I'm a Petite Fashion Editor—30 Buys I've Bookmarked for Summer

Looking chic in the heat is hard for the best of us, but when you’re petite there’s even more challenges to come up against. If you’re under 5’3” like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Long, floaty dresses can overwhelm our shorter frames, and even with minis and midis it’s hard to get the proportions right. Loose wide-leg trousers, which seem to be an effortless warm-weather office option for most, drag on the floor, hiding our sandals and taking away from that polished look. My shirt or jacket sleeves are always rolled up and jeans usually require a good few inches hacking off. 


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All of these added stresses can really take the fun out of summer wardrobe shopping, and on top of that, knowing which brands have dedicated petite sections to aim for can be hard. More often than not you won't find them in store and you have to dig through menu options to find them online. I wouldn’t blame you for giving up— but before you turn to that old faithful mini dress or pair of denim shorts again, I’m coming to the rescue with some fresh, expensive-looking pieces to add to your summer rotation. 

To save you the hassle of failed orders and time-wasting returns, I’ve done a deep-dive into some of our favourite summer brands to find their petite sections, and then edited those collections down to 30 beautiful buys that— get this— will actually fit. And keep you looking elevated, even on the hottest days of the year. 

From dreamy wedding-guest options, to everyday staples and dresses galore, keep scrolling to see the 30 best petite summer buys that come fashion editor approved...

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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.