For petite ladies, it can be a big, big world out there. Shopping for consistent sizes that actually fit is difficult for anyone, but when you being under 5' 5" to the mix, drowning in everything you try on is a very real predicament. From too-long pant inseams to oversized sleeve lengths, there just seems to be a little too much of everything for those with smaller frames.
While your height and stature should never stop your from wearing
anything you want (yes, even the high-waisted trouser trend), it's sometimes nice for clothing items to come pre-tailored to your size. The stores ahead understand your gripes and have taken petite sizing into their own hands. Here, you'll find a mix of brands that focus exclusively on shorter ladies and shops that offer designs in petite sizes. Next time you're indulging in some retail therapy, allow this guide to help create a stress-free experience.
If you've got short legs, short arms, a short torso (or all three!), finding basics that really, truly fit can be challenging. For women 5'4" and under, Gap offers clothing with "perfectly proportioned sleeves, knees, and hems," meaning you can score boyfriend jeans, crewneck tees, and tunic sweaters that you'll be able to wear for years (and not have to tailor).
Gap The Archive Re-issue Crop Denim Jacket, $79.95, available at Gap. More
If ASOS' petite section isn't already on your radar, it needs to be. From standard petite sizes, to petite maternity, to petite plus, every and all petite women are covered. The e-tailer also has a cool curation of petite sizes from brands like Fila, River Island, Glamorous, its in-house wedding collection, and more.
New Look Petite Cropped Jacket, $53, available at ASOS. More
Petite-specific sizing is a game-changer, especially at a retailer as huge as J.Crew. Now ladies from 5' 0" to 5' 4" can enjoy the brand's classic styles, too.
J.Crew Petite Pleated Ruggle Top, $88, available at J.Crew. More
We love Petite Studio so much, we've even given it its own
brand spotlight. The label is a dream for every fashion-minded female on the smaller side. For pieces like minimalist jackets and mini skirts with an inseam specifically tailored for shorter legs, petite gals will want to bookmark this site. Petite Studio Irving Suede Jacket, $179, available at Petite Studio. More
Adela Mei describes itself as a "carefully curated online boutique dedicated to contemporary petite fashion" and it delivers just that. Search through their selection for the best fitting pieces from your favorite designers.
C/MEO Collective Fall Back Skirt, $150 $104.50, available at Adela Mei. More
If you absolutely love pants and hate the cost of heading to the tailor after every other shopping trip, Topshop is your new BFF. Its range of petite offerings is amazing, but its assortment of pants for women under 5' 3" is the true winner here.
Topshop Petite Crop Wide Leg Trousers, $80, available at Topshop. More
One of the most common gripes for shorter women is finding denim that fits. Paige offers just about every style in petite sizes for those 5' 4" and under.
Paige Jacqueline Straight, $239, available at Paige. More
Ann Taylor let's you know exactly what goes into their efforts to make their petite collection a perfect fit. From tailoring the sleeves, shoulder, and necklines, to ensuring that their pants flatter any leg length, no stone is left unturned.
Ann Taylor Petite Culotte Jumpsuit, $139, available at Ann Taylor. More
Stop by Anthropologie's curate boutique for petite clothes, where you'll find petite-specific sizes from its in-house line, as well as pieces from outside brands that make a solid fit for small frames.
Floreat Embroidered Luna Slip Dress, $168, available at Anthropologie. More
Eloquii is a popular stop for plus-sizes, but did you know it offers petite plus-sizes, too?
Eloquii Studio Off the Shoulder Chambray Dress, $110.90, available at Eloquii. More
Missguided's motto is that "good things come in small packages," and when it comes to its petite designs, we have to agree. For the fashion crowd 5' 3" and under, its petite collection is a trend haven with bold, lace-up skirts, ankle-length parkas, and cut-out mini dresses.
Missguided Petite Exclusive Khaki Lace Up Mini Skirt, $45, available at Missguided. More
Bomb Petite boasts exclusive designs from emerging and independent designers with a focus on women 5' 4" and under. The site isn't just a destination for edgy pieces to add to your closet, but it's a great editorial resource for styling tips and tricks too.
Petriiski Petite Liza Cherry Blossom Crop Top, $98.60, available at Bomb Petite; Petriiski Petite Liza Cherry Blossom Skirt, $113.10, available at Bomb Petite. More
For comfy and classic, look no further. Eileen Fisher offers petite sizes in just about all of its designs. Head over to their petite tab to shop.
Eileen Fisher Straight Cropped Pant, $218 $119, available at Eileen Fisher. More
Express is one of the latest fast-fashion shops to expand to a petite line. The featured pieces are sized for those 5' 4" and under and are available through its online shop only.
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