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What To Wear If You're Petite: The Fashion Rules Every Petite Girl NEEDS To Know

by Cliche Wynter Published on 1 July 2014

That feeling of desperately wanting an article of clothing and realizing it doesn't quite fit the way you need it to? Seriously the worst. So petite girls, believe us, we completely empathise with your plight. But no worries! Here are all the fashion essentials you'll need to dress your tiny frame to stylish perfection.

Being a short and petite gal comes with a unique set of challenges. Often times, your small stature means you get mistaken for an underage girl (and have to deal with the grossness of being hit on by pubescent boys... Ugh!).

But your most difficult hurdle to overcome? Finding clothes that actually fit. If you're looking for pants that aren't too long and coats that don't swallow you whole, you usually have to hit up the kids' department. Sound familiar? We thought so.

Let's be real, no woman wants to walk around looking like a confused 12-year-old girl or like she raided her mother's closet. Um, absolutely not. We get it, and we're here to help.

Here's what every petite girl needs to know about dressing her body type:

Your petite girl shopping list:

  • Six inch heels
  • Skinny belts
  • Nude heels
  • Skinny jeans
  • Short shorts
  • Mini skirts
  • V-neck tops
  • Vertical stripes

Six inch heels are magical

As a petite girl, six inch heels are your best friend. Yes, they hurt like hell! But if you're looking for an instant height boost, these babies will do just the trick. You'll be a tall goddess in a matter of seconds. When your feet are begging for mercy, remember, beauty is pain.

Another secret tip? Try nude heels, they'll help elongate your legs.

Think thin belts

When you're a lady with a smaller frame, you have to be careful not to overwhelm your small physique. Chunky belts are a major no-no. Stick to smaller, thinner options to cinch your waist. You'll thank us later!

Say yes to skinny jeans

Who doesn't love a pair of straight leg trousers? They're incredibly chic and are a perfect way to accentuate your legs. For shorter women, this is especially important, because they give the illusion of longer gams.

Now throw on a pair of killer skinnies and strut!

V-neck shirts are very flattering

Petite gals, you understand that you have to take all the extra inches you can get. This is where v-necks come through with a major win. They'll make your neck look longer with a splash of sex appeal.

There's nothing not to love!

Short shorts are super sexy and practical

If you're 5'3 and under, avoid wearing culottes. Since they're longer and loose-fitting than regular shorts, they work against your height. Dare to bare major leg in short shorts instead.

Mini skirts are a must-have

Mini skirts, like short shorts put your gams on display. Skirts that fall mid-calf have a tendency to envelop smaller women. If you don't have a tailor on had, they're not the easiest garments to pull-off.

Vertical stripes are vital

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We all know Nicole Richie rocks out for the petite girls! In her Instagram post, she shows just how vertical stripes can make you come across taller. We love it!

IMPORTANT! Read These Petite Girl Fashion No-Nos....

Now that you know what you should wear, here are a few items you might want to stay away from.

Want to to appear taller? Then avoid these items.

  • Maxi dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Thigh high boots
  • Oversized clothing
  • Statement accessories
  • Chunky belts
  • Billowy clothing
  • Flat shoes

Shops that cater to petite girls:

Topshop
ASOS
Dorothy Perkins
Miss Selfridge
Littlewoods
Isme
Ann Harvey
Debenhams

Check out these petite girls for fashion inspiration:

Scarlett Johansson © Getty

Do you have any style tips for petite women? We'd love to hear them! Tweet us @sofeminineUK

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