We're back with our second post in our fashion series by members of the Oh Joy! team. A couple years ago, we started the Dressing the Team series because I wanted to highlight the variety of women (and our unique body types) that work here. We wanted to get even more in depth into everyone's style story and really highlight how they dress for various needs, have evolved in their own styles, and tips they can offer to you as well. Today, Jess, our Creative Content Creator, is sharing her tips! -Joy
I looked it up, and 5'5" is the "official" marker of what's petite. I'm 4'11". Soooo, while petite sizings definitely fit me better...it's still not always perfect. Not to mention, petite selections are limited, and I feel like they rarely go on sale. The majority of my closet is not from the petites section, so when I try anything on I rarely expect it to fit properly. I know I'll need to take it to a tailor for a hem or some other alteration (that's why I love the raw edge denim trend and hope it never goes away - I can do that myself!). But it can definitely get costly as I've gotten used to mentally calculating the price of alterations on top of the price tag. This extra cost has also started to transform my thinking when purchasing clothes to more investment pieces—fewer, but higher quality staples. Plus, less clothes is better for the environment.
Speaking of do-good fashion, go vintage! I have found way more vintage pieces that fit me well enough to wear right off the rack compared to contemporary brands. Sizing has changed over the years (and it feels like they're constantly changing it still...frustrating!), so just know that even if it says a size that isn't yours, but looks like it might be - just try it on. Of course, you're also getting a completely unique piece that no one else will have!
It's All. About. Balance. I've had a rough time with the "over-sized" trend and have made some horrible choices...what I've learned is that balance is the key. If I have a blousier top I'll pair it with fitted bottoms (and vice versa). I also tuck my shirt in to create a bit more structure to it so that I'm not swallowed up. Sadly, while I can get away with not needing to buy petite in other things (but will often need to go to a tailor), with tops like this it's necessary. It can be frustrating because it's hard to find a good selection of petite options, but it makes all the difference!