What does it mean to be Petite?
Petite refers to height rather than weight, and more specifically, referring to anyone 5’4” and under. I am 5’1″. Petite clothing must be properly proportioned down from head to toe, rather than left to right as it is commonly misunderstood. Petites also have very similar bust-waist-hip measurements as the “average” height woman.
Regrettably, because we have a shorter torso and shorter legs, we cannot wear regular clothing without hiring a tailor for major alterations. As well as many pieces, especially blouses and dresses, simply shortening the hem is not enough.
Even though we may have the same bust and hip measurements for a garment in a regular size, the sleeve length, torso length, waist size, proportions in lapels and pockets, inseams, and even dart placement will be significantly off, making a well fitted “look” impossible.
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