For Crop Tops That Are Cropped, And Mini Dresses That Are Mini
Topshop: You won't find Topshop's entire lineup translated into petite sizes, but the British brand is pretty good about scaling down its biggest hits. Check out the retailer's petite section when you're looking for trendy, hard-to-fit items like rompers, crop tops, and ankle-length jeans.
ASOS: The mega-retailer's petite department is a hub for velvet slip dresses, non-cutesy formalwear, and oversized bombers that are slouchy as opposed to enormous.
For Basics That Actually Fit
Uniqlo: The Japanese retailer's selection of extended sizes applies to petite girls, too. Head here for core items like T-shirts, button-downs, and skinny jeans, and, if you happen to live near a Uniqlo store, don't forget about the in-house tailoring services.
Brandy Melville: OK, Brandy Melville doesn't have a designated petite line, but nearly everything made by the teen retailer is one-size-fits-all, and that one size is, well, tiny. Meaning, those hemlines may be super-short and those T-shirts may be stomach-flashing on Brandy Melville's 5'8" models, but on a 5'3" woman, they read as normal (and super-soft) basics.
For Work Clothes You Can Wear Off the Rack
J. Crew: It's no surprise that the mall staple has a petite line packed with tailored outerwear, printed button-downs, and structured dresses.
Anthropologie: If you're into all things patterned and embellished, Anthropologie's petite embroidered blouses and fringed midi skirts will breathe some life into your blazers and work cardigans. And, if your office is on the casual side, the brand's dresses hit that just-long-enough-for-work sweet spot.
Banana Republic: All the bases are covered here (silk blouses, dark denim, pencil skirts), but if you've ever bought a brand new coat and then paid a tailor even more money to take the sleeves up, you'll appreciate Banana Republic's scaled down, "Yes, I'm a professional" outerwear.
For Denim That Doesn't Need to Be Hemmed
Paige: Bless step hem denim that doesn't drag on the floor. Paige's petite jeans are made for women 5'4" and under, and the brand offers everything from flares to ankle-zip styles.
Urban Outfitters: Conveniently, Urban Outfitters lets you search its denim selection by inseam length, and the retailer has plenty of 25-inch and 26-inch options.
For Shoes That Won't Slide Off
Nordstrom: The department store is great for all things petite, really, but their size 5 and under shoe section really shines. Go here for specially-commissioned designer heels, Nike and Adidas sneakers that aren't from the kids' department, and over-the-knee boots that don't hit mid-thigh.
Stuart Weitzman: If you're looking for a pair of wear-forever shoes, this designer offers extended sizes, starting at 4, and lets shoppers choose between four different widths, from narrow to extra-wide.
For Workout Gear That Won't Bunch
Old Navy Active: No one should have to feel three inches of extra legging fabric pooling at their ankles mid-run. Old Navy's online-only petite activewear section, designed for women 5'4" and under, is packed with scaled-down versions of the brand's main workout gear line.
Athleta: If you're looking to invest a little more in your gym wardrobe, fellow Gap Inc. brand Athleta also has a pretty extensive petite department. It's definitely heavy on workout bottoms though, so if you're looking for a sweat-wicking top that actually hits at your waistband, it's best to move along.