Here are all the style tips for every woman who is 5-feet 4-inches or less. And here is all the helpful information you need as a Petite, to ensure you always look sensational.
- As a Petite, the most important thing to keep in mind is to try to wear a single colour or print from neckline to hemline. That will make you appear taller but will also look more imposing, too.
- Just because you are petite and might occasionally fit into children’s sizes, doesn’t mean you have to dress in frills and pastels: rock strong colour, monochrome and sharp tailoring, if that’s what suits you.
- Wherever possible, avoid belts especially on knee-length dresses or knee-length outfits because a belt creates a horizontal line which can make you appear shorter. If you want to wear a belt, ensure it is in exactly the same shade as your dress or separates.
- Too-long sleeves make us appear to be wearing too-large clothes even if the jacket, coat or shirt fits everywhere else. If you are a Petite, or even if you are average, sleeves should always be the correct length. If you can’t get sleeves shortened easily, pull them up to just on or just below the elbow. The easiest way to do this is to roll sleeves up before you put on your coat, blazer or shirt.
- While we’re on the subject of sleeves, rolling them up when wearing trousers makes legs appear longer – yes, really legs; that’s not a misprint!
- While we are talking a perfect fit: across Europe and around the world, women expect to have clothes altered to ensure a perfect fit. Let’s learn a lesson from our super chic French and Italian sisters and find a dressmaker or tailor (or a local dry-cleaner which offers an alteration service) and get sleeves shortened, jackets nipped in and shoulders narrowed so that everything fits perfectly.
- Remember with Petite, it is all about proportion. Carrying a large tote is fine, just not a huge one; and you can wear statement jewellery, just not massively oversized statement jewellery.