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How to wear a maxi dress or skirt if petite

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:

  1. Try it with lace or sheer/lightweight fabrics for a less bulky look.




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  2. The ideal length is for the hem of the skirts to be slightly above your heels.
  3. Avoid horizontal lines or patterns (small prints are best)
  4. Try maxi dresses with empire or high waist lines
  5. 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

Find Your Perfect Pair of Frames – Sunglasses for Small faces

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.

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Fashion Tips To Make You Look Taller from your favorite Petite Bloggers

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

Sunglasses styles that are best for smaller faces

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.

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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.

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For more fashion tips for petites, check out our Style Tips on the blog

For more style for small faces, check out our Sunglasses Collection

Featured image credit: Nany’s Klozet


Petite Entrepreneur: Meet Nasiba Adilova

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 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

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Bra Solutions For Petite women: Reviews, Roundups, and Where To Shop

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

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Petite Blogger Spotlight – Noozhat Nashir

Fashion Blogger Spotlight – Noozhat Nashir

For our latest petite blogger spotlight, we interviewed Noozhat Nashir, a fashion blogger from ‘A Hautenooz Affair’ to get her insight on fashion and lifestyle as a petite woman. She is a petite size blogger you need to know!!!

Blog: A Hautenooz Affair

Height: 4’11”

Location: Orlando, FL


Tell us a little bit about yourself

I grew up thinking I would go into the field that my parents always expected me to, medicine. All my life was delicately molded to do just that. Until my junior year of college, when I did an art management internship in Madrid, Spain. That was a turning point, because I came back knowing that medicine was my parents’ passion for me, not my own. Sure, I finished school with the degree I started with, a BS in biology and chemistry with a focus on premedical sciences, because I hate quitting anything…But after graduating, I immediately got my Master’s in business, instead of going to medical school.

When did you start blogging and what made you want to start a blog?

I started with an Instagram account in August 2017, and launched my blog, A Hautenooz Affair ( in March of this year. I had an Instagram before this, but used it maybe once or twice every few months before starting with my blog. I started blogging to express my love for fashion and travel with the rest of the world, and boy, has it really changed my life for the better! I’m such a creative person, and blogging has become amazingly cathartic for me as it allows me to use my creativity in every way possible. It’s been a wonderful challenge for me, and there’s nothing I love more than learning and growing by overcoming challenges!

How would you describe your style?

Bold, edgy, and super statement all the way. I also love leather, big ruffles and bows, lace…and of course designer labels!

What do you love about being petite?

I love to travel, so I love the fact that I can fit a week’s worth of clothes in my carry on, given how small the pieces are!

What are the challenges you face being petite?

This, I’m sure I have in common with all fellow petite women out there: I have an EXTREMELY difficult time finding clothes that fit, especially trendy items such as wrap tops and dresses. This is especially true if I’m trying to stay within a budget.

What are your favorite brands? Where do you shop?

I’m in love with For Love & Lemons, Alice + Olivia, and Marciano—they are wonderful for petite women! I love to shop at high end local boutiques that sell these brands!

Your favorite style bloggers

I love Micah Gianneli, she definitely speaks my style language…also a pretty big fan of Aggie Lal, even though she’s more on the travel side, I can’t deny her wonderful and effortlessly chic sense of style!

Best style tip for petite women

Pointed toe heels are magical when it comes to making you look taller than you are, more specifically in neutral shades such as grays, nudes, and pinks!

Be inspired and follow her on Instagram @hautenooz

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For more check out all of our posts on Petite Fashion Bloggers, here!

For more petite fashion bloggers, check out our petite blogger feed

How to Look Older (And more sophisticated)

So you’re not built with long legs or you happen to have a baby face and you want to look older or be taken seriously. If you’re a grown adult who still looks like a teenager, then you’ve like heard the words ‘cute’ plenty more than you’d like. Sure “you’ll love it when you’re older” but what can you do right now to embrace your youthful look.

When you’re a petite woman and shorter than everyone else, it can be especially hard to look your age but this post is not just about what works for petites (tailoring, monochrome outfits, etc….you’ve heard them all before), its about giving you that edge to look older and more sophisticated.

  • Invest in a really great pair of heels 

    You’ll automatically look older and you’ll carry yourself more confidently.
    If you have small size feet, check out the collection in sizes 6 and under

  • Avoid overly casual looks (t-shirts, sweatshirts, uggs, sneakers, flip-flops, etc)

    It just makes you look sloppy and younger than you actually are. The same goes for sweatpants and hoodies, those are typically things you should save for the weekend. If you do want to dress casual, opt for basic classic styles and keep it simple.

    Source: Extra Petite

  • Avoid rhinestones, sequins, and floral

    Instead, look for zippers and fur, or leather

  • Try a moto or leather jacket

    There’s something about a well fitted jacket that instantly pulls together your look. You are almost guaranteed to look polished.

    Source: Olivia Rink 

  • Find a good tailor

    This can get expensive but you should get your most important work pieces tailored.

  • Invest in a quality pair of sunglasses

    Simply by adding chic glasses to your outfit, you’ll easily add a polished look to your entire appearance. Stay away from cheap or colorful ones and consider a classic style. If you have a narrow face, check out the collection in small sizes.

  • Wear Red Lipstick… Or any bold Lipstick color

    This is my favorite go to when I need a pulled together look.

    Source: Styling my life

  • Accessorize well

    The right jewelry can lend to a polished look but ill fitted jewelry can make even the most perfect clothing combination look haphazard. Avoid overly trendy accessories. The best fashion items are ageless and timeless. For those of you with small wrists, you can check out or latest collection here 



Petite Style Tricks From Miroslava Duma

Style Tricks from Miroslava Duma.

Can you beieve she’s  only 5 feet tall?? And yet Miroslava can pull off bold pieces and can layer lots of pieces without getting lost in them. And you can too!

Here are some of our style tips from the petite fashionista.

Wear monochrome

Black leggings are your best friend

Keep it short

Wear mini’s

Wear platforms

Check out our pinterest board for more looks from Miroslava Duma

Follow Eshne Petite’s board Petite Fashionista – Miroslava Duma on Pinterest.

Olivia Lopez

Lusting after Olivia Lopez

We’re lusting after the incredible style of Olivia Lopez. The petite fashion blogger behind Lust for Life has got that elegant boho vibe nailed. We love how she counters relaxed, easy pieces with more structural elements – leather mules here, a messenger bag there. This is grown-up Cali cool and it’s perennially stylish. Who better, then, to look to for Fall fashion inspiration?



First things first, why does this work so well? Print is huge this season. From Balmain to Anna Sui, Salvatore Ferragamo to Issey Miyake designers are decking out their creations in bold, look-at-me patterns. Stripes, geometric shapes, you name it. Olivia nods to this trend in a beautiful printed sundress which crucially does not dwarf her petite frame. The knotted and layered silhouette keeps it modern. This is the perfect transitional piece for balmy, autumnal days.

But, it’s Olivia’s accessories – the statement shoes, blackout shades and oh-so pretty bags – that give her looks some oomph. Here are some of her best shots that showcase her love for accessories.






Check out our pinteret board for more of her looks!

Why Handmade is Better for Petites


Everyone knows the key to shopping when you’re petite is to find what fits and buy 10 of em! This works a million times better when you buy high quality products for obvious reasons but when you buy handmade fit is not an issue. Here are some more reasons why handmade is that much better for petite women.

Smaller sizing

Handmade usually not only carries smaller sizes but is often willing to include a smaller size just for you. That ring only comes in size 5? Ask and I bet they can make it in size 4; this is especially true for etsy shops that even have a Request Custom Order button! Etsy makes contact with the shop especially easy, much easier than any department store website.

Customizing your purchase

Since you’re talking directly with the person who is making what you buy they might be open to tweaking certain things just to cater to your needs. The strap on the bag too long? It’s no problem for them to shorten it before it’s sewed on.

Free alterations

I recently bought this Bralette from Handmade by Elma; not only was the bra gorgeous and well made, but I got a message from her asking how the fit was and she offered free alterations! This is huge if you’re petite since these costs add up.



Handmade products are unique just like you!

There’s just something about having a product that very few people own. People also seem to love items that aren’t from a big name company. Support the little people I say 😉




Yes handmade tends to be more expensive but the quality more than makes up for it. I saw tons of Bralettes for less than half of what I paid but you just imagine how quickly it will look faded or worn out. The products also last longer and are made using better products.  Counting removing the need for alterations, and the purchase is definitely worth it.





For more options on where to shop check out our list of Petite Lingerie shops.

Petite How To: Wear an Oversized Sweater

As a petite woman, we all know fitted clothing is a must. A loose baggy silhouette is not a good look for us!

But with a few adjustments, there are lots of great ways to pull off an over-sized sweater.

Warm, comfortable, and cozy….what’s not to love?

Here we show you the best ways to pull of this look on a petite frame without looking frumpy.

1. Belt It

You need to shave off some of the bulk of the sweater by cinching it around the waist.

2. Pair with super-skinny printed jeans and leggings Skinny, cropped pants make your legs look slimmer, more so when you wear a baggy sweater. With so many patterns and colors, this is a great way to try out some fashion-forward creative pieces.    

3. Flaunt those legs

We like the look of a baggy top with a micro mini, pencil skirt, or a shift dress.


4. Draw attention to your neck Balance the look by adding a chic element. Try a collared shirt worn underneath, a scarf,or a statement necklace.    

5. Wear a monochromatic outfit

Wearing all one color has a slimming effect.


6. Accessorize This moves the focus away from the heavy top and keeps you looking chic and polished.    

Check out our board for more looks we love!

Featured image Photo credit: Maria Morri/Flickr

Shop the Petite Look

Reese Witherspoon wearing a J.O.A. Tropical Safari Skirt, a black top, and a jean jacket.

Reese Witherspoon wearing a J.O.A. Tropical Safari Skirt, a black top, and a jean jacket. White ankle straps and a white bag tie the outfit together. We love how girly the petite star looks this time around. The outfit is perfect for Spring. Whether you’re looking for something flirty and fun or want a new casual look, check out where to shop the look below.

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1. Eleanor’ Snake Embossed Ankle Strap Sandal (Women)

2. Mellow World Purse

3. Vince Camuto ‘Palm Horizon’ Pencil Skirt

4. Two by Vince Camuto Jean Jacket

5. V neck Crop Top

For more petite celebrities, check out our pinterest board
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Petite Fashion Blogger – Jean Wang

Petite Fashion Blogger : Jean Wang

Who is she?

We all know her from our favorite fashion blog, Extra Petite. Beyond her life as a blogger, Jean is a financial enthusiast mixing style with substance. She started blogging by giving financial advice, then got bored and got into sharing her outfit ideas and some tailoring techniques. Her informational blog has truly been a treasure for her readers. Despite her petite height of just under 5 feet, this Boston-blogger has proven to all of us that you can still shine in the corporate world without looking like a kid.

Why we love her?

Her posts are a definite go to if you’re looking for the perfect business outfit. Not a lot of bloggers actually tell us what to wear in order to look mature. But Jean has taken a different path and shares with us what she wears on an ordinary day to work. She also gives us some tips on how to dress smart and get the respect that we deserve. Oh and if you’re looking for wedding dresses, she’s got some great posts on that as well as lots of photos of gorgeous gowns! Check out some of our favorite looks here:

For more fashion inspiration from petite fashion icons, check out our post on Miroslava Duma

Kerry Washington’s ‘Scandal’ Collection comes in Petite Sizes

The Limited has partnered with petite actress Kerry Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo to create a special “Scandal”-inspired collection that launched last week.  The line comes petite sizes XXS through L and 00 to 14.  The collection, based on Kerry Washington’s character comes in  neutral and soft colors. True to her character’s style, you can find wide-leg pants with blazers, drapey feminine tops, striking outerwear and bold trims.  

I love that they worked with the costume designer for this collection. Lyn Paolo said, “We believe the collection tells a story of confidence and professional sophistication as well as maintaining a strong feminine point of view.”

Elliot Staples, head of design at The Limited, said “Our plaid round collar cape seamlessly translates television to reality and captures the true essence of the consistent sophistication and style that Olivia Pope represents for confident women everywhere.”

 Check out some of the looks:

Powerful and sexy: 'This line is created so that everybody can find their own inner gladiator,' Ms Washington added

(Photo : Courtesy The Limited) A piece for the “Scandal”-inspired collection.

Powerful: Teaming with costume designer Lyn Paolo and retail designer Elliot Staples at The Limited the trio have launched a series of dresses, tops, pants, jackets and outerwear
(Photo : Courtesy The Limited) A piece for the “Scandal”-inspired collection.



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Spies Like Us

Pretty in pink: The outfits could easily be costumes from Washington's hit show

(Photo : Courtesy ABC) 

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