What does petite mean?

When we use the term petite, we're referring to the fashion industry definition...

"A category of clothing for women or girls of less than average height" ~ dictionary.com

In the UK, women under 5'4" are considered petite, regardless of dress size. A lot of fast fashion brands offer petite ranges but sustainable alternatives are much harder to find. Offbeat Petite aims to be a viable slow fashion solution to this problem.

How does sizing work?

The majority of our stock comes from 90s & early 2000s fashion lines. Many items are from petite lines, and others are standard pieces that we consider to be petite-friendly (shorter than average length sleeves/torso/inside leg or a more narrow fit on the shoulders). These details will be provided in the item description.

Every brand tends to size items slightly differently and, with vintage items in particular, sizing can vary a lot from modern day sizes. For this reason, each of our item descriptions contain measurements and guidance on best fit.

We suggest you use the size provided as a rough guide then check the measurements to ensure a good fit.

We aim to stock a representative range of sizes from XS-XL however, as a small shop full of one-off pieces, replenishment of certain sizes may sometimes take a while so please be patient with us and check back regularly.

Is your packaging sustainable?

For smaller orders we use paper mailers that come with a double self-seal adhesive strip - designed for you to use again.  We send larger orders out in carbon neutral sugar cane mailing bags which are also recyclable and re-useable (please re-use where possible). We are constantly reviewing how we can improve our practices to become more sustainable. 

When can I expect my order to arrive?

We ship 3 times a week via Royal Mail. All orders are sent tracked.

Region Expected delivery time
UK Within 5 working days
EU Within 2 weeks
Rest of World Between 2-4 weeks


If your order takes longer to arrive than the expected time please do not hesitate to contact us.

Do you accept returns?

To ensure satisfaction, we advise that you thoroughly check item descriptions and measurements before purchasing. If you are unhappy with your purchase, you have 14 days (from the date received) to request a return.

You can request a return via our contact form. Please include your order number and reason for return in the message.

After submitting a request you have 14 days to return the item. The customer is responsible for covering the return postage cost.

Once we receive the item, you will be issued with a credit note (redeemable for 1 year) to use anywhere on the site. Please note, credit will only be issued if the item is received in its original condition.



  • Faulty items will be dealt with on a discretionary basis (please provide the details of the complaint via the contact form)
  • Accessories cannot be returned 


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