How to Flatter a Petite Frame with Jean Wang

The mind behind the Extra Petite blog, Jean Wang is a Boston-based fashion blogger aims to inspire petite woman like her to look more stylish and confident on their street looks. Looking for styling tricks and fashion pieces that will fit and flatter your frame? Keep on reading to scoop some of Jean’s tricks.

  1. Go monochromatic or low-contrast shades on your outfit.

lace dress with black tights and gloves

white coat with lace dress pastel pink lace top with white pants pastel dress with white blazer

An all-black or monochromatic look creates a vertical image that makes you look visually taller. Like Jean, you may even think of wearing black tights with your black dress and opt for a pair of black classic pumps to add some stature to your frame. However, if you feel monochromatic dressing a bit boring, the go for other subtle shades that will blend visually without taking the same hues on your outfit. Clashing bold colors will visually chop your frame, making you look shorter than you are, so be sure to go for shades that blend well.

  1. Embrace skinny jeans for your casual street looks.

skinny jeans with ankle boots and suede jacket white skinny jeans with chic coat and shirt skinny jeans with chic wrap top

Avoid pants with wide-leg and cuffs as they make the end of the leg obvious, thus making petites look shorter. Straight-leg pants may be great, but skinny jeans will be perfect to elongate your frame. Like Jean, go casual chic by opting for striped tops, crisp shirts, feminine blouse, cropped jackets, silk tops and such. Wearing ankle boots in the same color of your skinny jeans would help to make you look taller and leaner. Though you may go for stiletto style for a more feminine look, chunky and blocked heels will make you look taller and slim.

  1. Go for a flattering style and length of dresses.

classic body con tweed dress with black pumps paisley print dress with hat fit and flare floral dress fit and flare floral dress with metallic pumps empire waist dress with classic pumps

Though wearing maxi dresses with heels sometimes work for a petite woman, going for midi lengths or hemlines that fall on your knees will be great. Avoid wearing dresses that fall on your calves as it will only make you look shorter. Fit-and-flare dresses, empire waist dresses, and body con styles are flattering as they elongate your leg line, therefore makes you look taller than you actually are.

  1. Opt for cropped jackets and blazers.

cropped orange blazer with printed dress printed dress with cropped blazer fit and flare abstract print dress

Blazers and jackets may be great for your frame as long as they fall on the slimmest part of your waist or just above the hip. Long and oversized jackets will only make your legs appear shorter, therefore, making you look shorter than you actually are. Also, avoid ones with heavy embellishments, too boxy structures, and bulky silhouette that will add some volume to your frame. Like Jean, going for lightweight knit, woven cotton, or even a cashmere blazer can be great for you.

  1. Embrace high-waist skirts that fall above or on your knees.

white skirt with wrap top tulle skirt with chic top high-waist skirt with chambray shirt high waist pleated skirt with fitted sweater high waist pencil skirt with pussy bow blouse high waist full skirt with gingham shirt

Pencil skirts and A-line skirts are versatile fashion staples that can be worn for many different occasions. If you wear tights with your pencil skirt, match the color of the tights to the pencil skirt for a longer, leaner look. Also, choose an A-line skirt with a zipper, rather than one with an elastic waistband. High-waist bottoms that fall on your knees will make your legs appear longer, therefore, making you look taller. From these styling tricks we’ve scooped from Jean, you’ll be able to dress more flattering and more stylish with your petite frame.

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