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Petite and Plus Size: 8 Places to Shop and a Few Tips


I have heard you my petite and plus size Curvy Fashionistas. In the comments, on Facebook, and on Twitter! You are looking for resources to shop that are tailored just for your curves AND your height. Finding the two to coexist can at times be hair pulling frustrating… since the original post, we have added a new contributor, Cass from Style Cassentials to assist on these posts, sharing a few of her tips, style inspirations, and finds for you!

BUT, there are a few places that cater, deliver fashion, and are quite accessible! It is all about the combination of these three! While it may take a little searching, I have wrangled up a few options for you to play with and in!

8 Places to Shop Petite and Plus Size


While a bit more conservative and classic in its style offerings, Talbots offers a full lifestyle range of petite plus size offerings, especially for your closet wardrobe staples from 12WP- 24WP.

Lane Bryant

Denim and trousers, Lane Bryant has a dedicated section on their site for your plus size petite offerings. I have not seen dresses or jackets here, but while you are shopping there, know that you have a few options here!

One Stop Plus

Avenue, Woman Within, Roaman’s, and Jessica London, One Stop Plus offers varied options in petite plus size fashion from jackets, trousers, denim, and dresses- all in essentials and classics.

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Simply Be

Did you know that Simply Be has a dedicated selection of petite plus size fashion on their site? One of the most fashion forward selections that I have seen at prices that are wallet friendly too! YEP! Take a Peek!

Land’s End:

If you are looking for a few great work essentials, then you will find great fit and classic silhouettes at Land’s End. I am really loving this herringbone blazer offered here!


I recently shared my customization experience with eShakti in my latest personal style post here! Just about every item on the site tailors to your size and height up to a 36W!


Macy’s offers its private label brands, INC, Charter Club, and a few other brands in a variety of styles in petite plus size. From jackets, coats, denim, and trousers- Macy’s offers a range of options to get you started.


While the range may be limited in the trouser and denim collection, one of the things I really liked about this site is that there are two different petite plus size lengths- short and extra short!

A Few Tips:

  • Become best friends with a tailor- This is not just a “petite” woman thing, but a woman thing, period. A tailor can make a ten dollar dress look like 100 with the perfect fit!
  • Patterns and prints can be rocked out too! I have heard a few of you say that “I’m petite” and cannot wear that as an excuse… NO! Just check for scale and placement! It is all about where you want to draw the eye to or away from!
  • DO NOT just shorten a pair of pants- The break in the knee is different and if you have done this in the past and wondered why they do not look the same, this is because chopping them alters the entire line of the leg. If you do get them tailored, make sure they are also accounting for the shape of the entire pants!
  • Dresses and Jackets- This is a tricky area, especially if you want a specific style. Pay attention to where the waist is emphasized and the length here! If you are lucky enough to have an amazing tailor, you should be fine. Regardless of style, a tailor is your best friend here!
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While there are a few other sites that fashion a few options, I wanted to share those that had a breadth of items to shop from!

Are you a petite Curvy Fashionista? Where do you shop? What tips can you share? Leave a comment below!


  1. Berry

    March 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I cannot thank you enough! This is great information.

  2. Leanne

    March 19, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Simply Be is new to me, so I’ll be checking it out! And Talbots I tend to forget about, although for me, their prices are a bit high but I’ve heard the quality is great. I’m right on the edge of petite and regular (5’3″ and change) so I go back and forth. I have more length in my legs so I’ve got a shorter torso. For me, Lane Bryant’s shirts tend to be too long and overall the proportions can be off on some of their shirts so I’ve stayed away, especially when I moved down from an 18/20 to a 14/16 range.
    Great suggestions, thanks!

    • Marie Denee

      March 19, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Happy to help!!! You will love SImply Be!

  3. Johanna Jackson

    March 20, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    ok So I checked them all out. Price wise (which is the most important thing for me these days)
    I am really liking Simply be. Just about everything I saw there I can afford without feeling Guilty. Lane Bryant Has some fab skirts. Im well below the standard petite (5″ not quite 1 but I’m claimming it!) Thanks Marie

  4. Jillian Rueter

    March 27, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Nice list and thank you for your work in helping women feel good about themselves.

  5. Maribel Reyes

    March 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Glad you did this! I’m 5’1 and on top a size Large but on bottoms size 16W. Being short is not easy to shop, specially since most of my weight is at my hips and thighs. I usually shop at Nordstrom for jeans and have them hem a little bit. I’ve also shopped at Talbots and Macy’s however those 2 last ones for tops only. When it’s a quick or basic top like a tee I’ll get it wherever I find one I like and it fits. My main issue is bottoms since I feel that companies don’t realize we come in all heights and when you are short your hips/thighs carry most of the weight and I don’t want to wear a mumu or large top to cover it since it makes me look like I’m wearing the wrong size. :/

  6. Iam MizLiz

    March 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Yaayyy!!! EShakit has a few dresses I fell in love with.. AND… they give out a $25 credit for first time buyers!!
    AND.. AND… They CUSTOMIZE the Length and Sleeves TO MY Specifications!
    I can’t thank you enough!!!!!

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  10. Mandy

    July 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Marie, You pointed me to this link when I wrote you last night and I cannot thank you enough! You have introduced me to some AMAZING sites for petite plus sized women, and I am forever grateful! I just cannot believe the selection of STYLISH (not “Grandma-ish”) clothes. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  11. KarenJoelle

    January 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I shop at Torrid quite a bit for trendy jeans and t-shirts.

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  13. Cianovlie Cece Jean-Baptiste

    April 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    they left several places out.,, (plus), (plus),, the ones listed either are pricey or the clothes arent very trendy. hope this helps!

    • Marie Denee

      December 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      But they do not have specific plus size PETITE ranges though. Those are great places for shopping but more specifically, petite options 🙂

  14. kay wolter

    December 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I am on Talbots email list for all sales and their clothes I used to shop Lane Bryant and loved their jeans but now not at all even there bras are not the same…….Disappointed in them…….I am looking for a classic black dress. I want one that will look amazing for years and all I can find is wraps and they are not My favorite or sleeveless. I live in Michigan Brrrrr….any ideas….

    • kay wolter

      December 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      make My square make more since……Talbots clothes last a long time……and are mostly timeless

    • Marie Denee

      December 11, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      What shapes of dresses do you like? Are you a fan of the Shift dress?

  15. Denise

    February 25, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I’m 63 and 5 feet tall. Weighs about 145lb.

    I mainly shop at Reitman’s (in Canada). They have regular size, petite, woman plus and petite plus.

    I like the style they present to me which is upbeat, modern as well as in good taste.

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