Like the TBR pile at the side of your bed or the recommended portion size on the back of a packet of Mini Eggs, petite fashion often goes ignored. Frequently referred to as a ‘niche market’, shopping can be annoyingly difficult for those of us who are 5’3 and below. Staples like denim jeans and long coats are less of a challenge to come by but some pieces feel virtually impossible to find in a shorter style, e.g. suiting.
Perhaps you noticed this issue while shopping for your work experience wardrobe or maybe it wasn’t until you were a fully fledged adult, heading to the office. Either way, finding formal clothing for smaller people is a task and a half. While you could shop in the straight fit section, a structured shape is always best for blazers and smart trousers, whether that’s for work, a wedding or a snazzy Saturday stroll to the supermarket.
To help you avoid looking like the little kid from Big, we’ve rounded up some of the best formal attire that the petite space has to offer. Whether you’re searching for a sparkly suit jacket to wear to a cocktail party or the perfect pair of peg trousers for the swagger back to the office, we’ve got you covered. Click through the slideshow ahead to shop the best blazers and trousers for petite people.
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Step up your warm weather wardrobe with this pale green vest and trouser set. Shop them as separates or style them together for a chic co-ord moment.
4th & Reckless Petite Tailored Bandeau Top And Trouser Co-ord, $, available at ASOS
A pair of grey trousers, such as this petite pair from Stradivarius, can easily transition from office to brunch with smart styling.
Stradivarius Smart Straight-Leg Trousers, $, available at Stradivarius
Finally a longline, boyfriend-style blazer that is actually made for people on the shorter side.
Heartbreak Petite Longline Boyfriend Blazer, $, available at ASOS
Designed with proportions fit for those with smaller frames, this structured Karen Millen blazer is a tasteful addition to any wardrobe.
Karen Millen Petite Crepe Belted Wide Shoulder Longline Blazer, $, available at KAREN MILLEN
Topshop Petite Co-ord Linen-Blend Single Breasted Blazer, $, available at ASOS
Topshop Petite co-ord linen-blend wide leg trouser, $, available at ASOS
With pressed creases and a flared leg silhouette, these tailored suit trousers from Reiss are effortlessly flattering.
Reiss Haisley Tailored Flare Trousers, $, available at Reiss
The fold-over detail on these light brown trousers from Reformation is ultra cool.
Reformation Petites Stevie Pant, $, available at Reformation
Keep things classy and clean with a classic white double-breasted blazer from Reiss — just try your best not to spill your flat white on it.
Reiss Larsson Double Breasted Twill Blazer, $, available at Reiss
You simply can’t go wrong with a pair of black wide leg trousers. But this time you won’t have to deal with oversized pant legs with this petite pair from River Island.
River Island Petite Black Wide Leg Trousers, $, available at River Island
This sleek trouser design featuring subtle flares and a stretch waistband from Karen Millen is both flattering and comfy.
Karen Millen The Founder Petite Straight Leg Trouser, $, available at KAREN MILLEN
The Mason trouser from Reformation is a modern classic. Available in petite sizing and a variety of colours, you can’t go wrong with this relaxed, wide leg wardrobe staple.
Reformation Petites Mason Pant, $, available at Reformation
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen slimline tie back suit blazer, $, available at ASOS
Pieces Petite Exclusive Tailored Trousers Co-ord, $, available at ASOS
Pieces Petite Exclusive Cropped Blazer Co-ord, $, available at ASOS
These cropped, straight leg trousers from Reformation come in a beige and red tartan pattern for chic academia vibes.
Reformation Petites Franklin Pant, $, available at Reformation
This silver sequin blazer will have you ready for any party (or Beyoncé Renaissance Tour concert).
Extro & Vert Petite Oversized Clazer in Silver Sequin Co-ord, $, available at ASOS
Did someone say Barbie pink? Sport the pop culture colour of the year with this bright pink suit blazer.
Vero Moda Petite Tailored Suit Blazer Co-ord in Bright Pink, $, available at ASOS
Talk about versatile: these stretch fabric trousers can easily go from the office to the farmers’ market to the pub.
Yours Clothing Petite Bootcut 28″ Ponte Rib Trouser, $, available at Yours Clothing
In a cool taupe pinstripe pattern, these slouchy trousers feature the perfect oversized ‘dad’ fit that’s typically difficult to find as a petite person.
Miss Selfridge Petite Co-ord Slouchy Dad Trouser, $, available at ASOS
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