How to Dress as a Petite Woman

Under 5' 4" (162cm) tall? By the fashion industry’s guidelines you are considered petite. Dressing as a petite doesn't have to be difficult, there are many simple guidelines you can follow that accentuate your rocking body. Don't feel like you need to be tall when you aren't. The goal of dressing as a petite isn't to necessarily create the illusion that you are a tall person. Instead, it's about finding clothes that work well with your natural figure.


  1. Shop at places that specialize in the petite frame. Not all places do this, some brands don't even have a petite line. Here are a list of retailers that carry a petite line:Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%201.jpg
    • The 16th Bar (specializes in petite styles)
    • Eddie Bauer
    • Banana Republic
    • White House Black Market
    • J. Crew
    • Gap
    • Old Navy
  2. Follow a two-thirds-one-third rule. Meaning, don't wear outfits that split up your body at the center line, creating two halves. Instead, wear pants that cover two thirds of your body (high waists) and shirts that cover one-third.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%202.jpg
  3. Wear v-neck tops. V-neck tops elongate your neck which works great for petite women.Below URL has a special lookbook showing how v-neck dresses make petite women look taller. Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%203.jpg
  4. Wear monochrome outfits. Avoid wearing a lot of different colors and patterns. Fashion experts recommend sticking to one or two colors if you are petite.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%204.jpg
  5. Wear figure-conscious clothes. This does not mean skintight, but you don't want your petite frame to be hidden by layers of extra cloth - this will just make you look shorter and wider.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%205.jpg
  6. Wear vertical stripes. Vertical stripes elongate your figure which can be flattering for shorter people.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%206.jpg
  7. Tuck in your shirts and blouses. This is an easy way to get your clothes to fit closer to your figure. Tuck in a baggy shirt and voilà, you have a more flattering situation!Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%207.jpg
  8. Wear a belt the same color as your pants. Seems like some sort of magic doesn't it? Well, it is! According to fashion experts it makes your legs look longer as it is continuing the vertical line of your pants.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%208.jpg
  9. Wear heels. This is probably the easiest way to actually change your height - experiment with platform heels, wedges, booties, knee high boots and pumps, and pair with pants that end about a 1/4" above the ground in order to take full advantage of the boost they give you.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%209.jpg
  10. Wear high-waisted skirts and pants. High waists elongate your legs.Dress%20as%20a%20Petite%20Woman%20Step%2010.jpg



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