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Designed specifically for women 5'4" and under, petite dresses are made to flatter shorter figures. Shop now to save up to 90% on your favorite brands and styles at thredUP. We have like-new women's dresses you won't want to miss!
General Information About Petite Sizes
If you're under five feet tall—or at least much closer to five feet tall than six—you're probably familiar with petite sizes. Rather than simply trimming the length of regular dresses to fit shorter women, designers craft petite clothing to flatter shorter frames. It's important to keep in mind that petite sizes run parallel to regular sizes and are denoted by a "P" after the numerical size. Like all women, petite women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so petite sizes generally range from 00P to 16P or 18P.
The origins of petite sizes can be traced back to the 1940s, when designers began to notice that shorter women often had difficulty finding clothing that fit well. Over the years, more and more retailers and designers have begun to offer petite clothing lines, and the demand has never been higher than it is today. According to the CDC, the average height of women in the U.S. is 5'4" as of 2010—the upper end of the petite range. Stats from 2001 indicate that petite women are among the fastest growing sectors, accounting for almost 11% of the $89 billion that women spent on clothing that year.
Shopping for Petite Dresses
For those who get a better fit with petite sizes, shopping for women's dresses in 00P to 16P rather than 00 to 16 is a good idea. Not all brands offer petite clothing, but there are many that do. Ann Taylor, J Crew, Talbots, Liz Claiborne, and Calvin Klein all have petite lines. This makes it easy to pair petite dresses with other pieces from the same designers, from the perfect statement necklace to a sweater or wrap for cooler days. At thredUP, you can find everything from comfortable maxi dresses to sleek cocktail dresses from your favorite brands.
Although it was once the case that many petite clothing lines were geared more towards elderly or middle-aged women, selection has since expanded to appeal to younger women. Banana Republic petite dresses are a good example, or you can try Bebe, Juicy Couture, or Ralph Lauren. Stores like Gap and Forever 21 also carry petite sizes.
Find Yours Now at thredUP
Start your search for petite women's dresses at thredUP. Our selection of gently-worn clothing changes every day as we receive new inventory from women like you. Each piece is one of a kind and in like-new condition—but at a fraction of the retail cost. We take pleasure in making fashion more accessible with affordable prices, free shipping and easy returns, and personalized recommendations tailored to your tastes.
We believe you shouldn't have to choose between being fashionable and being frugal. Thanks to our high standards and great prices, every time you shop at thredUP, you save money without sacrificing quality.