When it comes to dressing for your body type, there seems to be more of a focus on what you shouldn’t wear than how to adapt certain styles for your figure. This is primarily true for petites. Earlier this month, one of my go-to fashion blogs, WhoWhatWear, penned a relatively controversial article on trends petite women should avoid. Needless to say, many readers, including myself, took issue with more than half of the list, including – but especially - oversized bags (my oversized bag is a daily must-have). This is not to say that I embrace anything and everything fashion throws my way. I avoid baggy jeans, shoulder pads, and kitten heels like the plague, and will opt for a pointed-toe heel over a round-toe any day. Ultimately, don’t let any article (including this one!) dictate your sartorial choices; experiment and find what clothes work for you. Nonetheless, if you’re guilty of believing in the following popular petite wardrobe myths perpetrated by dozens of blogs and magazines then, rest assured, your wardrobe is about to receive a makeover.
Myth 1: Midi skirts are unflattering.
Midi skirts and dresses can be tricky. The mid-calf length has a tendency to make the vertically-challenged appear even shorter. But there’s a few ways a midi skirt can look flattering without resorting to heels. Instead of pleats, opt for a sleek pencil skirt in a solid color and juxtapose the skirt with a fitted top such as a peplum or a crop top.
Petite midi dress, Topshop.com
Vince Camuto petite midi skirt, Nordstrom.com
Myth 2: Avoid oversized clothes and handbags.
Most regular-sized clothes are one size too big for petites, so if you’re petite, chances are you already own oversized clothes and accessories in your closet. I like the look of an oversized sweater, button-down top, or jacket because they can be paired with a fitted bottom for a slimmer silhouette. Sometimes I will add a belt to a top or jacket that’s a bit too big. When possible, pair any oversized clothes or accessories with heels. Heels make everything look better (seriously).
Belted trenchcoat, H&M
Kate Spade quilted shoulder bag, katespade.com
Myth 3: Boxy tops will only make you look boxy.
Boxy tops get a lot of flack even outside of petite circles, but in my opinion it looks modern and effortless. Go for a cropped boxy top and add fitted pants for a structured silhouette.
Boatneck boxy top, Shopbop.com
Petite cropped top, Nordstrom.com
Myth 4: Tunics are made for tall people.
Petites can get away with wearing tunics as a dress, but if that’s not possible (depending on your height or the tunic itself), combine the look with tights or leggings. I prefer to wear a belt with most tunics because it creates an hourglass silhouette rather than overwhelming my frame.
Lace tunic, Freepeople.com
Myth 5: Opt for fitted pants.
I’ll be the first to admit that I shy away from bottoms that aren’t fitted. But there’s something effortless about a pair of wide-leg pants. The trick is to find a pair that is high-waisted, which will elongate the legs. Add a crop top to create the illusion of height.
Rachel Zoe high-waisted pants, Shopbop.com
So, fellow petite readers, I want to hear from you. Are you guilty of avoiding these trends? What other trends do you avoid? Let me know in the comments.
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