Petite-Friendly Suits At Any Price-Point!

We've tapped Jean W. from Extra Petite to help out the little women among us! Read on for her tips for petite-sizing.
For shorter or smaller-framed woman, suit shopping at mainstream retailers can be challenging. A suit should make one feel confident and powerful, but poor fits and generous cuts can make us feel anything but. Fortunately, there are several retailers out there that offer suiting sized for petite women, with shorter lengths and proportional armholes and rises. Whether you're seeking a first suit for that upcoming job interview or just looking to add to your professional wardrobe, here are some suggestions at a variety of price-points!
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Under $160—Casual, all-American Gap started branching into workwear last year with their premium pant collection. These pants come in at least six cuts to flatter a wide range of figures. Currently, Gap also has a classic blazer that may coordinate with the pants in their basic "true black." Tip: Sign up for emails to be alerted of sales, and you can easily snag both pieces for under $120.
Gap Classic Two-Button Blazer, $98 (0P through 14P), and Modern Boot Pants, $59.95 (00P through 16P).
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Under $200—Express offers machine-washable blazer, pant, and pencil skirt coordinates in at least six colors. Although there is no petite-specific line, pants come in three different lengths including a 30" short inseam. Tip: Look for blazers that appear cropped in length on the model for a regular fit on shorter figures.
Express Studio Stretch Jacket, $98.00 (00 through 14Regular), and Editor Pant, $69.90 (00 through 14Short).
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Under $300—Banana Republic Petites suiting is crafted in a lightweight 95% wool, 5% spandex blend. In addition to the standard trousers and skirt, there is also a selection of coordinating dresses in the same material. Tip: Extended sizing is usually available at any store that carries petites. Visit stores on Wednesdays and ask for special coupons.
Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Blazer, $198 (00P through 14P) and Pencil Skirt $79.50 (00P through 14P).
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Under $400—J.Crew Petites offers suiting in their signature "Super 120's" merino wool or a lightweight wool crepe. This pricier line boasts smoother fabric and better drape. Tip: Petite sizing is online-only, so ask online chat specialists or call customer service to get exact measurements for a garment and size.
J.Crew Super 120's Blazer, $230 (00P through 12P) and 1035 Straight-leg Trouser, $130 (00P through 12P).

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