Eddie Bauer does it right for us gals needing petite tops. The problem with petite summer tops for me is that I do not have the body type that clothing manufacturers usually create their patterns for. I am short. I have wide shoulders. Worse yet, I dislike form fitting summer tops that fit like swimsuits. I like my tops to be loose and to drape. For me, nothing adds to summer humidity and discomfort more than having a skin tight article of clothing on.
I've shopped at almost every imaginable type of store you can think of, looking for petite large tops that I feel comfortable in. It doesn't matter whether the store is budget, low end, high end, trendy, classic, whatever... I've consistently had the same problem except for one particular store, Eddie Bauer.
For example, I recently received a very cute, sleeveless top from one of my favorite stores. This company knows enough to make petite tops a bit less long in the torso, and to take the sleeves up, but like most companies, it is totally clueless about sleeveless tops. I've even called them and was told that they list all the measurements so obviously the arm hole thing is my fault. Talk about missing the point of a customer call!! That company rep even bristled when I suggested they reduce the size of their gigantic arm holes.
Case in point, here was my top from this particular company: The length was perfect, the drape, perfect. The shoulder distance, perfect. What was my complaint??? The armholes are so gigantic that you could see the entire length of the band of my bra when I had my arms in anything but plastered flat against my sides.'
I had ordered some sleeveless polos to replace my old ones that just wore out, and decided to buy from Eddie Bauer, since I recalled that they were the only ones that didn't seem to make sleeveless armholes for petite tops that were more suited for a sumo wrestler. They arrived Friday. Not only did they fit perfectly, but having a free show from armpit to armpit will no longer be an issue. Best of all, they are available in some great summer colors!