Petite Body

How To Dress if you’re a petite

23 January, 2020

For petite ladies finding clothes that fit adequately shopping can bit of a battle. It’s not uncommon for women who are smaller than average to find themselves in fitting rooms trying on jeans or jackets that are way too long for them. If this sounds like you, don’t worry! Our personal shoppers have the all the style tips to help you accentuate your best features and celebrate your shape.

What is a petite body?

Women with this type of body shape are normally less than 1.60 metres tall. They usually find that the sleeves of coats, jackets and many other garments are too long, and also trouser length. This happens because the standarised sizing for most clothing does not fit their smaller proportions.


Less than 1,60m tall.

Wear oversize garments Enhance your waist whenever possible
Large accessories Opt for monochromatic looks
Wear maxi skirts Show your legs


How to dress if you have petite body

Now let’s dive into the specifics with some suggestions and guidelines about the best essential garments that will complement your petite figure.

Top parts

Fitted garments, marked necklines, avoid volume on shoulders and chest. Crop tops. Short, fitted outer garments that do not fall on the hip. Avoid horizontal stripes. Stay away from oversized garments and don’t excessively layer. If you do want to layer pieces, keep voluminous layers in check by wearing a belt.


Trousers that enhance the waist, straight cuts or skinny, shorts also work. Avoid print trousers or opt for vertical stripes. Try cropped jeans, the high-waisted kind and make sure it’s a fitted cut. Showing a bit of ankle gives the impression that you’re taller.


Short dresses, cinched at the waist, that enhance your legs. Avoid maxi dresses and large prints. Also jumpsuits and playsuits look great on for petite bodies.


Pencil or straight skirts. Mini skirts work well. If you opt for midi, choose those with a side slit. It’s also a good trick to wear them with pointed shoes or boots.

Other Tips for petite woman

If most suits end up being too long or too big, find a good tailor, it will be worth it.

Wear small bags, shoulder, totes and clutches; the oversized bag trend is not for you.

The monochromatic outfit is a go-to for petite women as it will elongate the figure; meanwhile, wearing separate colours on the top and bottom half create a visual divide. Don’t get us wrong, you can wear different colours and look great, just follow our tips!


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