When it comes to dressing for your body type, there seems to be more of a focus on what you shouldn’t wear than how to adapt certain styles for your figure. However, don’t let fashion myths dictate your sartorial choices, but instead experiment and find what clothes work for you. If you’re guilty of believing in the popular wardrobe myths, keep on reading for the 5 petite style myths debunked.
Myth #1: Avoid oversized clothes and handbags that will overwhelm your frame.
Most regular-sized clothes are one size too big for petites, so if you’re petite, chances are you already own oversized clothes and accessories in your closet. When possible, pair any oversized clothes or accessories with nude heels to balance out your frame like fashion blogger Miroslava Duma always does. Though you may balance your oversized tops like a sweater, button-down shirt, or jacket with a fitted bottom for a slimmer silhouette, sometimes you can wear a belt to add some curves to your outfit.
Myth #2: Opt for fitted pants as wide leg trousers will shorten your frame.
There’s something effortless about a pair of wide-leg pants, that’s why you must learn how to make the silhouette work for you. The trick is to find a pair that is high-waist, which will elongate the legs or go monochromatic with your top. Like fashion blogger Sydne Summer, you may opt for palazzo pants that match your fitted wrap top to flatter your frame, or even a crop top to elongate your silhouette.
Myth #3: Boxy pieces will only make you look boxy.
Boxy tops get a lot of flack even outside of petite circles, but it looks modern and effortless. The trick is to go for a cropped boxy top and add fitted pants for a structured silhouette. Or, go for bare legs and over the knee boots to balance a boxy coat like fashion blogger Miroslava Duma did.
Myth #4: Midi skirts and dresses are unflattering.
Midi skirts and dresses can be tricky as its mid-calf length has a tendency to make your frame appear even shorter. There are some ways a midi skirt can look flattering without resorting to heels. You may go for a sleek pencil skirt or other non-pleat skirts in a solid color, and juxtapose it with a fitted top such as a peplum or a crop top. Or, go for a fit-and-flare style of dresses that’s universally flattering and balances your upper-half and drawing the attention away from your calves.
Myth #5: Tunics are made for tall people.
Petites can get away with wearing tunics as a dress, but if that’s not possible, team it with shorts or leggings like fashion blogger Sydne Summer did. Prefer to wear a belt with most tunics because it creates an hourglass silhouette rather than overwhelming your frame. By heeding these simple styling tricks, you’ll prove that fashion rules can sometimes be broken.