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Plus-Size Petite Clothing for Women

By Christina Gregoire

I know it's not easy to find the perfect outfit when you aren't tall and thin. But, it can be done. You just need to know your own body.

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Plus Size Petite Clothing

I am certain that there must be a parallel universe, where supermodels are short and chubby. And, in that world, tall skinny girls stay home crying as they watch beautiful and curvy women bouncing around while starring in TV shows like, “Dancing With the Moonbeams” and “Gossip Girlacticas.”

In that universe, tall and willowy females cry on the “Dr. Gil Show,” telling the audience how they ate ice cream for breakfast, they sat in front of the TV all day, and they cut out all fruits and vegetables, but nothing worked.

They still couldn’t gain an ounce no matter what they tried. And, all those extra calories only seemed to make them grow taller and taller, until they looked like 5’9” freaks. (Sob, sob.)

Well, until I can find that portal in space and time, we are stuck with this universe. But, I know that short, fat women are often more beautiful than those boney sticks… just don’t tell anyone, because it’s our little secret.

Petite Plus-Size Clothing

Somehow, I always end up scouting around different departments and various stores...finding nothing I like that fits. Well, I am on the cusp of everything. I’m almost too tall to be a petite. I’m almost too thin (I use that word loosely) to wear plus sizes. And, I’m usually too Boho to wear normal clothes.

Okay, I just looked at this article for the first time in quite a while. Some of the stores are out of business, so I will be updating this. If you are reading this article and something doesn't make sense, come back later when I'm done... ... ...I'm back and I'm done. If it doesn't make sense now, I don't know what to say.

I want you to know that I have a few affiliate links. So, if you buy something from some of these links, I get a few nickels or something. You can also use the links just to browse.

Buying Jeans Is a Nightmare

I just hate buying jeans. I can handle shopping for petite dresses, coats and things, but it’s impossible to find jeans in which I can breathe.  The hardest thing to fit is plus-sized jeans or slacks for shorties like me.  I just don’t bother with jeans anymore.  But, if you’re a jeans girl, you will find lots of options online.  It might take you a while to find the right brand and cut, but if it’s important to you, it can be done.

1. Catherines: Up to Size 5x in Some Styles

I don't wear petite very often. I'm long waisted so I can get by with tops and dresses in regular sizes. The only place I have a problem is with jeans and pants. Here are things I like at this store:

  • Paisley Reversible Jacket: I like anything that's reversible. It's especially good for travel.
  • Suprema Knit Pant: I like anything that's pull on. This is a knit. It's a no-brainer. Get it in black.

2.  Nordstrom's: C'mon Nordie's

Well, I’m from Seattle, so I’ve been shopping at Nordstrom’s since it was a little shoe store.  The company is reliable and has such good customer service that they changed the industry.  When all else fails, Nordstrom's is where I turn.

  • Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Bootcut Stretch Jeans (Petite)
  • Lysse Control Top Leggings: If these are too long, wear them with booties and pull the socks up. It's a cute look. I do it all the time.

Okay Nordies, don't let me down. Where are short, fat chicks supposed to shop? Well, all I can say is that all of you short, chubby chicks are going to need to do separates if I can't find anything petite that comes a bit larger. Here are some tops you might like:

  • Long Wrap Cardigan: This will be long on you, but the asymmetrical hemline will make it work... even if it hits the floor... unless you're really, really short. It should be fine. Just be careful going up and down stairs. (I love this brand.)
  • Nic+Zoe Asymmetrical Top: Anything with an asymmetrical hem is going to be a good bet because no one knows where it's supposed to hit. You can also wear mini dresses as tunic tops. I do it all the time. (I love this brand, too.)

3. Simply Be: British Fashion Come to America!

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Petite Plus Size Dress

Well, this is better. I've gotten a few cute things from this British site (which only carries plus sizes), so even though they could use a better search function, Simply Be is the best site so far. The other sites were okay, but they didn't have as much. When I first wrote this article, this store didn't have a branch in the states. Thank God they've come to save the Yanks.

I've bought tunic dresses from them, which I really love.  The three kimono tunics (with detachable belts) in the main photo (above) are from Simply Be (from a few years ago).  This type of tunic can be used as a top or a dress, and even though these kimonos aren’t made specifically for petites, I think most of you petites could wear this type of top unless you are extremely short.  Here are some goodies:

  • Plus Size Petite Maxi Dress: Hey, this is something for summer or vacay or cruise. You won't have to get your great aunt Martha to hem it up. And, they have other maxis just for you. Now, go out there and get a tan. To size 28.
  • Cute Peplum Dress in Blue: This is something else you'll love. It's in my favorite color... one of my 10 favorite colors. haha. To size 28.
  • Bright Painterly Dress: Sick of black? This dress goes to size 32.

They also have coats and parkas and pants and all kinds of things... well, not as much as they should... but way more than most other stores.

4.  Marisota:  I got so excited by what I found at Simply Be that I decided to try their sister site, which also carries only plus sizes. Bingo. Some of the same, but these two stores often have different goodies. Yay.

Cropped Jeans for Petites?

In general, cropped jeans and cropped pants are bad for petites. Yes, I have seen some chubby, petite women who actually look wonderful in capris, but they are the exception to the rule. Unless your husband, your mom, or your child has told you (without prompting) that you look great in capris, give yours to Goodwill.

I know it's not easy to find things that fit, look good, and are affordable. But, I will keep looking and if you find a good resource, send a comment. We're all in this together.

So far, I think I'd check out plus size petites on the London sites... or I'd go with asymmetrical tunics and jeans or leggings. You rock. You deserve the best.

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Photo Credits: Prshots.com

  • Main Photo: Simply Be.
  • Plus Size Petite Clothing: Simply Be.
  • Petite Plus Size Dress: Aztec Print Dress Marisota.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Andrea

    Thank you SO much for this site. I can't tell you how sick and tired I am of the Roaman's et al clothes. Now these are dresses I can wear and not feel like a dump! So far I've only gone to Simply Be, but I'll go to any site you recommend. Tina, you're the best!

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Andrea, happy to help. Let me know if you find any sites you like. I'm in the middle of moving from one state to another and it's a terrible experience. I will rewrite an article about plus sizes someday and I'll try to find other sites with petite sizes.