30 petite clothing brands that don’t come up short on style (2022)

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Recently, there’s been a welcome sway in the fashion world towards catering for a broader range of body shapes and sizes. Okay, it’s a little late and not, by all means, perfect yet, but size inclusivity is slowly becoming something brands, especially those with large scale audiences like the high street, are simply having to consider.

This is good news for us girls that aren’t your textbook 5ft5 size 10 (hello, vast majority of the UK). The reality is though, not all brands are doing size-specific collections yet and it takes much more time and effort to shop for clothes that are outside the standard measurements. In the past we’ve researched the best plus size brands, and the best tall clothing brands to make life a little easier, and now it’s time we did the leg work for all the petite women out there – this one’s for you.

So, what counts as petite? Well, traditionally it’s those measuring in at 5ft3 and under, and contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with weight – just height. Ultimately, it comes down to the right proportions, which is why finding your equivalent size in standard collections doesn’t always work. Speaking as a tester who’s pushing 5ft 2in and has spent a lifetime rolling up shirt sleeves and avoiding maxi dresses and full-length trousers, it’s frustrating.

Sure, there’s styling tricks to count on, like the famous French tuck (thanks Tan France), high waists and, of course, Bondaweb, the hemming hack which petite influencer Joanne of @petitesideofstyle swears by. But when it comes down to it, investing in clothes that are specifically tailored to our frame saves us a whole lot of will-it-won’t-it-fit hassle in the first place.

For all its fast-fashion flaws, the high street really does come up trumps when it comes to shopping for petite clothing. Influencer Georgie, of @petitegeorgie, swears by Topshop (still available via Asos) while Joanne relies on River Island and Next. And, as with plus size, online e-tailers such as Asos, Boohoo and Missguided all have an impressive offering of petite styles on site.

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There’s more than the high street to turn to now as well. Zoe Anastasiou, fashion editor at Who What Wear UK, is 5ft 1in and dedicated to discovering emerging and independent brands that cater to the petite market. Her go-tos? “The Shortlist and Reve The Label, are at the top of my agenda for new brands to try, while US cult favourite Reformation is my go-to for dresses with no tailoring necessary.”

Whatever your needs, preferences and price range, this bumper directory of petite brands below should cover it. Keep scrolling and feel those frustrations start to melt away…

High street petite clothing brands

Miss Selfridge

There’s a huge range of everyday pieces available in petite sizes at Miss Selfridge, which is now sold via Asos, from biker jackets to denim. But the key selling point has to be the dress and occasionwear selection. Whatever your event, Miss Selfridge probably has a style for it – including lots of jumpsuits, which are so difficult to find for petites usually.

Visit Asos.com/miss-selfridge now

Missguided

There’s currently an impressive 1,429 pieces in Missguided’s petite section - talk about options. Highlights include plenty of chic tailoring, swimwear of all kinds and lots of cute day dresses you won’t have to take up.

Visit Missguided.co.uk now

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Nasty Gal

For the latest street-style trends at a fraction of the usual price, Nasty Gal can’t be beaten. With petite versions of all its bestselling styles, you won’t have to feel like you’re missing out this time.Think tracksuit co-ords in cute pastels, puff-sleeved dresses and wide leg trousers that actually fit.

Visit Nastygal.com now

Topshop

Topshop has long been known for its petite offering. As one of the first high street retailers to make it the norm to have tailored versions of its sellout styles, it’s a relief that despite closing the stores and moving to Asos, you can still shop the brand’s petite styles online. The denim is particularly good, so don’t miss that.

Visit Asos.com/topshop now

Asos

More than anywhere else with affordable clothing, Asos makes it positively easy to shop for petites. Toggle to their clothing tab and find a huge selection under “shop by body fit”. There’s plenty to choose from courtesy of their own brand Asos Design, including some excellent denim and everyday basics. But there’s also a huge range from other retailers you might not think about, like Stradivarius and Noisy May, totalling more than 3,000 styles at our last count.

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Next

Next has always been a reliable go-to on the high street for great quality pieces you’ll keep in your wardrobe for seasons to come. Its petite section is no different, and it’s easy to see that the brand has put a lot of thought into the design too. There’s jumpsuits in shorter lengths as well as maxi and midi dresses designed to sit at the perfect lengths so that you can still nail these hugely popular trends whatever your height.

Visit Next.co.uk now

Boohoo

From outerwear to pretty dresses for every occasion, Boohoo is not one to miss for petite shoppers. There are hundreds of products on-site, all geared towards ticking off the latest trends, as well as the basics like denim and loungewear. Plus, you can’t argue with the bargain prices.

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River Island

River Island is just as good for petite as it is for standard sizing. All the brand’s best styles come in petite versions. There’s a lot of great suiting, coats and denim to try, and they all have a premium feel to them despite still being affordable.

Visit Riverisland.com now

John Lewis & Partners

Although not as extensive as its standard womenswear offering, there are a few petite brands, including Hobbs and Fenn Wright Manson, worth checking out at John Lewis & Partners. From demure occasionwear dresses for event season to office-appropriate workwear, it’s a reliable option to have under your belt.

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Marks & Spencer

M&S’s sartorial greatness is a fact universally acknowledged, isn’t it? Affordable, dependable quality, and on-trend with so much choice. Luckily for us, shorter girls their petite range has a lot to offer too. Most of their trousers and jeans now come in shorter lengths, and having tried them we can vouch for them being perfectly proportioned. The best thing about M&S’s petite range though is that it’s more size-inclusive than most, going up to a size 20 in most cases.

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Oasis

Oasis excels in creating floral dresses that are perfect for everyday wear, and there is plenty on offer in its petite range too. If you dream of wearing a midi dress that’s actually midi, don’t miss this collection. Since the brand’s recent relaunch under the Boohoo brand umbrella, it has also upped its trend game, with plenty of cute co-ords and smock-style blouses now on offer to elevate your wardrobe.

Visit Oasisfashion.com now

New Look

With a dedicated “petite” tab on the menu and more than 500 pieces on offer, New Look is not one to overlook when searching for clothes that suit if you’re short. You can expect petite versions of the brand’s bestsellers as well as unique pieces specifically designed for the line. We particularly love it for classics that might otherwise swamp smaller sizes, like a chic trench coat and straight leg jeans.

Visit Newlook.com now

Mid-range petite clothing brands

Boden

One of the best new petite ranges we’ve come across is Boden’s. It hasn’t simply shrunk its best styles but brought out a considered collection of pieces that truly work for petite sizes. The jumpsuits are particularly good, and something that’s difficult to make work in standard sizing when you’ve got a shorter torso and legs. The excellent quality makes it worth that slightly higher price tag.

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Seasalt

If you’re a fan of easy dresses and breton tops, look to Seasalt for your petite styles. Based in Cornwall, it doesn’t get much more British than this. Highlights include petite raincoats (something that can easily swamp us shorter ladies), day dresses and wear-everywhere chinos.

Visit Seasaltcornwall.com now

Me + Em

Looking for clothes with a premium feel that don’t break the bank? Be sure to check out Me + Em. We’re big fans of its design-led take on smart style you can wear at work or at weekends, day or night. These are investment pieces but the quality is excellent and the designs are timeless enough to last you season after season. There is a handy section on the website dedicated to pieces that work well for petite sizes, all with clever adjustable lengths or smaller sizes.

Visit Meandem.com now

Madewell

Madewell is a US import that now ships worldwide (don’t worry, all duty and tax costs are included in the checkout price so you won’t get any nasty surprises). Trust us though, these styles are worth the slightly longer delivery times. Known for its impeccable denim in modern shapes, Madewell also does a great relaxed dress. And there’s now a petite section on the website that makes it easy for us shorties to shop from.

Visit Madewell.com now

Paige

Always searching for jeans that work on your petite frame? Paige is one of the only luxury denim brands that has a dedicated petite range. You’ll pay more for the designer name and premium quality, but when it comes to wardrobe staples like jeans that you know you’ll wear again and again, it doesn’t hurt to invest in one or two great pairs you can truly count on.

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Reformation

Fashion editor favourite Reformation is the place to shop for sustainable petite dresses. Whether it’s your wedding, your turn to be a bridesmaid, wedding guest or you’ve *finally* got a holiday coming up, most of Reformation’s planet-friendly styles come in perfectly tailored petite sizes. There’s also pretty co-ords and shorter length trousers too. Another brand that started stateside, you can now get free express shipping, free returns and duties and taxes are already included when ordering from the UK. So really, there’s no excuse not to take a scroll.

Visit Thereformation.com now

J.Crew

Heading back to the office post-pandemic? You’ll need a wardrobe update to match. Finding tailored clothes for petites is difficult to say the least, but J.Crew makes it easier. There are petite blazers, shirts and workwear-ready dresses, as well as day to day denim and holiday linens too. The only problem is finding the petite section online – you’ll need to head to ”all clothing” and select the petite size filter. Long-winded, yes, but this uncovers over 200 options so once you find it, you won’t come up short (sorry…).

Visit Jcrew.com now

Karen Millen

Another high street hero saved by the Boohoo group in recent years, Karen Millen now has a strong online presence and a dedicated petite section to boot. We love its premium tailored pieces, form-fitting dresses and luxe leathers.

Visit Karenmillen.com now

Independent petite clothing brands

Jennifer Anne

Jennifer herself is 5ft 1in and decided to launch her eponymous line out of frustration after not being able to find smart clothing that fit her frame properly. This tailoring-focused line is perfect if you have an office job with a dress code as it’s filled with work-ready dresses, jumpsuits and separates. It has also recently expanded into more relaxed loungewear, so if you’re still working from home there’s something here for you too.

Visit Jennifer-anne.co.uk now

Elma Lingerie

Petite girls still want to have fun, right? If you struggle to find beautiful AND sexy lingerie in petite sizes, don’t miss Elma. These are handmade, made to order, and even bespoke (if that takes your fancy) garments designed specifically for petite frames. Plus, there are beautiful sleepwear options too, and the brand is only just getting started.

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Little Women

A lingerie brand designed for those with smaller cup sizes which doesn’t always go hand in hand with being petite, we know, but can often be the case so we wanted to include. Back sizes range from 28-44 and cups up to a B – if that’s you, these designs are too beautiful to miss.

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Reve the Label

Founded in 2019, Reve the Label was founded to “inspire confidence in petite women of all shapes and sizes”. Founder Maddison Ellen is petite herself and designs considered pieces that actually work on shorter frames. She’s also added a “petite-curve” range to her line of slinky dresses in an effort to work towards diversifying the industry.

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The Shortlist

“Born of the short girl struggle”, The Shortlist is an exciting new launch for petites. Making small quantities of beautifully designed pieces all in the UK, the collection consists of dresses and skirts you want to wear to breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a small edit for now but we see a bright future for this inclusive brand.

Visit Shoptheshortlist.co.uk now

Multi-brand petite clothing destinations

Friday Petite

Friday Petite claims to have the best petite clothing all in one place, and currently boasts an edit of everything from M&S and Asos to independent brands like LacunaFit, a great sportswear brand for petites.

Visit Fridaypetite.co.uk now

Zalando

Basically an online department store, Zalando offers an excellent range of brands from high street to designer. The dedicated petite section is impressive with trend edits and advice on the latest drops, as well as over 4,000 styles from brands you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Visit Zalando.co.uk now

Debenhams

Debenhams has revamped itself as a new online destination and now stocks six different high street petite brands with almost 1,000 products to choose from. Brands include Wallis, NastyGal and Dorothy Perkins, and between you and us – there’s *always* discounts to be had, with up to 30 per cent off right now.

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Vintage petite clothing brands

Offbeat Petite

Shopping petite doesn't have to mean forgoing sustainable brands and practices. New vintage destinations dedicated to curating petite styles are popping up, just like Offbeat Petite. Founder Kate Dooley always takes a tape measure with her when sourcing pieces to ensure they work for her customers shorter frames, as well as including full measurement details on-site to help you find the perfect piece.

Visit Offbeatpetite.com now

Fierce Petite

Another petite focused vintage brand selling everything from retro shirts and dresses to reworked sportswear pieces that have been redesigned to extend their lifetime and work for petite frames. All measurements are included along with a detailed description of how they take them, so you can guarantee the items on your wishlist will work for you.

Visit Fiercepetite.com now

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FAQs

What styles are best for petites? ›

Short dresses, cinched at the waist, that enhance your legs. Avoid maxi dresses and large prints. Also jumpsuits and playsuits look great on for petite bodies.

Are petite clothes just shorter? ›

Clothing measurements have been made shorter and smaller to keep you looking your best. Here is what you can expect from petite tops. Petite tops are made shorter from the neck to the waist to accommodate your smaller frame. The waist is also a bit smaller for a cleaner line.

What height should wear petite? ›

Petite sizes are designed for women 5'4” and under, regardless of their size. In the petite category, sizes range from extra-small to plus-size. They also have a “P” label to illustrate a smaller and proportioned fit.

How do you shop if you're short? ›

Try the petite section.

Try shopping in the petite section of your favorite online or brick and mortar store. Seek out stores and brands that specialize in clothing for shorter men and women. These cuts will likely fit you better than clothing manufactured for people who are not short.

What should I wear over petite at 60? ›

Choose high-waist skirts or pants to create the illusion you're taller by elongating your lower body. Always be sure to make the elevated waist visible by tucking in a well-fitting blouse, or opting for a slightly shorter top.

What dress length is most flattering for petite? ›

Best Dress Length for Short Women

The best dress length to make short legs look longer: 2″-3″ above your knee. The most versatile length for petites: right at your knee. The ideal length to make a petite girl appear taller and leaner: ankle length.

What height and weight is petite? ›

Petite refers to stature not weight. Most people still think petite means skinny when in fact petite has nothing to do with weight. Petite is the term used in the fashion industry to describe a woman who is 5'3 tall or under. Petite women come in all shapes and sizes, whether they're a size 4 or 14.

What is the difference between petite and petite short? ›

Petite generally means resized to fit a slimmer shaped body. I am NOT petite - I am short. "Short" means exactly that - it's the same fitting as regular pants but just with a shorter length.

Whats the difference between short and petite? ›

A: A "short" is about 2 inches longer in length, 28 inches and a "short petite" is about 26 inches in length. I always try to buy a short petite so that I don't have to shorten the hem, I am 5 feet tall and the short petite are perfect for me. The petite sizes also tend to be a little more snug around the waist.

Is 5.5 petite? ›

What Height is Considered Petite. If you are under 5'4″, then you are typically considered petite. The average height of American women is 5'4”.

How do I know if I have a petite frame? ›

You can take a rough measurement of frame size by wrapping your thumb and index finger around your wrist at the point where you would wear a wristwatch. If your thumb and index finger overlap, you have a small frame. If your thumb and index finger touch, you have a medium frame.

What size is petite M? ›

Petite Size Chart
SIZES – PetiteM – Petite
BUST82cm90cm
32.0in35.5in
WAIST64cm72cm
25.0in28.0in
10 more rows

What should you not wear when you're short? ›

Avoid straps around the ankle as ankle straps can make your legs look shorter. Instead opt for shoes that elongate. Mules are a great option for petites. If you want to wear flats rather than heels, pointed toes can also create the illusion of extra height.

What should I wear if I have short legs? ›

Dresses and skirts conceal where your legs start, which can help give the illusion of longer legs. A-line and pencil skirts are good choices. Higher waistlines help with the leg-lengthening illusion. Short skirts with high waistlines are great for making your legs look longer.

What should a 5 feet girl wear? ›

If you are under 5 feet, the way to improve your proportion is to focus on making your bottom (legs) to look longer and top (torso) to look shorter. The easiest way to achieve that is by wearing a crop-length top and long bottom. Your bottom could be long pants or long skirts.

What type of dresses should a short girl wear? ›

Types Of Clothes That All Short Women Should Have
  • Black Jeans. Black narrow jeans are a must-have piece of clothing for all ladies, but they're especially flattering on shorter women. ...
  • Skater Dress. ...
  • Short Flared Skirt. ...
  • Fitted Turtleneck. ...
  • Classy Short Dress.
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What is a petite body type? ›

WHAT IS PETITE? Petite refers to stature not weight. Most people still think petite means skinny when in fact petite has nothing to do with weight. Petite is the term used in the fashion industry to describe a woman who is 5'3 tall or under. Petite women come in all shapes and sizes, whether they're a size 4 or 14.

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