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Re: Definition of petite

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Years ago there were sizing categories in women's clothing that don't exist today. 

 

"Half sizes" were for short women who were overweight.  I remember that my 5'2" grandmother was a size 22 1/2.  She was a woman who started off as a skinny little thing (by her telling) and gained weight as she aged. 

 

I was 5'2" and maybe 100 lb. so I wore Jr. Petites.  I don't believe that exists today either. 

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In menswear, they use the term "short" which I think is more concise. 

 

However, I wonder how much it actually matters, as there seems to be so little consistency in sizing across the industry and even within companies.  I never seem to know if something will fit until I try it on.  

 

I do chuckle to myself when I am with some petite family members.  They love to say, "I need a petite" meanwhile they are not petite.  They are short.  LOL

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@shoesnbags ...When I was a kid, I was a chubby, and mom had to order 1/2 sizes from the catalog for me.

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I am 5' 2 and wear a 29 inch inseam, my legs must be long. Also, I usually dont like my tops in petite, they feel too short and skimpy on me. 

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So why can't we now call it short, medium or tall size and define them?

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@Pink123 wrote:

So why can't we now call it short, medium or tall size and define them?


@Pink123 if all they're doing is changing the length, that's exactly what they should do.  

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Re: Definition of petite

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@Icegoddess wrote:

@Pink123 wrote:

So why can't we now call it short, medium or tall size and define them?


@Pink123 if all they're doing is changing the length, that's exactly what they should do.  


Yes  @Icegoddess  

why not?  Just like it used to be.

 

I suggest using petite, average, tall, and then size to whatever it is today.  From a 0000 (which is a joke) to 24 and on.  Just add the 3 lengths.

 

It's all vanity and I doubt anything will change.  However in European sizing meaning French and Italian clothing it's 4, 6, 8, etc.

 

I am tall and thin.  I cannot fit into QVC clothing as it is too large even their 000.

Now in French or Italian I am a size 6.  Can you believe?  Yep. a bit over 5'8" and 125 pounds. A true 6, rarely 4.  That's the way it was when I was a kid in my twenties and still is today.  I wen't to Saks and tried on a Balmain blazer and the 4 was a bit tight in the shoulder's.   6 was better but would have to be altered but I passed on the $$$.

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Jeanne Bice used to say she wasn't petite, she was short.  I'm not sure if this supports the OP's position or not.

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@ValuSkr wrote:

Jeanne Bice used to say she wasn't petite, she was short.  I'm not sure if this supports the OP's position or not.


@ValuSkr it depends on if you're talking a person's size or clothing sizes.  Jean was not a petite lady, but may very well have been a petite clothing size if she was short.  OP's post was about clothing sizing.  

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@Pink123 wrote:

@Icegoddess wrote:

@Pink123 wrote:

So why can't we now call it short, medium or tall size and define them?


@Pink123 if all they're doing is changing the length, that's exactly what they should do.  


Yes  @Icegoddess  

why not?  Just like it used to be.

 

I suggest using petite, average, tall, and then size to whatever it is today.  From a 0000 (which is a joke) to 24 and on.  Just add the 3 lengths.

 

It's all vanity and I doubt anything will change.  However in European sizing meaning French and Italian clothing it's 4, 6, 8, etc.

 

I am tall and thin.  I cannot fit into QVC clothing as it is too large even their 000.

Now in French or Italian I am a size 6.  Can you believe?  Yep. a bit over 5'8" and 125 pounds. A true 6, rarely 4.  That's the way it was when I was a kid in my twenties and still is today.  I wen't to Saks and tried on a Balmain blazer and the 4 was a bit tight in the shoulder's.   6 was better but would have to be altered but I passed on the $$$.


They just need to do away altogether with petite if it's just about inseam length.  Just pick a size and give short, average, and long lengths.  

 

Weight means nothing in sizing.  That's why I can wear a size 6 in B&M clothing but I'm considered borderline obese on BMI charts.  It's should only be about measurements when it comes to clothing sizing.