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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What to Wear: Plus-Size AND Petite

Reader Michelle contacted me over the weekend. She is feeling pretty discouraged because of some recent weight gain. Like many of us, she is struggling with motivation, but she knows that looking good will also make her feel better about herself. Finally like many women, Michelle finds it hard to relate to the statuesque plus size models because she's petite and not as hourglass-proportioned.

Michelle wants some help finding clothes that make her feel her best. Who can't relate to that? Last summer I wrote a guide to Personal Style and Plus-Size Shopping. It's a nice basic primer for anyone looking to add to their wardrobe, and you can read it here. Being 5'6" (I actually tower over both my parents!), I don't struggle with the plight of the "petite plus" crowd, but I've found some resources to help all of you!

Several  major retailers, including Talbots, Land's End, Catherine's carry petite plus sizes. You will probably have to shop online for these specialized sizes, but sometimes that hassle is totally worth it. One of  my favorite bloggers, Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen is petite and Curvy, and she is a veritable wealth of inspiration and resources for the plus-size AND petite. Here's a great post about buying clothes when you aren't shaped like a mannequin that may be helpful.

The Curvy Fashionista just posted 8 Places to Shop if You are Petite and Plus Size. She also recently posted 7 Petite Plus-Size Rules to Break for some added inspiration!

Finally, this blog post from The Haute Curvy Woman is over two years old, but the tips and advice for overcoming The Challenges of Being a Plus-Size Petite Woman are timeless!

Readers, do you have any advice or bloggers for Michelle to check out?!?

Also, I'm thinking about making this a regular (or semi-regular) post because I get lots of questions in emails that I think the answers would benefit many. What do you think?

14 comments:

Katie Frost said...

Make friends with a tailor or learn how to do basic alterations like hemming yourself.

Katie Frost said...

WWW.THEPEARSHAPE.COM

Katie Frost said...

She's quite tall, isn't she?

Katie Frost said...

Definitely! I think that's good advice for everyone! I need to take a basic sewing class myself!

Katie Frost said...

According to her site she is 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Katie Frost said...

I would have thought she was 5'9" or even 5'10" - she always looks so tall to me. I'm trying to find petite bloggers under 5'4" for Michelle because she's only 5'2'', but I'm having trouble finding many.

Katie Frost said...

I don't have any advice, but I'd like to whine a bit --I'm 5'10" and plus size. SO many pants come in tall OR plus, but not both. Drives me nuts!

Katie Frost said...

I'll add that petite plus ladies are--like women of every size and height--different shapes. I'm petite plus, but I mostly dress for my apple shape--the long top over narrow pants combo works really well and makes me feel like my best self.

Katie Frost said...

Thank you so much for this post. Now if I could only find a good tailor nearby. Any tips on that?

Katie Frost said...

Old Navy! I love shopping online because everything is offered in petite sizes, even the pus size clothes! I love when my jacket sleeves hit at the correct spot, that never happens when shopping in-store.
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Katie Frost said...

I'm 5'6" like you but I have rather short legs and very short arms (thanks to my mom). Hemming has been the one way I can get clothes to fit properly. Especially since I'm a larger size, retailers assume that I'm very tall with very long arms.

Katie Frost said...

I think it would be great if you explored readers' questions periodically. I've found lots of good information and advice when other bloggers do that, and I always learn something new, even if it doesn't apply to me personally. Thanks!

Katie Frost said...

This is a great post! I can relate to Michelle as well. I love the looks of the clothes, but I'm 5'4" and not 6'0", so I get frustrated. As a previous poster mentioned, Old Navy has a great selection and price wise, can't be beat. I love Lands End too, their clothes last forever and thus, I find worth the higher prices.

Katie Frost said...

Hi Katie!
I'm so honored to have been mentioned in your post.
I love your site and I am trying to join it and, at this time, I'm having a little bit of a problem signing in.
I'll check you out on Twitter.
Thank you again,
Tovah

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