Petite-friendly Jeans

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Petites, it looks like more and more retailers are starting to carry petite-friendly jeans in-store. This week, I have been on the search for jeans to update my wardrobe….and what do you know I found some at stores that I hadn’t tried before.

I knew Target & Gap both had petite-friendly clothing on-line, but I hadn’t seen or tried their “short” sizes at their stores. I stopped by Gap earlier this week since they were having their up to 75% off sale. I didn’t find anything on sale, but I thought I would check out their jeans. Last time I had been inside a Gap, must have been several months back and I didn’t see any petite-friendly jeans that time. However, this time, I noticed they had “short” sizes. So I grabbed a pair and tried them on…and they actually fit pretty nicely. They weren’t on sale, but since it’s so hard to find jeans that fit, I went ahead and bought a pair ($70).

Then just today, as I was at Target getting some stuff I needed….you know I had to check out their clothes. I noticed their sales signs, Buy 1 Get One 1/2 OFF Women’s Jeans. And again, I was pleasantly surprised that they carry “short” sizes in the Mossimo & Denizen jean brands. I grabbed a few styles and tried them on. I am not a big fan of bootcut jeans since even at a “short” size they tend to be a bit longer than I want them. I did find a pair of Denizen modern bootcut jeans that weren’t too long, but I would definitively have to wear heels with them. I ended up buying two pairs of Mossimo straight-leg jeans (modern fit). I paid around $45 for both pairs. The Buy 1 Get One 1/2 Off Women’s Jeans sale is going on now until 10/25. You can also buy them online, as right now they are offering free shipping on all items.

I am just glad to know that from now on, when shopping for jeans, I have more options than just Loft– which had been the only place that I could buy petite jeans from in-store. Now, if only Target & Gap (as well as other retailers) would start carrying other petite-friendly clothes (like trouser pants, dresses, sweaters, etc) in-store as well…..

Thrift Store Shopping Tips for Petites

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Thrift shopping can be fun for some, but for me it use to be frustrating. Being petite, clothes shopping in general can be difficult so thrifting always ended up as a fail for me.

I would be so excited about it up to the point I actually walked in. How could I possibly find something trendy AND in my size? I would give up right away and walk away with nothing. Yet, I know people who go thrifting and they always seem to find great pieces at fab prices. I always thought it was because they were not petite that they had better luck than I. However, after a recent trip to a few local thrift shops and some research I found out thrifting is possible even for us petites.

I found these thrifting tips for petites very helpful (in fact I even finally bought a few trendy pieces for myself!):

Be Patient

This is probably the one thing I was not doing in my prior thrifting excursions. I would walk in expecting a “petite” section. I did not have the patience to look through the clutter of clothes.

Go with the mindset that this shopping adventure will take both time to do some digging and lots of patience. Don’t give up after looking at a couple of things.

Have a Plan

I found out that having a plan made thrifting so much easier. When I went knowing exactly what I wanted and planned accordingly then I did much better than when I just went in without knowing what I wanted.

Since the weather is pleasant and it is only going to get warmer, I knew that I really wanted to find at least a dress and/or a skirt. So when I went thrift shopping last week, I checked out the skirts/dresses racks first, then moved on to tops & blazers. Blazers are great in all seasons. During spring & summer they are perfect for the office over a sleeveless top or dress. Plus, I really just wanted to expand my blazer collection.

Regardless of when you go thrifting, just make sure you have a plan as to what you would like to find as it helps keep you both on budget and will save you some time at the store.

Re-Fashion

This a great tip I found through Pinterest. Keep an eye out for clothing pieces you can easily refashion. If you find something you love–maybe it’s the fabric or print on an item, don’t give up on it just because it’s too big. Some clothing items have great potential, you just have to be a little creative.

If you know how to sew, or have a relative inexpensive tailor, then go ahead and buy that too-big for you clothing item.

Need to be inspired? Check out what these fashion bloggers did with their thrift finds.

refashioncollageTo see how Extra Petite transformed a blouse into a cute top, click here. Are you into florals? Then check out Ruffles & Stuff for their floral dress diy or Cotton Curl’s floral skirt project. Need a new dress for the office–then Our Life is Beautiful has a DIY for a peplum dress.

Check Out the Big Kids Section

If you sometimes check out the big kids (children’s) section at the major retailers then you should do the same at thrift stores. Plus their prices might be even less, meaning you will save even more!

Go Often

Regardless of whether you are petite or not, your best chances of finding great clothing pieces is by going to the thrift store often. They are always getting new items so if you don’t have much luck one week, then instead of giving up (like I had done in the past) give it a try on a different day or the following week.

After trying out these tips for myself, I realized…I actually enjoy thrifting! Just remember…Don’t give up. Don’t get frustrated. Try again!

Do any of you have any other thrifting tips for petites?

 

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Think Pink {ColorBlocking for Spring/Summer}

Think Pink {Emma Stone}

My favorite look from this year’s Met Gala had to be Emma Stone’s pretty in pink look. I thought she looked gorgeous.

What did you think of this look? I found it fresh, young and trendy. Overall perfect for spring. Even though Emma Stone is not petite, I loved the maxi skirt. Usually, I am not into long skirts because I feel like they make me look even shorter. However, I would wear one with a slit like Emma’s. In fact, when I was in high school I sewed my own maxi skirt with a slit (mine was on the side) and I loved wearing that skirt.

What did you think of the side braid? I personally really liked it. Which by the way, my 4-year-old is obsessed with braids at the moment. Every morning she asks for them, either she wants the Queen Elsa/Frozen look (like Emma’s) or she wants the pigtail braids like Princess Anna. Today she went for the Anna look, yesterday it was the Queen Elsa look. Any other moms out there getting hairstyle requests from their little ones thanks to Frozen?

Don’t forget to check out my Pink Color-blocking Collection on Mavatar to see where you can find tops & skirts to create your own spring pink look.

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Debonita

Debonita

Watford, UKBlogger at Elegantly Fashionable & Founder of Petite Fashion WeekHeight: 5’0″

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About Me

I am a petite girl who is constantly struggling to find clothes and shoes that fit. I am on a quest for elegantly fashionable petite clothes and shoes which fit and flatter my petite frame.

I am an ardent lover of fashion and beauty. I work in a PR company based in London. I started blogging to express my passion and love for fashion. I want to make fashionable clothes and shoes more easily available for petite girls like me. I am a firm believer of using natural and organic beauty products and want to try and use them as much as I can.

I am also founder of #petitechat and Petite Fashion Week. So, if you are a petite girl and share the same feeling, then this blog is for you. Here I will share everything from outfits, shoes, accessories, beauty products, tips on how to look good being a petite girl and my globe trotter adventures being petite. I aim to make this blog a one stop shop for petite girls like me.

My Favorite Quote

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”–Coco Chanel

Where I Like to Shop

I like to shop at TopShop, Miss Selfridges and Dorothy Perkins Petite Department.

Alterations

I don’t tailor my clothes much, if required I do them myself.

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Fashion Follow Friday {Who, Why, Where?}

It’s finally spring & Friday! Wishing you all warmer days.

Today, I wanted to share with you two of my favorite blogs. I like to follow all kinds: street-style, petite fashion, lifestyle blogs, food & craft blogs and so on. With fashion, I like it to be diverse- curvy, petite, tall, average, thin, etc. I like to see how fashion bloggers of all colors, shapes, and height are doing their thing. They keep it real and they exude confidence.

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Bianca in a stylish outfit for The In Between Girls.

Who: Bianca at The In Between Girls

Why: This fashionable blog celebrates girls in between sizes, between normal sizes and plus-sizes. Bianca shows you having style has nothing to do with weight. She shares gorgeous outfits such as this and embraces her in-betweeness. She also has a series, Fitness Fridays, that you should definitively check out for inspiration and healthy eating tips.

Connect with Bianca on Twitter

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Sam looking chic for La Petite Pear.

Who: Sam at La Petite Pear

Why: Sam keeps it real and affordable when showing you how she dresses her pear shape. Her posts consists of clothes that are realistic for her life, yet trendy at the same time. She resides in NYC, so I always enjoy seeing the background of the city. She also has a series, Fashionistas in Flats, where women show off their stylish looks in flats.

Connect with Sam on Twitter

If there are any other blogs I should be following, please let me know! I love blogs that are out of norm.

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Shop Petite

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This week I am going to do a series of posts on petite fashion. More specifically, petite retailers and designers. If you are petite and feel like you have limited options when it comes to shopping, then you are going to want to stay tuned.

Believe it or not, there are petite designers & retailers that focus on pint-sized women like you and I. And not just a petite “section” but entire boutiques for petites. Isn’t that terrific?!

I say let’s show our support for these petite designers & retailers because if as petites we don’t, then who will? The next time you need a dress for work, a classic piece like a trench coat, or a fun party dress think petite! Take a stance against the fashion industry. If you want it to change you have to start by letting the fashion industry know you are not going to settle anymore. Stop with the rolling up of sleeves on coats & tops, tucking in of the pants/jeans. Stop with the alterations. Support retailers & designers who truly see you as the fashionable woman you are. Shop Petite.

Make sure to check the blog on Tuesday for our 1st petite designer/retailer in this weeks series.

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The 16th Bar Petite Womenswear

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Kristina

Kristina

Iloilo City, Philippines• Blogger at Women on Fire Club• Height: 4’11” kristinapf1

About My Blog

Is it a sin to say fashion is my religion? Sounds shallow but I enjoy working in this material world where I dress up seeing fashion as an art form. In our blog, WomenOnFireClub.com, we feature career women who are truly fashion lovers for the belief that this industry empowers women, no matter how it can pressure others about their appearances and budgets. That’s why our action is “empowering women through fashion.” Think high heels and makeup for a start.

My Style

Simple, short, and sexy–that’s how I keep my wardrobe interesting. Although there’s a risk of looking inappropriate sometimes but as long as I look and feel chic then there’s nothing that could stop me from wearing my own style. Being a single mom, I could be quite busy yet for me it is never an excuse to let myself go, like not taking care of my appearance. It is true that when you like what you see in the mirror, you’d feel better. It’s not vanity but learning to appreciate what you have. And with what I have, I am inspired to dress up. My closet includes feminine high-waist dresses, one-piece outfits, eye-catching tops, denim skirts, dressy shorts, and no jeans. Why do I always keep it short? I love my legs and it’s always a pleasure to flaunt them most.

My Outfits

I shop in downtown bazaars where I can buy almost everything. I’m not into brands but uniqueness. It’s terrible to see somebody in the same shirt you bought at the mall.

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I’m a fan of vertical stripes, just like what I’m wearing in this photo. It’s simply because they can make any girl look taller.

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The second outfit reveals not only my thigh-gapped legs, but my simplest look. Just a plain black top and neutral short shorts. For this type of ensemble, I’d usually wear roman sandals but when my mood calls for it, heels are my main choice.

Who isn’t a fan of the little black dress? One way to upgrade this classic frock is to put on a great jacket over it. Thanks to my cousin, I’ve been enjoying this lovely neutral-hued blazer for as long as I can remember (top photo).

Fashion Secrets?

I believe that it really is no secret that every woman can be fashionable if she just wears what she likes, what she looks best in, and what suits her body shape. We all have the right to dress up or down and emphasize the features we love.

My Beauty Secret

It’s no secret either. Enough sleep, sun, and Cetaphil is good enough for me but I believe in what Paulina Porizkova said, “Sex and Water and Estée Lauder.”

Encouraging Words for Petites

Being petite is just about size. It is the woman in you that shines.

My Favorite Quote

Power is being told you are not loved and not being affected by it.-Madonna

Where I Like to Shop

To get more unique pieces, I shop at downtown boutiques and bazaars for dresses & shoes, and Korean stores for accessories. I like to have my clothes tailored by this nice lady from the ghetto part of the city. She really knows how to turn my designs into wonderful, wearable clothes.

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Petite Fashion Week Dallas 2014

Last week, I told you a little about Petite Fashion Week. Today, I have some very exciting news for the petite fashionistas in the DFW. Petite Fashion Week is hosting a networking event on March 14th in the Dallas area!

Here is the official flyer for the Petite Fashion Week Networking Event for Dallas-Fort Worth :

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Sheez Petite will be showcasing a few pieces from their petite-focused online boutique. So come network, win prizes, and make news friends!

Petites in Dallas are you Petite & Proud? Get your free tickets for the event on Eventbrite by clicking here—> FREE TICKETS!

Make sure to check out the prize sponsors: Sheez Petite & Advanced Dental Center.

Are you petite and in London? Then get your UK tickets here—>PFW-London

More information to come on the Petite Fashion Week Networking Event in Miami.

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Casual Winter Outfit

Yesterday, I took a couple of spontaneous photos (selfies?) of one of my favorite casual “winter” looks. By winter, I mean when it’s pretty chilly in Texas. When I took these photos, it was actually not that bad. It ended up warming up into the 60’s.

As you can see, I am wearing a tweed skirt, leggings (fleeced-lined), black top, wedge booties, and a scarf. This is my go-to outfit combo for when I have any events to attend on chilly days. It’s simple to put together, comfortable, and it keeps me warm. Here for example, I am at a builder’s luncheon previewing their model for a new community. I was checking out the master closet when I took the pictures. That’s why you see an empty closet. Not because I don’t have any clothes. Although on some days, I feel like my closet might as well look like this because I can’t find anything to wear! I guess we all feel like that every now and then.

So if it’s cold outside and you have no idea what to wear, just follow this formula: skirt+warm leggings+nice top+cute boots+scarf=ta-da you are ready! Oh and I like to add a pop of color. I bought this shocking (blinding?) pink crossbody at J.Crew a couple of years ago.

Do you have any go-to outfits for the winter?

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Am I Petite?

I know I am petite, I’ve always known it. I remember thinking when I was a kid that there must be something wrong with me. Why wasn’t I growing as much as the others? And then I thought, well I’ll catch up to them by the time I am an adult….and that didn’t happen.

For those of you who might be unsure, here is a super short & informative video by The Petite Shop that explains what being petite means.

This is the perfect time to tell you about a new series I am working on for Bonjour Chica!™  The new series is Petite Fashionistas à La Mode which will spotlight petite fashionistas who want to inspire and encourage other petite women. Make sure to check it out and most importantly please consider participating. I should have my first Petite Fashionista à la Mode sometime next week, so please keep an eye out for it.

If you are interested in learning more about Petite Fashionistas à la Mode please send me an e-mail at: bonjourchica@ymail.com

Also, I am open to hear your ideas on other series you would like to see on the blog.

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