What Does It Actually Mean to Be “Petite” or “Tall”?

Jessica Schiffer
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As we’ve previously reported, settling on one size for yourself while shopping is nearly impossible due to retail’s preference for vanity sizing. But it’s not just the numbers (am I a size 2 or a size 6?) that stump us—we’re also thrown by delineations like “petite” and “tall.” Stores like Topshop, J.Crew, and ASOS offer particularly enticing pieces for these special sets, but we never know how to gauge whether one of them applies to us or we’re just a “regular” in-between.

To remedy this dilemma once and for all, we looked into the specifics and are sharing our findings with you!

Scroll down to learn what it really means to be petite or tall…

Do you shop for special sizing? Let us know why or why not in the comments!

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