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How To Buy Petite Lingerie

If you're 5 feet, 4 inches or under, look into lingerie specially made for your petite frame to look and feel your best.


  • Step 1: Go for shorter skirts, shorts, and other bottoms to elongate your legs. Negligees with sexy side or front slits also help highlight your gams.
  • FACT: In 1959, Glen Raven Mills of North Carolina introduced pantyhose invented by Allen Gant Senior.
  • Step 2: Get more natural looking cleavage from specially made padded bras, bustiers, or corsets, which have the cups cut closer together. You'll maximize your natural assets without a lot of excess padding.
  • Step 3: Know common petite sizes for lingerie, starting with PS for petite small, PM for petite medium, PL for petite large, and PXL for petite extra large. Petite sizes often run smaller than conventional women's sizes, so if you're normally a small, you may have to size up to a medium, or PM, in petite's.
  • TIP: Be aware that the cup size of a bra or lingerie top may increase with the band width. For example, a 36B cup may be larger than a 32B.
  • Step 4: Shop at a store or online retailer that specializes in petite lingerie or in the petite section of a lingerie department for lingerie with the correct proportions. Some have band widths starting at 28 instead of the usual 32.
  • Step 5: Know your band size as well as cup size. Measure your chest below your breasts for the band size in inches. Then measure your chest at the fullest part. A 1-inch difference in these measurements means you're an A cup, 2 inches, a B.

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