(Closed) Would I need a petite size if I’m 5’3?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not necessarily.  I was told that some companies change the sizes for petite, they will take the whole dress in an inch or so for petite.   I would check all of the sizing charts for each of the companies that you are looking at.  With DB i am a perfect 8, maggie I am a 10, Pronovias I am a 12, and with Watters I am a 14.  And I wear a US 8 in everyday cloths.

Post # 4
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ohhh goodness no.  It totally depends on the store/dress.  I am a 4 normally and a 6 at David’s Bridal.  I’m also 5’0″ and didn’t order a petite because I liked how the regular one fit better.  I wish it was that easy haha!

Post # 5
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Definitely use the sizing chart!  Bridal sizes are designed to give us girls a complex since they are usually about 2 sizes larger than our normal sizes.  I’m regularly a 2 and my dress is going to be a size 8.  *sigh

Do you intend to wear big heels?  I wouldn’t suggest the petite size if your going to wear 3-4” heels.  You might have an issue there.  Since your ordering online are you ordering from a replica shop?  You might want to call the designer and talk to them, to get an idea of the petite option (if they even have one).

Post # 6
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Dress sizes vary a lot.  My dress was a Maggie Sottero and I had to get a size 10 with it being the three inches shorter petite size (they also offer five inches shorter) and I’m 5’5.  I could have easily worn four to five inch heels and been fine.  

I didn’t try on many other dresses and I don’t remember the designers but I could barely fit into a size 12 in one of them so I’d definitely take measurements and contact the company with any other questions. 

Post # 8
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011


My friend is usually a size 4 and 5’3″. She ordered a Maggie petite gown in a 4 and it fits perfect. No alterations needed except bustle. She is wearing 3 inch heels I think and the length was perfect for that.

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