Myth 6

Juniors and Boys Departments offer an alternative choice for petite clothing.

Reality: NEVER! Don’t even go there!  Teen girls and boys clothes don’t fit our frames.  Think about it, petite women have hips and bust lines, therefore it’s not possible to find proportionally fit clothing in those departments.  In addition, it is an insult for petites to be relegated to shopping in teen girls and boys departments.  Style-wise, it’s a joke and bad idea.  The styles are geared for boys and teenagers.  Do you really want a Barbie Doll or Spiderman t-shirt?!  Hello Kitty is not an alternative.

Myth 7

As long as you select the correct size, you can expect your clothing to fit well.

Reality: Petites rarely find off-the-rack clothing.  No such luck in my world.  Ready-to-wear is a great concept, but not reality in a  petite woman’s world.  Fitting petite proportions proves to be the ultimate challenge in shopping.  We petites understand that we pay twice as much for our clothes, because our tailors end up our best friends.  If you can find a designer label and size consistent in cut, without alterations needed, count yourself lucky!  The few labels getting it right know to use petite fit models.  Some good examples: Liz Claiborne, Kenar Petites, Jones New York, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic… try them out.  Keep in mind manufacturer’s work with averages.  That’s why it’s difficult to find ready-to-wear fashion.  (reference article “Retailer’s Support Petite Fashion Industry”)


Myth 8

Petite women should always try to look taller.

Reality: There’s nothing wrong with being PETITE!  The media, entertainment and modeling industries have created an elaborate illusion about height.  Don’t buy into it!  It’s a falsehood.  Read our continuing series of article blogs on “Truth About Height with Models, Actresses, PopStars & Celebrities.”

The main fashion goal is to look great!  When petites dress to look slimmer, we look taller.   Dressing to look slimmer will automatically create a leaner line of sight for a longer look.  Petites should stay away from big or overly distracting patterns.   Also, remembering to accent garments with flattering, simple accessories is a key strategy.

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  1. I LOVE MARC JACOBS, this just deepens that love. hahaha, but seriously he is amazing, I love all his clothes, I got one of his bags as a christmas gift and it is possibly the most beatiful thing EVER. And Finally someone says something the same bust measurement and waist measurement! My friends all tease me abut this, they think its proof I'm Flat and that its embarrasing! Lies! (not that I'm very busty but thats not the point). Loved this.

  2. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  3. Uhm Raquel Welch was 5’6, not 5’3. Nice article, but that error is pretty bad and doesn’t help your cause much when it turns out that she’s actually a whole 3in taller.

    1. Hi Abbey, we have an inside entertainment source who is friends with Racquel Welch. He is a prominent director/producer who has worked with her as well, and he verified her height for us.

      Second news source: “Raquel’s not nearly as short as I expected her to be, either – she was about my height, 5’4” but my fiancé said she was wearing pretty tall heels, so she very well could be significantly shorter when wearing flats.” See

      As we know celebrities, models and musicians, as well as agents tend to exaggerate their true height. In Hollywood, this is a common practice referred to as the “2-inch rule.” Also don’t forget that celebrities like Welch wear heals that ar 4 to 6 inches high.

      Thanks for reading our magazine. Have a good day!

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