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Fashion Hacks for Petite Women

The height of a petite woman is 5'4" and under, and although many may define petite as weight specific, i.e. skinny, slender or tiny, contrarily it is primarily defined by height.

I veer closer to the higher end of what's considered the "petite spectrum" as I am somewhere between 5'3" - 5'4", but nonetheless, I have over the years continued to search for clothing and overall looks that best accentuate and elongate my frame.

What I have found more than the clothing purchased is the importance of knowing what works best for my figure. There are a few really easy hacks that I have figured out when dressing and of course I am here to share them with you.

Although these tips may be geared toward a petite woman, they can be just as beneficial for everyone.

1. Know your body shape

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primary body shapes

There are five primary body shapes: pear, apple, rectangle, inverted triangle, and hour glass. There are others but these are the more common.

When you know your body shape you become aware of silhouettes that will best flatter it. You will also know the areas of your body that you will want to bring the most attention to and others that you do not. This is a great tip for all women.

2. Know your body proportions and measurements

Knowing the measurements of your bust, waist, and hips will be extremely helpful when selecting clothing but this is especially key if you happen to be an online shopper or someone who does not prefer trying on pieces before purchasing.

This will also help with what brands you choose to shop for. When researching brands best suited for you, you will learn that there are brands that specifically cater to certain body types. So again, knowing your measurements is key.

3. Focus on the core of all your looks

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The core of an outfit can make or break your look, especially as a petite. Whether you may need to cinch in the waist with a belt, tuck in your top, crop a top, or play around with the placement of a high waisted item, ensuring the precision of the core of your outfit can determine if it's a hit or miss.

Unless you are intentionally wearing an oversized top and have proportioned it with a fitted bottom, you will always want to focus on a core that's put together.

4. Wear one oversized piece at a time

This is extremely important because petite frames can be very easily swallowed up or overcome by an oversized look if not properly proportioned and we are left looking frumpy.

I totally get wanting to wear oversized looks because I happen to love oversized items myself, but I have learned that I have to choose just one per outfit, otherwise the outfit ends up wearing me.

5. Leave blazers unbuttoned

Unless you are planning to cinch the blazer with a belt, you will likely want to leave it unbuttoned. I have found that an unbuttoned blazer vs. one that's buttoned, typically looks better on a petite frame.

6. Incorporate high waisted pieces into your looks

Playing around with how we position high waisted items can elongate silhouettes and make us appear longer and leaner.

7. Wear delicate accessories

Now I realize this will be subject to individual style - but I have found that wearing smaller dainty jewelry vs. oversized statement jewelry can be more flattering on petite frames. Smaller frames can be very easily overcome by accessories that are too large. This includes jewelry, handbags, and sometimes even boots and shoes.

I know this may be not be something you will want to compromise on as an accessory lover, however, if your focus is elongating and making your frame appear taller or even smaller, I have found that less really is more in this area.

8. Invest in heels

By investing in heels, I am not only referring to purchasing quality heels but more specifically selecting the right ones to elongate and best compliment your fits overall - and let's not forget dedicating time to learn how to properly walk in them.

However, no price can be placed on comfort, so of course we want to invest in heels that also provide comfort. Heel types will be subject to your style, but whether it's a block heel, stiletto, wedge, or anything else, a heel will be a quick and seamless way to elongate any frame.

These are just a few of the tips I use to help guide how I select clothing to dress my frame as well as takeways that I have discovered overtime when observing best looks on other petites.

As with anything in fashion there will always be a few outliers here and there, so don't overthink things, use your own best judgment and most of all have fun!


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