Hello everyone and happy Monday! You’re in for a real treat today. Meet Allison Izu, the talented designer behind a popular Hawaiian clothing brand Allison Izu Petites. Allison and I met over tea literally right after I got off the plane. As a petite woman herself, Allison understands the frustration of trying to find clothes that fit and hates being a slave to alterations. Her design exudes the perfect blend of sophistication and playful charm, and the fit is spot on for petites. A lot of petite brands I’ve worn up until now have slightly been too long or wide. However, every piece of clothing I tried on from Allison Izu Petites fit me just right. I wear size 00 and XS in her brand. It’s an amazing feeling when you know the designer completely understands the petite body type and tailors the clothes so perfectly from head to toe.
When I saw these shorts and top for the first time, I was immediately smitten. They’re absolutely adorable and have modern island vibe about them. If it had been cooler, I would have paired this outfit with a fitted blazer and turned it into a cute short suit.
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How to Shop for Petite Clothes Online
It’s hard shopping for petite clothes online, but I’ve found that being diligent in my research helps me tremendously in determining if a brand is the right fit for my body type.
1. Know Your Body
It’s hard to gauge if you don’t have a baseline to compare to. So if you haven’t already done so, get yourself measured or do it yourself. The most important measurements to know are the hips, waist, bust and inseams. Most brands specify measurements in inches so I’d stick with that. For more information on how to measure yourself, check out this comprehensive article from LaurenConrad.com.
2. Look At The Sizing Chart
Not all petite brands are equal. Before you make a purchase, take a look at the brand’s sizing chart and see if the measurements are within your range.
3. Read The Reviews
Some sites have reviews and I read them religiously. Usually, I look to see if they run small or large or the height of the person that writes the review. This helps me tremendously in my assessment.
4. Read The Product Description
Some websites include the models’ measurements in the product description which is extremely helpful. If I see that the model is 5’9 and is wearing an XS, chances are the item will probably not fit me.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
Sometimes the best way to find out before buying is asking the brand themselves. Most brands are more than happy to help you determine if their clothes will fit you, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask.
6. Be Flexible and Creative
Because of my size, realistically, I know certain brands won’t fit me perfectly right off the bat and I’m okay with that. If the item is great deal but is slightly large, I will find ways to make it work if I think it’s worth it . If the waist is slightly wide, belt it. If the skirt is a bit too long, wear it high waisted. If the top is a bit loose, tuck it in. As long as there is some wiggle room, be creative and find a way to make it work.
What do you adore most about this outfit?