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cruisin
07-05-2012, 02:30 PM
It depends on how much you want to spend. Theory tends to run a little more petite, even in their regular sizes. But, while Theory is excellent quality, they are $$$. Elie Tahari is a more curvy cut, I don't know think they have petites, but they do have 0 and XS. Again Elie Tahari is excellent quality, but a bit $$$. J Crew has a pretty extensive petite line. Crew, also has 00 and XXS. Banana Republic has petites, and also has different cuts - curvy/non-curvy. Most department stores have petite departments. It's really best to physically shop in a store to get a sense of how a brand runs.

Lilith11
07-05-2012, 02:43 PM
It depends on how much you want to spend. Theory tends to run a little more petite, even in their regular sizes. But, while Theory is excellent quality, they are $$$. Elie Tahari is a more curvy cut, I don't know think they have petites, but they do have 0 and XS. Again Elie Tahari is excellent quality, but a bit $$$. J Crew has a pretty extensive petite line. Crew, also has 00 and XXS. Banana Republic has petites, and also has different cuts - curvy/non-curvy. Most department stores have petite departments. It's really best to physically shop in a store to get a sense of how a brand runs.

The problem is, I'ma poor, broke college student XD

Aceon6
07-05-2012, 03:00 PM
Could anyone suggest a place/designer w/a good selection of petites (5'4" here) and carries a good selection of size 0's/XS's? It's hell for me finding anything that properly fits my waist (about 20-21 in. around) >.<

Ann Taylor outlet? My size 0 niece swears by them. The have an awesome dress sale going on now!

Lilith11
07-05-2012, 03:05 PM
Ann Taylor outlet? My size 0 niece swears by them. The have an awesome dress sale going on now!

Oooh really? May there be hope!

cruisin
07-05-2012, 03:19 PM
The problem is, I'ma poor, broke college student XD

JCrew has an outlet as well. And they are on line on the weekends. Plus, the regular JCrew site has incredible sales - in store and on line. Get on their emailing list, they will notify you when the outlets shopping is on line.

PRlady
07-05-2012, 04:55 PM
Everything at Zara's seems to be cut for people with tiny waists, she says grumpily. I used to qualify but no longer. And their prices are reasonable!

barbk
07-05-2012, 07:09 PM
Lilith -- Is this for interviews/work? -- if so, you might want to check out consignment shops for a Theory suit -- my young friend who just graduated from law school said that was the go-to line for those without curvy bottoms/hips.

D uses Buffalo Exchange (a college-area consignment shop) and finds some great items there; since many of the sellers are tiny college-age women, there seem to be a good supply of smaller sizes.

(Though given what has happened with ladies clothing and vanity sizing, I wonder what my size 0 in 1973 neighbor would be looking for these days. Do they have minus sizes?)

Aceon6
07-05-2012, 07:33 PM
(Though given what has happened with ladies clothing and vanity sizing, I wonder what my size 0 in 1973 neighbor would be looking for these days. Do they have minus sizes?)

In 1973, a 36" hip was a 12, now it's a 4. My 5'1", 100 lb, size 8 mother would be a 0 today.

PDilemma
07-05-2012, 07:35 PM
Could anyone suggest a place/designer w/a good selection of petites (5'4" here) and carries a good selection of size 0's/XS's? It's hell for me finding anything that properly fits my waist (about 20-21 in. around) >.<

My mother (5'2" if she stretches and 95 lbs) does well for moderately priced pants at NY & CO. They have a "short" length.

cruisin
07-05-2012, 08:39 PM
Lilith, the one really good thing about Theory is that they make suits as separates. So, if you are smaller top/bottom, you can get different sizes. Also, they make jackets, skirts, pants every year in the same fabric. I believe they do this in both black and navy. So, you can add to your suit as needed. I agree that Theory, is an excellent choice for interviewing. And, though it is $$$, it will last you for many years - both in style and wear. Consider a road trip to one of their outlets.

Lilith11
07-05-2012, 09:32 PM
Thanks so much for the advice everyone! Now I know what I'm doing this weekend :D And barbk, yes, work/dressy casual..

skatesindreams
07-05-2012, 09:54 PM
Please, let us know what you find, Lilith.

Try on everything.
Take advantage of alterations, if available.

Sometimes. sizes differ at outlets.
Keep that in mind if you go there.

Garden Kitty
07-05-2012, 10:23 PM
Question for the group - what color shoes would you pick for a red sheath work dress?

skatesindreams
07-05-2012, 10:54 PM
Since you are wearing it to work, black or nude.

cruisin
07-05-2012, 11:01 PM
^^ agree black or nude. Another more trendy, yet still work appropriate, color would be navy.

We actually have to go to a client dinner, next week. I am wearing a very fitted red dress. I am torn between a purpley blue, open toed pump http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=647002&productGroup=314557 , a patent nude open toed pump http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=520964&productGroup=314557 (click on the nougat color), and a very different strappy, open toed black patent pump, http://www.viaspiga.com/en-US/Content/women.aspx#/women/dress (scroll down to Rochelle). I'm actually leaning toward the black, just because the shoe is really different.