Hey there, fashion-savvy ladies! Have you ever found yourself wondering why that stunning dress you saw online fits perfectly on the model but ends up looking a bit off when you try it on? The secret might lie in understanding the differences between regular and petite size clothing. Today, we’re here to decode this mystery and help you embrace your unique body shape confidently.
I am petite at 5’2″so I have a list of store that I like to shop at (or online) for my perfect fit. These shops include Spanx, Loft, Chicos, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor and Talbots. Check them out of you need everyday outfits or dressier looks too.
I also share TONS of my outfits in my LTK shop to inspire you. Be sure to visit often as I style my outfits on there almost daily and share the fit details for each of the items.
What are Regular and Petite Sizes?
Let’s start with the basics. Regular or misses size clothing is designed for women of average height, typically around 5’5″ to 5’8″. On the other hand, petite size clothing caters to women who are shorter, usually 5’4″ and under. However, height is not the sole factor; petite sizes also account for variations in body proportions.
One of the key distinctions between regular and petite sizes is the proportions of the garments. Petite clothing takes into account a shorter torso, narrower shoulders, and often shorter sleeves. These adjustments ensure that the clothing flatters and enhances the petite figure, eliminating the need for constant alterations.
For petites, the length of clothing is a critical aspect. Dresses, skirts, and pants in petite sizes are tailored to be shorter, so they don’t overwhelm the smaller frame. Regular-sized clothing, when worn by petites, might require significant alterations to achieve the desired fit and length. I actually often have luck when buying regular sizes that are cropped or midi length.
Rise and Inseam
Ladies, let’s talk about pants! The rise and inseam of petite pants are adapted to fit shorter legs and a smaller waist-to-hip ratio, providing a comfortable and flattering fit. Regular size pants may result in bunching at the ankles or ill-fitting waists for petite women. When it comes to length, I like to roll up the bottoms of regular jeans or I just use scissors to cut the length and give the jeans a raw hem. I can also size down in regular pants to accommadate for the rise being longer.
Necklines and Armholes
Petite clothing often features slightly higher necklines and smaller armholes to ensure a snug and refined fit. These adjustments avoid excess fabric around the chest and underarms, enhancing the overall appearance and comfort of the garment.
Embracing Your Unique Style
It’s important to remember that the differences between regular and petite sizes are not about conforming to any particular beauty standard. Instead, it’s about embracing your unique body shape and finding clothing that makes you feel your most confident and comfortable.
Finding Your Perfect Fit
When shopping for petite size clothing, make sure to check the label for “Petite” or “P” sizes. If you’re browsing online, many retailers have dedicated sections for petite collections. Don’t be afraid to try on different sizes and styles to see what suits you best.
Alterations, Tailoring, and DIY
If you fall in love with a regular-sized garment but it’s not available in petite, remember that alterations and tailoring can be your best friends. Many local tailors can adjust the length and proportions to fit your body perfectly. If you enjoy DIY projects, there are plenty of online tutorials to help you tailor your clothes at home. I personally leave it to the experts and consider the cost to be an investment in the perfect fit.
Understanding the differences between regular and petite size clothing empowers you to make informed fashion choices that accentuate your individuality. Whether you’re tall, short, curvy, or slim, there’s a style out there that will make you feel like a million bucks. So, whether you’re out shopping or shopping online, remember these tips. Happy styling!