Being short has its advantages. You can easily make your way through a crowd, wear heels without worrying about being too tall and never worrying about being taller than the person you’re dating.
That’s about where the benefits end.
While there are many challenges when you are below the average woman’s height, buying clothes seems to be the hardest of all. I am currently standing at a whopping 5 feet tall and my sister at 4’10. Inheriting our parents’ short genes, we can never find jeans (or skirts or dresses or jackets, etc.) that fit.
Pants are too long, mini dresses are knee-length and longer dresses sweep the floor. Occasionally I go to the dry cleaners to get my clothes sewn, which can add an extra $20-80 to my retail costs. But let’s face it, most of the time I roll up my jeans, who has the time or money to hem all their clothes?
With very limited companies offering flattering clothes in small sizes, it takes countless trials and errors when shopping for clothes that fit perfectly with no adjustments. Below I’ve put together a list of the best products I’ve gotten over the years that didn’t require extra time or money to get them to fit perfectly. When reviewing the products I judged them on length (obviously), fit and quality.
I bought these jeans 8 months ago and have worn them almost every week since. I’ve never had a pair of jeans that fit me so well. Originally designed to have a cropped fit, the jeans fall perfectly above the ankle. From the quality to the length to the perfect contouring of curves, the BDG Wilco jeans are perfect for anyone who normally wears small sizes.
Looking for overalls? Look no further than the Madewell Petite Oversized Carpenter Overalls. After attending college at a music and art school in the South, overalls were the cornerstone of any indie outfit. I wish I had known about the overalls Madewell sold.
While on the more expensive side, these overalls are worth the investment. Not only are they of excellent quality, but the length is just right. When I tried them on I was worried they would look way too wide, but instead they leave enough room to breathe while also offering a complementary shape (or at least a complementary shape that an overall can provide) .
One problem I always have with mom jeans is the fit around the waist. Typical mom jeans never hug the hips in a flattering way and, like most jeans, they tend to be way too long. But the PacSun Eco Mom Jeans have been my favorite jeans for the past three years. No matter how many times I’ve worn them, they always give a flattering shape around the hips and cut down to my ankles.
Last week I decided to solve my problems with a little retail therapy and on a whim I bought the Abercrombie Elevated Midi Skirt. Thank goodness I did. The skirt, which originally cost $80, retailed for $40 and the quality of the material would make you think the skirt was worth $200.
The split on the skirt gives it a sexy yet classy look that suits all heights. My favorite thing about Abercrombie is the buyer’s ability to choose between small, medium and tall; a luxury that most other companies do not offer.
PS If you want the whole set, don’t forget to get the Asymmetrical One Shoulder Top.
One of my favorite things about Brooklyn-based Alex Crane designs is the fact that all of their clothing is made from sustainable materials. The French chore-inspired Alex Crane Kite Jacket is well worth the $195 price tag.
The first thing I noticed about the jacket was the multitude of pockets, a rarity in women’s clothing. The Kite jacket is oversized, but not much. It’s long enough to wear with shorts or to cover up a bathing suit, but doesn’t look awkwardly long. The sleeves are a little long, but nothing a roll or two couldn’t fix. Overall, the quality, fit and length of the jacket are quite solid and fit most small sizes.
I recently went to Europe and just like any other person who goes to Europe fell in love with the chic European style. My first step in reinventing my style was buying the ASOS Design Petite Longline Trench Coat.
Although the jacket may be small, it fits more like a normal jacket. The quality of the jacket is great and the length is not bad either, but the sleeves are a bit too long. Before the jacket is tied, it will look too big, but when tied and styled properly, the jacket will look great. I bought this jacket in a size smaller than I normally wear and I even think I could have gone one size smaller.
Overall, I’d recommend this jacket for those on the long side of petite, but it’s a solid choice for those looking to add some European flair to their wardrobe.
While the Dynamite jacket I own is a tad different from this one, in my experience all Dynamite jackets tend to fit very well. I normally drown in longer coats like this, but Dynamite coats don’t choke me with dust or drag on the floor. The jackets tend to be on the more expensive side, but comparable to the prices of other jackets of their kind, so I recommend trying on the jacket in person if possible before making the investment.
Dare I say this jacket is really… dynamite.
I ordered this dress for my graduation and it fit perfectly. For only $48, the quality of the form-fitting dress is amazing and the length of the dress was just above my knee. I definitely recommend it for any formal cocktail event.