In 2020, the year of COVID, we’ve all been stuck at home. The gyms are closed, we can’t go anywhere, so we bake bread, sit on the couch, and binge-watch old episodes of the Great British Bakeoff. And this holiday season, since we can’t see our family or friends, we all seem to have replaced… Read More Activewear for petites: Working out while short
Did you know that there’s more to being petite than just your overall height? Vertical balance is the proportion of your body that is above, below or at your waist. Depending on your proportions, you might have a very even vertical balance, or you might be proportionally longer in either your top half or your… Read More Petite fashion challenge: Short torso
Kamala Harris achieved a lot of firsts this week. The first woman to be elected Vice President of the United States. The first woman of colour. The first Black and South Asian woman. Also, the first petite woman. Yep, Kamala is 5’2″, which means she’s one of us. Petites, represent! Surprised? Yeah, I was too.… Read More Petites in power: 5’2″ Kamala Harris
There’s an old adage that we Canadians need a different coat for every 10-degree variation in temperature. And it’s certainly true that outerwear features heavily in the wardrobe of nearly everyone. After all, our winters are long, our weather conditions are varied, and dressing for the climate is part and parcel of Canadian life. Besides,… Read More Coats, coats, coats for petites
As inclusivity has increasingly become trendy in the fashion world, we’ve seen designers look to diversify the models showing their clothes. The runway has become more inclusive over the past number of years, featuring plus-sized models, disabled and differently-abled models, more models of different ethnic backgrounds, transgender models, senior citizen models… but the one thing… Read More Why are there no petite models?
It’s a sign of these strange times we’re living in that the only new clothes I’ve purchased in the past several months haven’t been clothes at all, but the ubiquitous accessory of 2020: The face mask. With a growing mountain of evidence that homemade face coverings or DiY cloth masks can help significantly reduce the… Read More Face masks for petite faces
When J. Crew announced this week that it was filing for bankruptcy protection, it was just the first retail domino to fall. The retail fashion industry was in trouble long before COVID-19. But the forced shuttering of stores and economic standstill in the past two months was the last straw. Clothing sales fell by 50%… Read More What will petite shopping look like post-COVID?
I turned 40 yesterday. It was not the way I had planned to usher in my 40s. My fiance and I had an amazing trip through Scandinavia planned, including a fjord cruise, a Viking dinner, castles, museums, bicycles, and lots of very expensive craft beer. Instead, like basically everyone else on the planet, we spent… Read More 40 and Fabulous: A very quarantine birthday
I haven’t posted much to this blog since the start of the COVID19 crisis. Like most of you, I’ve retreated into my bubble of panic and loss during these unprecedented events. We’ve been struggling with job losses, income losses, health issues, and deep anxiety and despair about the future. Yes, it’s likely that mass retailer… Read More When heightism is deadly: PPE putting petite female healthcare workers at risk
After the popularity of my post on petite-friendly backpacks for travel, I had quite a few readers asking me to do a post on work-friendly laptop backpacks more geared to commuting or business travel. I’ve been travelling with just a laptop backpack for quite a few years now, having swapped out my wheeled carry-on a… Read More Petite-friendly laptop backpacks