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Where to shop for a Petite?

Because you deserve it and I know how it can be difficult for a Petite to find clothes, I give you acccess to my shopping Bible; outcome of years of determined search.

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Clothes

Children departments abound with treasures. We can find lovely items in ready-to-wear collections and also nice flat shoes. However, be careful to the designs that can be very childish, especially for the shirts and tees which collars are very close to the neck : Little Karl Marc JohnMango kidsMassimo Dutti kidsPetite BateauZara kids. Luxury brands also have children collections : Burberry, Chloé, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Zadig et Voltaire, and so on. To have an overview of the brands that design children collections, you can go to Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes department stores (in France) or visit Smallable or Melijoe e-stores.

A few brands offer specifically designed collections for “Petite” women. Most of them are English and American brands, more advanced than France on that subject. I’m only mentioning English brands because there are no custom fees when shipped to France : Asos Petite (sells Asos Petite brand and others English brands like Glamorous Petite, Little Mistress Petite, and so on.) – Banana Republic Petite (no e-shop shipping to France but there is one outlet on les Champs Élysées in Paris with a huge petites department) – Boohoo Petite – Dorothy Perkins PetiteMarks & Spencer PetiteMiss Selfridge PetiteNew-Look PetiteTop Shop Petite (e-shop and corner Top Shop with a petite department at les Galeries Lafayette Haussman in Paris).

As far as I know, there is only the e-store Balsamik in France that sells a petite collection.

If you don’t find what you need, you can use tailoring services. Poldine designs awesome dresses and Les Créatures collections are gorgeous.

Find below a table that summarizes all the e-stores that sell Petite collections and ship to France :

E-storeBrandsDeliveryReturns
AnthropologieAnthropologie Petite6€To be paid
AsosA dozen petite brands like Asos Petite, New-Look Petite, Boohoo Petite, Glamorous PetiteFreeFree
BalsamikBalsamik PetiteFree in relais colis
3,99€ through the Post office
Free in relais colis
To be paid through the Post office
BoohooBoohoo PetiteFree from 35€ of purchasesFree in points relais
To be paid through the Post office
Chi Chi LondonChi Chi London PetiteFree from 35£ of purchasesTo be paid
DebenhamsA dozen different brands like Wallis Petite, Dorothy Perkins PetiteFree from 50£ of purchases, otherwise 5£To be paid - In case of returns, shipping fees are reimbursed
Dorothy PerkinsDorothy Perkins PetiteFree from 75€ of purchases, otherwise 6€To be paid
GlamorousGlamorous PetiteFree from 65£ of purchases, otherwise 4,95£To be paid
House of FraserA dozen different brands like Wallis Petite, Precis Petite, Dash PetiteFree from 120£ of purchases, otherwise 6£To be paid - In case of returns, shipping fees are reimbursed
Marks and SpencerMarks and Spencer PetiteFree for shop pick up and from 45€ of purchases.
Otherwise 3,95€ for standard delivery and 2,95€ for a point relais delivery.
To be paid
M&CoM&Co PetiteFree from 80£ of purchases, otherwise 7,5£To be paid
MissguidedMissguided PetiteFreeTo be paid - In case of using the prepaid return label, returning costs are charged on the repaid amount.
Miss SelfridgeMiss Selfridge PetiteFree from 35€ of purchasesTo be paid
New LookNew Look PetiteFree from 65€ of purchases, otherwise 4,99€Free
Top ShopTop Shop PetiteFree from 75€ of purchases, otherwise 5€6€
WallisWallis Petite5€To be paid
ZalandoA dozen different brands like Miss Selfridge Petite, Missguided Petite, New-Look PetiteFreeFree

Shoes

For shoes, as for clothes, you can move towards to our children’s favourite brands. It is really true for flat shoes or sneakers. A great example is the Adidas Stan Smith, both available at the women’s and the kids. The shoes are quite similar, the only difference is the number of pair of eyelets (one less for the kids design). And of course, it is much cheaper at the kids!

I find that it is easier and easier to find 2,5 UK/4 US shoe size. Our French franchises offer more and more this shoe size : AndréCosmoparisEramLa ScarpaMinelliSan Marina. However, stock are very low. I advice you not to wait for a too long time if you have a crush (I tell this by experience). On Internet, the European e-shops have small size shoes : AsosMonshowroomLa RedouteSarenzaZalando. They sell their own brands or brands like Anniel – Clarks – Guess – Pura Lopez, and so on. Since last year, there are also 2,5 UK/4 US size available for a few Zara designs. You can also find small sized on the following Chineses e-shops ChoiesSheInOasap.

Don’t forget the French e-stores specialized in small feet : Pretty Small Shoes – Chaussures 35Mini-MaxiPetites Souliers or luxury brands like Jimmy ChooValentino and so on. Net-A-Porter ou Mytheresa.com can give you an exhaustive overview of luxury brands.

To finish, you can customize your shoes (size and design) at Dessine moi un soulier or Shoes of Prey.

Enjoy you shopping petites, and I hope you are going to find everything you are looking for!

9 Comments

  • Reply Charlotte October 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    J’ai beaucoup apprécié ton article, moi même étant petite je sais qu’il n’est pas toujours facile de s’habiller. Ce que je fais le plus souvent c’est que j’achète des pantalons rayon adulte et je les fais retoucher en magasin. Chez Uniqlo par exemple la retouche est gratuite si le pantalon coute plus de 10e donc ca vaut le coup! J’ai hâte de voir d’autres articles sur ce sujet. A bientot!

    • Reply Petite and So What October 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Salut Charlotte! Oui, c’est vraiment cool pour Uniqlo! Dans le même principe, il y a Maje qui offre toutes les retouches (simples et plus complexes). Bonne journée

  • Reply Charlotte October 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Je ne le savais pas . Merci pour le bon plan! 🙂

  • Reply Céline October 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Bon idée cet article 🙂

  • Reply lala October 31, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Merci pour cet article ça fait deux semaines que je arpente les boutiques désespérément pour un manteau. J’espère trouver mon bonheur avec cette liste d’enseignes.
    Enfin quelqu’un qui pense aux petites !

  • Reply Hannah December 22, 2018 at 2:59 am

    I am 1.5 m and 45 kg, and I just discovered the Cyrillus kids section (14A) and that place is the bees knees!! Even their size 34 is as petite friendly as J. Crew’s petite section. Their quality is comparable to J. Crew, and I found a lined 100% wool coat for 167€, comparable to $200+ in J. Crew for a lined 80% “Nello Gori” wool coat. I wonder why Cyrillus wasnt mentioned on this extensive list?

    • Reply Petite and So What December 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Hello Hannah,
      Thanks for your message and for sharing this petite friendly brand! 🙂
      Indeed, I should also add IKKS for kids collection and Boden Petite. I will update this post soon!
      Have a lovely day! Xxx

  • Reply Ana April 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    So happy to came across your lovely blog. I to am 152cm and in my 30s, finding it mostly quite difficult to find fashionable clothes that fit. So thank you for sharing, I really appreciate your work and adore your style 🙂 Greetings from Slovenia.

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