20 Best Clothing Brands for Petites in the Mainstream and Online
Shopping online can be especially difficult for small shoppers. Droopy sleeves, sagging hems, and the general feeling of drowning in your own clothes are common complaints among the petite scene.
Defined as 5ft 3in and below, you may be surprised to learn that according to the Office of National Statistics the average height of women in the UK is actually 5ft 3in.
This makes the small population more common despite what clothing stores suggest. For many years petite clothing remained a lucky charm of basic styles and mediocre pieces with the occasional diamond in the rough treasure that would eventually fall into disuse as it was the only item that was worn. fits properly. and This seems good. You are, however, in good company with Kourtney Kardashian at 5ft, Lady Gaga at 5ft 1in and Emilia Clarke at 5ft 2in.
If you don’t have the Hollywood budget for bespoke tailoring – and who of us really does – High Street brands and online retailers like ASOS have seriously tackled the small issue in recent years with sections dedicated to small people. Shorter torso measurements, proper pant lengths and smaller sizing options are all offered – and Surprise Surpriseyou can actually buy the latest styles at a much higher volume online compared to often selected brick and mortar stores with no small options.
We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best High Street brands and online retailers with specially dedicated petite ranges to answer your fashion woes. These labels don’t just shorten the length of the pieces, but fully adjust the proportions to match your frame so you can avoid tailoring.
Let there be one less #shortgirlproblem.
With something for all tastes, shapes and sizes, ASOS has it all. Online retailers stock over 1,500 petite pieces from size 2 upwards. In addition to its own petite range, there are also a host of brands specializing in items designed for women 5ft 3in tall. While a must visit before any night out, it’s not just evening wear where ASOS excels, the website has a huge selection of everyday pieces as well as for little moms-to-be.
Now part of the ASOS online store, we love Topshop’s little offering. Despite the end of physical Topshop stores, its small range continues to grow online and there are plenty of on-trend pieces suitable for smaller women. From re-proportioned items from the main fashion range, to exclusively small pieces, Topshop’s selection is a must visit for fashion lovers. We particularly like the smaller variants of the Jamie and Leigh jeans which have a much superior fit.
Reformation, a cult and sustainability-focused brand, now offers a petite clothing range focusing primarily on dresses and skirts with gorgeous bridesmaid dresses in smaller sizes perfect for a summer of weddings.
If you’re looking for smart bespoke pieces perfect for the office as well as smart events like weddings, Hobbs has you covered. A Kate Middleton favourite, you’ll look effortlessly chic with Hobbs’ range of trousers, sundresses and jackets.
With nearly 200 pieces from the small J Crew collection, including jeans and on-trend linen pieces, you’ll be looking chic all summer long. Although slightly more expensive, their clothes are well worth the investment and can be styled both elegantly and casually, meaning you’ll keep these basics in your wardrobe for years to come.
With over 400 styles available, Missguided’s range of small pieces is extensive to say the least. In all colors and styles, the online brand offers fashion-forward pieces at a lower price. Whether you’re looking for festival essentials or everyday wardrobe staples, you’re bound to find something at Missguided. Deep discounts are also available for savvy shoppers on a budget.
pretty little thing
Enjoy catwalk trends for less at PrettyLittleThing. Inspired by the catwalks, the brand offers a girl-friendly cropped collection with a host of party outfits as well as crop tops, flares and everything you need to look fashionable whatever the season.
Boohoo, the fast fashion extraordinaire, offers a line of clothing specially designed for people 5ft 3in and under. With over 500 styles on offer, the clothing range is amazing, ensuring you find what you’re looking for with no extra tailoring necessary. We especially love the selection of mini dresses and logo tees.
From summery tropical prints to striped dresses, River Island’s small selection has the pieces to seamlessly transition from summer to winter and back again. A recent addition to the brand’s mainline fashion collection, let ill-fitting garments be a thing of the past with on-trend pieces in perfectly small sizes.
New Look offers a wide selection of wardrobe essentials designed for women under 5ft 3in. From floral-print pieces to basics, the range of handbag-friendly garments will allow you to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Debenhams has a wide selection of day and party clothes specially designed for the little ones. But it’s not just the small Debenhams range that is available in store. You can also buy the following small ranges in one convenient place: Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Oasis, Warehouse, Boohoo and Nasty Gal. The online store offers a wide selection of sizes.
Wallis is constantly adding new pieces to its small selection and offers a variety of different leg lengths as well as prints for every occasion. There’s even a special section for new favorites to make the buying process even easier.
Boden offers proportionately created pieces alongside specialized pieces for petite women. Comprised of delicately embroidered coats and jackets and classic summer dresses, the selection of timeless clothing is made from quality fabrics to wear season after season.
Marks & Spencer
If you’re looking for well-made pieces that also last a long time, look no further than M&S. The retailer offers standout shirts, cardigans and pieces that are sure to fit with no extra tailoring needed. In our opinion, the standout items have to be the cropped and extra cropped pants.
If you’re looking for the perfect summer dress that doesn’t unintentionally look like a maxi dress, then Oasis has you covered. With over 100 petite dresses, you’ll find everything from work wear to bridesmaid dresses. They also have skinny jeans and pants in countless styles.
Combining edgy designs with bold colors and a perfect fit, Miss Selfridge, now available on the ASOS website, offers an impressive selection of petite. The brand has more than 200 pieces and the collection offers particularly stylish ranges.
Small fashion lovers will love the wide range of pieces offered at Dorothy Perkins. With clothes for all ages, the brand offers a solid selection of blouses and dresses with around 500 items on offer.
Next’s petite clothing offering combines office-appropriate attire with stylish leisure options. From its own brand as well as pieces like Lipsy and Glamorous, the range of choices is wide and varied.
Zalando has a specially curated selection of clothes for little ones from a range of brands; including Ralph Lauren and Chi Chi London. The online retailer offers small portions of runway-inspired pieces for on-trend seasonal looks.
Jeetly was created to fill a gap in the market for a brand specifically designed for petite women. The brand offers office-friendly sets that you can wear as soon as they arrive at your doorstep, without having to stop by your tailor. From pencil and shift dresses to t-shirts with strong logos and pussy-bow blouses, the brand has office wear covered.