Petites- ladies 5'5" (65 in. or 165 cm) or shorter- have big style despite being short in stature. Certain fashion items and looks that might work for average size, average height females may not work so well on petites. Some petites struggle to find clothes for their bodies. No matter what, petite women are every bit as beautiful and as charming as any average-size, average-height woman. This blog post is one where I give some love to petites the world over whom love my material.
There are many different thresholds to determine what "petite" height is. For this blog post, I will use 65 inches (165 centimeters) or shorter to define "petite." This is mostly a casual post regarding petite fashion. Therefore, don't expect to find much in the way of advice. I do, however, have some online material from more qualified sources to help you out later in this post.
LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):APR 2 2014 - made several edits; added two other bloggers
--- Petite Fashion ---
^ from: www.lagunabeach.com - Sweet petite! They're not short- they're fun-sized! :)
Petite women are short in height, but have no problem dressing up to be as beautiful as their taller counterparts. These ladies show that being short in height doesn't equal being short in style. I have read certain fashion petite fashion blogs where some petite women can't find such a good fit with adult clothes, that some petites shop for children's clothes for that perfect fit. I often wonder about certain petites and how some of them struggle to find great-fitting clothes for their bodies. Shopping for clothes isn't as easy for petites as it can be for average women. There are even some petites who have short feet, so even shopping for shoes (and what girl doesn't love shoes?) can also be a problem. Very much like plus size women, there is also a fashion segment and a fashion market for petites.
Petite Challenges.Being a petite lends its own fashion challenges. They can be as much out of the mainstream fashion loop as plus size females. A number of petites take on certain different styling touches and advice. So what can be different for petites as opposed to average women? Here are a few examples:
• I love maxi dresses and maxi skirts. On petites, however, certain maxi dresses can overwhelm petite figures.
• There are some (like myself) who love flare jeans and flare pants. However, they may be too much for petites.
• Tunics are often times worn to compliment certain bottoms. Some tunics are long enough and attractive enough to be their own dresses for petites.
I mentioned before that some petites wear children's size clothing- just trying to find the best possible fit for their bodies. Certain petites even find themselves having certain clothes tailor-made for their bodies. Wearing skin-tone (I try to avoid saying "nude") pumps help elongate the legs of a petite woman. Having such pairs of shoes are almost a must-have for classy petite fashion.
Petite Celebrities.Various petite celebrities include the likes of Madonna, Danica Patrick, Hayden Panettiere, Eva Longoria, Paula Abdul, Alexz Johnson, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Nicole Polizzi (Snooki), and more. Many of these celebrities are among some of the many for which to draw petite fashion inspiration from. Then again, most of my female audience would probably be squeamish at me using "draw inspiration from" and "Snooki" in the same sentence. But... she is a petite- all 4'8" of her. One of my old Middle School Friends is 4'8"! Anyhow- many of the ladies I mentioned are 5'5" or shorter. Some are below 5 feet tall, like Snooki and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Plus-Sized AND Petite?Can you be plus-sized and petite? Sure! One plus-sized beauty who is short is the beautiful actress/singer Nikki Blonsky. She's 4'10" as I read. Being short with a curvy body can be as much of a challenge as being petite shopping for X-Small sizes.
No matter what, even short women deserve to look and feel as stylish as they like. Not as many designers or retailers have the proper sort of clothes and styles to compliment petites, though. There lies the challenge for most petite fashionistas- "can I (as a petite) find the perfect looks, fits, and styles to look and feel beautiful?" One place to go for trying to answer that question would be to consult the blogosphere. The next section features certain bloggers that specialize in discussing petite fashion, as well as a few short ladies who show great style.
--- Petite Bloggers ---These are short ladies around the blogosphere. Their blogs may or may not specifically be about petite fashion, but these petite ladies are among many who are about petite fashion or are short themselves. If you don't know any petite bloggers, then I can help you meet some petites. Gain some fashion insight from these petite ladies:
Here are some other short ladies (or at least, those who admit being short). Click on the headings to each description to visit the respective ladies' blogs:
Cassandra is a petite beauty from the Midwest. She stands all of 4'9" and boasts some serious style. She is both petite and curvy. Most of her styles are primarily work-oriented. However, she also boasts some sweet casual style. She is a very appealing petite with wonderful style. Visit "Style Cassentials" to be amazed by Cassandra's beautiful style.
The beautiful Lynne Gabriel is from the Philippines and stands 5'3". She herself admits not being model material with her short frame. Lynne still remains a beautiful fashion blogger. Don't take my word for it- see for yourself how lovely she is by visiting "Lynne Gabriel." And by the way, she and her blog get extra love from me as she represents my wonderful native city of Houston.
This lovely petite boasts big time style
More may be added in future edits.
--- Petite Fashion Resources ---The Internet is its own hot mess of material. So rather than endlessly search for petite resources and material, here are some of many different resources:
Petite Legs is a British retailer of garments for petite women. Their lineup includes various bottoms, dresses, shoes, and even handbags.
This site can help petites 5'3" or shorter find great-fitting and great-looking clothes. Feel free to visit for petite fashion advice as well as individual material regarding petite fashion. This blog mostly suits petite women in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Various Petite Fashion Collections...These are various designers and retailers offering fashion items for Petites:
• ASOS Petite (USA ASOS Site)
• Dresses for Prom and gowns for Petites from PromGirl
• David's Bridal Wedding Dresses for Petites (5'4" with sizes offered in 0P to 16P)
• Petite Clothing from LOFT (added: July 10, 2013)
Plus Size Petites (or Petite Plus).• One Stop Shop: Petite Plus (fashion for plus-size petites)
• Top 5 Fashion Tips for Plus Size Petite Women
• Petite Size 20 Pants - pant options for plus size petites
Petite Pregnancy.In case any of you petite women may be expecting (congratulations if so!):
• Petite Maternity Style Tips (sheknows.com)
• Petite Maternity Clothing on petitefashionista.com
I will be sure to add more links based on traffic and interest.
--- Petite Fashion: Final Thoughts ---Being short in stature doesn't mean you have to be short on style. There are many different ways for petite women to be every bit as beautiful as their taller counterparts. Petite clothes shopping can be a tougher challenge than shopping for most average size women. The pursuit of that perfect fit for some petites is what makes petite shopping so difficult sometimes. Even speaking from a male perspective, I often wonder what it is like to be petite and not have as many options available right away for petite figures.
Cross-Promotion/Other Reading.Here is some extra material from me to you if you enjoyed this blog post:
"Sweet Petite!" (John's Blog Space)
^ This is my popular blog post from John's Blog Space that began getting me some respect from petite ladies.
Again- more links may be added to this post in the future.
Thanks to everyone for reading this blog post! Keep looking stylish, petites (and even non-petites who may be reading this)! :)
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