I tried on a few items from ASOS last month that didn’t quite work out for me, but I wanted to share quick reviews as their sizing is very petite-friendly. First up is this pleated dress (2 color options) which is actually in regular sizing, but fit like a glove. Oh how I wanted this to be a keeper. The silhouette was spot-on for me, with a snug torso and a flared skirt that was flattering without being too full. The back zipper was concealed, it’s fully lined, and the material had nice weight and structure to it. I felt shapely yet classic in it…however the neckline was unfortunately much too low-cut (trying to cover up some skin with a statement necklace here). It might be okay for date night, but I just don’t have many opportunities to show this much decolletage in my older age! It’s on sale for just $23 and free ship for anyone interested.
Sizing: I feel like ASOS sizes run at least 1-2 sizes smaller than US brands. I’m trying an ASOS US 0 / EUR 32 / UK regular here which was a snug fit. A standard EUR 32 from brands like ASOS and H&M; consistently fit pretty well or sometimes too small for me, so it’s unfortunate that in the US sizes labeled 00 petite (or J.Crew’s new xxxs and 000) still run bigger when you compare the two. The waistline of this dress was perfectly proportioned for shorter ladies and worked well on my 5′ height. On someone taller the waistline may be more empire-style, but on the flip side the neckline may be less low-cut (see model in the stock photo which they say is 5’9″…).
Measurements: When lying flat US 0 measures 15.5″ across the armpits, 11.5″ across the waist, 15.5″ from shoulder to waistline, and approx “33 total length. Material is 76% poly, 22% viscose, and 2% elastane and has stretch.
Next up is this bright maxi which I’ve had my eye on for ages, and would be perfect for a summer wedding or formal event. It could also be hemmed to be worn casually with flat sandals. The dress comes in this bright lime as well as a pale blush pink, both of which I liked online. It has these grecian-inspired strap/shoulder drapes which are romantic but I personally didn’t care for, however are an easy fix in my opinion. Looking at the construction close-up, those straps could easily be removed if so desired, and the opening can be stitched back up. Original drape sleeves:
The fit of a 00 petite was very fitted in the torso (the waistline was snug, so I probably could’ve sized up) with good proportions, and the length was right for a maxi with 3″ heels. What prevented this from being a keeper for me was the knit poly material. For a dress with this style and color, I was hoping for a lightweight, floaty chiffon-like material.
Measurements: When lying flat 00 petite / EUR 30 / UK 2 measures 14″ across the chest, 10″ across the waist, 51″ total length. Material (95% poly, 5% elastane) is very stretchy. Torso is lined and skirt is unlined.