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. 

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...

Shop the Best Petite Summer Buys

These airy linen trousers will fall on the ankle just at the right place. 

A good slip skirt is such a versatile summer piece. 

A white midi dress works for everything from picnics to pub drinks. 

Wide-leg trousers that actually fit shorter legs! 

Another easy skirt to pair with basics and look instantly chic. 

A classic pair of blue jeans that has short and extra-short length options with waist sizes from 23 to 37.

Wear this open as a beach cover-up, too.

A classic white shirt that should sit correctly on the shoulders!

I fell for this dress as soon as I saw it. Then, I realised it came in a petite option, too!

Heading to Wimbledon? Or a garden party? I'd wear this. 

This works for events or date nights with heels but also for holidays and warm weekends with lace-up or chunky sandals. 

These classic jeans will elongate your legs. 

I love the idea of this skirt paired with a bikini top on the beach. 

A great pair of cropped, tailored trousers are essential in any wardrobe. 

This is such a polished dress for office days and important meetings. 

M&S doesn't have a dedicated petite section, but most of its trousers now have a short length option. 

A great petite suit is hard to find. Wear it with a tank top now, and layer with a roll-neck in winter. 

Finding a jumpsuit that fits a petite frame is a challenge. Enter this Topshop number. 

A cute layering piece that works well with high-waisted trousers. 

Nobody's Child does the best day-to-night dresses, and lots come in petite options, too. 

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