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Old 11-09-2010, 06:30 PM
Location: Florida
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Varies style to style. I strictly wear Levi's for jeans, as they fit me best. I also wear short but I'm nearly 5'7'' (long torso, short legs)
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:43 PM
Location: grooving in the city
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I have this problem too, because I am also short. It's annoying to say the least. I hate paying for alterations, so in the sumer at least I've decided to wear skirts, and capris.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:18 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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Originally Posted by Bluesmama View Post
Sometimes I have that problem, too. But my big issue with pants that the waists always stick out in back so much that even a belt can't make it look right. I have a bubble-butt, and I swear most pants (especially jeans) are cut to fit women with no ass or waist.
If you don't currently watch "What not to Wear" on the TLC cable channel, you should. Stacy and Clinton have been telling us for years that you need to make your tailor your new best friend. There are so few people who can buy everything off the rack and have it fit perfectly, and this includes the "stick out in the back" problem. You should always buy to fit the largest part of yourself and tailor down the rest. For most people this means getting the hips right and then bringing up the hems and bringing in the waist. There just isn't a "one size fits all" even within the same size so it will only frustrate you to think otherwise.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:41 AM
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Every pair of pants I buy is too long! I'm 5'7" and wear either a 2 or a 4 depending on the brand, and I swaer - they make these things for people 7 feet tall!!! I have to take every pair of pant I buy to have them altered. It sucks!
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:49 AM
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Until designers start sizing womens' pants with inseams (like mens' pants) we will have this problem. I am fairly tall and find that I have to hem just about all of my work (read: nicer) pants.
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:43 PM
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I'm 5'5" and in between petite and regular lengths---and share your frustration! Have found that some of the petite pants in mail order catalogs which list the inseam length are right for me--maybe it was Appleseeds? Land's End will hem many of their pants to the length you need--and they even allow you to return hemmed pants if they don't fit.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:03 PM
Location: Tampa
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Some of the better store petite sections have petite/short which is just a tad shorter than petite.
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:53 PM
Location: Bon Temps
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Yep... I have that problem too.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:36 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I'm short, and my biggest peeve about petite pants (and other petite garments) is that they assume if your bust, waist, and hips are larger, your arms and legs must be longer, too. Not!
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:36 PM
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What companies make these short clothes instead of just petite? I've never seen "short" sized pants.

I'm super short at 5'0" and if I buy jeans or slacks the petite size is too long. Yet if I get knit pants and I get petite those are too short and hike up exposing socks when I sit down. If I get average knit pants then those are too long. I get really mad that every pair of women's gym pants has to be hemmed. Even the average size on those are 31-33 inseam. I won't even get into trying to find a long sleeve shirt that fits. They must think women have arms as long as an ape.

Someone mentioned Lands End and I have to say they are great if you go to the custom cut slacks. They sent me dress slacks in exactly my inseam size which I've never ever had before. I don't think they will hem jeans though.
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