Petite clothing stores in Sydney?
(Lower North Shore Sydney, NSW, Australia)
I am a petite 158cm (5' 2") and typically an Australian size 8.
Can you recommend any petite clothing stores in Sydney?
Many thanks, Karen.
Jane's answer... I have quite a few petite clients, but until you asked this question hadn't seriously looked for petite clothing ranges here in Sydney. Now that I have, I'm surprised at how little choice there is here for petite women!
What is petite?
Petite is French for small. It also refers to women who are 5' 4" (162cm) or less.
A common misperception is that it also means a small dress size. However, the term refers to height and has nothing to do with weight.
Do you need petite size clothes?
Petite size clothes are designed for women 5' 4" and less who are also a balanced body vertical body shape.
If you are one of the other vertical body shapes, even if you are a bit taller, you may be better suited to petite clothes for your shorter proportion. For example if you have long legs and a short body petite size tops may work better for you.
David Jones and Myers both have a small range of petite clothes.
For those who are both petite and a small size there are some clothes labels that go down to a size 6 and sometimes scale down their clothes in the smaller sizes. These include...
- Veronika Maine
The only shop I've managed to find specifically for petites is Petite Chic in the Chatwood Westfield. It's a small shop stocking casual and smart casual clothes. In particular they have a range of petite jeans and petite dresses.
Other options include...
- Alterations -- I recommend Lilyn for alterations. They are both in Mosman and Chatswood. If you're not near either of these locations ask around for a good alterations place.
- Custom made clothes -- either make your own and alter the patterns before you sew or have items custom made. Lilyn also custom make clothes.
- The Juniors Departments of Department Stores -- these are clothes designed for teenagers. However, you may find some clothes that work for you here, especially casual clothes. If you have a rectangle body shape the Boys Departments may also work for you!
If you know of other petite clothing stores in Sydney, or Australia please let us know in a comment below.
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