Store Resources for Petites

A selection of stores and their petite-friendliness, especially for very short petites.
Stores listed in bold as a *fox favorite* are among my top picks.

 

American Eagle
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: short inseam jeans on a budget.
Note: sizing for tops runs large.
www.ae.com

Ann Taylor
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear.
Note: sizing runs large overall.
www.anntaylor.com

Anthropologie
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: latest trends, fun prints.
Note: many styles are long and loose, can be pricey.
www.anthropologie.com

Aritzia
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: small petites - many items available in xxs!
Note: necklines and inseams may be too long, can be pricey.  
www.aritzia.com

ASOS
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: many different items available.
Note: runs small, can look very young, online only.
www.asos.com

Banana Republic
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear, typically good quality.
Note: limited selection, sizing runs large overall.
www.bananarepublic.com

Banana Republic Factory Store
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear, frequent sales, many options.
Note: does not ship outside the US, quality may be less than their regular stores.
REVIEW on the blog here.
www.bananarepublicfactory.com

BCBG/Max Azria
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: occasion/formal dresses that run small/short.
Note: most other item types run large, can be very pricey.
www.bcbg.com

Change Lingerie
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: great selection of band and cup sizes for bras.
Note: bra straps can be set too wide for small shoulders, no store locations in the US.
www.change.com/en-ca/

Cleo
(Canada only)
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear, stylish, budget friendly.
Note: sizing runs extremely large, only ships within Canada.
www.cleo.ca

Forever 21
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: latest trends, budget friendly.
Note:  sizing runs large overall, typically low quality.
www.forever21.com

Gap
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: basics, budget friendly.
Note: some styles seem older/not fashion forward.
www.gap.com

Guess
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: petite outerwear, stylish, regular sized dresses that run small.
Note:  small selection of petite sizes and not usually in store, some styles can look too young.
Tip: try finding Guess petite via Nordstrom online rather than Guess websites/stores.
Canada Tip: the Bay carries Guess in their dress section
www.guess.com

H and M
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: trends and basics, color options, budget friendly work wear, good quality for the price.
Note: sizing runs small though hems can be too long, mainly man-made fabrics, many other people own the exact same items.
www.hm.com

J. Crew
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear, outerwear, wardrobe staples, great fabrics, occasion/formal dresses, typically excellent quality, xxs for both petite and regular sizes.
Note: limited selection of petite items, some styles are too boxy, may include trendier details that are quickly out of style.
www.jcrew.com

Jeetly
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear and suiting, UK brand owned by a petite and made specifically for petites.
Note: can be too much extra material in the bust area for smaller ladies, dress hemlines too long for very short petites, rarely releases new styles.
www.jeetly.com

Kallone Intimi
(Canada only)
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: carries bras by the Little Bra Company!  Good option to ship within Canada.
Note:  limited availability (and one store location, in Toronto)
www.kallone.ca

Little Bra Company
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: yes!!!
Best For: small sized bra bands and cup sizes, overall styles and shoulder strap placements specifically designed for petites.
Note: medium and large cup sizes not available, can be expensive and hard to exchange if shipping to an address outside the US.
Tip: check if an intimates store in your country carries this brand (such as Kallone Intimi in Canada)
www.thelittlebracompany.com

Loft
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: work wear.
Note: sizing runs large overall.
www.loft.com

LuluLemon
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: stylish workout wear options including cropped pants.
Note: sizing runs small, hand wash to maintain quality, some items can be pricey.
REVIEW on the blog here.
www.lululemon.com

Maurices
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: budget friendly, stylish, work wear, can be petite friendly in form fitting styles.
Note: xs frequently out of stock, many store locations in the US but otherwise hard to find.
www.maurices.com

Modcloth
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: fun prints and styles, user reviews and images incredibly helpful for selecting a great fit.
Note: online only, many items are not available in xs and the even rarer xxs, xxs hard to find with search functions.
REVIEW on the blog here.
www.modcloth.com

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: good prices and sales on merinos, underlayers, boots, and winter clothing
Note: only carries standard sizes, variety of store locations in Canada but international shipping can be pricey
www.mec.ca

Nordstrom
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: large selection of styles and prices, small sized footwear, wardrobe staples, high quality.
Note: international shipping is expensive, decent options in store but not as good as online.
www.nordstrom.com

Pendleton
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: wardrobe staple sweaters, quality fabrics and wool
Note: other items run large, xs petite is called "petite petite" size.
www.pendleton-usa.com

Roots
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: xxs zip-up hoodies, casual wear, outdoors, warm socks, small sized boots, leather purses in various sizes and shapes.
Note: sleeves and hems may be too long, shirts too loose. 
www.roots.com

Suzy Shier
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: great store for fast fashion and trends, budget friendly, H&M alternative.
Note: sizing runs small, ships only to US/Canada, stores are only in Canada, tunics and dresses may be too long.
www.suzyshier.com

The Bay
(Canada only,  but also applicable to Sears/JCPenney)
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: variety of items available in-store, work wear, wardrobe staples, casual options, stores are typically large and can be a quieter shopping experience.
Note: petite items are typically not fashion forward, many sizes run large, can be hard to find a sales associate during non-peak hours
www.thebay.com

TopShop
*Fox Favorite*
Petite Sizing: yes
Best For: variety of items available in-store, dress lengths can be good without alteration, trendy, regular sizes can also work for petites.
Note: jeans run very small and bodycon dresses run wide, some styles are overly trendy and can look very young,, a little overpriced for the quality.
www.topshop.com

Vans
Petite Sizing: no
Best For: casual, budget friendly shoes, kids shoes that will fit smaller feet.
Note: some patterns can look very young.
REVIEW on the blog here.
www.vans.com



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