Technically, half of us should be shopping in the petites department. The average Canadian woman is 5’ 4” and most petite collections are designed for women who are below that height threshold. Yet most runway designers don’t offer petite sizing, and many mass-market brands rely on a one-size-fits-all approach to design. As a result, it often feels like an impossible task to find interesting, trendy clothes for those of us who are on the small side. In fact, many petite shoppers resort to shopping in the children’s department and using alterationists for everything from jeans to tailored suits.
As a member of the under-5-feet-tall crowd, I have experienced these frustrations first hand. Over the years, I’ve learned that while one can get away with over-sized casual clothes such as jeans and T-shirts, it’s much harder to find work-appropriate or more formal pieces in the right proportions.