People come in all shapes and sizes, but the fashion industry is yet to catch up on that. You keep hearing stories of models who literally couldn’t fit in the clothing that they were chosen to model. But, there are changes for the better and many fashion tycoons have taken on creating clothing for everyone. However, if you are petite, you might still have some issues with clothes just not fitting you properly, so here are some ways to get around that and make sure that you look bomb in anything you wear.
Your tailor is your best friend
Yes, you will need to get things tailored. A lot of things. They will be too long all over and if you want them to fit properly, they need to be altered. Of, course, you could take some time to learn the basics of tailoring yourself and save quite a few dollars by doing the smaller alterations yourself. But to be able to do this, you have to learn what to look for when you’re shopping. Shortening a sleeve can be done in minutes, but if the shoulder seams aren’t sitting at the right place – that is a whole different issue that takes a lot of time and skill to fix. So, when you’re shopping, feel free to ignore the problems of long sleeves and pant legs, but do skip on things that don’t fit right on your torso or your hips. Also, things that have very distinct knee and elbow decorations, like biker pants, might look off if not completely tailored to fit.
Fit and flare
The best type of dress for petite women to wear is fit-and-flare (a.k.a. skater dresses or A-line dresses): the dresses that hug your upper body and spread out in the skirt. Why does this work so well? Firstly, it hugs your upper body, giving you a great figure and a defined waist, but on the bottom, it is quite forgiving on the hips, which is often a problem area for shorter women. Go for a dress that is just a few inches above your knees to really showcase your legs and elongate them. You can find a great selection of women’s clothing online where you have more choices than in-store, and you’ll have an easier time finding something that fits. Many stores will also offer a petite section with clothing that is made to fit petite women perfectly, so make sure you look there.
Forget the crop top
Yes, crop tops are cute and fun and everyone around you is wearing them – but you shouldn’t. Every time you create a horizontal line across your body, like you would with a line of skin, you are shortening yourself even more. This is not a good look, and if you want to avoid looking shorter, you should say bye to anything cropped. Instead, go for fitted, regular length shirts, the solid print of which will elongate your torso. You can play around with different necklines but try to show some skin around your neck because it will elongate it further.
If you want your legs to look longer, the easiest and most effective way to create an illusion is by wearing something high-waisted that makes your legs appear to go up farther than they actually do. Jeans, skirts, shorts – anything you would put on should come high. However, buying high-waisted things in store might become chest-height on you, so make sure that this is something you can try on before committing because it is a staple you really don’t want to get wrong.
Your shoes are your friends
And we’re not just talking heels. Sure, if you wear something with a high heel, you will look and be taller, but that isn’t the only way to create an illusion of height. The shape of your shoes matters too, because the pointier the toe, the longer your legs will look, while if the toe of the shoe is squared, it will make you look stubby.
Being petite can give you a lot of advantages in fashion, but it can also create an issue with finding the perfect pieces. We all might think that the grass is greener on the other side, but if you embrace and learn how to work with your body, you can be a real style icon.