The notion of what a petite size means can be misleading to many shoppers. Often people assume petite simply translates to someone with a very narrow waist, arms, bust etc. But that’s not true. 

Petite sizes involve meticulously adjusting the entire pattern to ensure the clothing enhances the unique features of a petite frame. For example, you may wear a size 14 but are short in height or have smaller measurements from your bust to your hips. You would wear a size 14 Petite to accommodate all of your measurements.

In other words, the primary distinction between petite and regular clothing sizes lies in the proportions and measurements tailored to different body types. Key differences include:


  • Petite Sizes: Specifically crafted for women of shorter stature, typically 5’4″ (162 cm) and under, petite clothing adjusts the proportions to fit shorter torsos, arms, and inseams, ensuring a better fit for smaller frames.
  • Regular Sizes: Designed for women with an average height, usually around 5’5″ to 5’7″, regular sizes adhere to the standard proportions and measurements for the average adult woman.


  • Petite Sizes: Garments in petite sizes feature shorter lengths to accommodate shorter legs and arms, including dresses, pants, sleeves, and other elements.
  • Regular Sizes: Regular clothing maintains standard lengths suitable for women of average height.

Waist Placement

  • Petite Sizes: The waistline is positioned higher in petite clothing to match the shorter torso length of petite individuals.
  • Regular Sizes: The waistline in regular clothing is designed for women with average torso lengths.

Inseam and Rise

  • Petite Sizes: Inseams and rises are shorter to ensure a proper fit for shorter legs in petite sizes.
  • Regular Sizes: Regular inseams and rises are tailored for women with average leg lengths.

Sleeve Length

  • Petite Sizes: Sleeves are shorter in petite clothing to fit petite arm lengths.
  • Regular Sizes: Sleeves in regular clothing are designed to fit the average arm length.

Shoulder Width

  • Petite Sizes: The shoulder width is often narrower in petite clothing to suit a smaller frame.
  • Regular Sizes: Regular clothing features standard shoulder widths that align with average shoulder measurements.

Overall Fit

  • Petite Sizes: The overall fit of petite clothing is tailored to enhance the proportions of shorter women, providing a more flattering and balanced look.
  • Regular Sizes: Regular clothing is designed to fit women of average height, offering a fit that suits the typical body proportions of the average adult woman.

Choosing clothing sizes based on body type and height is crucial for achieving the most flattering and comfortable fit. At Alembika, we have thoughtfully curated a selection of dresses, pants, and tops specifically designed for the petite frame, ensuring style and comfort.

Dresses: Sculpting Silhouettes for Petite Perfection

When it comes to dresses for the petite figure, selecting the right silhouette is crucial. Opt for designs that elongate the frame and create an illusion of height, such as our OZAI N KU VENETIA SLEEVELESS DRESS, MITOS.

A midi-length dress, such as a tailored sheath or an A-line cut, effortlessly complements the petite figure. Look for designs that cinch at the waist to define your silhouette, creating a harmonious balance. You may like Alembika’s URBAN SLEEVELESS COCOON DRESS in Khaki or Navy.

This season, explore our collection of designer petite-size clothing online for a wide array of options that cater to your exquisite taste. Embrace vibrant summer florals and bright, cheerful tones for an elegant touch that is both fresh and timeless. Check out our FREQUENCY MINI DRESS and PYTHON, FUSION SLEEVELESS MIDI DRESS, VIOLET.

For those seeking a touch of glamour, consider a classic shirt dress. The V-neckline elongates the neck, while the shift style adds a tailored silhouette. Choose light, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen to add a touch of sophistication to your summer wardrobe. You may like OZAI N KU NORTHERN LIGHTS SHIFT DRESS, FALL and our URBAN SAPPORO SHIFT DRESS, KHAKI.

Experiment with hemlines, but be cautious not to overwhelm your frame. A well-fitted maxi dress in a summer-friendly fabric like chiffon or jersey can be a showstopper when paired with strappy sandals. One of our favorites is our URBAN MAXI TANK DRESS in Black, Navy or Khaki.

Seek out designer women’s petite-size clothing that marries style and fit effortlessly.

Pants: Tailored Precision for Petite Sophistication

Finding the perfect pair of pants for a petite frame often involves a delicate balance between length and tailoring. This season, embrace the chic allure of tailored pants designed with the petite woman in mind.

Cropped trousers are a petite woman’s best friend, especially during the warm summer months. They showcase your ankles, creating the illusion of longer legs. Pair them with sandals for a seamless, elongated look. Opt for neutral tones or classic black to maintain an air of sophistication. You may like OZAI N KU PLEATED LOUNGE PANTS, BLACK. Pair it with a top from the Ozai N Ku Getaway collection or our TEKBIKA CLAUDETTE PANTS, BLACK from our Tekbika Nouveau collection.

When it comes to denim, opt for a high-waisted, straight-leg cut. This style elongates your legs and provides a polished, streamlined appearance. Light washes are not only versatile but also perfect for summer, allowing you to transition effortlessly from day to night. You can’t go wrong with our Iconic Stretch Jeans collection in an endless variety of colors and textures.

I’m 5′ 3″ and needed to have the hem shortened,
but it was worth it! I wear them all the time.

Gennifer, Alembika Size 2 PINSTRIPE ICONIC STRETCH JEANS, WINE (left)

Tops: Effortless Elegance in Every Stitch

The key to selecting tops for a petite frame lies in proportion and detail. Embrace designs that draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of height. One of our favorites is our NETWORK RUFFLE TEE, STRIPES from our Crinkle Capsule.

For summer, indulge in breezy blouses or off-shoulder tops that add style without compromising comfort. Look for tops with vertical details like stripes or subtle patterns that elongate your torso. Paired with tailored pants or a chic skirt, this combination exudes effortless elegance. Our ALGORITHM RELAXED TEE, MONO is a great option.

Blouses with a V-neck or sweetheart neckline are flattering choices for petite women. These necklines create a visual focal point and open up the chest area. Opt for tops in bold, solid colors to add a touch of glamour to your ensemble. A beautiful example is our ANCHORAGE V-NECK TOP, WHITE (left) and ESSENTIAL V-NECK TOP with ICONIC STRETCH JEANS (right)

Embrace your unique frame with confidence, and let your style speak volumes. Make a statement in silhouettes that are tailored to fit and elevate your entire presence. Shorter in height, leads to bigger personality! Shop our most complimenting looks for all heights; because we never believe one size fits all.


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Did you know we have a private Alembika Women’s Group on Facebook (separate from our company facebook page)? Here we post photos of ourselves in our favorite Alembika fashions but also connect as a community during difficult times and to celebrate each other’s joyous news. We have some fun virtual gatherings coming soon. To be accepted into the group, you must answer all of the member questions. We hope to see you there!

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