Whether you prefer the term “petite” or “vertically challenged”, the shorter among us tend to suffer when it comes to finding fashion that fits. Popular thinking says “size down” and it will fit, but as any modern shopper knows, not all sizes are created equal. So, an extra-small from Topshop might be a petite woman’s medium, depending on how small her frame and limbs are.
While online shopping destinations like ASOS and retail outlets like Theory and Ann Taylor are amply equipped to supply their petite shoppers with a great selection of on-trend looks, Savoir Flair went hunting for brands that are specifically formulated for our smaller sisters. Discover six brands that cater to petite frames, covering all your wardrobe needs – from bras and accessories to coats and dresses – in our unique shopping guide.
Petite Studio, which launched last year in New York City, promises gorgeous clothes that are “by, of, and for” petite women.
Bomb Petite is a fantastic shopping destination for the vertically challenged, particularly when you want to discover a cool, new mid-range brand that you might not have heard of before.
Actress Reese Witherspoon stands at 5’1 tall and, with her brand Draper James, she keeps in mind her shorter sisters with adorable, preppy clothes that specifically target petite frames.
Any fan of Kenzo knows that the brand errs on the side of petite, which means smaller frames will have no trouble fitting into the brand’s quirky, colorful pieces.
Petite princess Kylie Jenner is a fan of PrettyLittleThing, and so are many millennials. This site exclusively stocks trendy and affordable clothes, undergarments, and accessories that are created for shorter women.
Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company, knows the struggle of trying to find bras that fit a petite frame, and so she created her company in 2007 for shorter women in search of high-quality undergarments.