Fashion Tips for Petites
It's not always easy being teeny tiny--take it from someone who was still wearing a size 14 from Gap Kids my junior year in high school!--but with a few clever styling tricks, you can give off the appearance that you're much more statuesque than you are
Dress all in one color from your top to your shoes. Don’t forget to match your tights or stockings to your outfit too. Dark colors slim, so try black, navy, charcoal, burgundy, deep green, or purple.
Wear Clothes That Fit Well
Wear garments that fit you well. Fitted or semi-fitted clothing looks better on petites than loose-fitting apparel. Avoid garments that have a lot of design ease because all that extra fabric adds bulk and can make short women look heavier than they really are.
Select clothes with vertical lines. They don’t need to be striped. Vertical seam lines, such as princess seams, will do the trick.
Choose tops and jackets with V-shaped or U-shaped necklines. These neckline styles aid in creating the illusion of height.
Brands cut clothing much smaller in the mid-twentieth century than they do today, which makes thrift stores a treasure trove for petite gals. Of course, you'll probably still have to get a few things altered, but, you have to do that anyways. So it might as well be for an amazing '50s tea dress that no one else will have, right?
Wear High Heels
Wear high heels. It’s the easiest way to add height. Pumps and sling-backs are terrific, but avoid shoes with ankle straps. The strap breaks up the desirable vertical line, and makes the wearer appear shorter.
If you're worried about comfort, try high heels, such as the Cole Haan brand with air technology to cushion your feet.
Avoid Bulky Garments
Watch out for bulky or highly textured fabrics. There’s no need to avoid texture completely, but stay away from fabrics with a lot of loft. We want to appear taller, not broader. For sweaters, thin works better than thick.
Avoid Oversized Handbags
Stay away from huge handbags. Oversized bags are so big that they can seem to overwhelm short women. Select purses of medium size instead so that your bag will be in proportion to your smaller frame.
Skip the mini-skirts and mini dresses. Although minis look great on women with long, slender legs, they don’t have the same effect for shorter women. The hem of a mini-skirt worn by a petite woman falls across a thick part of the thigh, making it more noticeable and making shorter legs look even shorter.
Choose Pants With Straight Legs
Wear jeans and pants with straight legs. To keep a slim line, choose pants without cuffs, bulky pockets, or pleats.