Raise your hand if you’ve had to hem or cuff every pair of pants you’ve owned. We know that petite women are often overlooked by fashion brands and shopping is not always the easiest challenge. Finding pieces that are in proportion to your body can be frustrating, but there is hope out there! A number of retailers have stepped up to the plate to lead five-foot female fashion and we’ve rounded up our top choices for fashionable, fine fitting lines. 

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Here are our top choices for petite stores:


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If you’re looking for trendy dresses, skirts or mid-length jackets, TOPSHOP Petites is your go-to. They offer their fast fashion styles in shorter lengths and smaller fits. They also have a tall section for our vertically blessed friends!

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2. LOFT and Ann Taylor


Both of these sister stores are our personal favourites for basics and office wear. Ann Taylor’s petite sizes range from 00P – 16P and LOFT’s sizes range from 00P – 18P. They offer petite sizes in everything from trousers and denim to dresses and blouses.

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3. Aritzia

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Though Aritzia doesn’t specifically cater to petites, their house brands usually run as small as XXXS for tops and 23 for bottoms for more flattering silhouettes on petite frames.

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4. The Gap

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Gap’s petite line caters to women 5’4 and under, offering sizes from 00P to 14P and XSP-LP. They provide all of the same styles except with shorter sleeves, shorter lengths, shorter rises, higher knee positioning and shorter inseams.

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ASOS carries low cost fast fashion finds and higher-end priced goods. Their collections are designed for women 5’3 and under and include dresses, jeans, jackets and more. They’ve also got an exclusive selection of styles catered specifically for their petite customers and designed by their in-house ASOS design team.

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6. The Hudson’s Bay

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The Hudson’s Bay offers a variety of petite friendly lines such as Lauren Ralph Lauren, Dorothy Perkins, Lord & Taylor and more. Unfortunately most of the coveted and newer contemporary lines are unavailable in this section.

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7. Winners and Marshalls

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Similar to the Hudson’s Bay, Winners and Marshalls offers a variety of brands in their petite sections. Their selection varies store to store, but is replenished often. A trip to either of the retailers could score you some high-quality, great priced petite finds.

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8. J.Crew


J.Crew petite sizes are recommended for women 5’0 to 5’4. Their petite line promises shortened sleeves, torsos and in-seams for a more flatter fit on smaller frames. While not all styles are available in a petite range, most of the popular styles are.

Did we miss any of your favourite petite stores? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Fantastic article and genius topic for all of us who struggle with being short and petite!

  • Gap, J. Crew and Old Navy sell petite sizes online only and The Bay (outside of TopShop) has horrible selection for petites – it’s really matronly and even my 60-something mom won’t look at them. You also left out Banana Republic (which DOES have petites in some of their stores).

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