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Petite, how to dress?

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Privilege short items

If you are petite, the objective is to lengthen the body. Try to reduce the bust length and to lengthen the legs. For that, privilege short items.

Wear crop tops and tie your too long shirts and tees around the waist (like here).

Also privilege short dresses and skirts which lengthen the legs by optical effect. It doesn’t mean that long dresses and skirts can’t be worn when you are a Petite. But you need to respect a few rules : it should be high waist and long enough to reach the ground (example of long skirt worn ici).

Also choose short blazers.

However, avoid short bottoms like culottes or 7/8 pants which break the legs line and contribute to shorten.

Items to privilege : crop tops, dresses, skirts and short blazers.

The waist has to been marked and the highest possible

Always mark the waist (it highlights the silhouette and lengthens it). For this, don’t forget to put your tops/tees/shirts inside your pants or skirts.

The waist should also be the highest possible. The highest it is, the more your legs will look long. High waist skirts, dresses and pants are a Petite best allies! An example of high waist dress worn here.

Items to privilege : High waist pants, dresses and skirts.

Choose tight pieces of clothe

Tight pieces of clothe because “large items” tend to shorten. Personally, within a same outfit, I like to balance tight and larger pieces of clothe. For example, if I wear a tight bottom like a skinny jeans, I will balance it with a larger jumper like here. If I wear a large pants like a boy friend jeans, I will pair it with a tight top like here.

Oversize tops are not forbidden to petites, but don’t forget to put it into the pants or skirt if it’s too long, like here. If they are short, there is no need to mark the waist but you can also wear high heels to heighten yourself like here.

I often wear slim and skinny jeans because I find that it’s the design which fit the best to petite body types. But to change, we can also wear boy friend jeans or flare jeans like here.

Become obsessed with verticality

What does that mean?

The title is not explicit so I am going to explain… All the pieces of cloth which bring verticality to the outfit lengthen by optical effect, so we can look taller!  

Privilege all these clothes that bring this vertical effect; shirts with button tabs, cardigans with buttons or zippers, blazers and jackets. And of course, leave our cardigans and jackets opened for this same reason. Example of a denim jacket left opened here.

Items to privilege : shirts, cardigans, blazers, jackets.

Wear all the colors you like

Colors are more a complexion issue. If you are a petite woman, you can wear all the colors you like. However, it’s advised to respect a harmony of colors. Indeed, if the top and bottom are from very contrasting colors, the small size will be emphasize in creating a breaking between the bust and the legs. So, opt for monochrome (same color for the top and bottom).

Honestly, I don’t really respect this rule because what I like in fashion is the game of mixing different items to create outfits and color pairing is part of it!

Items to privilege : overalls, jumpsuits (example here), dresses (one color only or made of the same fabric).

What about the prints?

If you are petite, it’s better to wear small prints, like here (avoid XXL prints). We also try to wear vertical stripes that bring verticality to the outfit and so, lengthen. However, avoid horizontal stripes.

High heels are not compulsory

To look taller, opt for thin shoes with pointed toe. Avoid round and square toe shoes which are not the better kind of shoes to heighten. Moreover, avoid platform shoes.

Babies and T-Bar shoes are not advised too because  they break the legs line by surrounding the ankle.

Say yes to high heels but it’s not compulsory. Personally, I am most of the time on flat shoes: I love wearing flats shoes and sneakers.

The accessories, the little thing that make the difference

We wear small jewellry proportional to our body size. 

Items to privilege : long necklaces (example here) or another jewellry that bring verticality to the outfit such as pending earrings.

Concerning bags, I like wearing middle size bags for the every day life. I need a bag big enough to bring everything I need with me. I’m not a kind of “travelling light” girl. However, the bag should not be twice bigger than myself. It’s a proportionality issue again!

Don’t forget the hairstyle

If you are petite, avoid the hairstyle “long and smooth hair” (my hairstyle in faact) because it shortens. The ideal is to have short hairs and a hairstyle that bring volume. The punk spike is the best hairstyle to wear to look taller.

Concerning the hairdressing, adopt “trompe l’œil” hairdressings like updo buns or high ponytail to win a few centimeters.

And you, what are your petite tips? Don’t hesitate to share it with us!

7 Comments

  • Reply Glose November 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Il est parfait cet article !

  • Reply Warren January 13, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Hello!

    Je viens sur ton blog via les commentaires que tu laisses sur mango and salt.

    Je suis tres petite moi meme (1m53) Et j´ai enfin trouve un article qui me concerne a 100%… J´adore ton blog,

    Je suis tout a fait d´accord avec tout! Apres des annees a m habiller comme un sac, c´est logique de marquer la taille, choisir la verticalite…

    Je ne suis pas d´accord avec Christina par exemple, qui prefere les bootcuts (je suis legerement plus enveloppee que toi) et je trouve que ca me tasse… Je ne jure que par les slims taille haute.

    Continue!!

    • Reply Petite and So What January 17, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Oh merci Warren 🙂
      Je suis tout à fait d’accord avec toi, le bootcut n’est pas la coupe de jeans qui met le mieux en valeur les petites…. Mais en cas de gros craquage, ça peut le faire s’il est taille haute et avec des hauts talons! 🙂
      Belle journée, bises

  • Reply Petits Bonheurs de Sophie November 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Hello,
    Je découvre ton blog que je trouve très intéressant en tant que petite ! :))
    Surtout cet article. Je suis toujours à la recherche de conseils pour savoir comment mettre ma taille en valeur. (En revanche je trouve ça un peu dommage que tu utilises les termes comme “illusion de grandeur” ou “gagner des centimètres” qui laissent penser qu’il faut absolument que l’on ai l’air plus grande. Mais je comprends complètement l’intention.) D’ailleurs, que penses-tu des bottes/bottines pour les minimoys comme nous ? 🙂
    A bientôt !
    Sophie

    • Reply Petite and So What November 19, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Bonjour Sophie,

      Je comprends totalement ton point de vue.
      Je suis moi-même petite (du haut de mon mètre 52) et je suis (TRÈS) loin d’avoir des mensurations idéales. Mais qu’on mesure 1.50m, 1.60m, 1.70m ou plus, on cherche toujours en termes de silhouette à avoir les jambes les plus longues possibles et le buste le plus court possible pour se rapprocher d’une silhouette aux proportions idéales. Je fais référence aux proportions des canons esthétiques.

      Quelque soit notre taille, on peut bien évidemment être canon 🙂 !

      Belle semaine!

    • Reply Petite and So What November 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      J’ai oublié de te répondre sur les bottes/bottines.
      Pour les bottines, je privilégie les bottines basses (toujours pour ne pas trop couper la jambe). Pour les bottes, je n’en ai pas parce que c’est très compliqué à trouver quand on est petite et quand on chausse du 35… Par contre, j’ai vu qu’Asos proposait des cuissardes (collection Asos Petite). Pourquoi pas! A essayer avec un skinny noir ou une mini-jupe noire, je pense que ça peut rendre bien! Bises bises

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