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Where to Shop For Women's Petite Clothing in New York City

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Few frustrations are as acute as attempting to find a solid petite section in New York—in fact, there was a 2006 New York Times article dedicated to the widespread disappointment by women under 5'4" when the smaller sizes were slashed en masse by a handful of department stores, leaving them with two options: Either go to a tailor and spend more money, or shop in the junior's section and risk looking like a kid.

Unfortunately, little has changed in the decade since—in fact, nearly all brands restrict their petite sections to their online shops. And despite the rise of e-comm retailers with extensive petite sizes (hey, ASOS!), we firmly believe a short gal deserves the right to try on her clothes before buying them. Below, we've mapped out the last, shrinking (no pun intended) vestiges of NYC's petite sections.

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1. UNIQLO

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The Japanese brand's huge selection of extended sizes applies to petite girls, too: On the store's second floor, you'll find core pieces (blazers, coats, cozy loungewear, button-downs, jeans) that cater to shorter arms and legs. And don't forget about their in-house tailoring services. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

2. Anthropologie

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Dreamy, flow-y tops and dresses are the name of the game at Anthro—and at the label's Rockefeller Plaza flagship, they've got their own section in petite sizes, handily located on the concourse level. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

3. TOPSHOP

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Like its Soho sister, Topshop's brand new Fifth Avenue location has a dedicated petite section. Climb up to floor two, where you'll find the same styles in smaller sizes, alongside the personal shopping, denim, and seasonal sections. [Photo]

4. Loft

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A go-to brand for petite women, Ann Taylor's less-expensive sister brand devotes a large portion of all its stores to petite clothing. At the flagship location, downstairs from corporate HQ, you'll find the best and biggest selection of workwear and casual basics. [Photo]

5. Lord & Taylor

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One of the only Fifth Avenue department stores with a dedicated petite section, this flagship carries the petite lines of top designers (Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto), all handily located on the sixth floor. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

6. Macy's Herald Square

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Journey up to the seventh floor (on those delightfully clanky escalators) to shop one of the last remaining petite sections in NYC department stores. Petite collections by Michael Kors, Levi's, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, and more make up the bulk of the merchandise. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

7. Ann Taylor

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No brand carries petite sizing as wide-ranging as Ann Taylor, which goes from 00 to 16, all for women 5'4" and under. The Flatiron flagship store has all the perfectly knee-hitting pencil skirts you could possibly dream of. [Photo]

8. Banana Republic

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Sick of swimming in your workwear? The brand's flagship has their biggest selection of casual-yet-office-appropriate clothing in petite sizes, ranging between XXS and L. [Photo]

9. Topshop Soho

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For downtown girls, no petite section is more convenient than Topshop's, which carries almost all of the label's uber-trendy items in short girl-friendly measurements—most of the store's vast third floor is dedicated to it. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

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1. UNIQLO

666 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10103
The Japanese brand's huge selection of extended sizes applies to petite girls, too: On the store's second floor, you'll find core pieces (blazers, coats, cozy loungewear, button-downs, jeans) that cater to shorter arms and legs. And don't forget about their in-house tailoring services. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

2. Anthropologie

50 Rockefeller Plz. New York, NY 10020
Dreamy, flow-y tops and dresses are the name of the game at Anthro—and at the label's Rockefeller Plaza flagship, they've got their own section in petite sizes, handily located on the concourse level. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

3. TOPSHOP

608 5th Ave. New York, NY 10020
Like its Soho sister, Topshop's brand new Fifth Avenue location has a dedicated petite section. Climb up to floor two, where you'll find the same styles in smaller sizes, alongside the personal shopping, denim, and seasonal sections. [Photo]

4. Loft

7 Times Sq. New York, NY 10036
A go-to brand for petite women, Ann Taylor's less-expensive sister brand devotes a large portion of all its stores to petite clothing. At the flagship location, downstairs from corporate HQ, you'll find the best and biggest selection of workwear and casual basics. [Photo]

5. Lord & Taylor

424 5th Ave. New York, NY 10018
One of the only Fifth Avenue department stores with a dedicated petite section, this flagship carries the petite lines of top designers (Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto), all handily located on the sixth floor. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

6. Macy's Herald Square

151 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001
Journey up to the seventh floor (on those delightfully clanky escalators) to shop one of the last remaining petite sections in NYC department stores. Petite collections by Michael Kors, Levi's, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, and more make up the bulk of the merchandise. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]

7. Ann Taylor

149 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10010
No brand carries petite sizing as wide-ranging as Ann Taylor, which goes from 00 to 16, all for women 5'4" and under. The Flatiron flagship store has all the perfectly knee-hitting pencil skirts you could possibly dream of. [Photo]

8. Banana Republic

626 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10020
Sick of swimming in your workwear? The brand's flagship has their biggest selection of casual-yet-office-appropriate clothing in petite sizes, ranging between XXS and L. [Photo]

9. Topshop Soho

478 Broadway New York, NY 10013
For downtown girls, no petite section is more convenient than Topshop's, which carries almost all of the label's uber-trendy items in short girl-friendly measurements—most of the store's vast third floor is dedicated to it. [Photo: Brian Harkin for Racked]