“Raising the Bar”

I found an incredible article by a wonderful woman and writer named Melissa Lee yesterday and became even more inspired to continue pushing forward and building this empire to change this industry for women around the world. I hope you enjoy it and see the passion behind our goals through her words and continue to support us as a brand, as an independent designer, and as a person truly working towards making a change with the rest of you to put average height women in the forefront of fashion. Thanks again ladies. And be sure to check out more of Melissa’s work at The Style Pages on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

We can’t all be willowy 6-foot-tall models. Most of us couldn’t even be 5-foot-7 models. Fortunately, we no longer have to wade through 24-waist, 34-inseam jeans to don designer styles. The 16th Bar is here to dress the pint-sized ladies of the world.

The name of this Los Angeles-based petite women’s wear line refers to the first 16 bars or segments of a song that set up the rhythmic style and, as a result, the first impression. Likewise, your outfit establishes your first impression on others.

Calling itself “history’s first petite luxury brand,” The 16th Bar designs for women who are 5-foot-5 or shorter by creating proper fit and a taller appearance with quality fabrics. The resulting clothes not only fit well but look gorgeous and extravagant. The debut fall 2012 collection launched at LA Fashion Week in October 2012.

At 4-foot-11, founder Frankie Rodriguez understands the plight of shorter women. She defines “petite” in terms of height rather than weight petite women are shorter than average but not necessarily thinner. The sizes go up to 14 or XL.

Those of us who struggle to find a coat with proper-length sleeves will love the Ready to Wear Petite Trench Coat ($1,195), which is made from weatherproof wool gabardine and cut to hit above the knee. A more rebellious outerwear option is the Petite Leather Moto Jacket ($1,495) with 100-percent silk lining from the Classics Collection. Hitting right at the waist, this jacket looks killer paired with the Gabardine Peplum Panel Skirt ($675) from the Ready to Wear Collection. The high-waisted peplum and up-to-there front slit are girly-yet-sexy ways to accentuate and lengthen a petite figure.

The 16th Bar also produces a collection of Exclusives, fitted graphic cotton t-shirts ($30) printed with Rodriguez’s mantras, such as “PRODUCE MUSIC NOT RADIO.” Launching next year is No. 16 Streetwear Label, a lower-end line of everyday pieces. The upcoming collections will include pants a constant source of frustration for little ladies, and day-to-night ensembles.

The company held its first Petite Modeling Workshop on November 14 to teach aspiring models skills ranging from etiquette to portfolio development. The 16th Bar is committed to cementing petite women’s place in the high-end fashion world.

 

Thanks again to Melissa from www.thestylepages.com for her words and support. You’re an incredible lady <3

2 Comments

  • Reply November 19, 2014

    Melissa Lee

    I just noticed this blog post! Thank you so much for sharing my article! I am preparing to pitch an article about fashion for under-5’8″ men!

  • Reply October 27, 2014

    Ellen Rice

    I am Profound Deaf Actress/Model/I know ASL Sign Languages I was so HAPPY to hear about the Petite!! I am actually 4′ 11 and I wear size 14.There is never a time to feel “GREAT” and beautiful to be short petite woman. It is very important to make women feel part of the the “Community” of Petite women. We always see tall people or tall models who get to do more Fashion Show but what about the “Fashion Model Peitite for all of their size. it is important to be confident to our self or being beautiful. We need to have a strong example of women who have Disability or non-disability. I LOVE the idea of “Petite”. I wish I could afford to buy me a nice clothes and fit my size. I so sad that I cant find anything for my size. I normally wear 14 :) I have a hard time ti find my size because I am short. I was reading about LA Fashion Week in October 2012. At 4-foot-11, founder Frankie Rodriguez understands the plight of shorter women. She defines “petite” in terms of height rather than weight petite women are shorter than average but not necessarily thinner. The sizes go up to 14 or XL. This is a PERFECT example of me!! as a Character. I would love to try some of your clothes to be fit in. I think it is really wonderful!! I am the only Actress has ever Break a Leg in Atlanta, GA . it would be awesome to do some Fashion Show, Print for magazine for petite women. We really need to show our true color, height, weight and smile. It is not about being beautiful. It is about being accepted. I will be publish in Disability Magazine and soon be doing more projects. I love your ideas !! That is a great of feeling be “Proud of being a Peitite woman. Thank you !!!! for making me feel special.. :) Ellen Rice (Deaf Actress/Model/ASL Sign Languages Instructor.

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