The Best Petite Clothing for Women That'll Actually Fit Your Shorter Frame

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If you’ve ever been victimized by a piece of clothing being way too long for you, raise your hand. Whether pants are always too long, or crop tops just look like tops, shopping for petite women’s clothing is tough. We feel your pain and we think it’s time to take the guesswork out of shopping for petite ladies. Here, we’ve done the heavy lifting and rounded up our eight favorite retailers that carry the crémé de la crémé of short girl styles.

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1. anthropologie

Anthropologie has a well-stocked petite section with shorts, dresses, tops and more. The selection is especially known for its thoughtfully tailored dresses, so you don’t feel like you’re drowning in fabric. The problem with regular dresses is that they can be too long when they are meant to be mini dresses or touching the ground when they are supposed to hit your ankles. These dresses hit the mark with length when you are under 5’4”

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Free People

2. free People

While Free People doesn’t have a specific section for petites, their sizing is inclusive of us ladies with shorter legs and torsos. Their shorts fit like a glove and they always have plenty of sizes in stock so you don’t feel like it’s slim pickins’. They also have appropriately lengthed crop tops that don’t fit like a regular shirt. If you’re in the need for some new summer staples, check out their bestsellers.

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Lane Bryant

3. lane Bryant

We love Lane Bryant’s petite plus-size options because of the size range and how cute everything is. From jeans to jumpsuits, their collection gets trendier every time we visit the site. If you’re in the market for a new pair of cropped denim for summer, try these distressed pair.


4. madewell

Their summertime patterns and fabrics have our credit cards constantly burning to buy more. Madewell does denim really well when it comes to petite frames. When you select an item, you can choose between petite, tall, plus and standard to generate the sizes available. You can also find trendy midi dresses with side slits that will help elongate your legs.


5. topshop

Searching for miniskirts and crop tops takes some digging to find the ones that hit you at just the right spot, but if you head over to Topshop, that search may become a bit easier. They’re known for quickly aligning with current trends and we don’t mind the affordable price tag, too. Whether you’re looking for a couple new brunch dresses or comfortable summer tops, you’re sure to find what you need here.


6. reformation

Reformation’s dress selection is a go-to choice for many people (us included). And if you were nervous to shop online here thinking that the dresses would all be way too long on you, think again. This sustainable brand is filled to the brim with petite options for any occasion.

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7. aerie

We love Aerie for their styles, unfiltered photos and inclusive sizing. If you’re a petite gal, odds are finding leggings is almost as annoying as finding jeans because ankle-bunching is not cute. At Aerie, you can select the “short” version of your size for any style. Aerie is known for their buttery soft leggings and workout gear, so if you’re sick of your stretchy pants being horrifically too long, they’ve got you covered.


8. asos

ASOS has nearly 3,000 petite styles in their arsenal, and we thank them for that. Their flare and straight legged pants are super stylish and comfortable, but if you’re shopping petite, don’t sleep on their rompers and jumpsuits. Say goodbye to any inseam gapping and straps that are way too long.

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Olivia Dubyak

Commerce Editor

Olivia Dubyak is PureWow's Commerce Editor and textbook Capricorn. She studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has gone from New York City to...
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