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Does 'petite' mean shorter in length but also smaller size overall?
Yes, I tend to find there is a size difference. So I am a 6/8 regular size depending on the shop but definitely an 8 in petite. Also they seem to make petites for the kylies of this world. I am a 28E bra size, no chance of a 6 petite covering them up!!
Agree with 5madthings. I find in jeans/trousers the fit tends to be the same, but tops the fitting seems smaller. So of I buy a suit I would get the trousers in petite but buy the jacket from the normal range.
(I thought it was just me who was a peculiar shape )
I'm so relieved you said that. I bought petite crops online, usual size 8. Admittedly I'm a bit chubbier than usual at the moment but these crops were just crazy tight all over. I'll have to try petite size 10 because normal size 8 crops will just look like trousers that are too short for me, but are too long to be called crops. I've been in a bad mood all day since trying the trousers on this morning.
Some petite people have short legs but a more 'normal' length torso. Others are shorter both in leg and trunk. Me, I have very short legs and a slightly shorter than normal toros - but it's longer than it should be for my leg length IYSWIM. I always wear petite trousers or teen trousers (love H&M) but I sometimes wear regular tops - it depends if they are supposed to be longline or not. But it's always the same 'size' - 4-6 on the bottom, 6-8 on the top, depending on the style. IME arse, thigh, shoulder and chest inches are the same across ranges, it's the lengths that differ.