Last Updated on June 7, 2023
If you’re a petite woman who’s ever been forced to shop in the kid’s section just to get the right fit, you might be wondering whether some of your favourite brands offer petite clothing – like Zara.
Zara is a firm favourite on the British high street, but it has a distinct lack of size inclusive options. It doesn’t exactly seem to be harming their sales, but on a personal level, it can feel really frustrating when you find an item you love only to discover it doesn’t properly fit you.
The most common issue for petite people is clothes being too long. Many styles of jeans and dresses are often designed for taller women, so finding pieces specific to your height or getting your clothes tailored are your best options.
Does Zara offer petite clothing? Here’s everything you need to know.
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Does Zara do petite clothing?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Zara does not have a specific petite clothing line.
Their collections are usually available from a size XXS, but this doesn’t affect the length of their pieces.
There are strategies to find the most petite-friendly pieces from the brand, like seeking out shorter hemlines such as mini skirts and dress as well as cropped tops and jackets.
Steer clear of oversized items as they might make you appear shorter, and instead embrace more fitted styles. Wearing heels and layering can help to create the illusion of height.
Does Zara sizing run small?
It’s common knowledge that Zara sizing tends to run small. This is particularly noticeable with tops and dresses, as they can feel snug even when ordering your regular size.
Jeans and pants are said to be more forgiving in terms of sizing, but when we tried on Zara jeans, their sizing varied hugely.
What counts as petite?
Petite sizing generally refers to women who are 5’4″ or shorter, although there can be slight variations in this definition across different brands. Some brands may include women who are 5’5″ or even 5’6″ within the petite category.
Which dress is best for petite girls?
When it comes to dresses, there are a few styles that tend to work well for petite girls but mini dresses are one of the best. Midi and shirt dresses are also recommended, but it really depends on the style; make sure they don’t dwarf you.
These styles can be great starting points, but ultimately wearing what makes you feel confident and comfortable is the most important thing.