Though it varies from designer to designer, petite clothing is typically made for people under 5 feet 4 inches in height. Some stores may also apply the label "petite" to clothing created for those who are 5 feet 3 inches tall and under.
The three types of sizing for women's clothing are misses, junior, and women's. Misses clothing is made for women around average height (5 feet 4 inches) and with average hip and bust measurements. Junior sizes are made for women with straighter figures. Women's sizes, or plus sizes, are made for women with curvier figures and those with a larger-than-average body type. There is a petite variation for all three of these size types.
Petite-sized clothing accounts for the height of its wearer by having a shorter inseam length, shorter shirt length, shorter sleeve lengths, and a shorter distance between waist and hip. Petite sizes also often have larger bust-to-waist and waist-to-hip ratios to account for the tendency of shorter bodies to have curvier figures.
Many department stores and clothing websites have petite sections, while other stores intersperse their petite clothing in with the misses, junior's and women's sections. A petite size can be identified by the presence of a capital "P" on the label after the size.