10 Styling tips for the petite women

Hi everyone,

How are you today? I don't know what's happening to me lately but it has become a challenge to create content for you ladies. I don't want to be talking just about the outfit featured on the blogpost as I enjoy sharing some tips with you as well as impatiently waiting to read your feedback. They mean a lot to me but anyway, in the coming days, you will notice less elaborated posts but don't worry. I will be back as soon as I get to the bottom of a few challenges. In today's post, I am sharing 10 styling tips for the petite women.

Petite doesn’t necessarily mean small and slim. It simply means that you are 5′ 4” or below. You can be any size, which makes it even more important to keep your outfits in the right proportion.When you are short in height you will usually want to:
  • Appear longer, taller and leaner, 
  • Create a flattering silhouette (using the rule of thirds, so you don’t split your body in half)
  • Avoid boxiness which will only make you look wider rather than taller.

Bottom line, we want to look taller and leaner, so here's 10 tips to help you achieve these goals:

  • Monochrome outfits are your best friends: Monochromatic looks will create a vertical image and instantly create the illusion of height. Dark colors will also make you look slimmer thus higher but this rules applies to all colors.
  • Get the right fit: Your size is not necessarily ‘petite’ top and bottom, so you may need a bigger size on top or vice versa. Making sure you opt for the right sizes for your shape will give you a balanced look.
  • Avoid oversized clothes: If you do really want to wear oversized clothes, make sure to create a good silhouette and that the balance between fitted and oversize is correct. Make sure not to have both wide on top and below. A belted dress in one color is perfect for petites.
  • Vertical patterns are your friends: You don’t necessarily need to feature vertical lines as a print such as a stripe to have vertical lines in your outfit. Create nice vertical lines with open straight jackets and cardigans. Long straight cardigans or sleeveless vests are perfect for petites.
  • Wear V-Line Tops To Further Elongate Your Look: Turtleneck, mock neck will make your upper body looks shorter.
  • Get the length right: Above the knee and knee length are the best length for you. Avoid midi length. You can also wear maxi dress/skirt if it arrives at your ankle.
  • Stay away from low-rise pants/skirts: Mid-rise and high rise are your best friends. Please choose wisely based on the length of your torso. long torso = high rise ; short torso = mid rise. Regular torso can wear both but should also proceed with caution as some rise may be too high.
  • Wear heels: Pointed toe heels in your shade of nude will create the illusion of longer legs and create the illusion of height. If flats are more suitable to your lifestyle, pointed-toe flats will also help create that illusion of height. Also, you may want to avoid straps around the ankle as ankle straps can make your legs look shorter. Instead opt for shoes that elongate. Mules are also a great option for petites.
  • Wear accessories in proportion: Go easy on the oversized accessories as these may overwhelm you. Choose accessories that are in proportion with your face and the rest of your body. The bigger you are the bigger your accessories can be.
  • Get the Right Belt Width: Belts are often best kept narrow, unless you belt them very high up your waist, or they are the same color as your pants.

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So are you a petite women? If so, what are the rules you follow to help you elongate your silhouette. As a petite woman, I am always on the hunt for new tips and tricks to help me look taller and slimmer. Comment below and let me know.

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  1. I am definitely not a petite person but these tips seem right on point to me. Your outfit is magnificent! I love this kimono and the red bodysuit is so cool. Really fun look!


  2. I am defitnetly in love this with awesome dress. I really loved this color combination.


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