Note to Self

Dear Jill,

I realize that according to the fashion industry, you might be considered “petite” in stature. You are 5’3″ and according to said fashion industry, the cut off to be considered a petite is 5’4″ so technically, yes, you are a petite. How many times Jill, HOW MANY TIMES, have you gone into a dressing room with a “petite” pair of pants and thought “Oh! These are the perfect length!”? Yes, I know….many. But let’s not forget what happens when you take these pants home and wash them…they shrink. THEY SHRINK JILL. THEY ALWAYS SHRINK. They shrink juuuuust enough so that when you go to wear them again the next time, they are a little too short. Then you end up walking around looking like you are ready to go play Bingo with Gladys and the rest of your nursing home group. 

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS GOOD AND PERFECT, STOP BUYING THE PETITE SIZE!!!! You will never be happy with the length of petite pants…ever. 

Seriously Jill. Get this sh*t sorted out. 






  One thought on “Note to Self

  1. January 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

    OMG Jill! I am SO with you on this! And I just bought a pair of jeans (exhausting and depressing and finally found some to replace my worn Target favorites!!) and bought petite and I’m sure they’ll be too short. So…like last year, when I did the VERY SAME THING, I’ll go get another pair in regular length and eventually make these Capri cutoffs. But ugg! I totally sympathize! 🙂

  2. January 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    As someone 5’4″ tall, the petities always end up too small, but the regular length are always too long. Sigh…..

  3. January 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’m not quite 5’2″ tall and I don’t buy petite pants for that reason! I suck it up, buy regular length pants and pay to have them hemmed to the correct length. I SO LOVE paying an extra $10-$15 for that…

  4. January 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I wish WordPress had a “like” button for comments. I would LIKE all of your comments so hard.

  5. January 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I am 5’0″. I have to have petite pants hemmed anyway.

  6. Jana
    January 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    This post made me laugh so hard! Love your work Jill, keep keeping it real!

  7. Kyra
    January 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    And I’m on the flipside, being tall all my pants are usually too short. On the other hand if we get together, people will think we’re just “in style” with one another! HA! 🙂

  8. Jilly
    January 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I am 5’3″! Been there, done that!! 🙂

  9. debby
    January 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Yeah, I buy the petites and they are still too long for me. And then, once in a while I will hem them (instead of walking on the hems,) and I will make them too short. Oooh, that is maddening!

  10. the other Gina
    January 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm


    I have this problem with blouses and t-shirts. I’m tall-ish (5’8″), and once I wash my shirts, the shrink at the bottom. It’s so unflattering and like a flash-back to the 80’s. I stretch and hang-dry my new shirts now.

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