How to look a Treat when you’re Petite!

A friend of mine who is a maxi size was bemoaning how difficult it is for the larger woman to get clothes to look good in. I said to her that it was equally tricky to get clothes that suit you when you are petite too! By petite I mean diminutive in height- five feet four inches or less. It can be frustrating looking around and seeing something that looks good on the hanger or peg and then when you try it on and look in the mirror, it’s too “boxy” or simply just too long.
Here are some tips on what to look for when out shopping for dresses, some may be obvious, some not so!
Let’s talk length. Tour dress should be knee length or shorter: This is simply because despite being short you want your legs to look long and lean and the more leg that you shows, the taller you’ll appear. Dresses that have a hemline at your knee or slightly above are arguably the most flattering for petite types. The risk is that if you wear too short a skirt, depending on your appearance, shoes and make-up, you could end up looking like a little girl playing grown-ups!
If you want to go for below the knee dresses, then go for dresses that are a long long way beneath the knee. I am talking ankle length: go all the way to the floor. In the summer, a fresh bright n’ breezy cotton sundress that falls to the ankles can be matched with espadrille sandals or other heeled, casual footwear. In winter, a long darker coloured velvet dress can be matched with black or mauve leather or suede booties.
Do you like V-necks? Who doesn’t! They are good for all body types including petite ladies. It creates a vertical interest and draws the eye up and down. Plus it shows off your neck, and gives the impression of a long swan-like neck, even if that’s not the case.Halter styles can accomplish this without much of a problem.
What about stripes? Stripes or other top to bottom features that travel the length of your dress create a taller appearance drawing the viewer’s eye up and down. To create a figure-flattering smooth silhouette image, go for a wrap dress with a V neck.
You might be able to work out from the above what to avoid, but here we spell it out in a number of points:
-Dresses that hit the middle of your lower leg cut off the long look you’re trying to attain.
-Wide belts won’t work if they are in a contrasting colour to the rest of your dress. It will divide you into two halves and accentuate your lack of height.
-A dress should be a single colour to best flatter the petite frame. Petite women should avoid dresses that are one dramatic colour on top and a completely different colour on the bottom. Like the wide belt, this tends to cut the body in half.
– Horizontal stripes rarely work for women of any size or shapeexcept thin, tall, willowy runway model types. Petite women should avoid any variety of horizontal stripes. Side-to-side stripes draw the eye horizontally rather than vertically, which is not what you want.