Petite Fashion Do's and Don'ts
Posted on 19 August 2016
Today we’re discussing the Do’s and Don’t’s of fashion for the petite woman, which is considered to be 5’4” and under. You’d be surprised how many famous women in Hollywood are actually under 5’4”; it’s just that maybe they dress a certain way that elongates their bodies, creating an illusion of a taller frame, which is the key to being petite.
Here are a few tips and tricks to appear taller, and some things to avoid that actually make you look even shorter than you already are.
Wear one color. One color, especially a dark color, makes it look like you have a taller frame, by creating one single vertical line. Black does wonders.
Do not be afraid to wear V-neck and U-neck tops. Because of the neckline detailing, they elongate the torso, which draws the eyes up, away from your bottom half.
Above is a picture of the adorable Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars in all black from head to toe featuring a deep V neckline, looking gorgeous as ever; you’d never guess she was only 5’2”
High-waisted bottoms are a petite girl’s best friend. They make your legs look miles longer; whether it’s a pair of high-waisted jeans or a skirt that hits you at your belly button. You’ll thank us later. ;)
Above is a picture of Vanessa Hudgens rocking a high-waisted white maxi skirt, which elongated her petite 5’1” frame.
Always wear vertical stripes, never wear thick horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes make you look taller, while thick horizontal stripes trick the eye into thinking you’re wider than you are, thus making you look even shorter.
High heels are also another one of a petite girl’s best friends. For obvious reasons, high heels make you look taller by actually adding some height. Nude heels will make your legs look even longer, because there is less of a break between your leg and your foot. Also, try to avoid heels with ankle straps as this breaks up the length in your legs.
If you aren’t a heel wearer, wear a pointed-toe flat rather than a rounded flat, as the point of the shoe will give the illusion of added length.
Also, if you must add a belt to an outfit, wear a thin belt rather than a chunky belt along the thinnest part of your waist.
Avoid oversized, baggy clothing as this only swallows you up, including too long of tops. The Olsen twins are notorious for doing this, making them look even shorter than they already are.
Try not to wear large prints, and especially don’t wear large prints on the lower half of your body, because loud prints tend to be overwhelming on the petite frame.
Don’t wear super short mini skirts/dresses, as they typically stop at the thickest part of your leg, making your legs look shorter and stubby. Skirts/dresses that are a little above the knee are very flattering for the petite frame.
Cropped pants, which stop a little before your shoes, will break up the length in your legs, making you look short and stubby as well; instead, try wearing pants that either reach your shoes or even touch them.
Bulky jewelry and oversized handbags are a definite no-no for us petite women, because they tend to be overwhelming and take over an entire outfit. We don’t want your outfit to be wearing you, we want you to be wearing the outfit, and rocking it while you’re at it! ;)
So whether you’re 4’11” or 5’4”, there are plenty of ways to rock your petite frame and even create the illusion of being taller.
We hope you found this helpful and learned something new :)