Petite body types are perhaps one of the most difficult to dress. With fashion designers flaunting their must-have clothing on taller-than-life supermodels, most short women feel their pickings are slim when it comes to finding fashion looks that suit their build. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. With more designers becoming attuned to “real women” and their clothing needs, the options for petites is increasing and if you know what to look for and how to shop for your body type, you’ll have no problem being a petite fashionista.
Back in the day shopping for a petite woman meant purchasing clothing items made for tall women and then taking those very clothes and altering them to a point where they will properly fit. Luckily, those days are over. You can now find petite versions of the latest styles in any department store and specialty boutique. It may sound obvious but the first place you should look for new clothes is the petite section. Want even more variety? Hop online and you’ll find a score of websites that specialize in offering the best fashions for petites – and even at affordable prices.
Not only do you have to know where to look for petite clothes, you have to know which styles will flatter your build and which ones to avoid. If you happen to see a fashion item being worn during a fashion show and think you may want to add it to your wardrobe, stop and reflect on it for a moment. Remember, the sample size the model is wearing was tailored to her height and build, which is going to be vastly different from your petite frame.
Some patterns and prints also look better on some body types than others. Shop around for clothes that are not only tailored for petite bodies but styles, cuts, and patterns that enhance what you have while creating the illusion of height. One of the biggest fashion no-nos for shorter women is horizontal stripes. Want to make yourself appear even shorter? Then horizontal stripes will be your answer. The solution to this is to turn to vertical stripes instead, which automatically make it appear as if you are a bit taller. Vertical stripes work for shorter women in most forms, such as swimsuits, dresses, and tops.
When it comes to prints, avoid clothing items that have large, bold images and patterns and instead opt for styles that are designed with thin and flowy images that run downwards on the garment. Another fashion tip shorter women should live by is to avoid dressing in a way that makes your torso appear cut in half. That means belts and colors that abruptly cut off the top half of your body from the bottom half, which can make you look even shorter. To combat this, use belts wisely and wear them either low on the hip or right underneath your bust line. Wearing darker colors also adds a slimming effect in addition to height.