Petite Body Type? Our Tips on How to Dress for Your Shape

Woman with a petite body type in a patterned casual dress and sandals.

Ever feel like you’re swimming in your clothes? Or try on an above the knee dress, only to find it’s way below yours? If this is you, you have a petite body type! Like all body types, it can be difficult to dress for a petite frame. We sat down with our fit expert Yaz to get the skinny on how to dress for a petite body frame—and how Le Tote can help you along the way.

Tip #1: The Higher the Heels…

“Wearing heels does a lot for any outfit, it lengthens you and can take you from looking frumpy and small to lean and tall.”

Woman with a petite body type in a peach dress and beige heels.

Tip #2: Trick the Eye

“If you have a slender build, wearing looser fitting tops/blouses/sweaters (in your correct size, not oversized) with skinny jeans or pants can make you look fuller in the bust and can give the illusion that you are a little bigger than you really are.”

Petite body type woman in a stylish fall outfit.

Tip #3: Beware of Oversized

“Wearing garments that are too big on you will only make you look like you’re drowning in your own clothes. Be careful of length as well. Wearing tops, dresses, and skirts that are too long can make petite ladies look shorter than they really are.”

LE TOTE’s Top Petite Body Type Brands

Looking to dress for your petite shape? Check out our brands that work for little frames! And Shop the Looks Here

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           Ava              French Connection         Eight Sixty                 BB Dakota                     Noir

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        Jack                    Max Studio                Octavia               Summer & Sage          Olive + Oak


  1. Stefanie Schrampf
    January 11, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Does Le Tote carry petite pants? Thanks!

  2. January 12, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Hi Stefanie, thanks for the comment! At this time, we carry all garments in size XS-XXL. While we don’t specifically carry petite sizing, we do have a number of brands that the petite ladies in the LT community love! Those include Noir, Summer & Sage, Ava, and French Connection. Here are some links to pants our petite ladies love:

    Email our Style Ambassadors at if you need more details on brands or styles!

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