I‘ve heard from a couple of sources that I should give United Colors of Benetton a try for items that run small and finally made the trek over there this weekend. Results were mixed, but I did find some stuff that would work for tiny petites, and picked up this awesome little number.
Benetton has European sizing, so size 38 is their equivalent to XS/0. This trench style jacket is in size 38, and except for the sleeves being a bit too long, is absolutely perfect right off the rack. I’m very impressed with the fit across the back and shoulders, which is surprisingly narrow! Perfect for someone around my size. Here are a few different shots of the jacket so you can see how great the fit is.
I also saw a few other tops and sweaters at Benetton that were fitting pretty small, so check them out for great preppy pieces.
The other thing I tried on for fit was a pair of pants in size 38. The waist was very small, and the pants fit well just below my natural waistline. There was a gap in the waist at the back, which is a pretty common occurrence and can be easily taken in by a tailor. However, the front and crotch area on the pant did the strangest thing! I’ve never experienced this before. There is this fold of extra fabric that hangs down in a very unflattering way, and no amount of pulling, pinching, or adjusting seemed to get rid of it.
Anyone know what that is? I’m going to show this picture to my tailor and ask her what’s going on with the fit of this pant. I’m so curious!
Other than that, the fit in the hip and thigh was pretty good. These pants might work for someone of a different body type than myself, so it’s worth taking a look if you have a Benetton near by.
United Colors of Benetton does not have e-commerce at this time, so unfortunately only ladies near an actual Benetton store will benefit from this brand. The style at Benetton is a bit preppy, so if you like argyle and tartan, then Benetton should be on your list of stores to check out. As for me, I LOVE argyle, and will be coming back often!