6 Petite Summer Tips from Tracy Qiu

Dressing a petite frame may be challenging, but knowing the tricks will make your style fashion-forward and season-appropriate. Born in China and raised in LA, Tracy Qiu is the style blogger behind the T-Curate blog known for her chic and breezy outfits perfect for the summer. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to flatter your petite frame while looking summer-appropriate, keep on reading to scoop some tricks from her.

  1. Dress monochromatically to make your look visually taller.

navy cape blouse with skirt wrap blouse with accordion skirt white vest and culottes with burghundy hat off shoulder chambray top with jeans

Going for a monochromatic look will create a vertical line that will make you appear taller. Like Tracy, think go for a white vest and a pair of white culottes to neutralize its shortening properties to the boxy silhouette. If you plan to wear a billowy chambray top, pair it with skinny jeans to neutralize its boxy appearance that will make you look shorter like Tracy did.

  1. Opt for slimming black outfits to elongate your frame.

black dress with classic pumps off shoulder dress with black tote leather top with tulip skirt black top with chiffon skirt and pink sandals

Black may not be encouraged in the summer months as the shade is known for absorbing heat, but you may still go for breezy and lightweight fabrics to take advantage of its slimming properties. Like Tracy, opt for a form-fitting dress that falls on your knees for a flattering style for your petite frame. Also, going for off shoulder dresses in black will keep your style breezy. Just keep the dress fitted on your waist to give you a flattering curve.

  1. Go for high-waist bottoms to elongate your legs.

high waist embellished pants with chiffon blouse lace matching crop top and skirt high waist patchwork slit skirt and chic top high waist graphic skirt with cropped chambray shirt

High-waist bottoms will make your legs look longer, therefore, you’ll look taller. Like Tracy, spice up your cropped chambray shirt with a high-waist graphic skirt, giving an artsy personality to your style. Also, matching sets of crop tops and high-waist skirt will show off your midriff, making your legs look longer instantly. Like Tracy, you may also go for tonal dressing for a maximum height-lengthening effect.

  1. Take advantage of summer-inspired prints and patterns.

horizontal striped top with skirt tropical print outfit with turban summer print dress with structured bag side paneled skirt with cobalt blue top

Horizontal stripes are considered as a shortening pattern, so be careful on their placement. Going for a horizontal striped top with visually highlight your bust line while keeping your style nautical-chic. Tropical prints and floral prints may be great to look season-inspired but be careful on oversized prints as it will only swamp your frame. So, opt for small to medium-scaled patterns that will balance your proportions.

  1. Resort to a flattering sun hat for your face shape.

floppy hat with high waist shorts and printed blazer straw hat with red maxi dress straw hat with black dress and flat mules peach dress with flirty hat

Oversized hats have the tendency to overwhelm your frame, so opt for ones that flatter your face shape. Wide-brimmed hats are universally flattering, especially for oval and square face shapes. For floppy hats, go for a style that will enhance your jaw line and cheekbones to bring out your best facial features.

  1. Spice up your summer outfit with statement accessories.

striped espadrilles with blue hat and chic outfit flirty purple bag and floral dress with blue hat color blocked skirt with statement necklace and clutch black eyelet dress with colorful bag

Looking for ways to add some drama to your summer outfits? Opt for colorful statement accessories like a clutch, a pair of summer sandals or even mercury sunglasses like Tracy did. Indeed, your summer looks will become more fashionable and chic when you learned the tricks of dressing your petite frame.

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