Let me start by saying that while I am not considered “petite” (I’m a 5’8), my mom is. I can’t tell you how many times we go shopping, end up in the petite department and leave empty-handed because for unknown reason designers equate “petite” with “85 year old”. Seriously! Kohl’s is probably one of the worst offenders. There’s a tiny petite department and it’s filled with awful paisley sweaters, solid button downs, and the occasional printed t-shirt. I for one happen to know about a bazillion women who would qualify for the “petite” category, and yet, are not, in fact, old, frumpy, or lacking an sort of semblance of style. These are women who want to wear the same clothing that we taller folks have access to! Where are these petite clothes!??!
I have finally found what I consider a really good selection of petite clothing. Nordstrom has a really great selection of stylish and age appropriate clothing perfect for you height-challenged ladies! And if you don’t live near one, check it out online! I’ve added a few pieces below I love, all with direct links!
NYDJ ‘Alina’ Coated Stretch Skinny Jeans: I want a pair of these for myself if I can find a pair that’s a longer length!
Gallery Flecked Babydoll Walking Coat: This coat is pretty fantastic. (And it also comes in non-petite sizes!)
Vince Camuto ‘Tranquil Tree’ Shift Dress: So I’m obviously kind of liking white right now, huh? I’m usually not much for prints like this, but I really like this dress!
Halogen Dolman Sleeve Long Cardigan: I would imagine it would be difficult to find a really long cardigan that won’t drag the ground if you are petite. This sweater looks really cozy, and comes in a few different colors.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Logo Plate Matte Jersey Dress: I own a couple of MICHAEL Michael Kors jersey dresses and they are amazingly flattering on. He knows how to make clothing for women’s bodies for sure.
Halogen Plain Pocket Stretch Skinny Jeans: I’m kind of obsessed with gray jeans lately. Gray is such a fantastic neutral and feels like it has a bit of an edge.