Only you will know. Would a plus-size business suit look better with a skirt or slacks?
Misses and Petite size 4 to Women's size to 26W. Eloquii debuts their petite collection for Fall and it's just as fabulous as their contemporary, trend conscious clothes for curvy figures. Choose from jackets, shirts and tops, pants, skirts and dresses for a variety of occasions from work to special occasions to play.
Women's and Petite Plus size 14 to 28W. Party dresses with beading and other detailing are also becoming more frequent. Choose from standard sizing up to 6X, or use custom measurements for the perfect plus petite fit. Haband is known for classic styles driven by comfort and value. Choose from separates, coordinates, and dresses that range from casual day wear to less formal social gatherings and offices. There can be some finds in here for BoHo fashionistas as well, which is a boon for plus petites.
Sizes up to petite 4X. Just My Size has a few casual and career bottoms and dresses available in petite sizes from size 14 to 32W. Of course it's one of the best spots for hosiery and underwear. Lands End carries classic to contemporary clothing for casual wear and work. Some of their swimwear also comes in petite plus styles, proportioned properly for shorter torsos. Excellent resource for basics like khakis, tees, sweaters and button down shirts. Many pant styles can be custom hemmed to your specified inseam, and a large selection of their styles in both tops and bottoms are available in petite plus sizes up to 26WP.
Sizes up to 28WP. Macy's has a large petite department that carries contemporary, trendy and classic styles for all occasions including special events and business apparel in traditional petite sizes up to 14P.
They have an equally deep plus-size department up to 24W in which a plus petite size occasionally turns up. Nordstrom has one of the best department store offerings on-line for plus-sizes. Once in the plus section it's easy to use the size search menu to quickly find the petite plus styles in sizes up to 24WP. The regular petite department carries up to 18P. NorthStyle carries classic to contemporary style clothing in casual to less formal work styles.
Old Pueblo Traders carries moderately priced casual wear, dresses, jackets, suits, outerwear, and separates in mainly classic styles. Misses size 6 to 30W. Serengeti carries classic and contemporary clothing, some with a whimsical edge, including tops, bottoms, skirts and dresses in petite sizes up to 18P. Soft Surroundings has an artsy and bohemian aesthetic and makes a fantastic resource for resort, vacation, and BoHo fashion.
Specializing in fibers that are soft such as modal, silk, cashmere, and washed cottons prints and cuts have a global chic feel. Petite sizes to 18P.
Tadashi Shoji is one of the most prominent labels to regularly offer extended sizes for petite women. Well known for luxury cocktail dresses, wedding gowns, and formalwear the designer has a vintage romantic appeal popular for gala events and upscale social occasion including weddings, proms, military balls, and New Year's Eve galas.
Petite size 0 to 18P. Talbots is one of the few places shoppers can find professional, tailored suiting and contemporary work clothing proportioned perfectly for full-figured petite women. My main issue now, and how I found this article, is that I need to spiff it up for work, be more professional not just at trade shows and the like but on the day-to-day level.
I haven't worn dresses since I was much younger and smaller, size-wise; premenopausal , but now if I as an older woman want to keep my job I have to look more put together. A tall order, so to speak! Any and all advice welcome. I'm thinking about investing in Eileen Fisher clothes, even though they're expensive. Thank you again for this article! Petite is ANY woman 5'4" or under! Why are you on here anyway? Are you a short cross dressing man?
I'm 4'10" and weigh - way short and way overweight. The only thing I can find is womens plus and they really don't fit well. So if I listen to the naysayers in the comments about what defines a petite women meaning only small and slim women, then small and overweight women have no term to help them buy and categorize clothes at all?
The result of what they are saying is that we have no place in the world or that there is nothing for us or that we should remain invisible. Ben, Dave, Maria, Hannah: Why is it that men are the ones telling us women Ben and Dave Screw you both you idiots! We women are the ones who shop for clothes for women, not Ben and Dave unless you guys DO shop for women's clothes? For some bizarre reason, the clothing industry assumes that "adults" are average height or taller.
They have a complete store at most malls for women who are big and tall but no store for women who are big and short, except the plus size section for teens! Also, Ben from 6 years ago, I hope you have stopped trolling women's fashion articles these past years, but if you've not learned any lessons, we can do anything and everything to make "fat" girls feel good.
People have the right to feel good. You are a grade A "A-hole". I need help to find plus size girl clothes for 9 year old. She can wear a woman's size 10 but thone styles are too long and too old for a 9 year old. I need fun youthful clothing for her.
The definition of petite according to the Mercian-Webster dictionary: Definitions are different across the board. Why would someone have something against "plus-sized" women being referred to as "petite? And if being called "petite" makes them feel better, then so be it. Glad you liked the article and I can so relate to your problem! Like you, I have to wear one size larger to accommodate large upper arms and since fit is crucial to the way we look, it is a big problem.
You are quite right, most of us ladies, whether fat or thin, tall or small, are our own worst enemy. We are all worthy of love, but somedays it is more difficult to believe that than others! I'm so glad you've made headway with your demons, and if you ever solve the mystery of where large breasted women can find good bras, please come back and post the information so we can all share!
Actually, it rather depends on the stripes and the person because not all plus sized petites are the same! Hi AngeLuvsU, sorry this reply is late, I don't seem to be getting notifications when people leave a comment!
I'm working on some articles about coping with different proportions, yes, us plus size petites are all short, but not necessarily in the same way. Compared to me, 4'11 inches, you're a giant at five feet two, but I can relate to your problems; the great thing about humanity is that we are all different, but many ladies I talk to say the same, when they find something that fits it can make them look a little too 'professional'! Without knowing more about your precise problem it is difficult to advise, was the length or the neckline the major problem?
I've bought wrap dresses, had the hem taken up at the local dry cleaners and worn them with pants to dressy events, a great deal depends on the fabric. If it's plain it's easy to dress up with jewelry. Many shorter ladies find they look far better in full length dresses than short, if you go to town on the earrings they will take the focus away from your figure to your face, where it should be.
I hope this is some help, but watch this space for more hubs coming soon on the joys of being plus sized and petite. Ben and Dave, please post pictures of yourselves, because unless you're either a Brad Pitt, b George Clooney, c Bradley Cooper or d a greek god, you have no right to comment, let alone put any woman down.
Just because you are a larger size does not make you all of a sudden become taller or longer arms or wider shoulders etc. Wow this article was posted sometime ago but still really gave me alot of info. Im built like a Trex 40 H chest ridiculously short arms 26 inch inseam size Truly a nightmare when shopping for dresses.
My legs and chest look nice in dresses but i cant figure style. Last dress i bought was a wrap. Very sexy, to much so for what i need for a benifit dinner. I want the focus not on my chest. My problem is i either look short squaddie and boxy if it's not form-fitted and if its form fitted to accentuate my assets I look like I'm ready to get paid for a date.
I agree and disagree.. I'm just now wearing empire waist line dresses that flow and hide but flattering to my chest and waistline.
I bought my first pair of skinny jeans today.. I have learned and come to hate shopping! Bras suck for large chested short women that need major support.. My paints I bought the waist is big but fits everything down but length they are about 4 inches too long. I hat buying jeans for I have large upper arms.. If you buy your size in petite if you can find it It took me many many many yrs to learn to love myself.. I have great skin coloring.. I woukd like to be bold and say I dress only for me now but that would be a lie.
I worry about how others see me. So I would never wear a mini skirt cause it made me feel good and in up on people of walmart..
I dress stylish for my age.. Just because I petite plus, fat, short and fabulous does not make me unworthy of love, kindness and courtesy. You do not know the struggles of others.. I have my own demons I fight daily as many of us do, I do not need help of others for low self esteem.. I see it every morning while getting ready for work. Then I remember my montra.. Perfection, is my definition and fabulous is what I see I completely agree with you cut and fit matter, it doesn't matter what size the garment says it is, if it doesn't fit, it's not your size and you really don't want to wear it.
I am constantly grateful for the existence of petite sizes, but one thing I've learned from the comments here is that we are not all petite in the same way; I for example am just less than five feet tall, even petite slacks are a little large sometimes I wear standard capris and they are full length while tops are just about right for me.
My torso must be normal length, my legs are certainly not! That's the wonderful, glorious thing about the human race, we're all the same, but we're also all different! I wish I could give you an instant solution, but there isn't one and I sympathise because although my measurements are much larger than yours, I have a similar problem, necks are often much too low for me.
There are only two good solutions, one is don't buy items with low necks! Pick a nice, simple boat neck, for example, or a short 'V'. The only other thing you can do is buy a sewing machine and learn to use it. Making your own clothes can actually be simpler than trying to alter clothes you have bought. Find a pattern you like and adapt it, you'll find lessons on youtube on how to alter a pattern and start with ultra simple patterns.
I started with patterns called Very Easy Vogue, usually the number of pattern pieces is a guide to how complex the pattern is. Once you've had some practice, you'll find single patterns that produce a whole wardrobe, most are marked with lines where you make the necessary adjustments.
Ben and Dave must have really small penises! I myself am 5'1 and not your typical size zero for our height. I'm a size So I often have the struggle of not being able to find things that fit right. I'm not fat, I rather I have bigger butt and boobs.
Doesn't make me not petite like the men are trying to say in this feed. Again, small penis syndrome will get to guys heads. Thank you for the article! Ok, For the record- yes, petite in clothing terms does mean short. Specifically under 5' 4".
Petite clothing also compensates for shorter sleeve lengths, shoulder width, pant length, shirt rise, etc In the US, sizes in petite clothing generally extend to size It can be difficult finding descent fitting clothing no matter your body type. Not all designers have the same cut or sizing standards. I am 5'1 and anywhere between a size 12 and For instance, I recently bought a black pair of slacks at Macy's in a size 14 short, and had to return them for a 16 petite because the waist cut was too high, and too wide with the regular size even tho a size smaller than petite.
It's all in the cut for me, same with tops. I have both regular and petite sizes in my closet but fit is key. I go with classic lines and clothing that isn't too busy. Find staple pieces and brands that really work for you.
I'll-fitted clothing- overly baggy or too tight a fit makes one look larger. The way I see it, even tho it can be a challenge to weed out the perfect fit, we have more departments to potentially choose from petite, regular, and plus.
If you find a brand and style that fits well- keep going back for more. And don't let the haters on this site, or others run you down What are they doing on a petite-plus women's website in the first place? Thanks for the helpful tips and keep being fabulous ladies!! Me and a few gal pals are surprising a friend of ours with a make over. We are going to have so much fun! I am 5" and DDD, I kinda have waist only cause my hips are large very short between bustline and shoulders.
I always have to majorly shorten any tank tops I buy or the front is past my breasts. I need help on finding clothes to wear. I don't have the money to shop expensive or go to a tailor.
I tend to agree. It is one thing to know what to wear, it's quite another to be able to find it, and that's not just down to size. As a red head I like to wear warm colors or autumn tones, these aren't easy to find in spring or summer wardrobe items. Why do fashion experts think that those of us who suit, chocolate, bronze or deep orange only want to wear these colors in the autumn? I want to wear them all year round because they look good on me. Personally I think fashion experts have it all the wrong way round.
They think it's the clothes that matter, when really it's the people who wear them. Thanks for your comment, if you find some clothes that are more to your liking, please post the details here so we can all shop there! Fashion wise I didn't pick up any new tips that I hadn't already figured out but many of the tips are unusable in today's market because of the manufacturers.
For example go to Talbot's Women's Petites - every striped sweater is horizontal stripes. I formerly wore almost exclusively Talbots when they knew how to make vertical stripes. Ellen Liz Taylor used to make vertical stripped sweaters and shirts before it was bought out.
I used to love wearing for example monochromatic linen pants and blazers with matching monochromatic silk shirts IN beautiful COLORS [not just black and white] but it is just not being made in any size.
Fashion has really gone downhill. I wish they was a boutique for short curvy girls. I have very large bust broad shoulders. Petites are too short and regular lengths way to large.
I often buy misses tops and junior pants to fit better. But often the tops are too wide around the waist. The struggle is real. I think this is probably the most useful article on the internet for short ladies, plus size or not - it's nice to know how to walk a little taller without having to wear heels. This article was great until I got to the comment section. For any men like Ben on this website you weirdos , "petite" when shopping for clothes means "short". If you don't like it, go be a fashion designer and change the word.
Otherwise, if you are specifically into "petite-as-in-child-sized" women and are somehow offended by this article, you're gonna have to admit to yourself that maybe you're not into women, you're actually into children.
We just know that's what the industry uses to describe clothing that is short. This article is to try to help us find clothing that may work for our body type. We know our size and don't need you defining it! If your not here to help why be here at all? I am 5'2" and gained a large amount of weight 4 yrs ago-quite rapidly-while eating an excellent diet and exercising regularly. I was 40 years old, and went from lbs.
Turned out to be a result of perimenopause. I was shocked to find out that no matter how much I exercised the weight wouldn't drop..
I was very large busted before and its worse now. I really appreciate sites that address this particular subject. Don't forget-many decent, wonderful, loving men find a little more "padding" to be attractive!
My own husband definitely likes me any-sized. You need to truly educate yourself before commenting! I love the comment about these hateful males who want "the best" "the most beautiful" etc. Those guys who are so hateful to overweight women who, if they were thin,wouldn't have the time of day for them. Men don't get it. They've never had to learn the difference between Misses, Ladies, Women, Petite, etc.
I used to be able to shot at Fashion Bug and fit everything pretty well. Lane Bryant just isn't the same. That place is built for tall girls. I can't fit anything there. Not a bash session for a body type. We are all made different. I am a very attractive woman on the plus size, I am 5ft and I wear classic beautiful clothes which bring in compliments all the time.
Add an accessory, scarf chain, pin You nasty people out there who choose to be afraid of curves Some of you, no matter what you wear I'm in the plus-size petite range of clothing and it is very hard to find things that fit well. For about five years now, I've been buying the majority of my clothing online from Talbots as they carry plus-petite even though my local Talbots store doesn't. Talbots carries everything in plus-petite: They can be rather pricey, especially the winter coats, but there are often sales.
Almost nothing feels better than having a winter coat that fits every place. No more sleeves covering my fingers, no more back-belts hanging under my butt like a sling when it should be at the back of the waist.
Also, Woman Within, an online plus-size clothing store, offers petite-plus in some of their dresses, tops, bottoms, and even sleepwear. And at a reasonable price, too. Amy, I have to agree with you. This hub has been edited and Hubpages added their own explanatory graphics. Like you, I actually don't like them at all, but it was not under my control, sorry. What's up with that picture labeled "vertical lines fool the eye"? These color-blocked outfits are not flattering at all!
The vertical blocks make the women's shapes look chunky, not long and lean. Change all these outfits to a single, solid color, and they instantly become more flattering.
Virgie, it is sad that you think with a closed mind. I do not agree with Ben's statements at all. 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.
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