Posts Categorized: proportion

Reader Request: How Does Petite Sizing Work?

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Reader Wendy emailed me this question:

I was wondering if, at some point, you could discuss the particulars of petites. I’ve never understood whether it just applies to the length of the clothes or whether it affects the overall garment in some way. Does that make sense? I am short, but not necessarily “petite” in my frame, so sometimes petites work, but sometimes they don’t. I’d certainly appreciate it.

Great question, and one that isn’t often addressed directly. We associate the word “petite” with height, and that’s certainly a factor. But clothing that is designed for petite frames isn’t just shorter, it’s designed for a set of proportions that diverges from standard sizing in several ways: read more

Originally posted 2015-03-25 06:27:51.

Reader Request: How to Dress an Hourglass Figure

Struggling to dress your hourglass figure?

Reader Gretchen sent me this request:

My trouble is finding outfits that work without making my hips/butt look huge. My waist is 28″ and my hips are 38″. I

f I wear flow-y tops or pants, I look like I have gained about 10-20 pounds because everything falls in line with my hips; however, if I wear more fitted clothing, my hips and butt stick out. Flow-y with belts around my waist perhaps?

This doesn’t seem like a common problem for women anymore as it seems the true hourglass figure is getting lost somehow. So it’s been tough to find information. read more

Originally posted 2015-03-10 06:45:56.