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Petite Studio clothing review: where to shop for clothes for petite women
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- Petite Studio is an NYC clothing startup that makes styles specifically designed and tailored to petite bodies.
- Three petite women on the Insider Picks team, all of whom have different body types, tested out the clothing and had a great experience with fit.
- You can read our thoughts below, including tips and tricks for sizing.
Three of the women on the Insider Picks team, myself included, are petite. Although we each have different body types, we're all at or under 5'3, which means we often get the short end of the stick when it comes to clothing.
Denim is almost always too long on us, straps for dresses and tops are always too loose, and workwear never seems to hit in the right place. At best, it's an inconvenience, and at worst, it's a complete and utter waste of money.
If this sounds all too familiar, it's about time you met Petite Studio, an NYC company that makes clothing exclusively for petite women.
Inspired largely by vintage silhouettes and prints, Petite Studio's clothing combines a classic feminine aesthetic with modern detailing — and the styles aren't kitschy by any means. In fact, they're perfectly in touch with the trends that most designers aren't making for petite bodies (tall and slim bodies, yes, but not short ones — much to our dismay).
Petite Studio has curried favor with plenty of bloggers and Instagram influencers, so you may have even seen its styles on your favorite fashion accounts. But if you're anything like me, seeing meticulously styled and angled iterations of a brand's best offerings on Instagram isn't quite enough to convince me that those same clothes would look good on my not-size-zero frame.
The three petite ladies of Insider Picks were given the chance to test out Petite Studio's clothing to see how they fit and felt under everyday conditions, not just for Instagram photoshoots. We wore them while working, commuting, and gallivanting around NYC, and shared each of our thoughts below.
Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor:
I'm 5'1 and I usually wear a size 8, or sometimes a 10 if I want a roomier fit. I have a larger chest size (specifically a 36DD), which makes shopping for petite clothing especially hard since it's almost always designed for small cups. Admittedly, I was afraid Petite Studio's clothing would be the same way, so I opted for styles I knew would be a little more forgiving.
I checked out the Mariana white silk button-down in size large (9) and and the Jane oversized plaid blazer in medium (9). The silk top was buttery soft but not shiny or sheer, and featured a very slightly puffed sleeve. It was perfectly tailored to my small but curvy frame, and was short enough that I could tuck it into jeans without too much extra fabric. The buttons pulled a little when I reached my arms out, but I imagine that if you have a smaller chest, this wouldn't be an issue for you.
As for the blazer, it fits mealmostperfectly — my only (very small) gripe being that the sleeves are just slightly long. I actually don't mind it that much considering that the blazer is oversized, but an inch off the sleeve would have sent me over the moon with joy. I've worn it with the sleeves both rolled and unrolled, and it's equally as cute either way. The front panel is cropped a few inches shorter than the back, which is a petite-friendly touch that made me look a little taller. I wore mine with wide-leg, cream colored linen pants, a black tank top, and white peep-toe block heels, and I don't know if I've never gotten so many compliments about my outfit before!
Overall, I had a really great experience with Petite Studio's clothing. Though a lot of the styles are tailored to smaller cup sizes, there are plenty that are suited for different body types, and I think it's definitely worth a look and worth the cost even for somewhat curvy petite gals like myself.
Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks guides editor:
As a 5'2" lady, the thing I complain about most (besides never being able to reach anything) is the length of hemlines on everything from dress shirts and dresses to pants. Petite clothing is often problematic for me, too, because the cuts are somehow simultaneously boxy and too tight across the chest for a DD cup.
Luckily, Petite Studio's clothing suffers neither of these problems. I tried the Mariana black silk blouse (9) in a size medium, and it fit perfectly. I love that the hemline is short enough that I don't have to tuck it in if I don't want to, but if I did want to, I still could without ending up with miles of extra fabric inside my pants. The buttons didn't pop when I stretched my arms out, and that, my friends, is a miracle.
I also tried the Lainie dress (pictured above on the right, 8.15 on sale) in a medium, and it, too, was perfect in length and breadth. The only little problem I had was that the straps were a tad too long and not adjustable.
Ellen Hoffman, Insider Picks senior editor:
I'm 5'3 and I usually wear a size 2 or 4, or a size small. I'd describe my frame as an hourglass; I have a small waist at 27" and wider hips and thighs. I don't have a particularly large chest size — I'd call it middle of the road at a 34C — but since I'm short and my proportions are not those of a 5'9" fit model, I often have to size down to an extra small in tops since the straps are almost always too long and loose. Pants and dresses pose a similar issue for my bottom half — which is why I almost exclusively buy cropped jeans, and rarely ever buy full-length dresses, since tailoring is costly and inconvenient.
I was excited to try Petite Studio's clothes as I'd been admiring the young company's modern and sophisticated pieces from afar on Instagram for months. I tested out the Celina mustard yellow floral dress in a size small (pictured above on the left, 9) and the Remy white slim-fit jumpsuit in a size small (6.75, on final sale). The flowy, floral dress was light and slightly roomy and featured bell sleeves and a tiered skirt that imparted a decidedly feminine silhouette that I loved. It was perfectly fitted to my 5'3 hourglass frame; the button-front top wasn't too long nor was the tiered skirt, which hit mid-calf as intended. As for the jumpsuit, while it fit in all the right places (the top was the perfect length, as were the pant legs), I wasn't a fan of the slim-fit cut, which I think would better flatter those with straighter builds. If you have wider hips and thighs like me, you may want to size up for a roomier fit.
I'm excited to see what else is to come from Petite Studio, which is still in its infancy, having only launched in 2015. For the price, the range of silhouettes and styles, and the attention paid to details petite women gripe about often, I definitely recommend the store to my fellow petites.
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