my sister in law is only about 4ft 10 and she used to be uber thin, so she had to buy her clothes from the girls or even the boys section, she said to me once, you think you have it bad, try looking sexy in garanimals haha.... well, i am only 5 ft 1, give or take a quarter of an inch, and its super hard to buy clothes, especially when you are overweight.... i buy shirts that are listed to be 30 inches, but they still dont quite conceal a big belly bulge, heck, jeans drag the ground and even if i buy heeled boots or shoes, i either end up hemming them or rolling them.....i never buy petites, cause even though i am short, they dont fit me right, or, they end up drawing up and then are too short. someday i would love to be able to shop for garanimals!!
I'm 5'2", and traditionally I've tended to buy petites, but I've since come to appreciate that they just don't work right below the waist. I think I'm long waisted, so as I buy new clothes in the process of this journey (I'm down almost 40 lbs and 3 clothing sizes), I've just accepted the fact that I'm going to be hemming. Found a reasonably priced tailor, at least. One new change is that I'm hemming my pants longer, as I want to be wearing heels a little more, for a longer, leaner look. When I was heavier, jeans and sneakers were fine; now I'm aiming for a little more stylish and polished.
Another think I've learned is that the long skirts and sweaters that I favor (because they hide a multitude of sins) don't do my figure any good. Better with sweaters that fall just at or below the waist (and I do need petites for that) and skirts that fall just below the knee (hem, hem, hem!). Better proportions for a vertically challenged person.
Edited by: SUSAN818127 at: 6/6/2012 (15:07)
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I hate clothes shopping. At 4'10 finding clothes that properly fit is like finding a needle in ahaystack. Pretty much I only buy jeans at walmart because I can fitin the jr jeans in petites but they're still too long. Shirts are a bit of a hit and miss. I wear flip flops almost year round because my short wide feet dont fit into much. It's really a pain in my butt however I'm hoping with some more weight loss itll make shopping easier.
"You're only as tall as your heart will let you be and you're only as small as the world will make you seem"
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Up there with trying to hem things is finding short sleeved shirts that have any sort of length in the sleeve. I don't care about my arms showing or being covered but I would like to have a short sleeve shirt to have more than one to two inches of fabric. I agree that it does get better when shopping for smaller sizes.
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For some odd reason clothing manufacturer's seem to think that as we get wider we get taller LOL I used to love shopping at Ann Taylor Loft because they had a nice petite selection and somewhat larger sizes (their labels went up to 16P but everything was generously cut) but in recent years the styles they carry have become less and less appealing to me and their quality has gone way down :-(
Edited by: NOEXCUSES2011 at: 5/1/2012 (20:04)
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You are lucky to have a good choice of stores all I have are Walmart, Kmart and stores geared for the college kids. Walmart is my store and Faded Glory works real well. I've always been in between sizes and hate to try on clothes at the store I usually take them home try on and take back to exchange what doesn't fit. What a hassle! I get discouraged but have a wardrobe of three different sizes that I've been so I only add once in a while when needed. Lucinda
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My mom and I have said for years "They make pants for Wilt Chamberland not short people" I bought a pair of capris two years ago they came an inch above my shoes. My Son-in-law asked my daughter why my pants were so short and did I not know that they were? She told him that they were capries and I was short.
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What I hate is the style the "give" us to choose from. I'm short, not old. I may be 52 but I still like the new styles that come out but god forbid they make them for us. I have been complaining about this for over 30 years (once junior styles didn't work for me anymore).
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Fitness Minutes: (71,147) Posts: 1,230 4/22/12 7:06 A
Gosh it was hard to buy clothes for short AND plus size! It is as if we don't exist, but by the number of people here it is obvious that we do. Shorts, skirts and blouses are always too long and stores and catalogs don't carry the most beautiful things in my size. I guess my biggest gripe is about shorts (they are long enough to make me look half my height!) and hiking clothes (I guess they think we do not hike). I spent a small fortune having cargo pants altered but they still don't fit properly. I hope I see some of your profile pics where you have been lucky enough to find clothes that really fit. Hello, all; glad I found this team "tailored" for me!
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