How to Wear a Maxi Dress or skirt if you’re Petite
Creating length and elongating your body is one of the key factors in styling petite women and maxis are perfect for this! Because of its continuous color and pattern, maxi dresses can easily elongate your small frame.
Some quick tips if you’re shopping for a maxi dress:
Try it with lace or sheer/lightweight fabrics for a less bulky look.View this post on Instagram
The ideal length is for the hem of the skirts to be slightly above your heels.
Avoid horizontal lines or patterns (small prints are best)
Try maxi dresses with empire or high waist lines
Add a slit! Check out the tutorial HERE
For more check out some videos below for more tips & tricks on wearing maxis
Video 1: How to wear / style a maxi skirt
A guide for petite women under 5″ tall
Source: Daniels Corner Blog
Video 2: Petite & Tall: How To Wear a Maxi Dress
Source: Sydne Summer
Featured image source: Everyday Pursuits
The most flattering sunglasses have the right fit. And if you’ve got a narrow or petite face, it’s important to pay attention to the frame measurements. If the lenses are too wide or too tall, the frames will overwhelm your small face. If most shades are a bit too wide, you need narrow frame sunglasses.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for sunglasses for a small face
- Look for sunglasses that have a lens measurement at 55mm or less.
- Smile, then if your frames are pushed up by your cheekbones, they might be too big. If sunglasses go too low below the cheekbones or too high above the brow, they’re likely to overwhelm your small face.
- Don’t instantly shy away from large sunglasses. Look for sunglasses with small lens sizes accentuated by a thick frame.
- If you have a pair of shades that fit well, look for the sizing stamped on the inside of the temple.
Shop our selection of small framed sunglasses for women with small or narrow faces.
Wear a top know or a high ponytail
Every inch counts when you’re petite! By piling your hair on top of your head, it can give the illusion of height.
Wear all one color
We’ve hears this one before but have you tried even matching your shoes?
The trick to dressing monochromatic is to keep everything well tailored.
Try Wide legged pants
To visually lengthen your legs, wear a high-waited pair of wide legged pants and tuck in your top so that your waist is defined. You can also wear a crop top to create this effect. When the fit is right and worn with the right shoe, it can give you the illusion of having longer legs.
Scale your accessories
Making sure accessories especially purses are scaled to your body size is important for petite women.
Think clutches, cross-body bags, and mini satchels, and smaller sizes bags.
Rock a Maxi the right way
Most small women avoid long floor-grazing skirts and dresses but if you feel a bit overwhelmed in a maxi, try using a high low maxi. Don’t have a high low version? Follow our guide on How to add a slit to your maxi. Add a pair of wedges or heels underneath and you’re set!
Wear a plunging neckline
A plunging “V” necklines give the illusion of a longer torso
Check out our pinterest board for more of looks from petite bloggers!
For more petite fashion bloggers, check out our petite blogger feed
You know that the right accessory can make you feel sexier, bolder, and pull your outfit together. Whether it be those sexy heels or that pair of sunglasses that will turn heads, a key fashion accessory can easily get you noticed. But which styles work best for petite women. We’ve rounded up the best styles of sunglasses for a small face.
The key to solving dressing dilemmas that all petite women face is to have a wardrobe full of classic staples. Round glasses are a great addition to a classic wardrobe. There are few shapes as simple and timeless as the round frame sunglasses. You really can’t go wrong with such a timeless look.
To rock this look, find a pair of round sunglasses that sits just above your eyebrows and right on your cheekbones. For more tips on finding the right pair, check out or post on finding the most flattering style style for your face.
Cat-eye frames are a versatile choice that can complement the features of most face shapes. You can instantly dress up a classic wardrobe with a statement making pair of cat-eye sunglasses. Women who wear cat-eyes are cool, flirty, and bold. Think old Hollywood glamour. Cat eye glasses were a longtime favorite among fashion icons including the petite actress Audrey Hepburn.
Shop our eye-catching, statement-making pair here.
Metal frame sunglasses
This style features a delicate frame and a dainty silhouette that’s perfect for a small face. Metal frames have a very minimalist look and are generally a lot thinner and more lightweight than other sunglasses. Round Metal frame sunglasses are not just iconic, but the slim frame lends to a better look on petite women. Why not try our gold rim pair of sunglasses made for petite faces.
For more style for small faces, check out our Sunglasses Collection
Featured image credit: Nany’s Klozet
If you’re a fan of street style, then you know fashion icon Miroslava Duma. She is the founder of the fashion and lifestyle platform Buro247.com and former Harper’s Bazaar Russia editor.(If you haven’t yet, check out our post on the 5 foot fashion icon for some fashion inspiration and style tips
But have you heard of the fashion icons BFF? Her name is Nasiba Adilova and she is the director of business development at Büro 24/7. At 5’2 this street style star is our next featured petite boss. She has been dominating street-style blogs and is always seen at fashion weeks front row seats giving us fellow petite women a chance to revel in her designer looks. She started as a grant writer, working with foundations that help New York nonprofits.
During her stint in Buro 24/7, Nasiba became best friends with Duma and when they became pregnant at the same time had trouble finding organic, non-toxic baby products. This led them to launch The Tot, a luxury online shop for moms looking for safe products for their families. The launch included the design of a luxury diaper bag by fashion designer Mary Katrantzou and a clothing collection by Oscar De La Renta. The success of the shop led them to open physical stores in Dallas and London.
We love her entrepreneurial spirit and the inspiration moves beyond fashion and style:
“However, just as I refused to stop dreaming big as girl growing up in communist Russia, I’ve never been one to limit myself. When you’re open to opportunities and embrace them wholeheartedly, they’ll often lead you to amazing places,”
Check out our pinterest board for more looks from Nasiba Adilova
Finding bras that suit our body type and make us feel confident can be tough especially if you have a petite frame! We all know that sexy Petite Friendly Bra’s can be hard to find! But we found some great gems for you, showing reviews and a roundup of great bras for petite sizes, and even some styling tips and tricks.
Video 1: Jens Happy Home
Loving this video as it shows a few different brands that are best for a small size.
Bras mentioned in this video: Body by Victoria Wireless bra, Where Everywhere lightly lined t-shirt bra, VS Lightly Lined Wireless Bra with mesh
VS Lightly Lines Wireless Bra, VS Bombshell bra (strapless multi-way), VS Pink Date Racerback bra, Aerie Sunnie Wireless Lightly Lined Bra
Aerie Sunnie Racerback Demi Pushup, JC Penney Warner Cloud 9 Wire Free, Bust Up Cups, Free Bra Silicone Strapless/ Backless
Video 2: Chloe Ting
This video is great for those of you who are smaller than 32 or find that a size 32 band is just a bit loose for you. Bonus fitness wear review!
Video 3: Theresa Huaroto
Tips & Tricks to make you look bigger
Now that you’re ready to shop for petite-friendly bras, here are some options on where to shop check out our list of Petite Lingerie shops.
If you’re looking for custom styles, check out our post on Handmade Lingerie for Petites