Being petite and living in Paris, I always get asked, which European brands carry petite sizes. The answer isn’t as straightforward as one might think. In the US, there are brands that have a dedicated petite sections. In Europe, only a handful of brands will have a petite section or clothes dedicated to petites. It’s not common in Europe to have clothes for petites only. However, that did not stop me from shopping at some of my favorite European brands. Today, I’m going to outline a few tricks that will help determine which European brands will fit a petite frame. I am also excited to share with you five of my favorite petite friendly brands in Europe.
When I’m looking for a petite friendly brand, I always try to answer a few questions, the first being will I need endless alterations if I shop here. The second thing I ask myself is does this piece fit my body portionally. My first tip when trying to determine if a place will carry petite friendly clothes, is when you are looking online check their sizing. The question you should be asking yourself is does the brand carry a range of sizes. If the answer is yes, then you’ll probably be able to find pieces that fit. If the answer is no, I would say you’re most likely not going to find anything that fits. The second tip and trick I always use to determine if a brand will carry petite friendly items, is to read the reviews. From the reviews, you’ll be able to find valuable information regarding the item that you’re looking to purchase!
My experience shopping for petite friendly clothes in Europe has been it’s easier than I initially thought it would be. Before I moved to Paris, I was trying to shop online and scope out petite friendly European brands, and I was worried when I wasn’t able to find many. When I moved to Paris years ago, I decided to start trying on different European brands. Below, I’ve listed my top five petite friendly European brands.
The first place I’m going to discuss is easy because they actually carry a petite section, it’s called Mark and Spencer Petites. Over the years I’ve found countless staple items here including jeans, a trench coat, tops, and many other items. The best part is all the pieces I found at Mark and Spencer Petites don’t require alterations! Mark and Spencer Petites is easily my favorite place to buy jeans. They even have a good range of clothing that can accommodate different age groups!
If you’ve been following me over the years you probably already know this fact, but one of my absolute favorite places to shop online is NAKD fashion. Unless you are visiting Amsterdam, or Sweden, you’ll only be able to order pieces online. What I love about NAKD fashion is they carry sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. I’ve ordered many pieces from NAKD fashion over the years and I can confidently say they are one of the best websites to order petite friendly items in Europe. Before you place your order at NAKD fashion, I recommend you look at the model size and then compare your own size. This will help you assess which pieces will fit. Save 15% off NAKD fashion using petiteinparis15 during checkout!
Another European brand that carries petite sizes that I shop at all the time is Samsoe & Samsoe! Samsoe & Samsoe is a Scandinavian brand that launched in 1993, and has grown into a big international fashion brand that focuses on contemporary fashion. As a petite what I love about Samsoe & Samsoe is that none of the pieces I’ve purchased over the years have needed alterations. I always feel confident purchasing from their website knowing that there is a high probability that it will fit. Some of the Samsoe & Samsoe classic dresses will even carry a size XXS.
My fourth favorite European brand that carries petite friendly sizes is BA&SH. When shopping at BA&SH, their pieces do a good job of incorporating a little bit of romance, effortless chic, and a hint of rock and roll style. BA&SH is one company that I’m confident in wearing an XS in. I’ve yet to try their pants or jeans, but I have purchased jumpsuits, dresses, and tops from them over the years. As a petite you can feel confident shopping at BA&SH.
My fifth favorite petite friendly European brand is Maje. Maje is extremely popular among Parisians women. With Maje I always need to try on clothes first before I buy them because some of their pieces are extremely petite friendly while others are not. I’ve had really good luck with their shorts and dresses. If you are trying to decide If a piece will fit you i recommend looking their standard measurements they provide.
My sizing for reference is: height 4’11 / 150 CM, waist 24, and typically a shoe size of 5 – 5.5
These are my five favorite petite friendly european brands, many of these brands can be found both online and in stores around Europe! I would love to hear what petite friendly brands you’ve shopped at in Europe! If you are looking to channel your inner Parisian, I’ve written an article that outlines the top 10 places Parisians love to shop here.
Sincerely Petite in Paris,