There’s no single “right” way to be petite. We petite women come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from very small to plus sized. The one thing we have in common is that we are below the median height for adult women, which, in 2014, was approximately 5’4″ (164cm) for women.
My personal measurements may be of relevance to anyone following my fashion or style reviews, so I’m posting them here for posterity:
- Height: 5’1″ / 155cm
- Bust: 33″ / 84cm
- Waist: 27″ / 68cm
- Hips: 36″ / 92cm
- Inseam: 29.5″ / 75cm
I’m pretty much a classic petite pear, with narrow shoulders, wider hips, and my weight carried mostly in my lower half. I’m also proportionally short-waisted, which means tops, jackets and blouses are always much harder to shop for than pants, skirts or bottoms.
Clothing sizes (US):
- Tops: 2P or XS Petite
- Pants or Skirts: 4P or Small Petite
- Dresses: 4P or Small Petite
- Shoe size: 6 narrow / 36AA
Of course, these all highly depend on brand and style, since there’s no such thing as standardization in women’s clothing sizes. But that’s a rant for a separate day.
All of these measurements, other than my height, are subject to change, depending on things like volume of chocolate consumed. I’ll do my best to update as I go.