Being a petite woman has its own advantages: from a larger selection of fashion outfits, more leg room while traveling, to squeezing through crowds and more. Petite women also tend to age with grace and look younger than they are, which is particularly favourable when in your late thirties and forties, but may be disadvantageous in your twenties or when needing to look professional and powerful.
Not to say that power and professionalism are only physical, as we all know, power comes within and shines without. Yet, in the patriarchal world that we live in now, we can’t overlook the fact that looking the part makes a huge difference. This is where your fashion outfits and your sense of style come into play.
What you, as a petite woman, need to look for is how to appear longer and slimmer, create a flattering silhouette that respects the rule of thirds (also known as the two-thirds-one-third rule), and most importantly, avoid anything that makes you appear boxy.
To state the obvious, the fashion industry has a preference for the tall, leaving the rest of us feeling vertically challenged. So, I say, embrace your height, love your proximity to the ground, and wear fashion outfits that make you feel comfortable and happy. Now, having said this, let’s get back to the reality of things and find a happy medium – in elegance and confidence that is.
BROWES THE SHOPES OFFERING CLOTHES FOR PETITE WOMEN
To look professional while petite, follow these recommendations:
The Right Fit Makes The Right Fashion Outfit
Always shop for fashion outfits that are proportional to your figure, keeping a key eye on where clothing items fall on your body. Where does the hemline fall, does the waistline match your waistline, and where do the sleeves end?
If your outfits do not fit properly, you will either end up looking even more youthful (a child who has overgrown her clothes) or will be adding extra bulk, which will cut away valuable height.
Befriending a great tailor is a must. A tailor can reinvent your wardrobe and any fashion outfits that are ill-fitted.
Skirts and Dresses: Do’s and Don’ts
Short dresses may be considered unprofessional in most workplaces, and for a petite woman they may leave you looking like a schoolgirl. You may think that short dresses will make your legs look longer, and thus, will add some height, but this isn’t entirely true. In order to make your legs appear longer, go for A-line skirts and dresses that fall below or on top of the knee.
Wrap dresses will also make a great addition to your wardrobe, as they highlight curves, elongate and slim the body, while maintaining a professional look. Dresses and skirts with vertical patterns also elongate the body, while horizontal lines should be avoided like the plague.
From A Nightmare To A Daydream: Finding the right trousers
As a petite woman, finding trousers that fit and look good is close to a nightmare. In this aspect, the right tailor is your knight in shining armour, and straight-leg, low-rise trousers with the hem covering your shoe, the trick to add some height and create a slimming effect.
Topping It All Off With A Shirt
When it comes to shirts, keep it simple and elegant. Well-fitting, trimmed shirts, light blouses, and simple patterns will complement your professional fashion outfits, while keeping the rule of thirds in place. Solid colours are always a great look at the office, while staying away from horizontal lines, pockets and fluff will be one of the best decision to boost your fashion sense.
The Power Is In The Statement Your Heels Make
Heels are a petite woman’s best friends. However, going overboard with heels that are too high may break the rule of thirds. The right shoes can secretly create the illusion of longer legs and slimmer figure, while the wrong style can make you look boxy. For example, avoid straps around the ankle, stay away from wedges that are too bulky, and keep your heels free to create the illusion of longer legs.
Now that we have covered the everyday professional outfits, let’s discuss career suits.
When it comes to dress suits, make sure that the suit blouse is not too revealing, which can be the case with the standard top sizes. Examine the cut; make sure it fits your figure properly. The length is also important. You may have to tailor it to suit your height as most skirts and trousers may fall longer than desired, creating a messy and untamed look.
If you are looking for a patterned jacket, pair it with a simple dress or a skirt and a blouse. However, if you are not absolutely in love with the patterned jacket, opt out for simple monochromatic jacket, as prints can overwhelm your figure. It is also recommended that the jacket falls at or below the hips. Pencil skirts and V-necks are also flattering for a petite figure. Remember, follow the rules stated above on hemline and you will be golden.
To sum it all up: love your figure, befriend a tailor, follow the rule of thirds, and let your power and professionalism shine!