Perfectly proportioned for women 5’3 & under
What’s with the sizing at Next?
Well, I’ve just paid a visit to Next and their petite range, somewhere I usually avoid as I find it a little boring and dowdy. I don’t really know why. I can’t quite put my finger on it. To me, it’s often safe, not my thing, a bit flat and uninspiring. Which is a shame, as their shops are a pleasant environment to shop in, unlike somewhere like Primark, where they cram far too many clothes on the rails. The great thing about Next is they have an extensive petite range – okay so perhaps it’s not their complete range but you can buy petite dresses, petite jeans, petite tops, shirts, coats and jackets. They don’t look cheap and seem to be well made. So, if Next is your style, then I am sure you’d feel that you’re getting great value for your money.
Anyway, I headed straight to the petite section, without looking at the rest of the store. Maybe I peeped a little as I walked passed the regular stuff but, as I suspected, I struggled to find much I liked. I did try and it wasn’t completely horrible, there just wasn’t much that turned my head and that I wanted to spend my money on. I think it’s more that Next isn’t really my style, too main stream and too regognisable. Plus, I don’t seem to have an occasion to wear the clothes Next predominantly sell. You know, suits, smart office wear, as increasingly I am finding that office wear, especially for we ladies, is becoming less formal and more casual. So finding something amongst their limited petite range is quite a challenge for me.
So what did I find?
These Capri Pants…
Initially I picked up a size 6, because that’s the size of my Next jeans (by-the-way, Next petite jeans fit well and are a good length for me, no altering required)… but in the fitting room there was no way that I could get them on as they were too tight around the calf. I wasn’t sure if it was their poor sizing or the fact that I did nothing but eat for the whole of December. I had to ask the assistant to see if they had an 8 and a 10, just in case.
They only had the an 8 in stock, which although I could get them on and fastened, I had a bad case of VPL and the fabric pulled around the pockets. Not the look I was after. The trousers were low on the waist so the shirt I chose was a little too short to tuck in and don’t really want to show my mid-drift. This struck me as odd as it was from their regular range, unless it was supposed to be a cropped top it would have been really short in the body so I am not sure who it would fit! Also, I am 4 feet 11 inches, these petite trousers are the perfect length, just grazing my ankles, great for me, but not really Capri pants on me – Next promote that their petite range is for ladies 5 feet 3 and under. Does this mean I can get a pair in different lengths? If so, I couldn’t see any.
I quite like these Next Petite Capri pants, and perhaps if I visit the Next Petite rails again, then I might try the 10 on although I think they are quite expensive, for Next, at £38.00 and are available in a range of sizes from 6 to 18. If you jump onto Next Directory then you can get these Capri pants in berry pink and a black and white floral print too. Insistently, there’s a greater choice for petites on-line.
I did find it rather funny when leaving the changing room, the assistant asked ‘Any Good’? I said. ‘Oh no! I’m not sure what’s going on with the sizing, as these are a size larger than I usually buy and they are still too small?’ She replied. ‘That’s because they’re petite!’- Judging by her tone, all that was missing from that sentence was… STUPID! I looked up at her and replied. ‘I think at 4 feet 11 I am petite!’ HA!
These striking shoes are a must
But to end on a positive note, when I have some spare pennies in my pocket then the shoes are a must, I only wore them for short while, just to photograph them in the changing room (again, apologies for the images, still learning). But I fell in love with them, I think they’re funky, fun, different and certainly have a little va va voom. Even though they are chunky flats, I still think they’re feminine with a bit of a Teddy Boyish twist. The thick sole gives a little bit of a lift and the pointed toe elongates the leg and makes a change from my usual round toed shoes. These are £60 – not bad for a pair of leather shoes. My only concern is, will I be able to keep sole clean, as it’s the contrast between the black and white which makes these shoes so striking.
(Oh by-the-way. Coming soon, a size comparison of the major players in petite clothing market… I’ll Tweet when it’s done. –Follow me on twitter for your notification).
Now don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to Next and the other retailers who cater for the petite market, it’s just that I want to understand why they choose what they choose, what and who are they base it on? Perhaps I am the odd one!
Why don’t you tell me what your opinion is of the Next Petite range?
Looking forward to hearing from you all.
Bye for now.