The pitfalls of Fast Fashion is a topic that has been getting a lot more attention lately, and I’ve been wanting for quite some time to highlight some of the ethical issues around fashion more on this blog. To that end, I was glad to have the chance to profile a good friend of mine,… Read More Fast fashion, sustainability, and home sewing: A Q&A with Jessica Patterson
If there’s any length of dress that is the most awkward and hard to style for most petites, it’s the midi dress. I admit, I have a longstanding prejudice against midi dresses. More than mini, knee-length or maxi, I find that the mid-calf length of skirt or dress hits women awkwardly, shortening the leg length… Read More The floral midi dress
Ah, the fashion world. That frustrating, ridiculous culture where tall and thin bodies are perpetually in, and petite and curvy bodies are perpetually ignored. It seems like every season, I take a look at what the fashion world claims is trendy, and immediately rule out 90% of it as ugly, bad for my body type,… Read More 5 fashion trends to skip if you’re a petite pear
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?
Note: This post has been updated in 2022 to include N95/KN95/KF94 style respirator masks for better protection. Please see the updated post here, and upgrade masks to protect yourself and those around you! 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… 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?