Petite ranges are mainly aimed at women 5'3 and under, although at 5'4 I find myself browsing their ranges more often than not. Have I missed any shops out? Then add your favourites to the comments and I'll update the guide. Bookmark this page and you'll never find yourself frantically adjusting your outfit with safety pins again.
For everyday wear
God love Asos and their enormous range of anything you could ever wish to buy. Dresses, trousers, tops, coats, all in flattering cuts and shapes. Plus you get to watch the models walking up and down, which is oddly hypnotic (also helpful to see how clothes fall).
Dotty P's are an unexpected treasure trove. They're the forgotten heroes of the high street: I always leave with something reasonably priced (*side eye at Oasis*) and beautifully fitted. They've almost constantly got a 20% off deal too.
Ah Topshop, bringer of everything from basic tops to giddy happy going-out skirts to...well, let us never speak of the skeleton bodycon dress currently on the site. There are some ace and very wearable pieces, just a shame it's a relatively small range for such a huge shop.
You don't go to Gap for the most exciting clothes, but they offer a decent range of mid-price basics. Like this - a blazer which fits without looking like I should be in school!
Ah, Marks - when you get it right, you get it perfect. When you don't - and I'm looking here at most of your partywear - you make us do sad face. The petite range is more hit than miss, but do go in and try them on as Marks are notorious for odd sizing.
I think of them as the cheeky little sister of Dorothy Perkins. Apart from occasional mad excursions into pink crop tops and eye-watering floral dresses, they have a fun and well-priced range.
Still looking for a winter coat? Good news - Debenhams have over 100 tailored for shorter women. They've rounded up dozens of brands that will kit you out in chic knitwear, smart work clothes, and more pairs of jeans than you could get through in a lifetime.
House of Fraser Petite
A similar range to Debenhams, with slightly more emphasis on formal clothes. A pleasingly large clearance range, too.
J.Crew has landed in the UK! Visit them for high-quality, beautifully fitted clothes from blazers to dresses to pyjamas. They list body length and sleeve length is on every piece too, so you can be sure of getting the right fit.
How much nicer is 'elfin' than 'petite'? I feel like a magical pixie rather than someone who has to ask for help reaching the top shelves in the supermarket. They specialise in new brands for women who are teeny all over (their biggest size is 8) and while their clothes are pricey, they're also stunning.
You gave the overall range mixed reviews, but a massive thumbs up for their petite jeans.
For smart office wear
Precis are pretty formal and conservative - even their party dresses - but if you've stumbled into a new job that demands formal workwear, then have a look.
It's always felt a tiny bit smug for me, but if you can overlook the models with their fabulous lives, you'll find a high quality range of everything from tops to trousers to macs to dresses. Also kaftans.
Petite shop = you can have All The Things! In this case, you're looking at well-structured clothes in great colours. Some of the prints are a bit old-fashioned, but scroll past those as you've lots of others to choose from.
Part of Gap, Banana Republic offer a similar range of basics but taken up a gear to become more formal, stylish, and hence more expensive. I've never shopped there (it's the word 'banana' in relation to fashion that I just can't take seriously), so let me know your thoughts if you have.
For going out somewhere fancy
Providers of super fancy party dresses - a little bit red carpet, a little bit Strictly without all the bling - that can be altered for free. Hooray!
For your legs
From 4'9 and up
Beautiful tights you can wear without having to hoik them up every five minutes. Choose from their own brand, Charnos, Jonathan Aston and Wolford.
For your feet
If you've got small feet, check out our size 13-3 shoe guide. If, like me, you've got disproportionately massive feet, then go to Kat's round up of size 9-13 stockists.
Jeans can always be taken up at at dry cleaners for about £10. Better still, buy them from Uniqlo and they'll alter them for free in a couple of hours. Just get the waist measurement right, then get the legs taken up for a perfect length.
Avoid fuss and frills as they'll make you look shorter. And pale pinks, lace collar dresses and chunky jumpers risk us getting ID'd in the pub. Having said that, I don't believe in fashion rules. I dress like Liberace and just take my passport with me to buy wine.