I love clothes, but going to endless stores to try them on feels like a chore. My new way to get cute, brand-new clothes delivered to my door is Short Story. This subscription service targets shorter women, usually 5’4 and under. I’m 5’5, but tend to like how petite clothes fit on me better.

In addition to wanting better-fitting clothing, I was interested in branching out my style a bit and was intrigued by the idea of having a stylist pick out clothing specifically for me based on my measurements, style, and what would be flattering.


How Short Story works

My personalized styles from Short Story.

My personalized styles from Short Story.

Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst

My Short Story journey started with a multiple choice quiz. It showed various outfit styles, such as a photo filled with edgy clothes, one with more feminine clothes, etc., and had me select if I “hate it,” think it’s “Just ok,” “Like it,” or “Love it.” It then asked for my various clothing sizes (they carry sizes 00P-18P), height, and more measurements.

There were also questions about colors, occasions I need to dress for, budget, and more. A completely optional question gave me the opportunity to share my Instagram handle so the stylist could see the types of outfits I currently wear. I opted to share it.

You pay a $25 styling fee for the experienced stylist to pick out five or six pieces and for the company to ship it all over to your home. This fee is on par with similar services. If you decide to keep any of the items though, the styling fee is credited towards your purchase, so you really only pay that fee if you decide you don’t like a single item you received.

You try everything on and decide what you want to pay for and keep. Anything you don’t want, you ship back in a prepaid envelope. It’s expected you’ll decide within five days, but you can email them for an extension if necessary.

Some of the items from Short Story are from popular brands, while others are from their own exclusive Short Story clothing lines. Short Story’s clothing brands are developed in-house, based on customer feedback and specifically fitted to petites.

Short Story results

I think my Short Story stylist did an excellent job. 

I think my Short Story stylist did an excellent job. 

Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst

My clothing came with a thoughtful, personalized note from the stylist explaining her picks for me. It included information about each item and photos of it on people so you could see what it looks like when properly fitted. It also showed the price for each item if I wanted to keep them.

Overall, I think she did a great job. I received five items.


My favorite, by far, was a blue dress. It’s Muse Petite brand, which is one of the Short Story exclusive brands. I love the color and the petite fit was perfect. It landed a bit above my knees. Had it not been a dress for petite women, it likely would have landed right at my knee, which isn’t as flattering.

I instantly knew it was a keeper. I packed this dress for a family event out of state as besides being fashionable, I could tell the fabric (95% polyester) wouldn’t wrinkle. This dress got an insane amount of compliments and lots of photos of me were taken in it.