I can’t tell you how pleased I was when high street stores began making clothes designed for the petite population. I think that Next was the first store to actually recognise that not everyone is of model proportions. Nowadays every shop seems to have a petite section – no more buying children’s clothes at the age of 40!
Like most people, I’ve made the odd faux pas (just because cropped jeans are fashionable, it doesn’t mean everyone has to wear them) over the years but I’ve also learnt a trick or two to assist us shorties. I thought it might be helpful to share some of the things I’ve learnt…
1. DON’T wear cropped skinny jeans as they cut your legs off at the wrong place making them look even shorter than they already are. DO wear boot cut jeans or skinny ankle grazers with a small heel.
2. DON’T wear boxy tops that end mid way across your hips as it will cut you off at the widest part of your body. DO wear tops that skim the top of your thighs (assuming what is on the bottom half is figure hugging) or a top that is cinched in at the waist.
3. DON’T wear too many patterned clothes together as they will overpower you. DO wear a patterned top with plain bottoms or vice versa.
4. DON’T wear ballet flats for obvious reasons. DO wear a trainer with a chunky sole as it has more material and gives you a little extra height.
5. DON’T wear too many baggy, shapeless clothes together. DO wear wide leg trousers with a fitted top (add a heel for extra height) or a baggy top with fitted trousers.
6. DON’T wear knee-high boots as they make your legs appear shorter. DO wear ankle boots with a small heel.
7. DON’T wear skirts or dresses that cut off across the knee. DO wear skirts that are a couple of inches above or below the knee.
8. DON’T wear tops that are the same length all the way round. DO wear tops that have side splits or are lower at the back than the front.
9. DON’T wear shapeless, long-line blazers. DO wear a fitted jacket that will accentuate your waist.
10. DON’T wear a square neck top or anything too high up in the neck. DO wear a v-neck to create the illusion of length.
Based on the above, I’ve put together some items from the high street that would fit into these categories and I know would suit me.
Are you a fellow shortie? Do you struggle to find clothes to suit your frame? Have you got any tips to add?