Can a Petite Woman Wear Pinstripes?


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

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

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 colour to elongate.

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  • Loved the dress, but sadly not the price! As a not-so-busty petite (guessing that I’m an H shape now that I’m not so slender), I’m always on the look for vertical stripes but inevitably end up wearing horizontal stripes. I guess it’s not the most flattering look for me, but I do love my stripes! I’ll have to keep on looking for styles like the ones you show above.

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