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Little People Pant Problems

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Baggy jeans around the ankle demonstrate little people pant problems

Women who are vertically challenged deserve the same good length pant feeling as any average women can buy.

The Problem

What about the little people? In today’s society clothing stores do not take into consideration the height of some people, and the length of pants they need. Why should one need to deal with baggy ankles and to pay $10 to get material cut off that didn’t need to be there in the first place? For women five feet and under finding the right pant’s length, pants that don’t need to be hemmed, at a non-heart aching price can be quite the challenge. Some clothing stores have their short lengths at 30” while other stores have their short length 27.”

The only brands that make true short lengths are the pricy designer jeans that shorter people shouldn’t have to spend money on especially for less fabric. It should not be so difficult to go into a store and find a pair of jeans that aren’t too long in length, that should not need to be hemmed or are to baggy at the ankle. Being short should have nothing to do with having to pay for more fabric, or having to get your pants tailored, it should be just as equal as for someone five foot five inches.

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Why not extra short?

Most clothing stores have jean lengths short, regular and long. There are even a select few stores that carry extra long as the length. However, if that is the case where extra long lengths are made, there should be extra short as a length size available in those stores especially. The clothing store American Eagle for example, carry short, regular, long, and extra long. They should carry extra short jeans as well than, considering their short length is merely 29”. However, the length for short jeans should be available shorter than that. Jennifer Lopez designer brand carries petite jeans with a length available in 26”, a length some shorter women would love to find more often to buy and wear.

Take a look at New York and Company; Petite pant size 0 are desgined to fit woman 5’2 ¼”. They say their petite pants are desinged for woman 5’5” and shorter, but if their size 0 petite is made for someone 5’2 ¼” then what about woman who are shorter than that. Even though it may fit lengthwise, the person may not be a size 0 in the waist. Shouldn’t they make pants for women five foot or even four foot ten inches. If one requires less fabric to wear there should not be much trouble finding pants at a reasonable price, just as any average women of height can find. The clothing store Forever 21 carries petite sized jeans at 28”, however they are more of a stretchy cheaper jean rather than actual jeans.

Selective sizing targeting selective people

Let’s take a stroll into Abercrombie and Fitch. It’s dark and the aroma of perfume swarms the thinking atmosphere. Is that to blind a person from realizing Abercrombie and Fitch does not carry any pant size bigger than a size 14? Now if that’s not saying something, they only started carrying a size XL and bigger than size 10 pants a little more than a year ago when they were bashed for targeting smaller body frames and turning away plus sized women.

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jefferies was quoted a few years ago, “A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” With that being said Abercrombie raised their maximum size to a 14, which is America’s national average for women and now sell size XL. On the other hand, American Eagle carries up to a size 18, which means they make sizes above the average for America.

Sizes Upon Sizes Or Lack of them

As Abercrombie only started carrying 14 sized pants a little more than a year ago, some other designer pants aren’t far from that. Banana Republic does not carry higher than a 16, however, most of their pants only come in a size 14. Also, their petite is 30”, which is more so regular than any petite really sold. The Limited carries only up to a size 16, as well. Designer Armani Exchange also only makes up to a pants size 16, but their short length is 28 ½”. Although, Guess jeans have their short length at better 28”, they only carry up to a size 10, which is below national average just as Abercrombie and Fitch used to be. On the other stand, there are stores like The Gap and Old Navy that carry up to a US size 20.

It is evident that designer jean brands do not carry many sizes, and certainly not up to America’s national average at the least. However, department stores such as JCPenny would get blasted for selling only such select few of sizes. It should not be acceptable for smaller clothing lines such as pricey designers to only carry up to a maximum size of a 10, let alone a 14 even. All people deserve to feel beautiful without becoming frustrated not being able to find pant that button.

All women no matter how short or how tall should be able to find good fitting pants. Even just the right length would be deal. People don’t want want baggy, bunched up pants and don’t want to have to pay to get the fabric removed. Stores need to take into consideration all walks of life, the proudly short and the proudly tall, but most certainly the little one. Just because people are little does not mean they do not deserve good pant lengths.

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Alyssa Lage
Alyssa Lage, Spring Reporter and Editor
Alyssa Lage is a senior at Colonia High School. She is the President of the Interact club and is also a member of numerous other clubs. Last year, Lage received the President's Volunteer Service Award and the Middlesex County school boards association student recognition award.  Lage spends most of her time volunteering for a variety of different causes. She also loves to dance and has been doing so since she was three years old. In addition, Lage works at a local supermarket four to five days a week. When she isn't busy dancing, working, completing school work, or volunteering; Lage can be found getting too emotionally attached to a book, listening to her favorite music stations on Pandora, or free writing in her favorite notebook. Also, Lage enjoys running and she absolutely loves coffee. She will be attending Montclair State University next fall and will be majoring in Child Advocacy and Policy.

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