Finding the right clothes that flatter your body can be particularly difficult for women on the shorter side. Not every brand or label designs petite styles and even if you find one that does, it still might not fit you right. What you need is to follow certain rules while shopping.
We have put together some style mistakes you should avoid while shopping for your petite frame.
Styles no petite woman should wear
- Never wear cropped pants, cropped jeans, midi skirts or midi dresses. They cut the visual length of your legs and make you look shorter.
Instead, opt for ankle length pants and skirts that sit on or just above the knee.
- Do not wear top and bottom of the same silhouette, like an oversized shirt with boyfriend jeans or a fitted top with skinny jeans. This will only emphasize your shorter frame.
Instead, balance out the volume in your outfit. For example, wear high-rise wide trousers with a fitted top. This flatters your frame and creates an illusion of length.
- Avoid clunky shoes at all costs. They draw the eye downwards pulling attention to your short frame.
Also, avoid knee and thigh-high boots, they visually cut your legs and make shorter frames seem even more so.
Instead, wear minimal and sleek heels, and in place of high boots, wear ankle boots.
- Never wear loose or asymmetric silhouettes.
Opt for structured outfits (blazers, pants) and A-line silhouettes in skirts and dresses. They create a flattering silhouette and trick the eye into perceiving length.
- Do not wear completely different color palettes or patterns for the top and bottom of your outfit.
Instead, follow the same color theme or pattern for both top and bottom. This creates a continuous visual span of your outfit, making you seem taller.
Also, wear vertical stripes instead of horizontal and smaller prints instead of larger ones.