Where to Find Petite Clothes Over Size 10

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I don't always need a petite-sized garment, but it does help especially when it's a blazer or dress.  However, most retailers stop their petite offerings (if they even provide them) at a size 10.  That makes absolutely no sense considering the average American woman is 5'3″ and a size 16/18! After last week's discussion on petite clothing over a size 10, I decided to do some research and make a list of where to find petite clothing over a size 10. Below is the list I gathered; names are linked to go to their petite offerings.

  • Banana Republic offers petite clothing up to a size 14.  This is my favorite petite retailer as the clothing fits my personal style aesthetic and I find their clothing curve-friendly in general.  I have several petite suits from them, pants, and dresses.  I have had mixed results with their jeans, they are sometimes too short in the rise and often still too long.  You can see all my looks featuring Banana Republic including the sizing I'm wearing at this link.
  • Talbots offers not only petite up to XL/16 but petite plus up to 3XP/22XP.  Don't discount Talbots as a place only for those who like a preppy or conservative aesthetic.  I love Talbots for great-fitting dresses, chic suits, and they're one of my favorite places for well-fitting high-quality jeans. The best white jeans I own are from Talbots. You can see all my looks featuring Talbots, including the size I wore, at this link. 
  • Alice Alexander is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand based in Philadelphia that goes up to a 4X/30 and offers petites (as well as tall!). I have yet to try this brand but I admire on Instagram!
  • eShakti doesn't have petite per se, however, you can have any of their styles hemmed for your height or custom made to your unique measurements for a reasonable price.  I haven't yet tried the custom measurement but know many readers have with great success.  However, I have ordered pieces with my height and found them to be the perfect length.  You can find all my eShakti reviews at this link.
  • Lands' End offers petite up to an XL/18 and petite plus up to a 3XP/26W.  If you're looking for petite swimwear, petite outerwear, or just some great petite wardrobe basics, Lands' End is a great choice.  I have several petite winter coats from the brand.  I also love that Lands' End has extensive customer reviews to help you determine what size and style will be best for you.  You can see all the looks I own from Lands' End including sizing details at this link.
  • Old Navy offers petites up to size 20.  I have had mixed experiences with Old Navy petites; they are lower cost and I find the sizing inconsistent but at least they do have a selection.
  • Gap also offers up to a size 20 in petite. I find them to be more consistent with their sizing and petite measurements.
  • Chico's carries petites up to size 22; please note they have a unique sizing format so a 4 is their largest.  I have a lot of clothes from Chico's, you can see all my looks including sizing information at this link.  If in doubt, I find it's better to size down with Chico's.  For example, I wear a 14 for Banana Republic Jeans, 12 for Talbots, and sometimes I take a 10 with Chico's.
  • LOFT offers petites up to a size 16.  I think LOFT is a great place for petite jeans and pants.
  • ASOS offers petite up to size 22.  I've had mixed experiences with ASOS; like Old Navy the quality and sizing are inconsistent.  However, they are my go-to for things like what to wear to a bachelorette, a cruise, a trip to Vegas, and other times you want fun clothes without spending an arm and a leg.
  • QVC offers petites up to size 28WP.  I haven't ordered from QVC in a long while so I don't have any personal experience but I do appreciate their extensive size range not just for clothing but also for shoes. 
  • Catherine's offers petite plus size clothing up to a 34WP. 
  • Lane Bryant has a selection of petite plus size and short clothing up to size 28.
  • Universal Standard carries several of their most popular pieces in petite sizing up to size 40. Universal Standard also has a unique sizing format; do not assume because you are an L in one store you are here. Use their size chart to find the best size for you.  I own a lot of clothing from Universal Standard and was even interviewed by them and featured in their video for their Petites clothing launch.  You can see all my looks wearing Universal Standard at this link.  All of my clothes from the brand at the time of writing this are XS, and petite when available. 
  • Macy's has petite plus sizes for in-house brands and a couple of better-known retailers up to 28.  Last year I reviewed their plus size petite collection.
  • Kohl's offers petites up to size 18. 
  • JC Penney offers petites and petites plus up to size 24
  • ELOQUII does not carry petite plus, but they have several styles of their pants available in short lengths in sizes 12W – 28W.  I found them still too long in the rise and hem for me, but I have friends who find they fit great.  It's worth trying, especially their Kady pant.
  • American Eagle also offers shorts but not petite, and up to a size 24.  I have a few pairs of jeans from American Eagle in their short length and find them not too high in the rise; you can see them on me at this link.
  • Christopher and Banks offers petites up to size 16.
  • Dress Barn is closing all of their stores but they still have an online presence and offer petites up to size 16
  • Foxcroft makes great shirts (I find them very large bust-friendly) and they offer them up to a 16P
  • Chadwicks of Boston offers petites up to a 16
  • Nordstrom has a variety of petite brands with some offering up to a size 18.
  • J. Crew isn't extensive, but they do have petites up to a size 12 and J. Crew Factory also carries 12 petite.

I really hope this list isn't exhaustive, and if new brands come on the scene I plan to update this list to keep it as a valuable resource for petites.  I'd love to hear from you – are there any retailers I didn't mention who offer petites over a size 10?  Leave their names in the comments.  And if you have had positive or negative experiences with the petite offerings at the above retailers help another woman out by sharing your rave or warning as well! 

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24 Comments

  1. Martha
    July 9, 2019 / 11:20 am

    White House Black Market goes up to at least 12 or 14 petite.

  2. Anne
    June 28, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    I love Talbots, because they carry the hard to find sizes of XL Petite ( most stores end at LP.) and Plus Size Petites.(also very rare).

    • July 1, 2019 / 11:00 am

      Yes! Love Talbots’ fab size range!

  3. Susan
    June 25, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    thanks for this great list! I will refer to it when shopping…

  4. Book Goddess
    June 24, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    J. Jill has Petites up to 18.

    • July 1, 2019 / 11:00 am

      Ack, yes they do! How in the heck did I forget about them? Thank you!

  5. Book Goddess
    June 24, 2019 / 11:32 pm

    J. Jill carries Petites up to size 18 as well as Plus and Tall sizes.

  6. Bette
    June 24, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    Super interesting! However, ahem! I am venturing a guess that TALL women are less represented in larger sizes than short women! Many Talbots stores, for example, offer an entire wing of Petites, including Plus Size Petites — however, there is NOTHING in the store for a tall woman! Not a single pair of pants whatsoever. It’s infuriating, esp as I believe short women can hem their pants and jackets, but tall women cannot magically make items longer.

    • June 24, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Ack, I wrote a whole response and it disappeared! I know you’re right, being tall is far harder because you need material, you can’t just cut it off. I’ve thought about writing a similar post for tall retailers, but over the years many readers have informed me that retailers that claim to have talls aren’t truly tall. If you have any favorite retailers or links for tall resources do share them here for I know there are many who deal with the same issue when shopping!

      • Bette
        June 24, 2019 / 6:41 pm

        I hate to sound negative, but I have pretty much given up. By the time I order Talls from retailers who offer a range of items online — and even after trying on the exact same item in the store to confirm sizes — nothing fits. I’ve had salespeople try to steer me toward buying men’s pants, but I simply hate the experience, including dragging men’s pants into women’s fitting rooms and being faced with quality pants with, let’s face it, masculine shapes. My solution for now is pretty pathetic: I own NO PANTS at all, other than yoga pants from Victorias Secret, which does offer a great range of lengths. When I would normally wear pants to the office — say, every day — I now wear skirts, often described as “below the knee,” but which hit me at a respectable knee length. I add tights and boots in the winter and call it a day. Sad!!

        • Ann DD
          June 25, 2019 / 3:09 am

          Bette – Have you ever checked out Long Tall Sally? They have jean inseams up to 38 inches, I believe. I’ve only bought tops from there, but they might be worth checking out!

        • Beth
          June 25, 2019 / 1:40 pm

          My sister is 6’2″ and buys unhemmed pants (in women’s section) at Nordstrom’s. But – it definitely is a challenge.

  7. Deborah
    June 24, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    I have had good looks with Eshakti. You’ll enjoy wearing them.

  8. Karen
    June 24, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    Thank you for this list. Some retailers I had never heard of so I’m going to check them out. Coincidentally, I just placed my first order from eShakti last night. I ordered a dress that I got customized in the overall dress length, sleeve length, and neckline. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the item works out.

    And FYI for anyone into LL Bean’s style, they offer some petites. I’ve had luck with their shirts, especially the summer button-down linen ones, but I’ve come to the conclusion I will never fit into their pants. If you are long of rise, have a smaller waist and larger hips then try them out. I’m built exactly the opposite.

    • July 1, 2019 / 11:01 am

      Thank you for reminding me about LL Bean, they are a great resource!

  9. RoseAG
    June 24, 2019 / 11:37 am

    What I need are regularly sized garments with shorter sleeves and pant legs. A size 12 petite is almost always slimmer through the hip/thigh than a regular size 12. I don’t want a smaller garment, I want one with shorter legs/sleeves.
    The Gap, which seems to know their customers, is good about making the length shorter and leaving our sideways measures the same.

    • July 1, 2019 / 11:02 am

      Gap is good for that! American Eagle also has short which is the same concept!

    • Erilyn
      July 5, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      Yes, I often have to size up in Petites, from a 14/XL regular to a 16/18 Petite. Which wouldn’t be a problem except that a 14P is sometimes as big as they go so I can’t size up! And sometimes they slim down sleeves and such too much for how I carry weight in my arms/legs/hips. I guess I’m the same — I need it shorter (including the waist/rise) but not slimmer in cut.

      It helps to know the brands. Some, like Style & Co and LOFT, don’t scale down the clothes they just make them shorter. Others, like INC and Talbots, do scale down. Sometimes a lot, to the point where the arms and such are tight . At 5’3″ and an XL, I’m between all 3 size categories which can be frustrating. (But I recognize there are way more options than before! And the styles are getting younger and more chic.)

      My latest successful purchases have been from LOFT, Old Navy, and J.Jill. My miss rate with LOFT is really high, but when I win I really win. TBF, my miss rate with every retailer is really high. I send back 80% of what I buy online, and I’m totally ok with that. That’s what it would be in a dressing room too, and at least my sizes are available.

  10. Barb
    June 24, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Thank you for this list. Because I have narrow shoulders, shorter arms, and a short waist, it’s almost impossible for me to wear regular sizes in tops or dresses. I have good luck at Talbots and a few other stores and do almost all of my shopping online. With the exception of Talbots, brick and mortar stores have very little selection in petites. And on an unrelated note, could we have some sleeves, please? I’m 62 and my upper arms aren’t for public viewing, plus due to said narrow shoulders, many sleeveless items don’t fit me well. It’s even hard to find summer dresses at Talbots that have sleeves!

    • July 1, 2019 / 11:02 am

      I don’t know why brands have given up on sleeves. Cost? Anyway, I too would like some sleeves from time to time!

  11. June 24, 2019 / 9:52 am

    You are so right about many retailers thinking petite means sizes in the single digits! Our 16 yrs old grandaughter is in this range…but not the rest of us. I like the option of a petite size for length in dresses. Nice list!

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