When you’re petite, sometimes it can be easy to feel ignored on the fashion front. Clothing is generally sized on a taller frame and then modeled on one that’s positively statuesque. Not to mention that some of the assortment from traditional petite clothing sections can feel a bit dated. But the market is changing and more and more brands are catering to the 5’4” and shorter crowd and producing fashion-forward clothing to get excited about. Here is a list of some of our faves:
1. Adela Mei
Adela Mei is a newcomer on the petite fashion block and offers petite women a boutique shopping experience tailored for them. The Adela Mei team expertly curates a selection of modern clothing to suit petite women, then showcases it on models 5’4” or shorter, making it easy to find fashion-forward clothes that actually fit.
Newly appointed creative director Marissa Webb is doing wonderful things at Banana Republic by adding a sleek, modern twist to the classic brand. The petite clothing section is getting revitalized as well with elevated classics and is worth checking out.
3. Ann Taylor
For the petite gal in search of a polished, office-appropriate ensemble, Ann Taylor has you covered. The brand has customized an extensive assortment of their line in petite sizes for plenty of choices. Not to mention that they frequently team up with petite fashion bloggers to review it, so you know it’s good.
Pacsun caters to the teen crowd, so not only do clothes run smaller and shorter than average, they also carry various lengths in their pants making it a clear choice for petites looking for fun, west coast casual clothing.
Preppy favorite J.Crew has an extensive assortment of clothing re-cut and tailored to the petite frame. From classic suits and sweaters to the brand’s cult fave Minnie pants, and plenty of petite dresses, there’s no feeling left out at J.Crew.
Petite fans of Cache rejoice! The brand has expanded their offerings to include a selection of petite clothes, including dresses and jeans for petite women. Keep an eye on this brand, they’re going in the right direction!
For trendy petite fashion at wallet-friendly prices, head to ASOS where plenty of their fast fashion faves are also available in petite sizes. The assortment is constantly changing and rapidly expanding meaning you’ll never be bored or be faced with a lack for choice.
Anthropologie leads the pack in terms of designer exclusive petite pieces in modern boho styles. Aside from their own house lines, they commission custom designs from brands like Plenty by Tracy Reese, Bailey 44, and Corey Lyn Calter.
Topshop’s fast fashion and on-trend pieces are a top choice for petite fashionistas looking to get the look without breaking the bank. But not only are pieces fashion forward, many of them are petite friendly as well. From bras to bustiers, pants to jackets, Topshop’s assortment is top notch and perfectly petite. Available at Nordstrom, their collections includes both regular and petite sizes.
10. Tadashi Shoji
When it comes to formal or dressy petite fashion, pickings can be slim for petites and alterations are usually the only option. But Tadashi Shoji is changing that by offering not just their cocktail dresses, but also their formal gowns, in petite sizes.