Welcome to the final part in my Styling for Petites series! We’ve talked about silhouettes and hemlines, so now it’s time for the final steps in making sure you’re wearing clothes that make you look, but more importantly feel, great!
Today, I’ll cover everything from getting your clothes tailored to last minute fixes before you walk out the door in the morning.
1. Getting a Professional Tailor
Many petite women swear by getting a professional tailor. If you have room in your budget, then I would recommend it. Tailors allow you to be able to buy whatever clothing you want, and they’ll make sure it fits. If you don’t have the money for your own personal tailor, many department stores offer a range of tailoring services for a small cost. One of the most common services is getting your clothing shortened. I’ve had that done before with a nice pair of jeans, and it only took a week! I think in instances like that, it’s definitely worth the money.
2. Do Your Own Alterations
Do you have a sewing machine, or can you use a needle and thread? If so, you could do your own alterations! I can’t tell you how many shoulder straps or pant legs I’ve hemmed throughout the years with these tools. Not an expert with either of those things? Don’t worry! There are a ton of tutorials around the internet, or you could just explore Pinterest or YouTube if you need help starting your project.
3. Quick Fixes & Final Styling Tips
There are a ton of ways to make your clothing fit better without physically altering their structure.
1. Cuff your long sleeves and jeans: I do this so often, it’s not even funny. I am a huge advocate for cuffing jeans because I always like the styles that don’t come in short inseams. I’ve also been known to cuff the sleeves on most of my shirts and blouses. It makes shorter arms appear longer, which is definitely a good thing!
2. Match the color of your shoes and bottoms: Take notes, friends, because this one is a biggie! If you match your shoes to your bottoms, your legs will appear longer. This being said, if you are wearing a skirt with bare legs, wear shoe with a color similar to your skin tone. The reason behind this is because when your brain sees these similar colors, it automatically processes them as one long line rather than separate parts. Isn’t science rad?
3. Embrace heeled shoes: No, I’m not telling you to go out and by the first five inch stilettos you see. I’m saying that as a petite girl, any little boost is welcome, and you shouldn’t be afraid to wear a low heel every once in awhile. In fact, most of the shoes I wear now have some sort of elevation to them, even if it’s only a half inch.
4. Shop the children’s section: You never know when you might find a hidden gem! Often times, the largest size in the children’s section is comparable, or even larger, than the smallest junior’s or misses’ size. You might have to do some trial and error here to find which brand fits you the best, and certainly don’t rely on the children’s section for jeans or pants. They’re made to fit slim children with no curves, and as a full grown woman, you don’t want that.
Look at that price difference!
5. Know which brands fit you the best: Every petite body is different, and not all petite brands will fit you. My last piece of advice to you is to explore your options, know your measurements, and find your personal favorite brands!
So concludes my Styling for Petites series. I genuinely hope this helped you out in your shopping and/or styling endeavors! Let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you’d like me to cover!
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