Fashion Tips for Petite Women

Women with five feet or less height, are often referred to as Petite in fashion lingo. Clothing and accessories have always been a problem for women with petite frames, as most clothes don't fit well on this body type. So, they should go for such clothing and accessories which can make them look taller and elongated.

Find out how to enhance or flatter petite figure by choosing right styles that work best for petite women. Here are some fashion tips:

One color: It's advisable to wear light or medium colored plain tops with dark colored pants or skirts. Prefer to dress, all in one color from top to bottom.

Choose dark colors: As dark colors have slimming effect, so try black, navy, burgundy, charcoal, deep green, or purple. Metallic color dresses can also provide a taller look, provided that they should not be too loud and lustrous. Always choose small print dresses for a trendy look because small prints provide a slimming effect than larger prints.

Wear clothes that fit well: Wear garments that fit well. Simply avoid loose-fitting apparel. Fitted or semi-fitted clothing can give more elongated look. Don't choose garments that have extra fabric because that extra fabric adds bulk and make short women look more heavier.

Wear clothes with vertical lines: Women with petite frames can have taller appearance by wearing clothes with vertical lines. Vertical lines draw people's attention up to down, not side to side. Thus it makes the wearer look longer and leaner. So, choose stripes, seams, fashion details that appear vertical or are in vertical panel fabric. Zig-zag prints (in falling way) can also enhance wearer's height.

Choose V-shapes: Choose tops and dresses with V-shaped necklines. V-shaped neckline styles are aid to create the illusion of height. A little black dress with V-shaped neckline could be a best party wear for petite women.

High-Heels: Almost every petite woman prefers to wear high heels, as they are the easiest way to look tall. Sling-backs and pumps are wonderful, but avoid shoes with ankle straps. Why? Because straps breaks up the wearer vertical line and provide a shorter look. Strappy shoes look great on women with long legs.

In nutshell, choose tapered pants and skirts, straight pants, vertical striped clothes, long skirts and tops with short and medium length. Stay away from over-sized handbags, mini skirts, dresses having long sleeves and frills, wide embellished belts and bulky fabric.

These fashion tips for petite women can truly provide a taller and slimming effect. Try on.. and flaunt charm everywhere and in every season.

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Cay 6 years ago from America.

These are great tips FashionFame. Being a petite woman myself, I could really use these to put my best fashion foot forward. I will bookmark this, rate it, and vote on it. :)


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

This is very insightful, although I love the loose, extra fabric clothes and you're right. Being a petite woman too, they do not look that great on me. Great tips!


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Cay!! Thanks for stopping by and appreciation. I am glad you liked it.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I have lived by these rules! Excellent! The one color really helps me. I thought petite was under 5'2" or 5'3". The over sized bags are the new rage - read once that it helps you look smaller! Argh! What bad advice! Your advice was dead on! Excellent Hub! Voted it UP!


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California Author

Hi GmaGoldie! First, Thanks for the comment. Second, I know it's hard to resist oversized handbags, but it's also true that these handbags makes petite woman look more smaller. These days many choices are available in medium sized handbags, that can be flaunted as a cool accessory. And these will definitely boost up the appearance.


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Great tips you shared! Fun to know what works better, to add length and the appearance of a smaller waist:)


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FashionFame 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks heart4theword for the lovely comment.


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Loren's Gem 5 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

Great share! I'm not actually petite but my sisters are so I'd be glad to share these wonderful tips to them, too! :-)


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FashionFame 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Loren! Thanks for sharing these tips with your sisters.


Michelle S 5 years ago

I actually prefer to wear mini skirts (in lieu of long) because skirts that are tiny on regular or tall women end up being perfect for me. Then again, I'm really petite (4'11) but this also helps other petites.


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FashionFame 5 years ago from California Author

You are absolutely right Michelle.


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dusy7969 5 years ago from San Diego, California

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FashionFame 5 years ago from California Author

Hi dusy! I agree with your point.


Angelwynxx 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Thanks for spreading this excellent ideas. Though I am not a fashion guru but upon reading those tips and tricks, well, I learned many new things on how wearing a certain clothes. Actually, I always on the lookout for clothes on http://www.lnlclothing.com/ co'z this is where I could find sizes that would actually fit on my body.


ac 4 years ago

Can I wear maxi dressewith s my height under 5 feet?


Katie 4 years ago

Oh, thought I was all alone in this area! When I find the right lenth bottoms, they NEVER fit my hips. Really wish there were petite places in my town! :( Ah, Cape Breton!


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Ayumi Mimiko 2 years ago

Great share! I'm not actually petite but Thanks for sharing these tips

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