24 April 2012

Sweet Petite: Dress for Success this Summer


Whilst most models are incredibly tall and leggy, petite women find it slightly trickier to wear certain fashion trends.  Take a look at our quick guide to avoid swamping your small figure this summer.  
Have a good think about your body shape. Just because you are petite, you may still be top or bottom-heavy, so dress accordingly. Top-heavy ladies, so-called ‘apples’, are better in wrap dresses that create a waist and make the most of ample cleavage. If you’re bottom-heavy, or ‘pear-shaped’, you will suit darker and slimming trousers or skirts coupled with a bright top to draw attention upwards. 

The on-trend maxi dress is a great summer option for petites. Petite maxi dresses are  available at Very.co.uk in loads of different shades and patterns so you can tailor the look to suit your own sense of style. Empire-line dresses look particularly create on shorter frames and curvy figures, as they create the illusion of longer legs.

Avoid baggy oversized clothes even if you’re not happy with your body shape. Stick to close-fitting clothes that showcase your smaller frame. A trench coat is a great jacket option as it ties in at the waist and provides a snug fit. Opt for stores that have a ‘petites’ section to make life easier – most online retailers now also have this option.

Clothes look their best when they are designed for your proportions. Whether you’re a small or plus-sized petite, tailoring is a great option when you find something you love but the proportions are off.  

Pin stripes are a great option for work clothing, as the vertical lines will add length to your body for a slim silhouette. If you like wide-legged trousers, make sure they are fitted at the top to avoid losing the length of your leg in the fabric. 

The best thing about being petite is that you never need to worry about towering over your date in five-inch stilettos! Heels will add length to your leg and work wonders under a wide legged trouser or skirt – add black tights to slim the leg further. 

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  1. before I went to India, I picked up a petite maxi from ASOS so they would be a good place to try too!




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