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Best style tips for petites.

Yay, my first email from a reader expressing her frustration in clothing options for petites. I feel your pain, L. There are tons of articles on how larger women are having a hard time dressing but I’ve seen many stylish options for women who wear bigger than size 10 whereas I am always shaking my head going through Nordstrom or Bloomingdales petite section. Even brands that normally have attractive clothes somehow end up designing what can only be described as sad sad clothes for women shorter than 5’4″. Considering that average height for women in the States is just that, it remains a mystery to me why such a large section of populace is underserved.

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Rule number one: come to terms with the face that you’ll need to use tailor often. I’ve found that even petite clothing still needs to be altered to have that perfect fit, depending on the body.

Jackets should hit you at the hip (feel the top of your hipbone). Stay away from boxy fits and go for fitted at waist or empire cut jackets. I really like J Crew petite blazers, Ann Taylor petite options as well as White House Black Market petite options.

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Tailored pants should cover 2/3 of your heel and the pointy toe flats and heels are your friends as they will make the legs look longer. Color coordinated pants-shoes will also visually lengthen your legs. I see this done wrong all the time. You cannot have the same trousers for both flats and heels. If you wear both, buy 2 pairs of pants and have each tailored accordingly. The picture of the left automatically makes you look shorter and too long pants draped around your ankles is not a great look either.

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Jeans should be hemmed to be at an ankle length. Play around to see which length is most flattering by cuffing them first before altering. Skinny or straight leg jeans are most flattering. You can do maxi dresses but stay away from anything too billowing.
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Skirts (other than mini) and shorter dresses should end right at the top of your knees.

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Shoes: as I said, aim for anything pointy toe. Boots need to end right under the knee and wedge heel is your best friend. In my experience it’s really hard to find well fitting boots for petites as the calf area is inevitable too large. European designers cut narrower than American designers. I’ve had luck with Johnston&Murphy, Aquatalia and Nordstrom’s BP brand which is meant for juniors and is therefore cut narrower.

Do not wear light skinny jeans with dark short booties, it shortens your leg and makes it look bigger. Likewise don’t wear booties with skirts. Ever. Do heels, flats, or tall boots. Case and point.

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Last but not least: be mindful of volume. If you are a flowy top do not do flowy wide skirt as well. Pair a-line skirt with a fitted top. If possible accentuate your waist, this tip works whether you are plus size or regular petite.

Here’s my inspiration board for Petites on Pinterest.

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Golden Globes 2017 best and worst dresses.

I was bored this year. There were so many safe pretty dresses, while you have access to so many designers with such fascinating options. I dunno. I’ve done pageants so I am sort of over these dresses, but clearly these still hold appeal.

My favorites in no particular order.

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Busy Phillips with Michelle Williams. I love the dress Busy is wearing with the yellow embroidery and matching clutch, fit is great, cleavage is sexy but not over done. I like the hair, the only thing I would change is lips – red would have been great. Don’t like the Victorian milkmaid thing Michelle Williams has going on though. 🙁

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Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana. Midi dresses can be tough but she looks beautiful. Sheer but not tacky, love the lip and matching toenail color, to me this works. I do wish this thing at the waist was not put on. Lot of people disliked this dress but not me!

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Naomi Harris in custom Armani. This almost looks like wired LED lights were wrapped around the dress but nevertheless, its an interesting texture, beautiful color, fit, silhouette and she is just stunning. Old school glamour.

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Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa. I think NYT was insinuating that this was potentially a not so great dress but I absolutely disagree. This is a strong, beautiful and very feminine look. The shape is tricky, not for short girls, glad hair is up to further elongate the silhouette. Make up and jewelry are perfect. This totally rocks imho. (and ps! so glad she is no longer competing with Kardashians who can wear less clothes out in public.)

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Last but not least Olivia Culpo. Another dress that drew a lot of criticism “she drowns in it”. Yes, the skirt is big but the fit is good, boobs look good. Very strong, Dolce&Gabbana-esque look, reminds me of Monica Bellucci a bit. She took a risk and if nothing else people will remember this dress over some chiffony boring prettyness.

On to my losers:

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Natalie Portman has stolen Pat Atchul’s look from Southern Charm and dont think she can pull it off as well as Pat! She looks heavy, matronly and little out of it. Wait, is she pregnant? If so she gets a pass but she could have still rocked a different dress. Go for fitted when pregnant, so much better than covering it up.

 

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I love SJP but this is SO bad in so many levels. Bad wedding gown with awful sleeves. I dont like this “shoulder hole” trend. Go off shoulder. And the hair – is that in memory of Carrie Fischer? But what absolutely confuses me is this eye makeup. She looks like she has been hypnotized or something, her eyes are rolling back. No, no, no.

There were others I didnt like but eh, enough of that for now.