MyLuxeFit reached a special milestone this month, with over 140 reviews posted on the size and fit of designer clothes! From our subscribers we were able to glean information on 5 petite friendly brands that are likely to be stylish and fit perfectly. The winners are: 1) Alexander McQueen; 2) Parker 3) Rebecca Taylor 4) Burberry 5) Dolce & Gabbana that are likely to fit the 5'3" and under crowd!
Alexander McQueen sizing runs smaller than other brands. Even for some of our most petite reviewers (ie, height 5'1", ~102 lbs), an IT size 38 would sometimes even fit better than an IT size 36. In general, Alexander McQueen runs smaller than most other designer brands. The Alexander McQueen summer collection includes figure flattering silhouettes; we especially loved the Gabardine Shorts available on Net-a-Porter.
Height: 5'2"; Weight: 102 lbs
Fit rating from 1 (low) to 5 (high): 5
Size purchased: IT 38
Usual size: IT 36
I am a regular size Italia 36 but these shorts fitted perfectly on me! I should thank the bow belt on that and since they are high waisted shorts, it gives me room to tug my top without leaving it hanging.
2. Parker NY
Parker dresses seem to fit very snugly on myself (5'3, weight ~105 lbs, typically size 00). A Parker size 0 generally tends to fit very well on someone who normally wears a size 00. Parker sizing charts state that the bust typically measures 32.5 cm for a size 0, though often times it will fit well for a bust smaller than that; Parker sizing runs small. The hips run slightly smaller on parker, so in general Parker clothing may be better for banana or hourglass shapes rather than pear shapes, but the variations are subtle.
Usual size worn: 00/XXS: Size purchased: 0
Fit Rating: 4/5 Height: 5'3" Weight: 105
Comments: Slightly big at the bust, fit perfectly at the hips. Length was just above the knee on my height. Neckline was a little low. Despite it being a little larger on top it was a very good fit overall.
Rebecca Taylor sizing runs small, and usually has a vast 00/XXS collection; not to mention frequent 20-25% off sales throughout the year! With the 00/XXS bust running at 31.5 inches, waist at 24 inches, and high hip at 30 inches, this brand is a staple for the 00/XXS population. Rebecca Taylor clothing is high quality and reasonably priced for contemporary designer apparel. Celebs including Kelly Ripa, Olivia Palermo, and Taylor Swift regularly wear this brand.
Rebecca Taylor Marlena Dress
Size normally worn: 00/XXS; size purchased: 0
Fit rating: 5/5; Height: 5'3"; Weight: 106 lbs
Comments: Lovely dress. I couldn't decide if I liked the color. It fit perfectly on me. The length came right below the knees.
Burberry sizing typically runs smaller, and some of their newer styles, such as the Chelsea trenchcoat, have been made even slimmer, especially for the Asia, which is now a huge sector for the luxury goods market. Burberry sizing is probably the smallest among designer brands, with a size 0 bust being just 30 inches, waist 23 inches, and hips being 33 inches. Jean Wang, the 5-foot tall petite fashion blogger is shown below wearing a size 0 in the Chelsea Trench.
"A size US 0 fit closely on me throughout the slightly-padded shoulders, torso, and sleeves. Out of the three [trench] styles, the sleeves also ran the shortest and might not need hemming on some petite ladies. I’m wearing a thin turtleneck tee here, and wouldn’t want to layer much without sizing up. I used to be obsessed with all things tight, but over time (and shifts in weight!), am starting to appreciate pieces with a little more wiggle room."
-Jean Wang, ExtraPetite blog
Dolce & Gabbana sizing does not necessarily run smaller, however the size does extend to 00/XXS, which is equivalent to IT 36 from Dolce & Gabbana. Even for those who are 5'3" and under but not necessarily size 00 or 0, the sizing may still work very well. Unfortunately it seems like Dolce & Gabbana is making fewer size IT 36 dresses than they used to, so when you find one it may be a great catch! Check out this beautiful Dolce & Gabbana dress on Reese Witherspoon's 5'1" frame.