What is Petite



  • Petite refers to stature not weight. Most people still think petite means skinny when in fact petite has nothing to do with weight.
  • Petite is the term used in the fashion industry to describe a woman who is 5'3 tall or under.
  • Petite women come in all shapes and sizes, whether they're a size 4 or 14.


If you measure up for at least two out of the four points in the image below, you most definitely have a petite body frame and would need petite clothing.



Petite clothing is designed to fit women shorter than 164cm to cater for narrower shoulders and shorter vertical proportions. Petite clothing is specialised at the cutting stage of the garment where unique pattern blocks are used compared to the fashion industry standard. Jeetly's clothing is not only designed with styles in mind that look best on petites, it is also cut to petite women’s proportions, taking into account measurements such as shorter neck-to-waist length, shorter arm and leg lengths.


The body frame of a petite woman can drown inside regular-sized apparel that we find on the high street; this is why Jeetly exists to take into consideration shorter hemlines, smaller-sized buttons, pockets, belt thickness, prints on fabrics and necklines - all contributing factors to give the petite woman perfect proportions. Alterations become a thing of the past and therefore cut down the cost of purchase for petites.



Absolutely! Women taller than 5'3 can be petite on the top half or bottom half of their body and will find petite clothes fit them perfectly if they have:

  • narrower shoulders than standard
  • short torsos (known as 'petite above the waist', where shoulder to waist measurement is 37cm or less)
  • short legs (known as 'petite below the waist', where leg length is 76cm or less)


Many tall women therefore purchase petite separates such as petite jackets, tops, shirts, skirts or trousers to mix with their regular sized clothing in order to get the perfect fit in their outfit. So ladies, now you know, whatever your size, from height 4'10 to 5'7, you can buy petite clothing because you'll be pleasantly surprised at finding a garment with your perfect fit!


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