Three top styling tips for petites: look smart and chic

Now that you know the importance of proper fit when dressing for short stature (see that article here), it's time to explore some specific styling tips that work well for shorter women. From prints to proportions, these tips will help you create a flattering and stylish look that boosts your confidence. Here are some key ideas to keep in mind.

Tip 1: Small Prints and Narrow Stripes

Look for prints that are smaller in scale, as they will not overwhelm you. Large prints can make you appear smaller than you are, while smaller prints help to create a more unified look. 

Bend that rule a bit on a statement piece, especially if the garment has a lot of real estate, such as a long cardigan (in contrast to a crop-top). This works well if only the pattern is bold, but not the colors or contrast between colors within the pattern. Maybe the garment has smaller, detailed portions, or even a detailed surface texture.

You can also try vertical stripes or patterns, as they can create the illusion of a longer silhouette. Horizontal stripes are fun, but keep them to a minimum. Thin or subtle stripes are best for us, as are stripes relegated to smaller areas, such as just on the shoulders. You can also break up the stripes by wearing a long necklace, an untied scarf or an open blazer or vest over it.

Tip 2: Use of Repeat Color

Monochrome outfits can also help to elongate your silhouette and create a cohesive look. For interest, add in an accent color or pattern and repeat it vertically throughout your outfit. Think hats, jewelry, scarves, belts, handbags, tights and shoes. This is particularly fun if the accent color is contrasting but harmonious. Think black accents over a white dress. Pink with navy pieces. Earthy blue over brown. Or use monochrome loosely: mix shades of grey, or wear a mix of pink and red. But generally speaking, keep a color theme going so you don’t chop up your figure, especially avoiding cutting you in half.

Tip 3: V-neck, scoop neck or a narrow U

V-neck tops and dresses are generally more flattering on shorter women, in part because we usually have shorter necks. By showing skin on your neck and/or shoulders, you visually elongate the face and neck portion of you and create balance. Soft or narrow U-neck tops are also great options.

Did you know you can create a faux deep neckline? Use a scarf knotted low down. This works well if you are small busted. For us busty, short chicas, we can wear gauzy scarves left untied or long, but not bulky, necklaces. Also, wearing blazers open works this way, too. For higher necklines, you can create a V with your blazer or an open button-down, especially if your top is a neutral or low-contrasting color against your skin tone.

All in all...

When it comes to dressing for short stature, there are many tips and tricks you can use to create a flattering and stylish look that boosts your confidence. From prints to colors to accessorizing, these ideas can help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.