(Closed) Attention SHORT GIRLS Where do you buy your clothes?

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Post # 3
3221 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Have you tried the petites section? Ann Taylor, banana republic, gap, and bigger department stores will normally have a trendier section of the petites area

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

Have you heard of Delias.com? Granted, their target demographic is Juniors, and their quality is definitely not that of J.Crew or Banana Republic, they have select basic styles of pants with inseams starting at 26″.  Their website even allows you to narrow your search to pants  by inseam length.


Post # 7
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

I’m slightly taller than you, but I buy the overwhelming majority of my clothes at Old Navy either in store or online, and so do my friends who are shorter than me.  They have amazing jeans that look stunning on any body type and their short jeans (cords and business too) are too short for my height at 5’2″ so they will be perfect for you!  I also love love love their other clothes and dresses (that aren’t maxi dresses, obviously) and they fit really well for smaller body types.

I also second others’ recommendations of Banana Republic since they are the big sister company to Old Navy and Gap.

Also, like Stacey and Clinton say on What Not to Wear – a good tailor is a woman’s best friend.

Post # 9
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s completely possible to hem boot legs if they don’t have to be hemmed very much. Im very curvy with a 30 inch inseam so my jeans NEVER fit right. I’ve had dozens of boot-leg jeans hemmed. Buy the shortest inseam you can.

Post # 10
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

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@Equestrienne: I love delia’s! I first started shopping there as a “junior” but now I’m all grown up and still love the store 🙂 I go to the actual store in the mall though, not online. I was going to suggest this as well! They have all kinds of inseams and it’s wonderful!

Post # 11
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am 5’0 if I stand up straight.  My favorites are Ann Taylor, Talbots (sometimes too old), Lands End (sometimes too old), Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy.  However, just about everything gets hemmed–my inseam is also well-below 30″.  If you sign up for their email, you will get  discounts and free shipping offers all the time.  Sometimes I order 4 or 5 pairs of pants and return whatever doesn’t fit.  A pain for sure, but that’s about the only way I can make it work.  Sometimes a cropped pant is the right full length for me.

Post # 12
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always buy my pants at american eagle even when I’m 24-it’s the only brand that fits me. Granted, I’m 5’4 but they do sell all of they’re pants in short and they’re very simple.

Post # 13
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m 4’11 and do a lot of my shopping at Ann Taylor/Loft. Most of the petites in department stores are waaaay too big on me, and the waist bands of the pants seem to come up to my neck! I can relate!

Have you tried shopping at places like Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic kids’ sections online? I buy a lot of my jeans/pants from the girls section (usually about a size 14-16), and the inseams are definitely meant for smaller folk. However, if you’re curvy (which I am), girls pants are not made for hips…so I end up returning things sometimes. I find that online offers a good selection and a lot of the sites have zoom features now so you can be sure you won’t have glittery butt syndrome 🙂 Plus, if you buy a few things at once, you can get free shipping.

Post # 14
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am 5 foot and the only place I can find jeans and pants that fit without bringing them to my mom to get hemmed is a store called Maurice’s.  I am not sure if they are located around the US, but this is my favorite store by far.  I think I have a few pairs of pants from Old Nacy, but I am pretty sure those ones had to get hemmed. 

Post # 15
95 posts
Worker bee

I’m 4’9 as well and I shop everywhere! For my bottoms I can get short length from American eagle but most of the time I have someone take them up. I’ve been goinf to her for a long time so she don’t charge alot.

Post # 16
10635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ll add what I’ve found, but I’ll also be checking in because I still need more solutions!

Bluenotes has 30″ for their jeans.  It’s targeted to teens, but I’ve found jeans there that aren’t super low rise and they are cheaper.  Otherwise I buy silver jeans, just look for the higher rise and not a bunch of embleshments and get the shortest ones I can, then get them hemmed.  They just fit me nice.

I have had luck with Reitmans, but not for jeans.

I know Gap has a petite section online, but I just wish they had it in store!  I refuse to buy pants I can’t try on, as I am someone where I will try on 2 or 3 pairs in the same size as they all fit a bit differently.

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