Hi Sia, as you say. You did an excellent job of explaining what to wear and how and why to wear it. In the summer, I wear maxi-dresses, often with quite bold prints on them as I love colour. My problem is that I find it increasingly difficult to get clothes to fit well.
I have little chest, but a wide back. In the UK, there tends to be a tendency to assume that because you are petite, you must be like a stick. If a dress fits on the hip, it tends to swamp me on the waist. I find shopping totally demoralising most of the time.
All these are just guidelines Sophie and you will always have to play with clothes and see what works for you! I can understand your frustration with shopping. All clothes are made for standard proportions which only a few of us have. Taking up sewing seems like a perfect idea! Yes, I believe that calve hugging long boots fitted snugly look great on almost everyone.
Petites should wear them over skinnies in the same colour or underneath skirts and dresses. Get them past the size for a few hours and it will usually never matter after that.
Hi Sylvia I enjoyed reading all your advise. Which would be better for me? It depends on how formal the wedding is. I think I would prefer a shorter knee high dress which I often find the most flattering and very chic. You may want to have a look at this article which gives some ideas as to how to dress as the mother of the bride: Shopping is depressing for me sometimes!! I think that petites can look great in maxis.
Where would you recommend finding clothes for our height? More and more retailers like Asos and Nordstrom have special sections for petites, but otherwise you will just need to shop around and look for the right cut… Good luck and if you find stores that are especially good, let us know!
I shop at Forever 21, I feel like I am to old for this store but at least the clothes fit me. Really better than petite clothing. I dont know how to ad pics here or I would share my Forever 21 style for a 57 year old. Hi Tammila, You cannot add pictures to comments but you are free to upload them to our Facebook page.
I think pants can be very helpful in making you appear longer, certainly when you buy ones which allow you to hide you heeled shoes underneath. Wear them with a shorter or tucked in top. Above image of Victoria Beckum is a good example. Always wear pants at full length that skimp the ground. Therefore, I am trying to make the decision to wear a long or short dress. I am a pear shape and really like the ruched style, I am also concerned about the sleeve length for my age of Both could work well.
I would stick as closely to your usual preferences. As for covering up the arms, that also depends on how comfortable you are with them. You may just want to cover the upper part only. Good luck with finding a great dress! I love to wear choose pant, ankle length boots so wat u prefer me to wear with it … I mean tops or I should go with high waisted pants.
This is a pretty good article, most is common sense, but good to read in a condensed area. I definitely do NOT agree with this for dressier or formal attire.
When I am dressed up I feel best in a 4 inch heel. I also do not agree with skirt or dress length. I have always been told a couple inches above knee. Just below the knee, unless a super form fitting pencil skirt looks dumpy. I love your petite celebrity choices; they all have great style. However, you should have shown them in some casual wear or more dressed down styles. How many of your readers and how often are they wearing similar clothes to the ones depicted??
Thanks for your feedback. I think lengths both above the knee, on top and just below can all work. If I look at the pictures above many of the dresses and skirts cover the knee and I think the women look fabulous.
But of course, just do what looks best on you! You are right that I could have shown more casual styles. But photos from celebrities in more casual style are harder to come by and I just had to work with what I could find. Thank you for replying! I will have to experiment with that as I think it is a sophisticated look. I agree about finding celebrities in casual wear! I am always searching for photos to get ideas.
I need to add length to my torso, rather than to my legs. Thank you for any help! I offer some tips here: Very healthy and fit. Pumps can slim your calves especially those that show a lot of your foot.
Wearing dark tights can also help. Hi Sylvia I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your interesting article regarding what short people should wear. I am trying so hard to lose some weight as I am attending a wedding in May I just want to look elegant for this wedding but due to me not being able to wear high heels as I have a very bad right hip. Sylvia can you help to suggest something for me. I have been through menopause and now I have quite big boobs for a little person.
I look so so forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Lesley Cryer. I wrote an article about how to downplay your bust. I would say not to focus too much on losing weight. Try and dress for the body you have now and go shopping now to find that perfect dress! I am enjoying this site and the article. Yes these tips would be good for anyone would wants to have a taller, leaner appearance!
Petite is no longer for woman under 5 feet like it was years ago. I wear a size Really liked the idea of dresses for different body shapes. I am size 10 but found that I was looking very small with my thin slim structure so trying gaining some weight around waist. Not sure if this would be best. Short women often look best in short dresses. However, maxi dress can be worn too.
Make sure it is well fitted and the dress does not swallow you. The way to make every outfit work is to look at proportion and create a balanced silhouette. You can read more about that at https: Low waist pants are a no-go. Proportionately my lower body IS longer than my upper body, but I made the mistake of wearing low-rise jeans for too long.
You can wear whatever you want. You may have to try on a few pairs to find flattering cuts, but you can certainly wear cropped pants. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 4. A big scarf tied around your ribs and waist would look good, or a long, thin piece of fabric draping in front of and behind a dress, pinned to your shoulder with a classy pin. I also love cloth roses of all sizes myself. Make sure to find the perfect shoes for your outfit!
Not Helpful 5 Helpful 2. What is the average length of a petite dress? Many sites only post dress length in inches and it is hard to know if the dress would be too long for a 5"3" frame. Answer this question Flag as What can someone who is five foot two inches tall do in order to appear petite? Can I wear tunic blouses at any height? What is the length of most petite dresses? Would the cold-shoulder dresses be attractive for me, a petite woman? Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Tips Be stoked to be petite. While it might be harder to find clothes that work, being petite has always been vogue. Steal style tips from petite models and celebrities--there are tons! Heels also will force you to stand straighter which can have a great impact on how tall you appear. Getting figure-conscious not baggy clothes is a standard style rule for a petite woman trying to avoid feeling like their figure is swamped by their clothes.
Avoid tucking your pants into your boots. This has an ankle-shortening effect. Look into more advice if you are both petite and curvy. Warnings Avoid splitting your outfit in half. Don't wear pants that cover half and a blouse that covers the other half. Avoid big and oversized accessories. They can dwarf the person carrying them. Avoid horizontal stripes, these do the opposite of elongating your figure.
Avoid boxy fitting clothes. Instead of square shoulders for your jackets, try rounder fits. Avoid boots that stop in the middle of the shin, these can make legs appear shorter than they are. Avoid baggy clothes as a petite, they hide your figure.
Don't wear shirts that go past your hipline. Baggy shirts hide your figure. Wearing straps around the ankle can make your legs appear shorter than they actually are.
PB Patricia Boese Sep 16, I find the fashion experts have forgotten petite women. I can never find trousers to fit my waist or lack of hips. All clothes can be an issue. AS Aica Santos Sep 23,
Bomb Petite June 19, Body Shapes, Most Popular, Petite Bloggers Contrary to popular belief, petite doesn’t always mean short and slim. ‘Petite’ is a tricky category, because it spans all body types: you can be petite with long legs, or be short all over, or have a big bust, or have curvy hips. In previous articles, I discussed how to determine body shape and dress for your vertical body type. Today let’s go into detail on how to dress when you are short or petite, ie., below the average height of . Do you have hourglass figure? Some say hourglass figure is the most feminine body type, thus it is most attractive. Picture the petite body of a curve goddess from the 50s, and Elizabeth Taylor (5’2″) is the most classic example of Hollywood petite hourglass figure.