3 style rules every petite woman should know!
from one petite woman to another, i think it’s time you and i had a heart-to-heart.
i know it’s easy to forget that you’re body is smaller and that you really wanna wear the clothes that the non-petite’s are wearing.
but the truth is, your body is different and that means you’re gonna have to do things a bit differently.
it’s time to stop hiding that beautiful little body of yours in way-too-big-for-you clothing, and step up as the proud + petite hot mama you are!
so grab a notebook + pen, and i’ll break down the 3 style rules to keep in mind so that you’re petite bod looks nice + sexy!
let’s get started shall we?!
petite style #1: it’s all about the lines!
the point at which clothing lines stop on your body is super important. what do i mean when i say lines? i’m referring to the point at which your sleeves, bottom of your shirt and the hem of your pants end. since most clothing in stores are made for non-petite women, this means most of the clothing lines out there will not fall at the points in your body that look best. check to see that the lines of your clothing hits in all the right places with this list below. if they’re not, chances are your clothes are + look too big on you:
- sleeve length should hit at or right above your wrist bone
- shirt length should hit between the bottom of your pants or skirt waistband and the middle of your crotch area (remember rounded hem tops are more flattering than straight hem tops)
- pant hems should hit at your ankle if your wearing flats or sandals and should just barely skim the back of your heels when in heels
- skirt hems should be at the knee or anywhere from 2-3 inches above the knee (give or take)
- shoulder seams should sit above the slope of your shoulders
petite style #2: volume is NOT your friend!
clothes need to fit closer to your body or you will get lost in the volume. now, that doesn’t mean you should be wearing skin tight clothing instead, what it does mean, is that you’ll have to let go of the comfort of hiding beneath the volume of your clothes. structure and tailoring are key for you.
petite style #3: avoid large + overpowering prints!
since you have a small frame, bold large patterns tend to look like the clothes are wearing you, rather than the other way around. great style is all about proportion so it’s important to look for patterns that are the right scale for your body. it may take a little more effort but the end result will totally be worth it.
check out the major difference in these 2 looks with Kourtney Kardashian.
in the first look, that awful off the shoulder billowy top, does nothing for her petite frame… in fact she gets completely lost in all that fabric.
but in the second look, she does everything right; her clothes are beautifully skimming her body without being too tight, she highlights the smallest part of her waist, the pattern on her top does not overpower her and the proportions of her top and shorts make her look taller + leaner!
i hope our little heart-to-heart helped you embrace your petiteness a bit more!
but if you still have questions, ask away! you know i got your back