Petite Portrait: Meet Kelly (from Alterations Needed)
Kelly (4’11”) is the fashion blogger behind Alterations Needed, a petite fashion blog she began writing in 2008. When she found fashion and shopping hard to navigate as petite, she knew there had to be other petite women out there who similarly felt shut out and frustrated by fashion. Alterations Needed is where she began to share her petite shopping finds, styling tricks, and helpful alteration before and afters.
Starting her professional life in science, blogging served as a bridge to move into the more creative worlds of styling, photography, and web development. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and fur-child, Clinton the Pomeranian, where she continues to curate petite fashion finds and provide creative styling tips for petite women.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current location: Los Angeles, CA
Birth sign: Leo
I started Alterations Needed because: I had some money after getting my first real job after college and really wanted to start dressing like a fancy adult person. But when I went shopping, I couldn’t find anything I liked that fit the way I wanted it to. I knew there were other women out there facing the same challenges as myself, so I started Alteration Needed as a place to share what worked for me in the hope it would help other petite women.
My day-to-day usually looks this: Lots and lots of coffee. Answering emails. Taking and editing outfit or product photos. Writing blog posts and creating social content. Curating clothing pieces available in petite or petite-friendly sizing for roundups or reviews. A little bit of website development and content creation for clients. Taking breaks here and there to play with my dog, Clinton (he’s an 8 year old pomeranian). I work from home or coffee shops so my days always look different.
One of my goals this year: Create more awareness for the petite fashion community.
Someone I look up to: Sartorially, Janie Cai. I love her quirky suited looks.
Three words that describe my personal style: Edgy, preppy, menswear.
My weekday uniform: Skinny jeans, collared button down, blazer, and loafers.
Outfit that makes me feel most confident: Skinny jeans, silk blouse, blazer, heels.
My fashion tip for fellow petite ladies: You can wear just about anything if you find the right proportions. There are so many “don’t wear this if you’re petite” rules...don’t believe any of them.
Perfect weekend: Grabbing a pitcher of cheap beer at a dive bar near the beach on a sunny day. Then taking a really long nap.
My favorite place in LA: Downtown LA! It’s a little slice of “big city” vibes in the city known for urban sprawl.
Favorite travel destination: I don’t travel often, but I fell in love with Paris and want to go back and visit more parts of the city.
Where you’ll find me next: Some rooftop bar happy hour in LA somewhere. Come say “hi!”
If there’s a petite lady in your life who is doing inspiring work that makes a big difference, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can feature her! xo