If you’re 5 foot 4 or under, you know by now that finding the best petite clothes is not easy. Between too-long pant hems, too-big armholes and skirts and jackets that make you look like you’re a kid playing dress-up in your mom’s clothes, being petite can certainly present some challenges on the fashion front — which is why we’re shocked that more retailers haven’t jumped on the issue and hustled to create clothing to suit small women.
“I’m 4 foot 9, so shopping has always been this total nightmare for me,” said Caroline Misan Alvo, a petite fashionista and founder of Alvo Wellness. “I grew up thinking it was only because I’m exceptionally short that I had these issues, but I was having enough conversations with my petite friends who were a little taller than me — but still under 5 feet 4 inches — and they were all complaining about the same thing.”
Misan Alvo said she’s done her homework and has worked hard to figure out exactly how to dress as a petite woman.
“Petite women can pull of anything as long as they pay attention to proportion and fit. You can definitely wear a loose-fitting blouse as long as it’s, like, tailored in the right way.”
That said, Misan Alvo offered up eight petite shopping tips — and we made a Pinterest-ready checklist to make sure you’re always buying pieces that suit your small frame. Read on, and be sure to pin the chart below.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.