In the first look, she took a risk with the big flower on top and the big bag is certainly to be avoided. This is feature allows you to search the site. You did an excellent job of explaining what to wear and how and why to wear it. I also like her in high waisted wide dresses, where she uses the trusted v-line to elongate the look. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal.
In the summer, I wear maxi-dresses, often with quite bold prints on them as I love colour. My problem is that I find it increasingly difficult to get clothes to fit well. I have little chest, but a wide back. In the UK, there tends to be a tendency to assume that because you are petite, you must be like a stick. If a dress fits on the hip, it tends to swamp me on the waist. I find shopping totally demoralising most of the time.
All these are just guidelines Sophie and you will always have to play with clothes and see what works for you! I can understand your frustration with shopping. All clothes are made for standard proportions which only a few of us have. Taking up sewing seems like a perfect idea! Yes, I believe that calve hugging long boots fitted snugly look great on almost everyone.
Petites should wear them over skinnies in the same colour or underneath skirts and dresses. Get them past the size for a few hours and it will usually never matter after that. Hi Sylvia I enjoyed reading all your advise. Which would be better for me? It depends on how formal the wedding is. I think I would prefer a shorter knee high dress which I often find the most flattering and very chic.
You may want to have a look at this article which gives some ideas as to how to dress as the mother of the bride: Shopping is depressing for me sometimes!! I think that petites can look great in maxis. Where would you recommend finding clothes for our height?
More and more retailers like Asos and Nordstrom have special sections for petites, but otherwise you will just need to shop around and look for the right cut… Good luck and if you find stores that are especially good, let us know! I shop at Forever 21, I feel like I am to old for this store but at least the clothes fit me. Really better than petite clothing.
I dont know how to ad pics here or I would share my Forever 21 style for a 57 year old. Hi Tammila, You cannot add pictures to comments but you are free to upload them to our Facebook page. I think pants can be very helpful in making you appear longer, certainly when you buy ones which allow you to hide you heeled shoes underneath.
Wear them with a shorter or tucked in top. Above image of Victoria Beckum is a good example. Always wear pants at full length that skimp the ground. Therefore, I am trying to make the decision to wear a long or short dress.
I am a pear shape and really like the ruched style, I am also concerned about the sleeve length for my age of Both could work well. I would stick as closely to your usual preferences.
As for covering up the arms, that also depends on how comfortable you are with them. You may just want to cover the upper part only. Good luck with finding a great dress! I love to wear choose pant, ankle length boots so wat u prefer me to wear with it … I mean tops or I should go with high waisted pants. This is a pretty good article, most is common sense, but good to read in a condensed area. I definitely do NOT agree with this for dressier or formal attire.
When I am dressed up I feel best in a 4 inch heel. I also do not agree with skirt or dress length. I have always been told a couple inches above knee.
Just below the knee, unless a super form fitting pencil skirt looks dumpy. I love your petite celebrity choices; they all have great style. However, you should have shown them in some casual wear or more dressed down styles.
How many of your readers and how often are they wearing similar clothes to the ones depicted?? Thanks for your feedback. I think lengths both above the knee, on top and just below can all work. If I look at the pictures above many of the dresses and skirts cover the knee and I think the women look fabulous. But of course, just do what looks best on you!
You are right that I could have shown more casual styles. But photos from celebrities in more casual style are harder to come by and I just had to work with what I could find. Thank you for replying! I will have to experiment with that as I think it is a sophisticated look. I agree about finding celebrities in casual wear! I am always searching for photos to get ideas. I need to add length to my torso, rather than to my legs.
Thank you for any help! I offer some tips here: Very healthy and fit. Pumps can slim your calves especially those that show a lot of your foot. Wearing dark tights can also help. Hi Sylvia I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your interesting article regarding what short people should wear. I am trying so hard to lose some weight as I am attending a wedding in May I just want to look elegant for this wedding but due to me not being able to wear high heels as I have a very bad right hip.
Sylvia can you help to suggest something for me. I have been through menopause and now I have quite big boobs for a little person. I look so so forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards Lesley Cryer. I wrote an article about how to downplay your bust. I would say not to focus too much on losing weight. Try and dress for the body you have now and go shopping now to find that perfect dress!
I am enjoying this site and the article. Yes these tips would be good for anyone would wants to have a taller, leaner appearance! Petite is no longer for woman under 5 feet like it was years ago.
I wear a size Really liked the idea of dresses for different body shapes. I am size 10 but found that I was looking very small with my thin slim structure so trying gaining some weight around waist.
Not sure if this would be best. Short women often look best in short dresses. However, maxi dress can be worn too. Make sure it is well fitted and the dress does not swallow you. The way to make every outfit work is to look at proportion and create a balanced silhouette.
You can read more about that at https: Low waist pants are a no-go. Proportionately my lower body IS longer than my upper body, but I made the mistake of wearing low-rise jeans for too long.
Thank you so much Silvia for all the great ideas! I found that your celebrity examples emphasized the notion that petite indicates short and skinny and I felt out of the loop immediately. A mermaid wedding dress is basically a sheath dress with a fishtail. It is not ideal for petite brides, especially those with very short legs or large midsections.
The flare at the knees visually divides the lower body into two parts, and that could make short legs look even shorter than they already are. One way this type of dress can work on a petite frame is to keep the fishtail small and modest. The larger and more extravagant, the less flattering it will be on short women. To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Haha, let's call ourselves petite--we may not be very tall but we're skinny. Good luck on your dress--send pictures.
Healingwords - Thanks, Ann. And yep, having another dress for the reception party is also a good solution to the sheath dress issue!
I'm glad you found this hub helpful. Now that's one more thing you and I have in common besides the fact that we're both from the Teochew clan and have a significant other named Steve!
Om,gosh, you're almost there. Thankfully, there's a wedding dress for everyone, even short women me included too Good tips and rated up. As someone who is short and doesn't like shopping for dresses in general because so many of them are made for taller women, I really appreciated this!
Thanks for the great tips. Lovely dresses displayed and an informative Hub. Good advice for those of us under 5'5". Regarding the problem with a long sheath wedding dress at the reception--one could always change to something looser for that, for easier dancing Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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