It is not easy being a petite fashionista. Besides it being nearly impossible to find a piece meant for someone under 5’5, we petites come in all shapes and sizes. Needless to say, shopping has always been a struggle and overwhelming to most. It wasn’t until recently that we can rejoice in some brands and lines that are made specifically for our body types, so here is my list of 7 petite brands I swear by.
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What I love about this brand: Pixie Market’s quality is unlike any other. Whether you want knits, vegan leather, dresses or coats — you will not be disappointed! I love shopping this line specifically because I can keep up with current trends and not have to dig deeper into my pocket for alterations.
Petites usually have to shop petite lines specifically made for them but Topshop was one of the fast fashion brands who pioneered their collections that were available in Tall and Petite. When petites shop, we have to consider so many things when investing in a piece like a coat. It is not just hemming — we have to consider arm length, waist size, etc. Topshop’s petite line makes it possible to avoid alterations all together.
I love shopping Nordstrom’s petite line for quality investment pieces like a tailored blazer, structured jumpsuit, and coats. I am going to use my cheerleader voice and say it again about how essential it is to have pieces structured for a petite body frame to avoid the pricey alteration tailor bill. I mean, think about altering a quilted down coat? Nordstrom’s petite clothing collection helps us avoid that unneeded headache.
I love sweeping silhouettes, but here comes the challenge of wearing loose fits — you look like a swimmer in a pool of fabric. To avoid looking like you committed 70% percent to the outfit but lacked the vital 30% of making these fits intentional, look no further than the Anthropologie Petite Line. I am obsessed with the variety of this line, I can rock lounge sets, athleisure, and loose unstructured dresses without compromising my dignity. Anthropologie is one of the brands represented in the Nuuly revolving rental program so if you’re new to the brand, that’s a great way to try all their styles.
Maybe this line is nostalgic, but there’s a reason why it’s always on the top petite brand list. Ann Taylor petite line makes pieces that are perfect for a wardrobe capsule collection. I remember shopping at the Ann Taylor line since I was 15 years old and I kept those pieces in my wardrobe for years to come. I would suggest this line to the working woman who wants more than a short-term trend piece. Ann Taylor also has a revolving rental service called Infinite Style if you want an ever changing wardrobe.
Petites come in all sizes. Kudos to Lane Bryant for specifically making lines for plus size petites. It is a challenge to find tailored fits and look like a rockstar. Lane Bryant goes one step beyond with its size-inclusive silhouettes in flattering designs and affordable prices! You can find something for the office, going out, working out, or lounging.
What are some struggles you have as a petite lady? Which brands do you like to shop from? Share with us below!
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