If you’re slightly smaller in stature, it is tricky to find pieces to flatter your proportions perfectly. For those of us under 5’3″, we face too-generous leg-lengths and tops and dresses that are too long in the body on every shopping trip. And when we shop the official petite clothes section, well, let’s face it. It takes a lot of hunting to find those perfect petite pieces.
Thankfully, the high street is catching up with the needs of us smaller ladies. More retailers than ever are offering bigger and better petite ranges. To make your spring shopping efficient this year, we’ve scanned our favorite stores and edited down our top petite picks to snap up now.
Petite Flora Midi Dress
No spring wardrobe is complete without a floral prom dress. A go-to option for weddings, parties and special summer occasions, this lightweight organza option is a timeless classic. The off-the-shoulder bardot sleeve is super-flattering and the below-the-knee hemline is oh-so-feminine. Team it with neutral heels and a simple clutch to complete the look.
Petite Denim Utility Suit
Casual, lounging jumpsuits are the ultimate in lazy-day dressing. They’re both chic and comfortable, and seriously on trend this season. Pair with simple flat sandals on sunny days or, if the weather is cooler, layer up with lightweight knits.
Petite Trench Coats
Transition your wardrobe from winter to spring in one easy step with a new trench coat. This belted, pink number works equally well for days in the office or days in the mall. Designed specifically for petite frames, this sharp tailored belted jacket is an effortless way to inject some lighter colors into your wardrobe.
Petite Daisy Tube Pants
Step out of your comfort zone this spring and ditch your go-to jeans. These daisy print tube pants are super-flattering thanks to their form-fitting design. The monochrome print will instantly liven up your favorite cream shirts and add interest into an otherwise plain look. The ankle-grazer cut will help to create the illusion of longer legs too.
Petite Moto Style Cardigan
Bold colors instantly brighten up your mood. This cropped moto style cardigan jacket will pull together any jeans and tee combo, instantly giving your outfit a more polished feel. And don’t let the yellow hue scare you. Match it with dark trousers and a light tee and you’ll have a foolproof smart-casual look.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.