Petite sizing has existed in the fashion world for quite some time now, but with extremely limited options until recently.
But what is the true definition of ‘petite’? There’s this notion that anyone who fits into the petite category is slim, tiny waisted, and small framed. Well, this is certainly UNTRUE. Being petite means, you are 5’4 or under – whether you’re small-boned, busty, or curvy!
When you’re 4’11, it can be difficult to find clothes that not only fit your frame but also look flattering with your height. However, over the years, we’ve nailed down the clothes that complement and ones that can make you that extra bit taller (especially in photos)!
Check some of our favorite fashion pieces that can help address this issue.
1. Peg It!
Elaiza C in her peg pants with tie waist.
A good ol’ pair of peg pants will never let you down. Whether you’re going on a night out, having a casual dressed-down day, or going on a brunch date, you’ve found a BFF in peg pants.
The secret behind the flattering peg leg shape is simply due to how tailored they around the legs and the fact that they sit a little bit higher on the waist. Their pleated and tapered shape creates a striking silhouette, too. Both the high waist and slim leg automatically accentuate your waistline and gives the illusion that your legs are longer.
Style tip: Style it with a blouse and some platform brogues for a more dressy approach or with a pair of stilettos for that casual chic look. If you’re having a laid-back day, opt for a striped top and Adidas Superstars or open-toe sandals. The key with peg trousers is to keep the whole outfit not too fussy and let its striking features speak for itself.
2. Above The Knee
From school playgrounds to fashion runaways, pinafores are one of the most popular and easy-to-style statement pieces. Pinafores give us that feeling of nostalgia; as well as reminding us that fashion is continuously recycled.
Being petite, finding a dress that doesn’t completely drown you out is challenging. One rule we love to stick by when it comes to choosing dresses or skirts is selecting one that sits above the knee. That way, it will hang nicely on your frame without being too overwhelming. Hence, pinafores made it to this list because it is, technically, a short dress!
Style tip: Rock your pinafore with either a baggy T-shirt or a jumper and complete your look with some cut-out heeled booties to complete your ensemble. On a cold day, don a pair of black tights to keep yourself warm. Otherwise, why not go for comfort and switch to your favorite fashion sneakers.
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3. Heels Up!
I think it’s safe to say that heeled shoes are every short girl’s fashion must-have. These type of shoes will physically elevate you while also making your legs appear elongated and slender.
We love heeled boots or sandals and sometimes even platform shoes, mainly because they are much more comfortable. However, if you’re feeling brave and want to dress up, then opt for stilettos. When in doubt, go for nude heels!
Style Tip: Try not to go for heels that have too much going on at the ankles. This can break up your legs and make them look even shorter. Instead, you want minimalist styled heels that give you legs for days effect.
4. Skinny Black Jeans, Nuff Said
A fitted pair of skinny black jeans is a game changer. You see, dark clothing is like a magic potion for us shorties. We’re all familiar with the ‘black is a slimming color’ theory, right?
It turns out that black can give the illusion of a sleeker, more streamlined shape; therefore giving us a more elongated silhouette! Plus, the right jeans can be incredibly flattering on your butt! Apple-bottom jeans, anyone?
Style tip: If your jeans are a bit too long and you’d rather not get them tailored, then make sure you either roll the hem up or tuck them under. This trick prevents the jeans from gathering at your ankles, something you want to avoid if you don’t want to bring more attention to your legs.
5. Go Vertical!
While we’re still a fan of horizontal stripes, we also know that they can make you appear slightly wider if not styled accordingly. So, for that lengthening/slimming effect, embrace vertical stripes instead. Multiple, singular, or lines in different sizes, will do just that.
This striking pattern is well-loved because of how easy you can style it with favorite pieces you may already have in your wardrobe. Dress up or down a pair of jeans with side strip depending on your mood, and you’re ready to go.
Style Tip: Keep the rest of the outfit minimal simply because the stripes are the statement piece. Avoid any other patterned or textured distractions, if possible. Simplicity is key and will work to your advantage in this case for sure.
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Final Style Tip: Be comfortable and confident!
It all comes down to wearing clothes that you feel comfortable in because if you don’t feel comfortable, then how you are supposed to feel confident?
We hope that you’ll find these tips useful. Just keep doing you and always remember that the good things come in small packages!
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