Who wouldn’t love to be nice and tall? I think an extra 4 inches would be great! Sadly it’s not happening and I can’t even fake it with high heels because I have bad feet. Sore feet. Intolerant of pain, feet. Even if I could wear 6″ heels, I’d still have a short body and need to deal with fashion proportion issues petite women need to worry about.
I’m short. I hesitate to say petite because I fall at the top of those petite measurements. 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. My shape can be overwhelmed very easily. Although I have large bones, big hands, and very broad shoulders, I’m little.
Today I am wearing a favorite dress from Artful Home. It’s called the Fiore Flared Tank Dress by Carol Turner. It’s made from easy care, machine washable fabric that will be terrific all spring and summer. It’s perfect for traveling. I have a few exciting trips coming up I’ll share with you soon.
I tried 2 sizes before I found what worked for me. I’m going to show you what to look for when dressing your petite frame.
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.
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.
This dress has the most fabulous texture. The undulating waves of pleating are very unique. It’s also available in white, steel-blue and the yummiest Raspberry. I’m thinking Raspberry would be a very fun color for the hot months ahead!
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?
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