Entertainment Fashion & Style What differences are there between petite and regular clothing? Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Pants Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Paula Darnell Updated November 25, 2014 Question: What differences are there between petite and regular clothing? Answer: The main difference is that the clothing is shorter in length. Sleeves, skirts, and tops are all shorter. Because clothing manufacturers cut to their own specifications, length may be the only difference in some cases. The best petite clothing has other design differences, such as higher armholes and proportionally sized details. Petite pants should have a shorter rise, and a petite dress should have a shorter bodice.