Fashion Tips for Petite Women


Authored by Kate Beswick in Clothing
Published on 08-02-2009

Being very tiny and having delicate features may be something that every woman dreams of. However, if you’re petite, you know just how difficult and frustrating it can be to find clothes for this type of frame. Standard sizing is just simply too big for petite women while wearing clothing that is too small or too tight will only make you look chunky and boxy. There are many fashion issues that are specific to petite women. But by following a few simple tips, you can make sure that your wardrobe is always full of wonderful choices – and that you’re never stuck wondering what to wear!

Heels are the petite woman’s best friend! Wearing shoes that have a heel will of course, give you the height that you are looking for. You don’t need to wear 6-inch stilettos to make yourself a bit taller though. So if you’re not comfortable wearing shoes with a large heel, wear something with just a small heel. Wedges can also be great for women who don’t like to wear heels. These shoes can give your foot a steadier base, while still giving you a bit of lift.

Petite women do have lots of choices when it comes to skirts and dresses. Anything that falls to just below the knee or just above the knee will work. Shorter skirts and dresses will elongate your legs, making them appear longer than they actually are. And skirts that fall just below the knee will give you a very proportionate look, especially when paired with a pair of heels! Just make sure that you don’t choose anything that falls just at the knee. This will not only make you look shorter but it will also give you a very ‘boxy’ look and feel.

Pants and jeans are other fashion choices that work very well on petite women. Again, you have lots of choices with just a few items that you should stay away from. Tapered and wide-legged pants are the worst types of pants that a petite woman could wear. These will definitely make your legs look shorter and, especially with wide-legged pants, will make your body look as though it has no shape. Pants that have a low waist will make the top of your body appear longer. And wearing boot-cut jeans, or other pants that are slightly flared at the bottom will also give your body a very proportioned look.

Everyone knows the rule about wearing vertical stripes as opposed to horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes of course, make you look slimmer while horizontal strips make you look wider and chunkier. The case of the right stripes is never truer than when you’re referring to petite women. This is because vertical stripes will not only make you look slimmer but longer too. So, they are perfect for the woman who is looking to add more height to her stature!

And to top off any look, petite women can’t go wrong with a fitted jacket! Jackets can be worn with any outfit but length once again, is very important. Wearing a fitted jacket that hits just below the waistline will look great. But, if you want to give the jacket an extra shot of panache, try one that falls to just above the waistline and has interesting details such as three-quarter length sleeves. These small details will take the attention away from your height and will draw it to your beautiful waist, petite frame, and wonderful figure!


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