Top Petite Clothing Sites for Women in Their 50s

These 10 Stores Have What You're Looking For

So you are petite and of a certain age -- in your 50s or older. Looking for the right style and size in clothing that feels right for your age might be making you cringe when you think about having to shop. Check out these 10 websites and stores; you'll find just what you're looking for.

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Coldwater Creek

Although you won't find any distressed denim or cutting-edge fashion at Coldwater Creek, styles are on trend, if not trendy. For 50-somethings, dresses in longer lengths than you'll find at stores that cater to more youthful customers might be appealing, and you'll find pants that are made of forgiving fabric without the extreme super-skinny styles (slim jeans are available). Tops tend to be fairly conservative, with nary a low-cut blouse in sight. Coldwater Creek offers tops, outerwear, pants, jeans, skirts and dresses in sizes PXS (4/6)-PXL (16) although every size may not be available in each garment.

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Soft Surroundings

If you are a petite with a romantic fashion personality, you might find Soft Surroundings appealing. Flowing dresses, skirts and tops, some with floral patterns, are typical of garments that you'll find here. Luxurious sleepwear and loungewear in fabrics such velvet, cashmere and silk are available in petite sizes. Tops, dresses and skirts tend to be long at Soft Surroundings. The size range for petites is PXS (2/4)-PXL (18), although all garments for petites may not be available in all sizes.

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For women in their 50s who have a classic fashion personality, Talbots is a good place to find tops, dresses, pants, skirts and outerwear. Don't expect to find any mini skirts at Talbots, although dress lengths in petite sizes are generally just above or at the knee, both of which are good lengths for the petite woman. Another feature of Talbots is the wide range of sizes offered for petites (0-20) and 12WP-22WP in petite plus sizes.

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Lands' End

Like Talbots, Lands' End offers a wide range of sizes (00-26) that includes both regular petite sizes and petite plus sizes. Lands' End specializes in clothing for those who have an active outdoor lifestyle, so it's a good place to shop if you have a casual fashion personality. Lands' End also offers short torso swimwear, which might fit many petites better than regular one-piece swimwear.

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Eddie Bauer

Like Lands' End, Eddie Bauer specializes in casual clothing. You'll find lots of sweaters, tees, sweatshirts and outerwear, along with pants, shorts and sleepwear sized especially for petites. The size range for petites is usually XS (0/2)-XL (16/18).

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JCPenny has a large selection of clothing in its petites' department. Garments include those from JCPenny's own store brands, such as Worthington, as well as some others, most notably Liz Claiborne, which has produced women's sportswear for decades, and Alfred Dunner, which caters to customers over 50. If you're looking for clothing that's priced a little bit lower than it is in some other department stores, check JCPenny; it generally has a larger selection at lower price points than other major department and speciality stores.

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Macy's is a longtime standby where women of all ages can find something to wear. Macy's features a wide selection of both Macy's own brands, such as INC and Charter Club, as well as a good selection of other brands, such as MICHAEL Michael Kors and Lauren Ralph Lauren. The size range for petites' clothing varies by brand.

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Dillard's has a wide selection of clothing for petites, both in store and online. Some of the many brands include Alex Evenings, Calvin Klein, Anne Klein and Eileen Fisher. All of these brands offer clothing that will work well for petite women in their 50s. The size range offered for petites depends on the brand.

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Nordstrom has lots of clothing for petites of all ages also. Some of the brands featured are Eileen Fisher, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Lauren Ralph Lauren, BCBG, Vince Camuto. Nordstrom also has pieces for petites from Tadashi Shoji and Isaac Mizrahi, which you won't find at any of the other sources on this list. For the petite woman in her 50s who has a trendy fashion personality, Nordstrom is a strong choice.

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Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus is known for pricey clothing, and although its petites' department is rather small, it does offer a good selection of Eileen Fisher pieces, which many over-50 petite women like. In addition to the Eileen Fisher brand, you'll find petite clothing from Joan Vass, Misook and Go Silk, all high-end brands.