Ever find yourself traveling from store to store searching for something that will fit or spending even more time at your tailor? I think we’ve all been there but thanks to the new online boutique, Gambita, shopping for a petite body just became so much easier and much more fashionable.
Gambita founder, Caroline Misan Alvo knows what it’s like first hand. Being petite herself and standing at just 4’9″, Caroline set out to find a better way for petites to shop by researching and working with designers that tend to cut their clothes on the smaller side.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Caroline to discuss Gambita, dressing a petite body, and what we can look forward to from Gambita in the future. Check out our conversation below:
Petite Fashionista: What is Gambita exactly?
Caroline for Gambita: Gambita is an online store that sells clothes exclusively for petite women. We do this by aggregating clothes from different designers that are “petite-friendly” and, when possible, we ask that designers re-design items in petite proportions. Our hope is to not only make shopping an enjoyable and easy experience for petite women, but to inspire petite women to own and love their smallness.
Gambita literally means “little shrimp” in Spanish. My husband gave me this nickname and I loved it; once it came time to name the company I didn’t have to look too far for the perfect name.
What inspired you to start Gambita?
I’m 4’9” and shopping has always been a nightmare for me. I always assumed that my shopping “issues” were due to the fact that I was exceptionally short, but after countless conversations with other petites, I found that virtually all petite women face similar challenges. It dawned on me that there must be a better way for Gambitas to shop, and thus Gambita as born.
What types of clothes can petites find on Gambita and what are the designers you’re currently carrying?
Petites can find a range of contemporary pieces on Gambita, from fun tops, to dresses, to jeans to skirts. We carry the following designers: Alice & Trixie, Yumi Kim, Keepsake, DL 191, Skinny Jeans, LAmade, bySmith and Viereck. Much more to come in the future!
Being petite myself, I know that finding the right fit can be a struggle sometimes. If I order something from Gambita and it doesn’t work for me can I easily return?
Of course, we offer free shipping and free returns. In addition, if you have any questions about how a certain item will fit, just write to us and we’ll schedule a call to give you all the fashion tips you need.
How often does Gambita receive new styles?
We’re constantly looking for new styles and we’ll release new styles as often as possible.
Being petite yourself, what advice would you give to other petite women when it comes to fit and style?
1. For tops, make sure the top the sleeve actually lines up with your shoulder (like this one). If the sleeve inseam is dropping down your arm that just won’t look right.
2. Stay away from items that have a lot of excess fabric and lack shape. Your petite frame will get lost! If you’re going with an item that has a loose fit, make sure you keep your shape with a belt, like this dress.
3. I’m a big believer in fun prints but just make sure that the prints are not too big, otherwise it will throw off your petite proportions. I love this dress because it incorporates so many fun prints and colors but the details itself are small so it won’t overwhelm us petite gals.
Ultimately, it helps to know some general guiding principles to follow for your body type, but you should wear what makes you feel beautiful and confident!
What can petites expect to see from Gambita in the future?
More fabulous styles from petite friendly designers! We’re hard at work to find designers that make amazing pieces for all parts of your life. We’ll tailor our offering based on what our customers want most, but we strive to be a one-stop shop for all your wardrobe needs, from work to play
Thanks to Caroline, she’s giving all Petite Fashionista’s a 10% discount with the following coupon code: Gambita4PetiteFashionista so head over to www.vivagambita.com today and enter the code at checkout!
Here are just a few pieces you can find on Gambita now:
Photos Source: VivaGambita.com