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Petite Closet Essentials

“Fashions fade, style is eternal” – Yves Saint Laurent

Being “fashionable” can be exhausting. While trends are fun, classic essentials are key. Every woman needs a few timeless pieces in her closet. I could throw out everything in my closet, right now, fill it full of things from a store similar to Forever21 and probably be pretty happy for six months. However, things will start to fall apart and the trends will fade. Then what am I left with? A bunch of clothes I don’t like anymore or that don’t fit right because they’re falling apart or have stretched out. Instead, I could take that money and put it towards a few classic, well made, essential pieces that wont fade and will last much longer. Over time, you can add more pieces that you’ll love for years to come. Now don’t get me wrong, I love trends, just in small doses and in addition to classic pieces. 🙂

To get you started, here is a breakdown of some closet essentials by category with some of my favorite petite picks for each one.

What are your favorite essential pieces?

The Basics:

1. The Perfect T-Shirt – Caslon V-Neck Tee // Find here

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2. The Perfect Tank – Nic + Zoe Stretch Tank // Find here

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3. Long Sleeved Tee – Gap Favorite Long Sleeved Tee // Find here

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The Staples:

1. Tailored Blazer – MICHAEL Michael Kors Petite Jacket, Skinny Lapel Blazer // Find here

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2. Little Black Dress – Jeetly Petite Roma Shift Dress // Find here

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3. Cardigan – 3/4 Sleeve Pima Cotton Cardigan // Find here

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4. Button Down Blouse – Ann Taylor Petite Perfect Button Down Shirt // Find here

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5. Classic Trench Coat – DKNY Petite Trench // Find here

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6. Pencil Skirt – Jeetly Petite Paula Pencil Skirt // Find here

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7. Jeans – The Petite Shop Curvy Honey Petite Bootcut Jeans // Find here

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Review: The Sunset Sweat Pant From Allison Izu

Petite clothing designer, Allison Izu knows what she’s doing when it comes to designing for the petite frame.  Just recently, Allison sent me a pair of her Sunset Sweat Pants.  Sweat pants? I know it might sound weird but don’t let the term ‘sweat pant’ throw you off because these are far from your normal sweats.  While they’re definitely just as comfortable, they’re WAY more stylish than the average Hanes.  Even though I styled the pants with an espadrille wedge for this photo shoot they’re great with flat sandals too (trust me, I wore them to the store with flip flops earlier today).  They’re stylish, comfortable, versatile and best of all, made for petites!

Pant details:

  • Front Rise: 11 1/2″
  • Back Rise: 13 1/2″
  • Leg Opening:  Elastic 6″
  • Inseam:  22″
  • Side seam pockets and pleated back pockets.
  • 98% Cotton/2% Elastine
  • Made in Hawaii (Aloha!) 🙂

You can find the Sunset Sweat Pants online here and for a limited time, Petite Fashionista readers can take 20% off of $98 or more at AllisonIzu.com! Use code: PETITEFASHIONISTA at checkout.

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Outfit Details: Pants – Sunset Sweat Pants from Allison Izu (find here) // Top – Basic Tank from H&M (find here) // Shoes – Black Espadrille Wedges from DSW (not available anymore) (find similar here) // Hat – Fedora from Forever21 (find here).
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Have you tried Allison Izu?  You can find the Sunset Sweat Pant Jeans online here.

Lovely In Lace: The Bachelorette Dress

Catherine The BachelorWe all have our own guilty pleasures, watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette just happens to be one of mine. So when The Petite Shop asked me to review their new “Bachelorette Dress” I was thrilled. During the last Bachelor “After The Rose” ceremony, Catherine (Sean’s pick) wore a lovely navy lace cocktail dress (pictured below). Luckily, The Petite Shop was able to track down a petite specific version and I’m happy to say I’m giving it two thumbs up!

The quality of the dress is outstanding and it fit perfectly. The details on the lace are so sweet. This is the perfect dress for a wedding or night out.

The dress is available in Navy (seen below) or in Berry and comes in size 2P-14P. To give you an idea for sizes, I am wearing a 4P.

**My measurements are:
Bust: 32B
Natural Waist: 26
Waist where pants normally sit: 32
Hips: 37

I have just enough room in the dress to feel comfortable. I wouldn’t want it any tighter otherwise I’d feel too restricted.

You can find the ‘Bachelorette Dress’ here at The Petite Shop.

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Gambita: Fashionable Clothing For Petite Women

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 ClothingGambita 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 🙂

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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:

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Happy Shopping!!

Photos Source: VivaGambita.com