Are you ladies 5'5" (165 cm) or shorter in height? Petite Fashion was designed to make short women fabulous. Most fashions suit females 5'5" or taller. A lot of fashion designers offer fashions for petite sizes so that even the short femme can look as fabulous as taller girls. Just because you're not the ideal height doesn't mean that your style can't be taken to new heights. As I have been with my blog entry on plus size fashion, I am equally careful in discussing petite fashion. I don't have fashion advice for this blog entry. What I DO have, however, is some fashion insight for you petite ladies out there!
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--- Petite Fashion at a Glance ---There are an abounding number of fashion options for average-height women, but what about Petite women? Depending on how short you are, some fashion options may not be as readily available as they may be for average/appropriate height women. My blog entry on Plus Size fashion was to help plus size women find cute/sexy/stylish fashions for Plus Size figures. What I've done for the Plus Size crowd is what I hope to accomplish in this blog entry.
Now for some photo inspiration:
^ from: kaboodle.com - a Petite-size kimono dress from Banana Republic.
^ from: about.com - Paula Abdul and her 5'0" (152 cm) frame.
A number of people have their thoughts on what makes a woman beautiful. Petite women often are ridiculed for their size. Most usually favor women 5'6" or taller. There are even modeling agencies which require certain women be of an average (as in normal) height. What petites may lack in height they make up for with amazing beauty. Jokingly, some petites like to say that they aren't short; they are fun-sized. I've known quite a few adolescent and adult females 5'4" or shorter. One of my friends from middle school was 4'8", for example.
Being vertically-challenged doesn't mean you have to settle for less when shopping for fashion. From certain petite fashion bloggers I've followed and read, many struggle to find the perfect fit with a certain number of clothes to fit their bodies. Many petites have to settle for tailoring clothes to their bodies. I have even read of petites who wear children's clothing- all trying to find the best-fitting and most stylish clothes for their petite bodies. Various petite bloggers offer their expertise to fellow petites for various insight.
Throughout this blog post, I will showcase the beauty of petite women while also offering various resources for petite women.
--- [Some] Famous Petites ---To give you a little insight on petites, here are some famous petites. I'm going to go on 5'4" or shorter for this list. (Credit: petite-clothes-and-shoes.com for some of the height figures)
(ADDED: November 3, 2011) If any official websites are offered, you may now visit their official home pages to learn more about each featured petite. The links may take you to certain fan pages.
• Madonna (5'4" (or 162.6 cm) tall)
from: examiner.com - Madonna is one of the finest in pop music, basically defining '80s pop.
• Danica Patrick (5'2" tall)
^ from: inplacenews.com - Danica Patrick. When she won her only race at Motegi, it was evident how tall she was compared to the big trophy she won.
• Sarah Jessica Parker (5'2" tall)
^ from: topnews.in - Sarah Jessica Parker, of "Sex and the City" fame among others.
• Eva Longoria-Parker (5'1" tall) -Texas' own, born in Corpus Christi!
^ from: styletraxx.com - Texas native Eva Longoria-Parker from Corpus Christi.
• Kylie Minogue (5'1" tall)
(~~~ picture coming soon ~~~)
^ from: ??? - Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue, who stands all of 5'1".
• Shakira (5'1" tall)
^ from: glasto.biz - the beautiful Columbian recording artist, Shakira.
• Lady Gaga (5'1" tall)
^ from: eonline.com - Did you know that New York City's Lady Gaga is only 5'1" tall?
ADDED May 22, 2011: my blog post on Lady Gaga
• Nicole Richie (5'1" tall)
^ from: babble.com - Nicole Richie is 5'1".
• America Ferrera (5'1" tall)
^ from: clevver.com - America Ferrera stands 5'1" and is beautiful either as herself or as Ugly Betty Suarez.
• Hayden Panettiere (5'1" tall)
^ from: coventrytelegraph.net - I know very little about Hayden Panettiere, including the fact she's 5'1".
• Jada Pinkett-Smith (4'11" tall)
^ from: redbookmag.com - Jada Pinkett-Smith is only 4'11", but is very beautiful.
• Nicole Polizzi (Snooki) (4'9" tall)
^ from: inyobusiness.com - Nicole Polizzi, or "Snooki," is 4'9". She stood next to 5'11" Wendy Williams when Snooki was on "The Wendy Williams Show."
Some Other Petites (5'4" (or 168 cm) or shorter)...• Queen Elizabeth II (5'4" tall)
• Alexz Johnson (5'4" tall)
• Sheryl Crow (5'3" tall)
• Penelope Cruz (5'3" tall)
• Kim Kardashian (5'2" tall)
• Megan Fox (5'2" tall)
• Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (both 5'2" tall)
• Reese Witherspoon (5'2" tall)
• Fergie (5'2" tall)
• Ellen Page (5'0" tall)
There's your petite inspiration. You have any other famous petites you want me to feature? Feel free to contact me via E-mail to tell me of any other famous petites and how tall they are. Remember- they must be 5'4" or shorter!
--- Petite Resources ---Here are a bunch of resources for Petite women. This includes links as well as YouTube videos. Feel free to get some inspiration from here.
Dressing for Petite Sizes.I am NOT a fashion expert. I don't know these things to be truly professional. So what I've done instead was offer help from a website. Here are ten tips for petite fashion, courtesy of petite.about.com:
1. Dress in one color.
2. Wear clothes that fit well.
3. Select garments with vertical lines.
4. Choose V-Shaped tops and jackets
5. Wear high heels
6. Avoid bulky garments.
7. Avoid oversized handbags.
8. Skip minis.
9. Keep belts narrow.
10. Choose pants with straight legs.
For more styling tips, read Petite Fashion on about.com or any of the sources on that site, including the 10 Styling Tips for Petites I posted above.
Should Petites Shop at Childrens' Sections?(ADDED: April 1, 2012) It is tough for some petites to find good fitting clothes. Therefore, some very petite women shop for childrens' size clothing for great-fitting clothes. Whatever fits you best.
--- Petite Resources ---Here are some websites you can visit if shopping for Petite sizes. They even include advice from people much more qualified than I:
• Petite Resources (very useful for Petite shopping)
• Bella Petite - fashion and lifestyle for women 5'5" tall and under
• "My Top 10 Petite Shopping Rules" on Really Petite
• Petite Republic (added: May 12, 2012)
--- Petite Blogs Around the Blogosphere ---They may be little petites, but they are BIG on fashion! Here are some petite blogs for you to check out:
Visit "Really Petite" to become enamored with her loveliness both outside and within.
Color Brigade series, featuring her wearing various colorful outfits in her posts. She also salutes fashionable ladies who also play around with colors to make great looks. Enter her realm of exceptional style with her vast array of stylish outfits. Become caught up in the cuteness and charm that is Kileen and "cute and little" by visiting her blog!
These are all among blogs I follow. Here are some petite bloggers that may interest you:
PetiteFashionista (a Blogspot blog!).PetiteFashionista.com is a blog offering fashion advice and other tidbits for all ladies 5'4" and under. Lots of resources and other materials are offered to all readers.
Stylepint (WordPress).This blog is made by a Vietnamese girl named Jess, who stands 5'1" and like most petites, are in search of stylish clothing that fits. Feel free to check out her blog to get a feel for her style.
TJ Petite (Wordpress).My blogging friend over at TJ Petite offers up petite fashion goodness on this Wordpress blog. Visit this blog for all things petite fashion!
If you are a petite fashion blogger and want to join some petite fashion blogging communities, here is one I found:
• Petite Fashion Blogs.
More blogs will/could be added in future edits. If I mentioned any of you in this section, I want to say hello to you! :)
--- Petite Fashion Shopping and Other Resources ---Now for the part where I do have somewhat of a say in- petite fashion. The next section concerns fashion for petites with items found both on Amazon and elsewhere. I can point you towards fashion items online if you are looking to do some shopping. Click on the links to visit their official pages or their Amazon links.
NOTE: Some items in this section may be featured again in this section. All references to sizes are for US Women's sizes. All references to size are in Imperial measurements (though I will make some metric conversions at times).
Rosenberg Shoes of Australia offers shoes for males and females. Relevant to this blog post, this Australian dealer offers shoe sizes for petite women's feet. The link takes you to the dealer's petite-size shoes. I would like to thank the loyal reader for telling me about this site.
Various Petite Fashion Collections...These are various designers and retailers offering fashion items for Petites:
• ASOS Petite (USA ASOS Site)
• Dresses for Prom and gowns for Petites from PromGirl
• David's Bridal Wedding Dresses for Petites (5'4" with sizes offered in 0P to 16P)
If I find more websites of petite fashion specialists, I'll update this section as much as as I can.
The Amazon material from this blog has been moved to my secondary blog, John's Shop Space. Click on the graphic below to visit my "Sweet Petite!" blog entry on my secondary blog:
^ Click on "Sweet Petite!" on my secondary blog to shop for Petite Fashions I've found for you!
Or, you may find some general petite fashions on Amazon by finding items in this widget (read "An Important Amazon Note" in the sidebar for more information on all featured Amazon items):
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Thanks to everyone for reading my blog entry on Petite Fashion. I will be sure to continually update this blog entry with many more Petite fashion items. I want to keep people like you interested as well as be able to find fashion items you'll love to wear again and again. If I didn't work as hard as I could to provide lovely fashion items, I wouldn't have put in this kind of effort. The end goal is to make one person happy- you reading this blog entry. I hope you can find something you'll love from this, and all of my other blog entries on fashion. So find something you're looking for, even if I didn't provide something for you that you love in my blog entry. Take care and have a fantastic day/night!
To all the Petite ladies out there, dress and shop with confidence! Rock your petite chic and thank you for reading!
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