Hello everyone! My name is Christina and I'm here to discuss the issues I've faced due to my petite stature due to vanity sizing. I once worked in retail at my local mall a few years ago. I loved dressing up in casual business wear, since Express (formerly owned by The Limited Brand) had great discounts at the time, and the quality of the clothes were nice. I usually bought tops from them because I was never able to fit any of their bottoms. A belt was my best friend, while loose tops and ill-fitted blazers masked whatever curves I have on my petite frame.
Over the past few years, I've been struggling to find quality goods that fit. From department stores and retail chains to smaller boutiques, I was usually sized out because my size was either not offered or didn't fit like they used to. I missed walking into a store, trying something on, and buying it. Nowadays I'm grabbing 10+ items in the same size, and I would be lucky enough to actually fit one of them. I've been sized out of Express for the past two years, so I've turned my back on them. Plus, their quality and value has diminished. I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I shop at Abercrombie & Fitch Kids because most of their clothes look childish. I do like the clothes from H&M, but even their smallest size varies in proportions, and the quality can be a hit or miss. I've been unsuccessful at Forever 21, but their sizing proportions are way worse. I used to own some clothes from F21 in high school that fit, but wouldn't last after a year of washing and wearing.
I've stumbled upon various petite blogs and forums created by petites, for petites. I've been stalking them for a while now, and they've been of great help to me! I'm still developing my own fashion style as well as learning how to dress in a way that flatters my body shape/type. I'd love to move away from my average t-shirt and jeans look, as I've been mistaken as a high school student one too many times. Thanks for reading, as I hope to update you guys with more posts soon! I can't guarantee the quality of pictures since I've been addicted to taking selcas and random photogs with my trusty iPhone! Merry Christmas everyone!