Where To Buy Petite Clothing

As mentioned in an earlier post, petite women come in all shapes and sizes and being petite simply refers to having a height under 5’4″ (or under 162.5cm). Though there are no standard sizes (in Australia anyway), clothing for women is generally made for a height of 5’5″, sometimes even taller and though the most common challenge of being shorter is to do with longer lengths in dresses, tops, skirts, pants and sleeves; fixing lengths is usually an easy fix by cuffing or sewing a hem (either yourself or by getting a tailor). But being shorter can also effect other proportions that are not as easily fixed such as the width of shoulders, the heights of arm holes, lengths of straps, etc. Fortunately, there are some designers that are tailoring for shorter women and have developed more proportioned styles labeled as “Petite”. But finding these “petite” items is tricky so I have created a list of where to buy petite clothing below. But first, a little discussion on what makes petite clothing so appealing for those of us who are a little more vertically challenged 😉

Advantages of Petite Clothing

Petite clothing is clothing that is made for women with a height of 5’3″ (160cm) or below and though some come in smaller sizes (such as a size 4 or 6), many of the petite lines stock larger sizes too. What makes them different to regular sizes though is that petite clothing can provide:

-Shorter lengths for arms, legs and the hem of tops, dresses etc

-Higher armholes

-Shorter waist and rise in pants

-Shorter in-seam in pants

-Shoulders that are proportionally narrower

-Smaller cuff holes

-Collars and necklines that sit higher and

-Smaller details in patterns

Petite clothing makers also use designs to elongate the body too so for example, they may use vertical stripes to accentuate height or use small belt loops for skinny belts which seem to work better for smaller frames. As a side note, you may be a petite because of your height but that doesn’t mean that you have smaller proportions all over. It does depend on your body shape. So you may be short but have broader shoulders for example, and your shoulders may fit regular sizes in which case do not buy a jacket that is made for a petite because the shoulders will be too narrow. You may find petite pants work for you though with a shorter rise and shorter lengths. So you need to really know your body and its challenges first or check the measurements on each item if they are provided or if in store, try them on!

Knowing fit is important for a petite and sometimes it can be tricky to find the right fit. So I have done some research and compiled a list of outlets I have found that tailor specifically for petites. If you have others, please add them in the comments. To make it easier, I have categorised the outlets I have found into casual, work wear and evening wear. Some outlets cater for more than one category so I have done my best to pick a category or otherwise included them in more than one category. But note that you can find more than one category at the links so do check them all out! I have also focused on outlets that post to Australia because I am based in Australia though some of these outlets are worldwide or have other websites for different countries which can be found once you choose where you are shipping to once you have gone to the site. So whether you are looking for some weekend wear or something for work or something to head out after hours, I’ve got you covered 🙂 Below are links specifically to the petite ranges of the outlets below.

Warning! Online shopping can be addictive (particularly when they offer after pay) so shopping is at your own risk! (Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Haha!)

Where To Buy

For Casual Wear:

Pretty Little Thing

Boohoo

Misguided

Anthropologie

Target

TopShop

Soft Suroundings

Asos

Gap

Citizens of Humanity

Paige

Blue Bungalow

For Work Wear:

Boden

Forever New

Next

Myer

Express

Ann Taylor

Bloomingdales

Dorothy Perkins

Eileen Fisher

Simply Kate

Petite Dressing

Bomb Petite

For Evening/formal wear:

Next

Forever New

Macys Formal Dresses

Glam Corner (provides petite dresses for rent)

What did you think of this list? Were there any new places that you hadn’t heard of before? Any favourites? I loved checking out all of these sites. Each shop has its own look and price point and it’s fun to see new styles and imagine different ways to style. As mentioned, if you have places or any feedback on any of the above, please share with us in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading,