Just because you’re petite doesn’t mean you can break your style rules. You just have to do it in a knowledgeable way. You can read up lots of rules (which are of course just guidelines) here on the blog. Some of the petite style rules that I find matter the most are:
- Scale – don’t overwhelm your small frame with swathes of fabric, large scale patterns or collars
- Fit – wear clothes that are fairly fitted (not tight), as clothes that are too large will make you look smaller and like you’ve borrowed your clothes from someone else (like a big sister or your mother)
- Proportions – keep your proportions in check. Ensure that you work with the principle of volume – that is – not two voluminous garments at the same time.
- Colour – a column of colour can really help to elongate your frame
Now this is not an exhaustive list of rules. But it’s a good set of guidelines to work with. But you’re bored with wearing a column of colour or you want to wear a more baggy garment (there is a current trend to ‘oversize’) so how to do it without looking ridiculous?
Breaking the Petite Style Rules
- Show some skin – particularly on your upper body (but even your legs). Wearing an open neckline, a 3/4 sleeve or a knee length skirt will help to reduce the appearance of lots of fabric. Often we associate petite with sleeves that are too long and hems that drag on the ground (if they are not tailored to fit). So showing skin says your clothes fit you.
- Draw attention up to your face – add a detail or accessory near your face – dress your portrait area to make a great focal point there.
- Wear a structured garment over something more oversized or floaty to tame it
- Add a heel – if you are happy to wear heels, a heel will add back some of the height you weren’t born with. A longer toe box in your shoe (unless you have large feet) can also make you look taller. Wedges and flatforms are another way to add height with relative comfort.
- Low vamp shoes will make your legs look longer
- Belt anything that’s voluminous as it will draw the fabric in and make the whole garment look more fitted to your frame.
Tell me petite readers – how do you break your “rules”?