Being 5'4", I'm (nearly) considered as petite when it comes to shopping. With the specialist category created for people 5'3" and shorter, it's ideal if you need items such as jeans and dresses to be not as long as mainline sections. Although I can of course still shop the non-petite sections, often midis can reach into maxi territory, and maxis become a tripping hazard.
If you're perusing dresses online, look at the description for the model's height. This way, you'll be able to see where the hemline lands on them and work out where it would roughly be on your frame.
If you're searching for a particular outfit for, say, a wedding, then you're in luck, as I've already done the hard work for you. I looked at hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of dresses to find the best petite iterations and mainline styles in lengths that'll suit shorter women.
Shop Wedding Guest Dresses for Petite People
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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