6/09/16 12/08/15 POPSUGAR Fashion Personal Essay Petite Shopping Struggles How I Solved My Number 1 Shopping Struggle December 8, 2015 by Samantha Sutton 888 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow The day I turned 26 was the day I became all too aware that I was a full-grown adult. I had married friends, a job I loved, and a wardrobe full of clothing that suddenly seemed too juvenile. Standing tall at 5'0 (on a good day) and considered thinner than average, my body type has pretty much always fallen under the "petite" category. And while women of all shapes and sizes experience their fair share of shopping struggles, my sprees are often met with frustration rather than fun. I end up resorting to the same stores I loved as a teen, and, on occasion, have found myself browsing the kid section, hoping no one realizes I'm buying stuff for myself. So when the opportunity to meet with a stylist appeared in my inbox one morning, I knew I had to take it. Sure, I could spot the latest trends and come up with cool styling hacks, but when it came to finding age-appropriate clothes for myself, I was at a loss. Could this be the extra help I needed to reach my full fashion potential? Read on to find out all about my experience with GoodLooks. Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha Sutton First Thing's First Image Source: Instagram user side_of_awkward Just to be clear, I like my style. I consider myself a pioneer of the bandana trend, have mastered mixing prints, and have successfully completed every single one of our styling hacks. But post-25, pieces I once loved often made me feel uncomfortable, forcing me to ask myself, "Would an 'adult' wear this?" Above is an example of an outfit I'd now say "no" to, and I only just wore it last November (my birthday was this past May, for reference). Staring at my closet, I knew it was time for a change. Finding a Stylist Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha Sutton After browsing through a bunch of stylists on GoodLooks, I found one I was pretty impressed with: Courtney Button, whose résumé said she'd worked as wardrobe stylist for seven years. Normally, Courtney charges $100 per hour (with a two-hour minimum) to go shopping with her clients, but she agreed to meet with me — at Topshop, she suggested — for the sake of this story. The Shopping Experience Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha Sutton When I arrived, Courtney had already picked out a handful of clothes, but we browsed together so she could get a feel for my taste. It helped that she herself had good style: just like I wouldn't trust a doctor who was always sick, I'd feel weird about getting advice from a stylist who wasn't on trend. Courtney also carried everything for me and took photos of me in almost every piece I tried on, this way we could look back at them come decision time. Topshop Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha Sutton I tried on the most clothing at Topshop (this was just half). Surprisingly, even though I love the store, I couldn't recall ever buying anything there. Items from the petite section fit like a glove and while they were a tad pricier than, say, H&M, we leaned toward pieces that would still work during cooler months. Pro tip: if you still have your student ID, you can get a 10 percent discount! Banana Republic Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha Sutton "You have to try on the Sloan pants," Courtney told me as soon as we entered the store — another I'd never shopped in before. Apparently, she's recommended this particular style to all her friends and now they all own them. But once in the dressing room, every item we'd picked out (save for the white jacket, which had a rip in it) was oversize, proving that extrasmall isn't always extrasmall. Ann Taylor Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha Sutton Ann Taylor was actually a store I'd had luck at before — back when I had a business internship. Still, the classic, feminine style lover in me was excited to browse, and I ended up purchasing a few items by the time I left. What I Bought Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha SuttonProduct Credit: Franco Sarto Sandals Item: Ann Taylor Garden Foral Perfect Shirt ($40, originally $80) and Topshop Petite Denim Button-Front Skirt ($52) Why I Bought It: This denim skirt is bound to get some good use and take me through the Fall, and I loved the print on this classic, collared shirt. Ann Taylor Garden Foral Perfect Shirt ($40, originally $80) and $40 from anntaylor.com Buy Now Topshop Petite Denim Button-Front Skirt $52 from us.topshop.com Buy Now Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha SuttonProduct Credit: Topshop Sandals Item: Topshop Judo Wrap Jumpsuit ($115) Why I Bought It: The lazy girl in me is all for one-and-done items. This is another piece that works year-round! Topshop Judo Wrap Jumpsuit $115 from us.topshop.com Buy Now Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha SuttonProduct Credit: Target Sandals, Forever 21 Shirt Item: Topshop Petite Zip Through A-Line Skirt ($68) Why I Bought It: This is an item I can dress up or down and it'll work well in a professional environment. The simple print also allows me to mix it up with a striped shirt. Topshop Petite Zip Through A-Line Skirt $68 from shop.nordstrom.com Buy Now Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha SuttonProduct Credit: Topshop Sandals Item: Topshop Petite Bardot Top ($25), Topshop Petite Exclusive Scarf Print Wide Leg Trousers ($75) Why I Bought It: To be honest, I originally put these pants back on the rack — I wasn't looking to spend a ton of money that day! But once at home, I couldn't stop thinking about them and placed an order online. Courtney had advised I pair them with a short white top, so I added one of those to my cart too! Topshop Petite Bardot Top $25 from us.topshop.com Buy Now Topshop Petite Exclusive Scarf Print Wide Leg Trousers $75 from us.topshop.com Buy Now Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Samantha SuttonProduct Credit: Target Sandals Item: Ann Taylor Clipdot Pleated Shirtdress ($105, originally $129) Why I Bought It: There are a ton of ways to style a white dress and this one was very cute. Plus I needed something for outdoor barbecues and it just screamed Summer. Ann Taylor Clipdot Pleated Shirtdress $105 from anntaylor.com Buy Now Personal EssayShopping Stay Stylish With OurFashion and Beauty Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Street Style Fashion and Beauty News Beauty Tips Celebrity Style Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.