Whenever a brand launches a new petites collection, it's a cause for a little celebration in my book! Express introduced their petites line in January, which I had been eagerly anticipating. The brand had surfaced back on my radar in recent years with some great denim offerings in "short" inseams (I've never gotten as much rave feedback from you guys on an item as I did with these jeans!), versatile basics, and several pieces in elegant, dressier styles. If you look beyond the edgier styling of the models online, a lot of their pieces can be worked into a classic and age-appropriate wardrobe.
Before partnering with Express petites on a post, I wanted to try on a wide range of their new items including bottoms, jackets, tops and dresses.
Currently, sizing for Express petites ranges from 0 - 12p, and XS - XLP. XSP is best suited for those who usually wear a 0 to 2p. For smaller-framed ladies who typically need xxs or 00 petite, I was told this size is not yet produced (with the exception of one skirt) but might be introduced down the road.
Everyone's proportions are unique, but I found the petite dresses and tops to work well for someone my height, whereas the pants and denim may be better suited for someone with longer legs. As you can see above, this lace dress in 0P is pretty petite-friendly with smaller armholes, a higher waistline, and a length that hits above my knees. To give you an idea of how their 0P runs, this dress measures 13" across the waist and 15" across the armpits. The petite denim and pants I tried on are a few inches long on me with inseams ranging from 28" for ankle-cut jeans, to 30" for long pants. At 5' tall, I know that I'm on the shorter end of the petite range so this isn't unexpected.
Here's a few pieces in particular that I wanted to point out from new petites collection:
- High waisted pleated midi skirt - The one style that was available in xxsp! If you're looking for a classic black pleated skirt that is lightweight and lined, this one fit me nicely. You can dress it up for work or down for everyday wear. The waistband is elasticized and stretchy, sitting higher at my natural waist, and the length was closer to knee-length on me instead of midi.
- Cutaway blazer jacket - I first tried this on in a regular size xxs, and the overall fit was very petite-friendly even in regular sizing. My only adjustment needed on xxs regular was to slim the sleeves, an alteration that I get on many of my blazers due to personal preference. If you can snag your size in petites, the proportions are shrunken down even further for a more cropped blazer (a length great for pairing with dresses and high-waisted skirts).
- Classic trench coat - I've mentioned this one a few times before, but it's a piece that I really hope they'll offer in a full range of petite sizes. The XSP I received is 1 size up from what I usually wear, so it's slightly wide in the arms and torso for me, and the belt loops fall an inch below my waist. The quality is very good in my opinion (especially for outerwear at this price point) with a full lining and a medium-weight outer material that feels water-resistant. One reviewer found it to be too stiff, but the material is actually what I like the most. It travels nicely, is wrinkle-resistant, and feels comparable to the fabric in some high-end trench coats.
As Express expands their petites collection, I'm hopefully that they'll add xxs/00p for the customers who need it, along with more wardrobe staple styles like the aforementioned trench coat and blazer! I made sure to communicate that, along with the wishful suggestion in general of more stock in smaller sizes (which always seem to sell out first). Although I know inventory is ultimately driven by demand and sales data, I always appreciate it when a brand listens with open ears to customer feedback!
If you've tried on or own anything from Express petites, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you to Express for partnering on this post.