What to wear when you're petite


What to wear when you're petite

27 May 2020

If you're petite, you'll be familiar with ill-fitting shapes and resulting alteration expenses. Say goodbye to the hassle with our petite collection. It's specifically designed to fit and flatter women 5'3" and under to ensure you feel comfortable, confident and chic at all times. Here, we share our top tips for dressing when you're petite. 

Think silhouette first 

Designs that elongate the silhouette are ideal if you're petite. A jumpsuit is the perfect option, no matter the occasion. Look to features that will enhance your shape, such as a wide-leg, fitted bodice and self-tie belt. For pants, think high-waisted jeans, trousers or wide-leg pants. Our tip? Remember proportions - style with a fitted top and heels.

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    Bella High Rise Sculpting Jean
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    Georgia Petite High-Waist Pants
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    Abigail Petite Wide Leg Pant

Say yes to the right dress 

For shorter statures, dresses are ideal for everyday and event dressing. We know that when you're petite, standard mini dresses are often not-so-mini. Our petite collection hosts dresses that are truly mini if you're on the shorter side. Styles with a belt and balloon sleeve create a dreamy, feminine silhouette that will carry you from work to weekend with ease. Looking for a formal dress? A maxi with a front split is the way to go. A ruffled open front will keep you event-ready while ensuring the maxi length doesn't overwhelm your shape. Style your maxi dress for a wedding with strappy high heels and sparkling jewelry. 

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    Ellery Petite Ruffle Maxi Dress
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    Azalea Petite Ruched Maxi Dress

Layers with care

When it comes to jackets and coats, our top petite styling tip is to opt for structured, tailored styles. Wear oversized jackets occasionally and casually, but keep fitted styles at the forefront of your wardrobe. Go for cropped blazers and leather jackets to create length in your shape. Team these with high-waisted jeans and heels for a night out, or with cropped trousers for desk duties. In winter, pea coats and cropped wrap coats our top picks for Petites.

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    lola biker petite

Prioritize prints

There's no need to avoid prints when you're petite - it's all about opting for tailored silhouettes. Ease pattern into your wardrobe with ditsy floral blouses, and style back with classic denim or black trousers for work. When you're ready for a bolder look, a printed mini dress is your go-to. Avoid designs with overwhelming prints - look to soft floral and paisley patterns. Wear with white sneakers or nude heels to emphasize the print perfectly. 

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    Maddison Petite Trim Splice Dress
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    Tayla Tie Front Notch Collar Blouse