Top Petite Fashion Sites for Women in Their 20s
Short women of all ages wear fashion especially sized for petites. Petite fashion doesn’t mean the same thing to a twenty-year-old woman as it does to a fifty-year-old woman, even though both of them may be less than 5’4″ in height. When a woman is in her 20s, appropriate dressing means youthful dressing, and youthful dressing may translate to wearing trendier styles, shorter skirts, and more body-conscious looks, but it also means looking like a grown-up and not a teenager.
British retailer ASOS sells clothing and fashion accessories “aimed at fashion forward 16-34 year olds,” according to the ASOS Web site. With separate online shopping sites for the UK, US, and several other countries, ASOS covers the globe. Petites’ clothing at ASOS is designed to fit women 5’3″ and under by an in-house team of fashion designers in London. From sexy bustiers and sequined rompers to trendy or tailored blazers, ASOS hits the fashion mark for the petite woman in her 20s.
Like ASOS, Topshop is a British retailer with headquarters in London and an online presence around the world, which includes separate shopping sites for the US, UK, and several other countries. Sizes offered in petites’ garments range from size 0 to size 10; clothing is also sometimes sized more generally in small, medium, and large sizes. Topshop offers “fashion-forward” and “trend-led” styles for petites.
You’ll find around 200 items of petites’ clothing at Topshop, including dresses, tops, pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, jackets, and knitwear. Sizes offered in petites’ clothing include UK2 – UK16. US customers should be aware that UK sizing is different, and usually you’ll need to order one or two sizes up from your US size. Check size charts and your measurements carefully before ordering.
With a size range of 0 – 20 in many petite styles, Old Navy is a good resource for the budget-minded petite woman in her 20s. In addition to the usual dresses, jeans, pants, tops, and skirts, Old Navy also has activewear, outerwear, and loungewear sized especially for petites.
Although styles are not as cutting-edge trendy as those found at ASOS and Topshop, the clothing, which tends to be mainly casual, at Old Navy is on trend.
The Gap may be best known for its jeans. You’ll find several styles that will fit different petite body types at Gap. Especially good news for petite women in their twenties is that the size range for petites at Gap is 00P – 14P.
Many young women wear very small sizes, and it can be difficult at times to find garments that are small enough without venturing into the juniors’ department. Besides jeans, Gap offers tops, skirts, sweaters, dresses, pants, shorts, outerwear, and blazers in petites’ clothing.
Banana Republic has higher prices than does Gap. Expect to pay in the $90 price range for a pair of jeans at Banana Republic (at Gap, jeans are around $70). Like Gap, Banana Republic offers extra-small sizes, which is appealing to many petite women in their twenties.
Along with the usual clothing — dresses, tops, pants, skirts, sweaters, and blazers, Banana Republic also sells coordinating suiting, which makes a good wear-to-work option.
Although Shopbop does not sell clothing that is specifically sized for petites, much of the clothing in designer lines that Shopbop carries will fit petites. If you’re unfamiliar with the fit of a certain designer or brand, it’s a good idea to carefully compare your measurements to those listed for that particular designer. Shopbop does offer free shipping and free returns, so if an item doesn’t fit properly, it’s easy to return it. Because Shopbop features designer clothing, expect the prices at Shopbop to be the highest of all the resources on this list.