Petite frames need to stay with streamlined, sleek , minimalist looks.
Think clean lines like the early 1960's.
A petite frame will look lost and over whelmed in anything exaggerated, whether it's a too full skirt or a thick heavy knit
or too many layers.
And look even shorter in anything cropped.
Heels always elongate the legs and give more balance and length.
With petites it's all about proportion and colour.
Prints are tricky for petites, because too large a print and your body will look lost
too tiny a print and it can look little girlish.
Hemline length in dresses and trousers and jeans are very important.
Also attention needs to be given to accessories..a too large handbag will look like a suitcase..and too small one will look like child size. So again, a petite needs to stick with a medium sized classic.
My wife is a petite and I asked her to contribute. Sorry this is short, but here are her comments. She had a long day...
"As a petite woman with curves, I find it particularly challenging to shop and be fashionable. I have learned to play it safe with classic styles but that is pretty boring. I wish I could have a stylist dress me."
a petite woman with curves has got to do..sleek..simple and minimalist.
curves alone on a small frame can look sexy..add anything more..and it amps it up to full wattage.
to err on the side of good taste, the fit has to be impeccable, so that the clothing doesn't detract from the overall image.
so nothing too tight, too short.
prints can be the trickiest things in apparel for a petite curvy woman.
add a leopard or animal print on a curvy frame and it can look as though you're trying too hard. it can look too sexy.
add of floral and it can be too distracting.
solid colours are the best way to enhance and work with this body type without adding any more.
nude coloured shoes add length to the leg.
everything in proportion.
material plays such an important part.
and you can add textures..as long as they are the right ones.
a big bulky cable knit sweater can dwarf any petite woman.
so you wear a sleeker knit..like a cashmere which has drape and warmth..without the added bulk.
hair and makeup are a petite woman's best friends...because it make the eye travel upward.
because accessories can overwhelm or distract.
medium sized handbags..no shoulder bags.
no belts..they only cut height..and you want the illusion of length.
i love high heels..and they make you look so much taller..especially the ones with hidden platforms.
flats are another option for a petite..as long as the flats have a bit of an edge...otherwise they can look too girlish.
well cut jeans, cashmere sweater, pea jacket , boots with heels,
and a handbag in proportion..nothing outsized or shapeless...
structure structure structure..textures...line..colour.
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