Fashion For The Petites

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.

Fall Rules For Cas-Chic

Fitting into the elite fashion-conscious crowd isn’t as difficult as you might think. According to the newest designer for the Gap, Patrick Robinson, you can take everything you own and see it through different eyes so that it will only take a few key pieces to bring your present wardrobe into the upper echelons of casual-chic.

If you’re really serious about making your closet a temple of style and not just a dumping ground that you rummage through in desperation for something new, you’ve got to start by understanding what goes with what. Start by emptying your closet onto your bed and dividing it into outfits. Then you’ll see what you have and what you need. Don’t head into this adventure thinking you need everything new – you don’t. It’s way more fun to realize what you do have and then add smart pieces to that.

Proportions are a fundamental element of style. Learn what looks too heavy, chunky or spacious. Wear a mini skirt that’s only slightly longer than your long sweater. The sweater shouldn’t look like your dad’s – those days ended in junior high. We’re talking about shapely cardigans paired with cotton T-s and a fringed scarf. Go for knee boots and you’ll be perfectly balanced.
If you still love flared pants, then make sure they’re long – they should cover a lot of your foot and hit the floor (not drag on it) at the heel. This gives the illusion of long, lean legs. Pair it with shirts no longer than just below the belt. Layer away!

One of the basic elements of fall is a chunky sweater that’s light enough to wear indoors. Don’t be afraid to throw a denim or plaid shirt under a chunky, short-sleeved sweater – that’s hot!
If you’re a skinny pant or straight-leg girl, give your outfit some volume on top. Remember to add volume with layers, not one enormous piece. Don’t overlook the belts. They look great as high as right under the breast line and as low as your hips. Want to really make a statement? Tie your belt in a knot rather than cinch it in the holes.

Keep wearing your tanks and camis from summer. They will look great with almost any pants if you layer them and add a sassy scarf. And while you’re thinking scarf, consider calling more than just traditional scarves in to accessorize. Just about anything goes when you’re looping material around your neck and chest this fall, so be creative.

Color is in, so use it to your benefit. Make red shoes work with your purple dress by adding bright canary yellow tights. Yes, it’s true; you really can go that far with color this year and not be asked for your autograph, Pipi Longstocking. Once you get comfortable with color, you’ll feel great being bold. Not sure how to make it work; still a little shy? Cheat and buy a few fashion mags. There will be no end to the color combos this season.