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Saks Petite Clothing



Saks Fifth Avenue, along with other fine retailers like Bloomingdale's has eliminated or drastically scaled back their petite departments, infuriating many longtime customers (New York Times, 2006). Unlike other fine retailers, they don't have a petite section.

Executives at these department stores said the decision was based on the poor sales of petite sizes, which are traditionally designed for a woman 5-foot-4 or smaller, with pant lengths and jacket proportions cut accordingly. Petite women, they said, would rather wear the more youthful, skin-baring and tighter-fitting clothing in the contemporary departments, even if it does not fit them as well. And, they point out, there is always tailoring.