Summer is nearly upon us, meaning it’s officially time to stock up on those dresses, skirts, shorts, etc. — whatever you’re into.
While in the wintertime we can layer up and hide in our baggy sweaters, during the warmer seasons it becomes harder to pick out petite-friendly outfits. For all those Asians girls out there under 5’3”, there’s no need to settle for those ill fitting mini dresses that always seem to hit at a midi length. Here are some of the best petite clothing brands on the market if your frumpy wardrobe is in need of a desperate facelift.
Figleaves is well known for their comfy, high quality lingerie that come in extended petite sizes. As someone who has personally tested out their products, I can say their inclusive and specific sizing makes a huge difference in the fit. They offer flattering yet very affordable options for smaller-framed women and if you thought their bra selection was impressive, wait until you see their collection of sports bras and bikinis.
Unlike other stores that offer very vague sizes like XS and Small, Figleaves offers the same detailed sizing for their bikini tops and sports bras as their regular bras. That means you can choose from bandwidth sizes of 28 through 52 and cup sizes of AA to K to ensure your summer bikini or sports bra fits like a glove.
This brand is great for casual, trendy clothes such as tees, jeans and dresses for petite women. Madewell offers a separate section for clothes that are specifically made for those who are 5’3” and under, which often come in sizes from XXS to XXL, so this isn’t just for slim, short women. Most of their clothes are well-displayed thanks to items like the mannequin for sale.
While LOFT does offer casual, day-to-day outfits, they also offer great work-appropriate attire for shorter women. Their petite section carries a large variety of products from blazers to trousers and blouses, with most of these coming in sizes from XXS through XXL. LOFT clothes come in extremely soft and comfortable fabrics and plus, they frequently have amazing sales going on so you rarely ever end up having to pay full price for anything.
Have you ever bought a pair of really nice gym leggings online only to discover that it’s actually wayyyy too long for your legs? No one likes having scrunched up extra fabric by their ankles when they’re trying to exercise. Well, Athleta offers petite options for their leggings so you never have that problem again.
Their collection of workout tops, bottoms, and jackets all come in petite sizing options for a much more flattering fit — because us short girls need comfy work out clothes too.
Boohoo is one of the best places to look for petite, staple wardrobe pieces. Their bodycon dresses, shirts and pencil skirts are crazy affordable and they also come in short-people-friendly sizes. What more could you ask for?
Of all the petite range options available on the internet, boohoo is probably one of the cheapest, if not THE cheapest option out there.
Petite Studio NYC
If you can afford to splash out a bit more, Petite Studio in NYC is an ethically-sourced, luxurious clothing line JUST for petite women. The shop was founded in 2016 by a 5’2” Asian American woman and their designs are produced by petite women for petite women. According to their website, Petite Studio is “the only online womenswear brand for, of and by petite girls.”
They offer a wide variety of trendy clothes from summery dresses to work trousers, which usually come in sizes XXS through Large.
ASOS is pretty much your go-to spot for a large variety of brands and products in petite sizes — it’s like a library, but for clothes. Here you can find top brands such as Missguided, New Look, Miss Selfridge, River Island and Bershka, all in one place.