Fashion for petite women over 50 isn’t a slam dunk just because you shop in the petite department. I’m short but can’t wear most petite garments. I’m 5’4″ tall, with a long torso and short legs. I have long arms and short thighs. Saying it like this makes me sound pretty disproportionate. What it really means is I have to pay very close attention to the proportion in my fashion.
The two tank dresses below illustrate why petite fashion over 50 isn’t the same for every woman.
The armhole on the left is too long for me. Too much “sleevage” shows and it’s not flattering. The one on the right fits snugly up to my underarm without binding.
Style Tip- Look for an armhole depth that hides enough, but also doesn’t pull across the front. If the front top or dress fabric pulls or pleats, it’s too short an armhole for you.
The larger dress on the right is too long for me. I can get away with some extra length when wearing a slight heel, but I prefer flats, so this overwhelms me. There’s also too much fullness in the flare of the dress on the right.
I’m an inverted triangle (shoulders wider than my hips) with very little definition in the center of my body. I like to tie things at my waist to give the illusion I have one and help my legs look longer.
In flat shoes, this larger/longer dress feels dowdy on me. Dowdy and frumpy are never a look I aspire to. The longer length dress stops at the widest part of my calf. Very unflattering and makes my legs look thicker than they are. My calves are one of the shapeliest parts of my body so I try to show them when I can. Knee-length or shorter hemline helps the petite woman look taller.
Style Tip- wearing texture near your face reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
These tips won’t make me look taller, but they will make my clothes look like they fit me properly.
Do you fit the petite category?