Shopping while short is always challenging, but there’s likely no garment that strikes fear in the heart of petite women quite like the jumpsuit. As Vanessa Youshaei, founder and CEO of Petite Ave, a personal-shopping service for women under five-foot-five, explains, “Jumpsuits are definitely one of the hardest pieces to find, because you have to make sure both the top and bottom fits.” If your legs or torso are especially short in relation to the other, this will make jumpsuit shopping even more difficult. “Look for jumpsuits with adjustable straps and know what your inseam is,” says Youshaei, who is five feet tall. “Adjustable straps help ensure the upper half fits, and knowing your inseam ensures that the bottom half isn’t too long.” There’s always the option of getting a jumpsuit tailored to your specific proportions, but if you want one you can wear straight off the rack, check out the styles below recommended by a panel of fashionable women — all five-foot-two or under.
“With adjustable straps and a cropped inseam of 23 inches, this jumpsuit is perfect for petite women of all proportions,” says Youshaei. She also likes the vertical stripes on the legs, which have an elongating effect.
“Brands that offer jumpsuits in actual petite sizes will have a way better chance of fitting you correctly, so it’s easiest to start looking there,” says Kelly Tucker, the four-foot-11 blogger behind Alterations Needed. Since she often struggles to find jumpsuits that are short enough in the torso (which is trickier to alter than the leg length), she likes this one that’s specifically designed for petites. Like the jumpsuit above, it features leg-lengthening vertical stripes, which Tucker says is “super-helpful when you’re petite.”
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Here’s one more striped jumpsuit in petite-specific sizing. It’s a favorite of five-foot-tall Jessica Turk of the petite fashion blog Little Me in NYC. “This will be truly cropped in the petite size, which has a 23.5-inch inseam,” she says. “If you want it to be longer and a little bit roomer throughout the body, you can opt for the regular size, which has a 25.5-inch inseam.” While that length would be “cropped” on most people, it’s closer to full-length for petites.
When Turk showed us this very Reformation-esque jumpsuit, we were surprised to see that it’s actually from Abercrombie & Fitch — and comes in petite sizes. “It’s perfect for petite women who are afraid of looking like a child,” she says of the jumpsuit’s sophisticated look. It also features adjustable tie-back straps for a customizable fit.
Petite sizing isn’t just about a shorter length, Turk says. These pieces are designed to fit better throughout the body. On this jumpsuit, she likes that the arm holes are cut narrower than usual to limit excess material and gaping.
This tie-waist, petite-specific jumpsuit comes recommended by Tucker, who loves its versatility. “I’d add a denim jacket and sneakers for weekends and then a black tuxedo blazer and statement earrings for a night out,” she says. Plus, it has a very petite-friendly 18.5-inch inseam.
For a variety of styles in petite sizes, Alicia Pettit, who’s five-foot-two, says she “can always count on” ASOS. While the exact inseam for this utility jumpsuit isn’t listed, ASOS uses actual petite models (the one pictured here is five-foot-three) so you can get a realistic idea of what it’ll look like on your frame.
Another one of Youshaei’s picks, this sleeveless jumpsuit has a 23-inch inseam as well as a bit of spandex in the fabric, which she recommends for accommodating those who are both petite and curvy. “Many times, women with a larger bust or hips have to size up so the jumpsuit fits their largest part, but then it ends up being too loose everywhere else,” she says, but spandex ensures the jumpsuit is form-fitting all over.
While Turk prefers jumpsuits made for petites, she says that there are some styles — like this one — that she knows will work for her based on investigating customer reviews. “If you check the reviews, they are all from customers around five-foot-eight to five-foot-nine who said it was way too small and short on them,” she says. “That’s music to a petite woman’s ears, since it runs small.” She adds that the deep V neck “can help elongate your neck and give the appearance of looking taller.”
Berniedette, a four-foot-11 blogger, says she’s had good luck finding flattering jumpsuits at Lulus. While they don’t come in petite sizing, the brand does list the inseam of each piece (this one is 19.5 inches) and the measurements of the model so you can gauge how it’ll fit on you. As Turk advises, “if the model is five-foot-nine and it looks like a cropped length, there’s a good chance it will be full-length on you. If it looks super-cropped — around the model’s knees — you know it will be a great cropped jumpsuit for you, probably hitting above the ankle.”
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