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The best retailers offering fashion lines for petite women

You can skip the tailor with these clothing lines that are perfectly proportioned for petites.

Finding ideal pieces for your wardrobe is always a challenge, but it's even more so when your proportions fall outside the realm of traditional store sizing. If you're on the shorter end of the height spectrum or are smaller than a size 8, folding up your sleeves and getting your pants hemmed will be all too familiar practices for you.

Luckily, many retailers have started creating clothing lines to cater for specific body types. With many now offering petite ranges for those 5'4 and under, gone are the days where you have to head to the children's section for a top that won't completely swamp your figure.

We've put in the hard yards to bring you the top retailers offering a mix of casual wear, work wear and evening wear to flatter smaller frames.

1. ASOS

ASOS is a cult fashion favourite for good reason. Offering a huge array of apparel for all shapes and sizes, the retailer makes online shopping a breeze for everyone, including those on the petite side. With over 1,400 pieces in its petite section, ASOS has your entire wardrobe sorted.

Clothing starts at a size 2 and is specially designed for women 5'3 and under. The section hosts a wide selection of brands and covers a range of apparel including casual, workwear and evening wear. It even has a number of items for petite mothers-to-be, so bookmark it immediately and never pay to have your clothes altered again.


2. THE ICONIC

THE ICONIC has become a go-to fashion retailer when shopping online. In recent years, it has gained a mass following thanks in part to its huge range of products and frequent sales.

Its petite section pulls a range of specially designed apparel from a selection of labels, helping smaller ladies to shop across brands with ease. Some of the brands on offer include Topshop, Miss Selfridge, House of Holland and much more.


3. boohoo

boohoo is an expert in fast fashion. With hundreds of new styles landing every day, you'll always find all the latest on-trend pieces here at bargain prices.

The brand's petite range features over 500 styles, meaning that you'll be hard-pressed not to find something to love. Aimed at those 5'3 and under, the range is full of the same statement pieces you love from the label, just in smaller proportions.


4. Forever New

Leaders in sophisticated fashion for every occasion, Forever New has a great range of stylish pieces on offer for petite sizes.

Specially designed for women 5'3 and under, the petite section includes jeans, dresses, workwear and separates. Each piece is tailor-made to flatter smaller frames, meaning that you can step out for any occasion with confidence.


5. Missguided

Missguided is your one stop shop for budget-friendly, fashion-forward pieces. The label has made a huge effort to cater for all shapes and sizes, with several size-inclusive lines.

If you're under 5'3, Missguided has your back. With a petite range that ensures mini dresses won't become midi dresses and maxi dresses won't become a trip hazard, you can easily shop your weekend outfit here.


6. MYER

MYER is one of Australia's leading upmarket retailers, offering a huge range of sophisticated women's fashion.

Its petite line is full of brands like Tokito, Basque and Piper, helping you to stock up on everything from classy everyday wear to killer workwear. With over 250 pieces styled to suit petite ladies, it's definitely worth checking out.


7. PrettyLittleThing

Part of the boohoo range, PrettyLittleThing offers thousands of on-trend pieces to suit a range of different needs. From activewear to evening wear, you can shop everything you need at affordable pricing.

The label offers quite a few different ranges aimed at different body types to help you get the most out of your shopping experience. The petite line is aimed at those 5'4 and under and will ensure that you never end up with ill-fitting pieces again. Step out in mini dresses, statement jumpsuits and crop tops with confidence, knowing that every piece is catered to helping you look on-point.


8. Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is a big name in high-street fashion. Here to ensure that shorter ladies can shop luxury lines with ease, the label has a special section for smaller frames.

The petite line has everything you need to ensure a flattering fit and features a range of on-trend pants, shirts, dresses and skirts. If you're looking to add some luxury to your wardrobe, you'll find a new favourite in Marks & Spencer.


9. Target Australia

Some of Target's apparel goes down to a size 4 but, more importantly, the retailer is the sole stockist of Dannii Minogue's petite range. With shorter hem lengths and narrow shoulders, the petites range is perfect for those with smaller frames.

The petites range isn't just about being small and skinny, though. The line is available in sizes 4-16 and is made for bodies with smaller frames and narrower shoulders. All the pieces are tailored to suit those under 5'3 to avoid you having to get anything taken up or in. The line includes jeans, blazers, tops, jackets and more.


10. Reformation

Goodbye tailor, hello Reformation Petites Collection. The cult US fashion label is known for its strong ethical beliefs, so it's no surprise that size inclusivity would be important to the brand. Reformation first launched a sellout capsule collection of petite-sized clothing in 2015 and then reintroduced a permanent version of the line in 2017.

The proportion-perfect petite styles are specially made for petite ladies 5'4 and under and include dresses, pants, jumpsuits, skirts and more. If you're looking to inject some sophisticated, vintage chic into your wardrobe, look no further than Reformation.

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