Walking into a store, do you ever see a top or a pair of jeans on a mannequin and tell yourself, “Yes, I want that!” but as soon as you try it on in the fitting rooms, you’re drowning in the excess fabric or it’s falling on your body in all the wrong ways on your body? I can totally attest to this, and I think all my petite girls out there are nodding their heads right now.
That’s right, “short people problems” as some people may call say. It’s inevitable. We’re all made up in all different shapes and sizes and clothing pieces look different from one person to the other. However, I’ve seen more and more stores come out with “petite” lines or “tall” for those of you who have been blessed with long flamingo legs. I thank whoever had this “eureka” idea because I can forego getting pants hemmed or rolling them up tenfold just to see my feet.
I’m 5’1 and can get away with standard sizes every once in a while, but many times I leave the store empty-handed or have to return items I bought online. The struggle is so real. For those of you who are unfamiliar with stores that carry petite lines, I have consolidated them in a list and these are my go-to places.
Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic
Although not all of the items at Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic have the three options, you can shop online and browse through the ones that offer the petite size. Keep in mind that if you like wearing loose tops, for example, you might be able to get away with the smallest size in the standard sizing. Not sure what size you should get? Consult their sizing chart on the website or order two sizes and return the one that doesn’t fit. What I love about ordering at this store is that they offer free returns so they foot the return shipping fee.
Another secret I have is that you can order the biggest size in the girls section. That’s right, the kids section. I’ve noticed that the cut is a bit more boxy so I usually just get sweaters. I also look at kids’ shoes. I’m at 6.5 and I fit a size 5 girls. An additional benefit is that the price points are usually lower than adult clothing. Winning!
Overall, there are constantly discounts on the three brands, so you’ll definitely find steals when items are on sale and you can apply a promo code to get an even deeper discount.
I know Forever 21 doesn’t have a dedicated petite line, but I find rare gems every once in a while that fit me like a glove. I love wearing dresses and people always ask where my dress is from. When I tell them it’s from Forever 21, they’re literally in shock. But that’s not the point. I find their dresses fit me like a glove. the hem falls about 2 inches above my knees, which is a perfect length. I guess they’re cut is shorter than dresses from elsewhere, because I’ve heard from several people that when they try on dresses at this store, it’s so short that it can be mistaken for a tunic on them. So if you’re petite and looking for a dress that will show off your legs, consider Forever 21.
A little higher on the price points, Anthropologie has the cutest pieces, ranging from boho-inspired prints to more casual petite clothing. You’ll find long flowy tunics with floral prints, lace tops, and comfortable cardis and ponchos for the fall time.
Ok, I must admit that for the longest time, I perceived this store as one targeting an older audience, but in the last few years, Reitmans has really stepped up their game. I was pleasantly surprised to find some trendy office wear pieces at a reasonable price. So if you work in a more corporate setting, you’ll find a staple profesh outfit without getting the sleeves or pant legs tailored.
Shop on the regular at stores that carry petite lines? Please share them with me in the comments below!