Is anyone else out there frustrated about the lack of cute petite clothing? Oh, it's out there, but the available styles are much more limited than the varied selection that non-petites enjoy. If I were a clothing designer, I would definitely provide my looks in a variety of sizes, so that the proportions would fit everyone, and so everyone who found a particular item of clothing could find it in their size to fit their frame perfectly.
But finding a designer who does that would maybe only happen in an ideal world. The reality of being really petite is that you have a lot more work to do to find tops, and especially slacks and jeans, in the right size. One tip, besides doing a lot of searching and trying on, is to make good friends with a tailor. I've also found that with a little heel, there are some cute petite slacks and cords that aren't too long. For those of us who need a very petite inseam, some brands like Dockers make slacks and jeans in petite-short length. And, if you're still having no luck with finding anything in the right length while you're out shopping, a cute petite skirt is always a great option! Sometimes outside of a petite department, it's possible to find tops that fit, particularly in small and x-small sizes that might be more proportional to a petite frame. I'm fairly petite, at 5 feet tall, and can still sometimes pull off tops at stores such as Charlotte Russe that don't have a petite department.
There are still many stores out there with good petites departments, or a selection of petite clothes. I hope all of this helps, and feel free to share any great finds and ideas you have!
Ann Taylor Loft - their slacks are usually too long for me, but they've got cute tops and dresses, and good sales!
Kohls - typically has a lot of cute petite clothes
Sears - the one in Neshaminy Mall has a really good petite department
JC Penny - another good place to find petites
Macy's - they have a great selection of petite clothing
Old Navy -they carry jeans in short length, and I recently found an adorable pair of Diva skinny jeans that were perfect!
Delias- has certain styles of jeans, cords, and trousers that come in various petite inseams, though most are online
The Gap - has petite fit online, and ankle length trousers