Aritzia is one of those stores that I always heard about, but never saw. Lots of petite women on fashion forums and message boards sing it’s praises for carrying petite friendly sizes, so I made it a mission to go the first chance I got.
Aritzia is a Canadian store that has just recently infiltrated the states. Sticking close to home, no Artizia stores have made their way too far south from the Canadian border, so I was excited to see there was one near my hotel during my SF stay. The store I visited is in the mall on Market Street, near Union Square.
I actually stumbled upon the store by accident. Stepping out of my hotel, and aiming for Union Square, I thought I could navigate myself without the aid of Goggle Maps on my smart phone. However, I was wrong, because I went the wrong way and ended up on Market Street, blindly following the mass of tourists up the street. I suddenly found myself in front of the main entrance of the mall, and knowing there was an Aritzia in there, I pretended like I meant to go there the whole time, and went in.
The store front is really cute! And right below the gigantic Nordstrom staircase, it’s also convenient and easy to find.
All the flowy, bohemian summer stuff was right up front, which put a damper on my shopping because if I want over sized tank tops, I can just shop any old store and call it a day. Where were the tiny sizes I was hearing so much about?
Once I made it past the first few racks, I started to hit gold. Tiny tanks, silk tops, and wool pencil skirts…here we go! My kind of stuff! I even saw a few pairs of size 23 jeans in various designers (Citizens, Sevens, etc.), but only in skinny styles. I grabbed some of the smallest sizes of items I thought were cute (XXS in tops, 0 in bottoms), and went to try them on.
You know what I hate? When stores don’t put mirrors in their dressing rooms. The last thing I want to do is step out of a dressing room, to share a giant mirror with other people, so they can see how awful I’m not fitting into something, or how poorly I choose my undergarments that morning (VPL anyone?), or lack of leg hair maintenance. Not to mention, how am I supposed to take stealthy dressing room photos if there’s no mirror? Hmph!
PAG over at ExtraPetite asked me to check out corset tanks, so I grabbed one in size XXS and XS:
I went for the XXS first, and after trying to get it past my shoulders, I realized I was close to breaking the poor little tank. Amazed at how tiny it was, I moved onto the size XS. The XS was fitted, but not super tight, and the cups were a bit on the small side. I would need a low cut bra, or a lacy one that peaks out for this tank. These were priced at about $25.
Next, I tried this wool draped skirt in size 0: