I’m not kidding you guys. If you’re petite (let’s say 5’4″ and under), you really need to check out the Crewcuts section of J.Crew (or other clothing stores for that matter. GapKids comes to mind).
I stopped by the J.Crew in downtown SF this weekend, because they just did a HUGE renovation. Sidenote: the store is really incredible now, featuring a small bridal boutique, a huge shoe area, more clothes for guys, and a Crewcuts boutique too. The women’s area got expanded as well. If you live in SF, be sure to check it out!
So anyway. There I am, perusing the women’s selection, thinking about the classic chambray shirt. I have been dying for one of these, but still haven’t been able to plunk down the hundred bones that J.Crew wants for it. Lucky for me, I wandered into the kids section, and lo and behold, there’s the exact same shirt, just in miniature. And with a miniature price too. And they had a size 14. Jackpot! I tried it on and it fit perfectly — not too long, perfect sleeve length, comfortable in the shoulders.
If you feel weird about sorting through racks of kids items for clothes? Don’t. The sales associate who helped me was proudly wearing a Crewcuts sweater. She said all the petite sales associates do it. She also informed me that a boys size 14 in pants is approximately a women’s 0.
If you still think I’m crazy, here’s more proof from some pretty amazing bloggers. 1) Mackenzie’s the one who initially turned me on to shopping at Crewcuts. And 2), Blair does it. You can’t argue with Blair.