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Can a Petite Woman Wear Pinstripes?

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

Hi I have recently discovered your website and finally subscribed to the email. I wonder if you can help with a stripes related question please? I read conflicting information about petites and stripes. I haven’t found an answer on your website but if I have missed it please point me in the right direction. I am just wondering if pin stripes are a good idea for a busty petite. I have found tons of such fabric in my stash and wondering whether to make suits or start over with plain colours. In particular would a matched jacket and trousers make look like I am wearing my pajamas to work? Would a knee length dress look like a school uniform? The fabric in question is navy with a fine white pinstripe. I am 36, 150cm tall but cant wear heels for medical reasons, no waist or bottom and a dd bust size. Any help you can give will be much appreciated. Thanks :) Susan.


scale of pinstripes
scale of pinstripes by imogenl featuring a navy jacket

Fine pinstripes are great for petites.  When you’re figuring out if something will work or not, consider:

Scale - is it small, medium or large?  A fine pinstripe is small scale so works well with your petiteness!

Direction – which direction is the line taking your eye?  A horizontal line shortens and widens, while a vertical line lengthens and slims.  As you’re petite, wearing a suit in a fine pinstripe will make you appear taller and slimmer.

Win-win is what I say!

stripe suit options for a petite
stripe suit options for a petite by imogenl featuring a navy blue wrap dress

Ensure what you make is fitted well over your bust, rather than straining.  Pinstripes look terrible when the fabric is pulled too tight.  You may also consider making a dress and jacket which would work well to create a column of color to elongate.


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