How are you all doing? I can’t believe it’s Monday again, the weekend just isn’t long enough! I popped into town yesterday and purchased a couple of bits of makeup (shocking) and then I did a bit of plucking to my mums eyebrows since she said she needed an outsider to fix them. I know the saying is eyebrows are sisters not twins, but to be honest they didn’t even look related, haha, so both of us are pleased with the fact they look pretty much the same now! And I’m just bloody relieved I didn’t make a right balls of them.
Anyway, today’s post is a bit on petite fashion, and more importantly tips and tricks for looking hot as hell while being under 5’3″. So I am petite in every sense of the word, as my mum says, I’m 4’11” so it’s fair to say I fit into the petite band. I have learnt a good bit about wearing clothes that suit my height over the years, mostly by making huge mistakes, so I’m going to share some of that with you!
1.Learn to cuff your jeans like a pro-This is so incredibly useful to learn if you’re short and can’t be bothered to, or don’t know how to, take up your trousers properly. I didn’t start cuffing my jeans until fairly recently, I used to just let them bunch up all around my ankles, this actually looked pretty good still but cuffing them just looks that bit better. I cuff my jeans by folding the hem up around 2cm and then simply folding it over once more. It’s such an easy thing but it’s such a nifty trick if you’re short and can’t find jeans to match your height.
2.Learn to hem your trousers-Yes you can cuff your jeans, but that unfortunately doesn’t work with all types of trouser. If you’re wearing slim leg or skinny trousers you can probably get away with just folding the necessary amount of fabric under and leaving it like that, but I would definitely recommend learing how to hem your trousers properly, sewing and all. I was lucky enough to learn to do this kind of thing in my textiles class at school when we worked on projects, but there are so many good youtube tutorials out there that can teach you this really easy tip. Or if you’re lucky like me, you can really nicely ask someone else who already knows how to do this if they’ll do it for you (thanks mum!).
3.Small prints work better than large ones-I love a huge print but they just don’t work for me. I would definitely say you can wear a large print on top but wearing trousers/skirts with a huge pattern doesn’t, as a general rule, work quite as well. A small pattern on the bottom is great for petite people because it doesn’t swamp you and will make your legs look much longer than a large pattern will, it just fits your height better. I personally think that this rule applies to maxi dresses too, a small print won’t completely engulf your body the way a big pattern will, matching the print size to your height is a great tip to make you look taller.
4.Learn which shops have good petite sections-Pretty much everywhere has a petite section now, but that doesn’t mean that every shops idea of petite is the right one for you. I will only buy jeans from Miss Selfridge because they’re the only place I have found where the petite jeans aren’t too long for me, not everywhere will have a petite section where everything works for your body and that’s so normal, but I would suggest going out and finding what does work for you and where. I also the petite sections in New Look, Topshop and ASOS, but have a look, there are loads of great shops with great petite stuff.
5.Wear clothes that fit correctly-This sounds incredibly basic but wearing clothes that fit well is so important for people who are petite, if you wear clothes that are too big then they make you look so much shorter. I used to buy size 16 jumpers despite being a size 6 and wear them, now, I still love an oversized jumper but I buy jumpers in my size that are meant to be oversized. I’m not for a minute suggesting you should all go out and buy skin-tight clothes, because that’s not something a lot of people, myself included, are comfortable with, but you should absolutely wear clothes that fit properly and are your actual size, including loose clothes, they will stop you looking super short which can happen when you wear clothes that are too big.
6.Have fun-Just because you’re shorter than average doesn’t mean that you should completely opt out of wearing specific clothes, you should wear whatever the hell you want regardless of your height. I avoided maxi dresses and patterned trousers for so long because I was worried I wouldn’t find something that would fit or something I could pull off, but I was wrong, I just hadn’t looked hard enough. Being petite shouldn’t mean that you should limit what styles you wear, just go for it, and if it doesn’t work out, then welcome to the club! Everyone makes fashion mistakes (I have made more than I care to remember), just make sure you look drop dead gorgeous the next day and no one will remember!
So there are my petite fashion top tips, I hope they’re helpful and I’d love to hear any that you guys have! Comments and feedback welcome!