Reader AJM dropped this one in the suggestion box:
How about styling tips for those of us who are “height challenged!” For instance there were recent posts about how everyone loves wearing scarves. I, however, feel overwhelmed by scarves because I am petite. I keep trying to look good in a scarf, but have not yet succeeded. What am I doing wrong? HELP!
First off, I MUST point you to what I consider to be the web’s best resource for fashion-minded petites: Alterations Needed. Here’s how Kelly, the mastermind behind this marvelous site, describes her mission:
Originally posted 2011-10-28 06:36:34.
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:
Originally posted 2015-03-25 06:27:51.
This post has been brewing in the deep, dark recesses of my brain for ages. I’d like to say all that brewing means it’s now fully fermented, but that is yet to be seen. Nevertheless, I wanted to open a discussion about consumer expectations and market reality because I hear many of the same complaints and questions from readers, clients, friends, and family. And I’m betting many of you do, too, and have opinions and insights to share! Here are the main concerns I hear voiced:
- It frustrates me that many of the stores I love don’t make or stock my sizes.
- The stuff is gorgeous, but it’s just too expensive.
- So many clothing companies use shady labor and production practices.
- I want to support my local economy, but it can be so hard to find items that are made in my home country, state, or city.
- I love how cheap this is, but it falls apart after a few wears.
All valid complaints aligned with certain needs, wants, values, and expectations. And yet the current fashion marketplace cannot deliver on all of them. Not with current economic conditions, not for all of us, not all the time, and especially not if you want more than one of those concerns to be addressed simultaneously. I’ve put together the Venn Diagram that floats through my mind when I hear folks registering these concerns in multiples. I’m using my own knowledge and research to back this up, but will also set you up with some links to helpful resources at the end of this post. Now let’s dig in.
Originally posted 2013-11-01 06:14:23.