn too. Make sure it is well fitted and the dress does not swallow you. The way to make every outfit work is to look at proportion and create a balanced silhouette.
You can read more about that at https: Low waist pants are a no-go. Proportionately my lower body IS longer than my upper body, but I made the mistake of wearing low-rise jeans for too long. Thank you so much Silvia for all the great ideas! I found that your celebrity examples emphasized the notion that petite indicates short and skinny and I felt out of the loop immediately.
I would love to see contrasting images of how real women are successfully implementing your suggestions in this category.
You make a good point and I will take this into account for future articles. That is why you see a lot of images of myself on this site to illustrate as I can easily produce them. I always welcome images through Facebook though! If you wear heels then the dress can be longer too. Usually that means for petites the dress is above or on top of knees.
Another option is a well fitted maxi dress. The best arch support sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis. How to wear orange? How to dress when you are petite? Ruth shares a few tips for petites in this short video In principle, these guidelines will work for anyone who is short in height, or for those who want to appear longer or leaner in their appearance.
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.
Monochromatic Colors and Vertical Lines The longer the single blocks of color are, the taller you will appear. The blouse is the same color as the pants, and 2. There is no obvious horizontal line between them. Dresses for Plus-Size Petites When it comes to evening wear, the shorter woman can shine in a full-length gown, but even here the illusion can be improved by the use of the right neckline.
Plus-Size Petite Sleepwear Nightgowns, pajamas, and robes are just as important—there is no better way to end the day than in a beautiful, sensual silk nightgown that fits, but finding one is often difficult for small women who know that "full length" is a relative term.
Customizing Plus-Size Clothing for Petites. Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience. Where can I shop?
Ash & Erie Is Changing the Fashion Industry With Stylish Clothes for Short Men. They're getting innovative with design, fit, and tailoring. Feb 26, · The clothes are not stylish at all, and just screams "hey look at me, im short & fat, and the clothes suck", which reverts me to having to wear mainly leggings all the time, and try to offset it with a decent looking metrdisk.cfs: Men’s Fashion Week showcased strong looks, but nothing surpassed Gucci, Haider Ackerman and Topman Design’s blush themed catwalks with striking pink suits paired with velvet smoking slippers or tan brogues and embroidered shirt collars.