Staying Stylish as the Petite Woman That You Are

Every woman has to dress to the strength of their figure and understand what looks might be a little more challenging to pull off. No one needs to be told this less than petite women. Sometimes it can feel like trying to dress in a world not meant for you, but there are a few tips that can help you make the most out of your options, and help you find those you might not have considered. Let’s look at a few, now.

Start looking at tailored pieces

One of the major issues that more petite women face is that it can be difficult to find clothes that fit you, full stop. Not only do a lot of womenswear brands not have as wide a selection for those on the very small end of things, but often even clothes that are in the right size aren’t built for women’s bodies at that size and can veer close to children’s clothing. As such, looking for tailored options near you can help you ensure that you get the fit that you need. It might take a little extra work, but it can be worth it to feel like a confident, beautiful woman of your size.

Be extra specific with your footwear

Petite women can often find that their options are limited when they try to stick with finding their size off the rack and, as mentioned, can often end up opting for larger sizes out of convenience, even if it doesn’t entirely fit. Nowhere is this more detrimental than with footwear. Size 1 heels are hard to find, so when you find a provider, you should make sure that you pin them, bookmark them, or do whatever you can to keep them in your list of go-to places and find out others who carry shoes from the same designers or the same sizes. 

Use patterns that add context

The right choice of pattern can help to accentuate your figure to a degree that you don’t get stuck fixating on your petiteness. For instance, some recommend that you go with single-color looks, using varying shades to create a more cohesive look, as well as using smaller prints, with vertical lines being particularly good at adding a little bit of perspective to your figure. Larger prints, on the other hand, can overwhelm a small figure and make you look smaller as a result.

Layer responsibly

Layers can add a ton of detail and contrast to your outfit, but you want to make sure that you do it well. For instance, you don’t want to have a loose or oversized top layer paired with an oversized bottom layer. If you’re wearing a chunky sweater, then a pair of fitted jeans or leggings can help you avoid looking swamped in your clothing. You want to try to create vertical lines with your clothing, too, to elongate your figure a touch.

Petite women certainly face an extra level of challenge when trying to stay fashionable, but it’s far from impossible. Hopefully, the tips above help you navigate your options more effectively.

Indiana Lee

Indiana Lee lives in the Northwest and has a passion for the environment and wellness. She draws her inspiration from nature and makes sure to explore the outdoors on a regular basis. Indiana loves experiencing new things and sharing with others what she learns through her writing. You can chat with Indiana on twitter @IndianaLee3