5 Easy Ways to Dress a Petite Frame

If you’re on the petite side, you might find some fashion-forward trends that don’t look great on you. Remember, it’s all about how you feel about yourself and how you dress your frame that will make you look more attractive. Looking for ways to maximize your stature? Keep on reading for our 5 easy ways to dress your petite frame.

  1. Embrace flattering necklines and shorter hemlines.

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Shorter dresses, shorts, and mini skirts are best on shorter legs. Most women who have stockier legs will probably attest that their fattier deposits and cellulite are located at the top of the inner thighs. If you’re unfortunate enough to have some, go for a miniskirt that is cut about 2 to 3 inches above the knee will still hide these more unflattering areas. Midi lengths are less encouraged for petite frames as it usually hit the wider calf muscle or the stocky part of your legs, so you’ll appear shorter and heavier than you probably are.

  1. Go for a monochromatic dressing.

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A monochromatic dressing creates a vertical line that slims down your figure. Solid dark colors are often more flattering than light hues and bold patterns. Like fashion blogger Jenny Tsang, go for a shorter dress or skirt that shows off your legs while giving you a leaner and taller frame in a monochromatic scheme. Remember, if you show a little more leg, it gives you the appearance of being somewhat taller and shows off the narrowest part of the legs.

  1. Go for a low-contrast pair of heels.

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Heels are good for adding some inches to your frame. Though stiletto platforms can add up to 6 to 7 inches to your height, going for non-platform shoes with about 2 to 3 inches heels serve well to elongate the legs, stretch the calves, and accentuate the calf muscles. If you have slim legs, some ankle strap sandals might work for you, but opt for low-contrast shoes to avoid chopping your height. This makes the legs appear longer, leaner, and sexier.

  1. Keep the balance and proportions of your silhouettes.

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Though you must be careful wearing slouchy silhouettes and boxy outfits, that don’t mean you have to forgo the trend completely. However, always highlight your waist with shirts and jackets with tapered waistlines that accentuate the narrowness of your waist. If you have curves, you’re likely sporting a waistline that is significantly smaller than your bust and hip lines and the tapered waistline is enormously flattering because it shows that you have a waist. Women with curves tend to wear boxy style shirts because they equate curvaceous bums and breasts with being fat. Remember, the properly-chosen attire can accentuate your assets without making them appear out of proportion.

  1. Resort to small or medium-sized accessories.

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Be careful wearing oversized accessories at it tends to swamp your petite frame. However, remember that wide belts help to minimize the appearance of large hips over thin ones and thin, dangly earrings can help elongate the neck. Also, skip those oversized tote bags and embrace mini bags and medium-sized clutches that will look perfect for your petite frame. Indeed, dressing your body type is the best arsenal you can have to look your best all the time.

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