It’s like a double whammy for clothes shopping: plus size petite. Ugh. Let me explain. In fashion-lingo the word “petite” means under 5’4″. At 5’2″ I easily fall into that category. Finding clothing for a petite woman can be difficult, but for a plus sized petite woman? It’s nearly impossible. With regular length pants, I can wear heels and make them work. Otherwise they’re simply too long (see my favorite pair of slacks, below). With a dress or a blouse sized for an average woman? I simply have to deal with extra fabric in the torso since the narrowest part of the garment, the waist, hits closer to my hips. It’s that or take them to a tailor. The last thing we curvy gals want is excess fabric at our narrowest parts!
Thank goodness online retailers offer more options for plus size petites than are found in stores. Here are the sites I’ve found that offer petites for curvy women. And you can see in the photos what really great-fitting clothes can do for your figure!
Talbot’s – While it may be on the spendy side, Talbot’s has a fantastic range of offerings for plus size petites. Dress, shirts, coats, you name it! A good place for investment-pieces that stand the test of time and trends.
Land’s End– A great selection of casual petite clothing in plus sizes.
Nordstrom– Again, not a large number of options, but if you’re looking for essential pants Nordstrom is an option.
Jessica London– Mostly pajamas and coats.
Simply Be– Pants, and a couple other items.
Do you have a favorite go-to store or website for plus size petites? Please let us know in the comments– we love new places to shop!