Petite vs Misses Clothes: What Size am I?

By on November 15, 2019, in Fashion Trends

One thing that we often hear from our customers is that shopping can be a frustrating experience. A woman may find a garment online or in a store that she absolutely loves, but trying it on proves to be a disappointment.

In many cases, we’ve found that some of these customers are great candidates for petite sizing. If you’ve ever wondered “What are petite sizes, anyway?” read on.

Petite Vs. Regular Sizing: The Long and Short of It

Most women’s clothing is designed for women of average height: 5’4” to 5’8”. If you are outside this range, either shorter or taller, you’ll likely find that designs designated as “petite” or “tall” fit you best, at least off the rack.

Petites are crafted with smaller women in mind. At Soft Surroundings, this means that our petite designs are created for women who range from 4’11” to 5’4”.

If you’re like most of our customers, you’ll also be thrilled to know that much of our regular collection is also available in petite sizing. This includes shirts, tunics, dresses, skirts, and jeans… we are proud of our clothing and want everyone to be able to find the garments that fit and flatter!

Fit and Proportion

Petite sizing isn’t just about ensuring that your hemlines don’t drag on the floor: It’s also about fit and proportion. If you are under 5’4” and normally shop regular sizes, you’ve probably had the experience of buying something that is too long with the expectation that hemming will correct the problem. Unfortunately, you’ve probably discovered that the post-hem fit still isn’t quite right.

Contrary to what some people might think, petite sizing isn’t just about shorter hemlines. Every aspect of petite garments is considered when developing their patterns. This means that shoulder seams, necklines, and pant rises are adjusted to reflect the proportions of women who are less than 5’4”.

One other thing to consider: Soft Surroundings garments are known for their distinctive details, such as embroidery, embellishments, and beadwork. These details can make alterations difficult. That is why we take pride in offering special sizes that compliment women of every size.

Size Range

Speaking of sizes, there’s another misconception that we’d like to clear up: Yes, you can find larger sizes in petites! Petite sizing is about height, not body type or other measurements. At Soft Surroundings, our petite sizes start at 2-4 (PXS) and continue to 18 (PXL).

The Bottom Line

If you’ve been disappointed in the past by regular size garments, give petite sizing a try. You may be wonderfully surprised at how good a petite fit makes you look and feel. If you have any questions about sizing, you can always get in touch: Our customer service representatives are happy to work with you to find the right size.


  • Nancy Faulk

    Thank you so much…. very good information.

    • M. Bond

      As a tall woman (and just medium tall at that!), I quit reading when I saw that the “forgotten” woman is the petite woman. Holy cow. I see petite sizes literally everywhere.
      What I’d like to find, among other tall things, is a pair of stylish or fun pants that I could wear without discomfort. Thank you Lands End and Eddie Bauer for providing basic pants that fit me. But the fun pants stay in the average sizes.

      • Soft Surroundings


        We sincerely appreciate your feedback and will definitely put together a blog article dedicated to “Talls” soon. To shop our Tall selection, please click here:

        Thank you very much!

    • Soft Surroundings

      We’re so happy you liked the article, Nancy. Thank you for reading!

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