Mix and match if you're an in-between

Q: I have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly, even though I have a well-proportioned figure. I am 5-feet-4 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds, give or take a pound or two. If I buy regular sizes, the tops are usually too big. If I buy petite sizes, the bottoms are too short. Where do I find tops and bottoms that fit right?

Your height puts you at the divide between petite and regular sizes. And the fact that tops are too big and bottoms too short suggests you are short-waisted – or, if you prefer, long-legged.

This means you will find the best fit with petite-size tops and dresses, and regular-size skirts and pants. Having to shop in two different departments is an inconvenience, but it's also the answer to getting the best fit.

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