I'm 5'3", and These Are the 12 Places I Always Shop


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Shopping as a petite woman can be overwhelming if you have no idea where to start. Fortunately, there are tons of retailers dedicated to serving the shorter audience. Today, we're here to walk you through the best stores for petite ladies, in our opinion. What went into our decision-making, you ask?

We considered how large the petite selection is, how stylish the pieces are overall, and how approachable the price point is. Weighing that criteria led us to a strong selection of 12 retailers that stock the cutest petite clothing. Ready to learn more and shop a few of our favorite pieces? Your perfectly fitting capsule wardrobe awaits.

1. Petite Studio

Petite Studio is a New York–based womenswear line dedicated solely to serving petite women. Here, you can shop the most current trends knowing they will fit your frame. Additionally, everything at Petite Studio is ethically made, so you can feel even better about your purchase. 

2. Topshop

Topshop's petite section is notable for its size, so you never have to feel limited by the selection (unfortunately, such is the case with most other retailers' petite sections). This is everything in Topshop, except it fits your frame really well.

3. Reformation

Reformation has curated a petite section where you will find all of your favorite styles in proportions that work for your body, not just the gorgeous tall models they feature.

4. Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant is beloved for being a plus-size retailer. What you might not know is there's a hidden section dedicated to petite sizes.

5. Old Navy

Not sure where to buy petite leggings? Old Navy has an amazing assortment of activewear and ready-to-wear clothing. The selection is large, and so is the level of style. 

6. Madewell

Madewell's petite section is unparalleled for all your timeless basics and denim essentials. Especially when it comes to the more tailored items in your wardrobe, sacrificing fit is never a good idea, so head to Madewell instead.


ASOS is known for catering to all body types and has been for some time. What does that mean for you? You can shop the petite section knowing that ASOS is stocking the absolute best clothes for your smaller frame.

8. Everlane

Everlane is another retailer with a somewhat hidden petite section. Here, you can shop everything you'd expect to find at Everlane, from casual workwear to signature denim styles.

9. Paige Denim

Paige's petite denim caters to women 5'4" without sacrificing style. Here, you'll find some of your favorite Paige jeans silhouettes with lengths and inseams that will put a smile on your face.

10. Anthropologie

You know all those core Anthropologie brands you know and love? Well, thanks to the retailer's extensive petite section, you can have them in sizes that actually fit. Whether you're hunting for denim, cocktail attire, or a cozy sweater, Anthropologie has got you covered. 

11. Ann Taylor

Another great place to look for petite office attire, classic pieces, and more is Ann Taylor. Beyond the petite sizing offered, Ann Taylor will tailor inseams, hemlines, torsos, and more to best fit your shape.

12. Express

Express's petite section is also designed to cater to frames 5'4" and under. With incredible fits and low prices, this retailer surely won't disappoint.

This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.