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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.

Round

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

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 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

Follow Eshne Petite’s board Nasiba Adilova on Pinterest.

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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.

Enjoy!

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

Q&A

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 (https://hautenooz.com) 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 

 

Best Jeans for Petite women

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is tough! And when you’re petite, you probably find jeans shopping especially stressful.  But before you ask or suggest the kids section, consider the proportions! Women have larger hips than children and for those of us with larger hips and thighs, shopping in the kids section is hardly a solution.  Ever tried to buy a regular sized pair of torn jeans and noticed the tear at the knee was way off? When it comes to jeans, it doesn’t always work to just shorten the length. But don’t worry our guide should here to help you find jeans that fit and flatter your petite figure.

By Inseam

Search by Inseam

50% off at Lands' End

Probably the best site you never heard of! Search By Inseam allows you to comparison shop at multiple online stores for the exact inseam you need.

By Brand

J.Brand

J.Brand offers petite sizes and the smallest size starting at 22!
You can find em online and at large retailers like Nordstrom.
Tip: search for sales on Nordstrom Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revolve

GRLFRND PETITE Karolina High-Rise Skinny Jean in A Little More Love

A bit more on the expensive side but they offer a large selection of styles.

Levi’s

For you extra petite ladies, check out the Levi’s Women’s Petite 512 Straight Leg Jean which has had great reviews from petites (and even not so great reviews for being too small!)

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What bloggers recommend

Jean from Extra Petite: “One of the best petite-friendly jeans that I discovered last year has to be Express’ “high-waisted legging jeans” in their short inseam. I’ve tried on lots of denim styles there, and this cut fits me the best by far (the mid and low-rise cuts run bigger at the waist),”

Source credit: Extra Petite

Kelly from Alterations needed: “A new fit from my go-to denim brand, Rag & Bone, these “Ultra Capris” are such a great ankle length for me, not to mention the knee distressing hits right at my knee. I wasn’t sure about this wash at first, but the blueish grey has been really versatile and the fading is flattering to the figure. If you’re petite and like Rag & Bone jeans, you should really check these out!”

Source credit: Alterations Needed

 

What the community recommends

Jeans / Jeggings from r/PetiteFashionAdvice

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For Skinny legs

Skinny jeans or pants for thin calves/ankles? from r/PetiteFashionAdvice

For Curvy petites

Favorite jeans for curvy and petite? from r/PetiteFashionAdvice

 

Miroslava

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?

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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.

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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 😉

 

 

Quality

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

Adding a slit to a maxi skirt

Ok so I saw this skirt at Macy’s on sale for $20. Super huge but I loved the pattern.
So I though why not, even though I’m petite and drowning in it, I’ll make this more flattering with a simple tweak and here’s how you can too:

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Using a small pair of sharp scissors:
1. Remove the waistband (save for later – optional)
2. Cut at the side seam of the skirt on the side you want the slit to be.
Important!!: My skirt was wide enough that I was able to make the original side seam the new slit in the front. If your skirt is not wide enough for this or not that big on you, you may just cut where you want the slit to be after trying it on. I suggest marking it with chalk before cutting.

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With pins:
PIN BEFORE YOU CUT
3. Try on the skirt and shorten as needed. I took off a few inches from the top of the skirt since I will need to add the waistband back anyway and then pinned where the slit should fall.

4. If the skirt is not showing as much leg as you want, you can cut out extra fabric from bottom where the slit starts in a triangular shape (see red lines).

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Sew:
5. Sew the slit to the top of the skirt using a stretch stitch
6. Sew back on the waistband using a stretch stitch or you can fold over the top and do a simple straight stretch stitch if you’re not a fan of a waistband (I like the option so you can make it longer or shorter by folding over the waistband depending on the heel!)
7. Optional : I choose to finish the sides of the slit although its jersey and doesn’t fray at the end just cause I thought it looked better (jersey is not easy to work with, I recommend leaving it as is if you’re a beginner to hate to sew)

Iron:
8. Ok I didn’t mention this one above, but better to iron before pinning and after sewing. I always forget but ironing makes it looks more professional and whatnot 🙂

Happy sewing!

 

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The Petite Women’s Guide to Fall fashion

Hi ladies,

Can you believe fall is only two weeks away?! I tend to be sad at the idea of the end of summer but I’m excited for fall.  Runways were beautiful and the return to 70’s is always fun. But changing trends makes finding the right fit for your body type a constant search. Right when you think you have the low rise jean look figured out, fashion keeps it interesting and introduces high waisted jeans. Being petite can make you want to stick to skinny jeans, but as long as you know the right hem, fabric, and fit you will be all set!

 1. Culottes

Culottes are great for the fall, they give you coverage and a fun new look. They can also be tricky to find the right pair. For the petite figure look for culottes that are slimmer down the leg and are made of fabric that’s not too thick or overwhelming. Pair with heels or booties.

 

2. Flare Jeans

Flare jeans present the same challenge that culottes have for petite women, if worn wrong, could end up making you smaller.  So tip for flares, don’t go all out. You are probably use to wearing skinny jeans anyways, so even a little flare will still give you that bellbottom look you are going for. Like the culottes, look for jeans that are straight in the leg. Avoid any embellishments on pockets and go for the darker wash. When flared jeans are worn with heels it really gives the outfit a modelesque look.

3. One Simple Color

This trend actually is already tailored for the petite frame. Wearing all one color can not only  be elongating, but also slimming. One of the trends this fall is wearing all black or grey. Everyone owns at least 1 or 2 pieces of black clothing, which is great because you already know that they work with your body and now all you have to do is pair them together!

4. Chunky Sweaters

The oversized chunky sweater is a comfy and warm look that everyone should enjoy. You just want to make sure you don’t end up looking like a blob. Balance will be your friend for this look. With a heavy piece of clothing up top, make sure you balance it out below with leggings or skinny jeans. You can also try more of a cropped chunky sweater paired with high waisted pants to show off your waist and elongate your legs. For more, check out my post on how to wear an oversized sweater.

Check out our board for more looks we love!

Follow Eshne Petite’s board Petite How To: Wear Oversized Sweater on Pinterest.