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7 Tips for How to Dress as a Petite Woman ...

By Heather

Being a tad bit petite, I’m always looking for tips for how to dress as a petite woman. Though I’m not extremely short, I am naturally petite and have struggled with fitting into clothes my whole life. I have a high waistline, prominent hip line, and legs that I wish were just a wee bit taller. I’ve learned it isn’t impossible to find ways on how to dress as a petite woman though. You also don’t need to hire a fancy tailor, unless you just want to, of course. These tips will help you fit better in your clothes, feel more comfortable in your clothes, and also help you look taller, believe it or not!

Table of contents:

  1. Shop in the petite section
  2. Dress in one color
  3. Try heels
  4. Go vertical
  5. The right size
  6. Avoid bulk
  7. Try belts

1 Shop in the Petite Section

Okay, now let’s start with one of the obvious ways on how to dress as a petite woman. This might seem like a silly tip, but you’d be surprised how many women try to shop in a department that their body isn’t made to fit into. Case in point: I realized three years ago that I couldn’t shop in the juniors section I once used to, nor in the adult women’s section. I felt a little out of my element, until I finally broke down and started buying petite clothes. The result? My clothes fit better, I look better ,and shopping is actually enjoyable again.

2 Dress in One Color

I know this tip might sound a bit drab or boring, but hear me out. Dressing in one color actually elongates the body, believe it or not. It creates a longer illusion, and also takes the focus off shorter legs and waists. Try blacks, grays, browns, creams, and navy for the best benefits.

3 Try Heels

If you hate looking short as a petite woman, put on a pair of heels and see if you don’t feel fabulous! I always love wearing heels to make me feel taller and more prominent. A 3-4 inch heel can make all the difference, just make sure your hemline on your pants comes to at least the top part of where the heel on the shoe begins.

4 Go Vertical

When choosing clothes, try selecting blazers, shirts, or even pants that have vertical lines. They make you appear taller and naturally elongate your body.

5 The Right Size

Be sure when choosing your clothes that you don’t select tops that are too big. This makes you look disproportionate, and also makes you look shorter than you may be. When your clothes don’t fit well, your whole body just looks off. You’ll also feel more comfortable by dressing in clothes that don’t drape off of you.

6 Avoid Bulk

When dressing yourself each day as a petite woman, be sure you avoid too much bulk. For instance, don’t wear bulky sweaters or blouses. And don’t wear so many layers that it creates added bulk. This will help enhance your petite figure naturally and is pretty simple for anyone to do.

7 Try Belts

I like to wear belts that are high waist to make my legs look longer and also cinch in my waist. This creates a longer, curvier figure that’s appealing no matter what your size. You can do this with dresses, jeans, skirts, and anything!

If you’re a petite size, I’d like to hear from you. Do you struggle with finding clothes that fit, or have a tip that makes dressing easier?


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