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
The Guardian had an article out this week about how life as a woman in a world built and designed for men can often range from frustrating to dangerous: These silences, these gaps, have consequences. They impact on women’s lives, every day. The impact can be relatively minor – struggling to reach a top shelf… Read More A world built for men
It’s December 21st, or the shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. That means it’s also Short Girl Appreciation Day. Now, I personally believe that every day should be short girl appreciation day. But, rather like Left Handers’ Day (August 13th), I’ll happily take Short Girl Appreciation Day as a small step… Read More Happy Short Girl Appreciation Day
The world of fit modelling is a mystery to most people outside the industry. Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about it, and what it means for petites trying to find clothing in our size. First, what is a fit model, anyway? Designers love to showcase their clothes on glamorous, tall, thin runway… Read More Fit model proportions: Who are clothes made for?
Raise your hand if you enjoy starting your morning commute by getting thwacked in the face with a backpack. Didn’t think so. Me neither. Being petite on public transit is rarely fun. I’m shorter than most of my fellow commuters. This means that, at rush hour, I’m crammed into a crowded metro train standing roughly… Read More Hey, tall dudes: take those backpacks off in the metro
Travel is my passion. I’ve been lucky enough to have set foot in over 50 countries, and I can tell you that one of the best things about travel is that anyone can do it. Tall, short, fat, thin, young, old; it doesn’t matter as long as you’re out there in the world, exploring and… Read More 10 travel tips for petites
We short people face discrimination in virtually every walk of life, from employment to shopping to dating. But, in this era of shrinking seats, airline travel is generally assumed to be the one shining exception. Unlike tall passengers, who are crammed into tiny seats with their knees up to their elbows, we petites can luxuriate… Read More Flying while petite: Is it really an advantage?
It never fails: Every single article, blog, vlog, or style recommendation will start off the same way: “7 secrets to look longer and leaner.” Okay, I’m exaggerating. They don’t all start quite the same way. Sometimes there aren’t 7 secrets. Sometimes there are 6, or 10. But you get the idea. Imagine if we spoke… Read More Rant: Stop telling petites how to look “long and lean”
The disappearing petites section Of all the frustrations I have with being short in a tall person’s world, clothes shopping is probably the worst one. With so many retailers getting rid of their petites sections in recent years, it’s no exaggeration to say that it’s harder than ever for us shorter women to find clothes… Read More Why being petite in Canada is so frustrating
Being Canadian in North America means constantly having your face pressed against the glass, teased with prices, products and selection that you can’t actually access. It means being a small fish in a big pond, and being aware that you’re shut out of most of the cool stuff available just south of the border. Well,… Read More Petite doesn’t mean small: The challenges of being short in Quebec