Petite Style Tips

These Body Shape Style Tips are intended specifically for women who are feeling lost with their personal style and need some guidelines and boundaries to start with, until they find their confidence.

The best thing about fashion is that anything goes!  You can pull off pretty much anything if it authentically suits your personality and you have the confidence to pull it off.  However if you don’t, I have found that some of these style tips have helped my clients to start off by experimenting with new looks, leading eventually to greater confidence.

Petite Figures

We are led to believe that good things come in small packages but many petite women find it a constant source of stress finding clothes that fit, as a lot of main lines don’t cater for littlies!

Tailored Style

Don’t “make do” with clothes that don’t fit properly. Make a tailor your new best friend and they can help you to achieve clothes that look better on and feel so much nicer.

Never settle for clothes that are too big otherwise they will drown your little frame and appear shorter than you are. You want to wear the clothes, not allow them to wear you!

If you are spending money getting clothes tailored to fit you well it’s worth looking after them to ensure they stand the test of time. There is nothing worse than having a beautiful jacket that you have worn over and over again and seeing it marked or tired – the thought of replacing it after spending years finding the perfect jacket in the first place is so frustrating so use shoulder covers, storage bags and clothes brushes to keep garments looking new and follow laundry instructions to ensure longevity.

Tops and Jackets

For tops and jackets, opt for neat and tidy styles. Too much pattern or fuss could over power you!  Tailoring always looks great on petite figures as long as it is well fitting on the shoulders and the arms.

Always ensure that the sleeves finish on your wrist, and no longer otherwise it will may look like you are wearing someone else’s jacket!  Cropped jackets always look great on petite figures and enhance your small frame. ¾ sleeves are a good option for petite frames as it draws the eye to the waist giving you more of an hourglass look and makes your arms appear longer and leaner giving the overall impression of a longer body.

Dressing the Leg

Petite framed women should look for trousers that fit their leg well and finish on the top of the shoe to lengthen the leg when wearing flats. Sometimes too wide of a style, especially if worn without heels, can just look to much on a small frame.

Cropped and capri styles also look nice on a smaller frame with open style shoes such as loafers or ballet pumps. Again ensure trousers aren’t too long otherwise they will look like you have shrunk in your clothes!

Higher waistlines can also help to elongate legs as well as showing off your feminine figure.

Heels are obviously a good option to make legs look longer and slimmer and of course to give you height should you want it. If your feet hurt when wearing heels, try some insoles or shoe pads to prevent pain in the first place or look for thicker heels, platforms, flatforms or wedges which are always easier to wear than a stiletto type heel.

Prints and Patterns

In general I would avoid large prints as this may look far too much on a little body and you could get completely lost in the pattern. Small prints however keep petite ladies looking in proportion.


Downsize your accessories to balance out your proportions and look for neat shoulder bags and clutches. Some petite women can get away with chunky jewellery – a lot of this can depend on personality and cofndience but in general, even chunky jewellery wants to look neat and contained in some way to not overpower you.

Other Body Shapes that may be worth checking out: –

Many women also have to deal with body shape challenges when it comes to proportion in terms of: –

  • Plus Size Body (Main Challenge Area: Find it hard to Find Stylish Clothes and may want to Look Slimmer)
  • Tall Women (Main Challenge: Find it difficult to get clothes to fit well in the arms and legs, and often avoid heels)
  • Petite Women (Main Challenge: Find it hard to get clothes to fit well around the torso, shoulders and in terms in length.  Can look drowned easily)

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