It's safe to say we've hit peak momentum of influencer collaborations. New announcements seem to flood into our Instagram feeds every other day, and the collections have become somewhat predictable: Influencer teams up with a major retailer, creates clothing that's inspired by their own style, sells out within a day, and repeats itself. It's a new profitable outlet, one in which influencers are aware of their followers' loyalty and willingness to spend the dough.
But for Alyssa Coscarelli, a New York–based influencer, better known by her handle, @alyssainthecity, her first capsule collection is one she wants to differentiate herself with. Coscarelli is wise to the fact that a name does not always a good collaboration make. She shares, "I think a lot of influencer collabs currently get a bit watered down or extra-commercialized by big brands who … want the collection to appeal to a really wide funnel of consumers. But in the case of this collab, we really stayed true to my personal style and were less concerned with following the 'rules' or trends closely and more concerned with creating what felt authentic to me, my style, and my audience." That's why she turned to Petite Studio, a fashion brand founded by Jenny Wang that services women 5'4" and under, offering trend-driven items guaranteed to fit.
Those who are avid fans of Coscarelli know she recently made the big leap, breaking away from her longtime position as senior fashion market editor at Refinery29 to focus on cultivating her influencer career full-time. But even with over 235,000 followers to date, she's found time to keep close tabs on her engaged audience. "I know [from] previous support and collaborations with Petite Studio … that a lot of my followers are also petite and deal with similar struggles in finding pieces that fit properly," she says. "I get a lot of questions every single day about where I find jeans or tops or work clothing that fit petite frames, or which tailor I use or how I tailor my clothing to make it look good. So I was excited to create pieces that cater to this audience that will actually fit them and that they’ll hopefully feel amazing in, because at just over 5' tall, I know how exciting it is when you DON'T have to get something tailored for once."
Coming in at 5'1", Coscarelli has expressed that she's always had some difficulty in finding off-the-rack clothing that fits well. She explains that she's more likely to be found in slightly oversize fits. She tells us, "I realized while designing this collection that it's so hard to find clothing that fits properly when you're shorter and smaller than average. Now that I've had the privilege to create the fitted pieces I've sought after for so long, it's like a whole new outlook on fitted clothing. Surprising even to myself, I feel amazing and sexy in these more fitted pieces in a way I've never experienced with traditional sizing. And I hope the petite community feels the same."
Over the years, she's had to adopt a bag of tricks when shopping. So to celebrate the launch of her new collection, we've asked her to dish on her best tips that petite girls can keep in mind for their next shopping spree.
Tip #1: Wear More Belts
"Belts are the best secret weapon for cinching and tucking things that need a bit of fit help."
"Find a tailor that understands your style and your fit needs and stick with them. It'll make your life so much easier. I have a bag for my tailor constantly that I just add and add to, and take it to her about once a month. Every time I get those pieces back it feels like Christmas morning."