Do the words “cropped” and “capri” make your heart go pitter-patter? Does your online shopping self wonder how that lovely item pictured on the tall, very young woman will translate onto petite-sized, un-twenty-something you? Are you an expert scaler of the shelves of your supermarket’s refrigerator section because that’s what you do for your favorite flavor of Greek yogurt? Then you sound a lot like me, and this blog is meant for you.

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A little more about me: I’m an old-souled, young-at-heart type, recently remarried and relocated to New York City. We have five grown kids between us. I’ve spent some wonderful, rewarding years in a career as a clinical psychologist. My personal style, a blend of classic and contemporary, is an expression of all of the above. And…I’m a squidge under five feet tall.

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Want to know something cool about living in New York City? People talk to you on the street. All the time.

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They say, “Hey, you dropped your glove”, and “Mmm! Your coffee smells amazing”, and especially, “Where did you get those boots? That dress? Those jeans?” Almost always, when I get those last few questions, they are from petite-sized women like me. This happens a lot, and it’s how I discovered – and became part of – a fabulous ongoing conversation that takes place in brief, random exchanges about town here, among petite women searching for clothes that look great. A little sisterhood of like-minded –and like-sized – women connecting in a common quest. From this, the idea for Petiterie was born.

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I subscribe to the fashion philosophy that no particular style or look is off-limits to anyone. To me, achieving a great look when you are petite is all about (1) keeping it in proportion to your proportions, (2) staying true to your own sensibility, and (3) having a really good fit. I call it a Goldilocks Look.

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So, this is why I created Petiterie — as a place to extend the reach of the conversation I happened upon here to a much larger community and to make it easier for petite-sized women to find clothing and accessories that look and feel, as Goldilocks would say, “just right”.

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And since there are other kinds of challenges for petite women beyond figuring out what to wear, here you will also find lifestyle pieces of interest to women of daintier proportions — on topics ranging from practical solutions to health and beauty tips to how-to’s — all specifically meant for a smaller-framed body.

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There’s one more message I’d like to share with you here. Because by far the greatest challenges happen when times are tough and resources are limited, Petiterie is on a mission to extend support to those who need it most. I’ve sourced some great ways for us to do just that, which you can find on my page called “Petiterie Gives”.

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Lots of good things for women who come in small packages. That’s the plan. Come join in on the conversation — I’d love your company.

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Abrah Sprung x 

Hunter-Gatherer-in-Chief

Petiterie