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
‘Tis the season once again for Black Friday deals. Yep, welcome to my annual post from that time of year when I attempt to get most of my annual shopping over with all at once. This year’s deals and, consequently, haul, were smaller than in previous years. I gambled and lost on a few items… Read More My Petite Black Friday haul 2019
Hands up if you’ve heard this one before: “Doesn’t petite just mean small?” Or how about this one: “The petite body type is very small, slim and delicate.” Well, no. Petite sizes are not just small sizes. They’re sizes for shorter women. And shorter women come in all shapes and sizes, just like taller ones… Read More Yes, you can be petite and plus sized
When you’re petite, finding a basic item of clothing like a t-shirt can be an exercise in frustration. Most tees in regular sizes have all kinds of fit problems on petites, especially short-waisted petite pears: Shoulders too wide, necklines too low, body length too long, fitted waist too low, leading to unattractive bunching up at… Read More The basic white tee