This post is inspired by www.extrapetite.com, a blogger who shares work outfits for petite gals. I am 5'1" (for the longest time I thought I was 5'2" lol), ~93lbs (93lbs of NO t&a, or hips... boooooo), and I find it very difficult to find professional, non-fuddy duddy, petite sized clothing. I always had a hard time finding work clothes I liked from Ann Taylor, Nordstrom Petite section, Express, etc. Tops and bottoms are HUGE. HUGE. HUUUUGE and old looking! Banana Republic has some good stuff, but I'm cheap! Tops >$50, and bottoms >$50 = no bueno!!
I used to think professional=pants + jacket. But, I've finally figured out what I can wear that doesn't feel old and too big. SKIRTS!! Pants can be altered, but I don't have the time or money to get clothing altered. And 99.99% of the time, even if they fit my waist, they sag at the crotch, hip, butt, thigh, etc. etc. etc. EW. Anyone else have that problem?? And I find pants to be manly, and I want to look like a WOMAN. RAWR! lol. Now SKIRTS on the other hand, don't have to be snug at your crotch or hip as much as pants. You have a couple inches of wiggle room, even if they are a bit big. Or put on a belt and make high waisted! I love doing this.
And then I just tuck in any button down shirt into the skirt. I find button down shirts to be professional, inexpensive, and easy to find just about everywhere. But even these can run very large (like Express - their XS is really a size medium, in my opinion!) And I hate the bottoms of button downs - so awkward! Hence, tucking into skirt. And I HATE tucking a shirt into pants - can you say BUTCH? H&M size XS is actually pretty fitted. I have an XS from them that makes me look like my chest will bust out - a VERY difficult feat to accomplish given my tiny tiny bewbies -_-
So this is basically me every day - black/grey skirt, button down, rinse, repeat. If you have conservative work place, keep your jacket/cardigan on!
Some places to find cheap, small skirts: Forever 21, H&M, www.yesstyle.com, www.zipia.net
If you can afford more expensive pieces, don't ask me! lol. j/k. Go look at www.extrapetite.com for really nice pieces at higher end shops.
Yes, these were taken in my work bathroom! We just started composting paper towels, YAY!
*xs top - H&M
*xs skirt (with BOW!) - yesstyle
*sz 5 patent pumps - Nine West
**edit: just fyi I wrote this post b/c I KNOW many girls out there are in the same boat as me... I live in California and I see girls smaller than me all the time, haha. My gf's are all skinny bitches lol. Thought this post could either help others, or others would read it and help ME :P **
Got an email that H&M is having $15 off jackets and blazers, so walked over at lunch. Ended up just trying on men's clothing ^_~ Creates the perfect oversized look, and their sweaters are cooler than ladies sweaters, what's up with that?!?
p.s. all you lil ladies tell me where you shop? and how you make your work outfit fun and trendy? lol.
p.p.s. FUUUUDGE PACKER!!! I called every single H&M to hunt down the boyfriend blazer from their Divided line b/c it's only $25 + $15 off all blazers right now and NO ONE HAS IT (well, they have size 12 LOL go figure!)!!! I even called cross country to see if the bf could pick it up, and no luck T_T I swear if I see a petite girl walking around with it I will tackle her and it will be GAME OVER HUNNIE!!!!
(Hehe you can't right click their pics.. so this is when handy dandy Prnt Scrn + CTRL V comes in handy ^_~ )