My mom has been telling me for years to shop in the petite department. Sometimes I listen to her, but often I find myself in stores that don’t have petite clothes. J. Crew does – but only online. The Gap doesn’t (and I am liking more and more of their stuff lately) and even in major department stores the petite department doesn’t have the same great stuff as the regular ladies.
Now I could rail about how department store buyers must think that anyone under 5’5″ wants to dress like a Midwestern Grandmother but I won’t. Instead I will just continue to buy my clothes in the regular department and have them drag on the ground.
Luckily rolled up jeans are a trend now, so I can get away with being a short girl in long pants for a little while longer but the day will come soon when I need to cut them down to size. There are tailors on every corner in New York (in fact there is one on the ground floor of my building) and I have on occasion taken clothes to be altered. I know that fashion magazines say that is how you make your wardrobe work for you (and how people look richer even in cheap clothes – when they are tailored to fit) and I am okay with that every once in a while, but I find it hard to justify paying $10 to hem $20 pants (I am a sale shopper).
So I need to do it myself. I own a sewing machine – somewhere – and an iron. Frankly, I can hand stitch and that is probably easier. I just need to sit down and do it. Then maybe one day I can wear flats with non-rolled up hems.