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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.

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.

Metal frame gold rim round small size sunglasses with dark lens eshne sunglasses for small faces

 

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

 

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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

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

 

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.

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.

Shop the Petite Look

In honor of Julianne Hough’s engagement , we picked out one of her most pinned photos on pinterest for our latest shop the petite look. The 5’3 actress/dancer posted on social media saying “We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiancé #love,”

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shop the petite look julianne hough 1. A-line Mini Skirt 2. Chambray top 3. Rayban junior sunglasses  
For more petite celebrities, check out our pinterest board Follow Eshne Petite’s board Petite Celebrities on Pinterest.

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.

 
Petite shop the look- Reese Witherspoon

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
Follow Eshne Petite’s board Petite Celebrities on Pinterest.

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.

 

 

 Pair with Red Wine

Spies Like Us

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

(Photo : Courtesy ABC) 

Shop the collection here:

http://www.thelimited.com/features/scandal-collection-inspired-by-kerry-washington

 

 

Wedding Dresses for Petite Women

Perfect Wedding Dresses for Petite Figures

A wedding day is the most memorable day for a bride-to-be. So how do  petite women find a wedding dresses?

Choose a wedding dress that does not emphasize your petite frame,  but rather creates an elongated look.  This means avoiding wedding dresses that are at calf length as this visually shortens your legs. Also, the bride should not overdo accessories such as heavy beading and fullness; wedding dresses should not be voluminous or take in a lot of fabric since it overwhelms a petite frame.

Here is our list of the best wedding dress styles  for petite brides:

  • Empire waist –Gowns that gather under the bust help to lengthen a petite frame. The focused waistline particularly near the bust area can also be great for women who have small breasts. And a full skirt is a trick to hide lower body flaws and radiates off a long, slender look for a petite bride. 



  • Trumpet gowns fits closely to the body until the mid-hip and then widens gradually to the hem. This slim-fitting silhouette elongates your torso.




 

  • Mermaid wedding dresses are also body-hugging but flares below the knee and is still another beautiful choice as it also draws the eye downward. The volume, design and material used for the flare can either project a dramatic or a fun wedding dress for petite figures.



    • Highlight a Slim Waistline with a Sheath – Sheath wedding dresses have a form-fitting silhouette with no defined waistline. Worn with high heels, you are sure to lengthen your petite frame.



  • Add Vertical details- A pleated bodice or a cascading ruffle can help create the illusion of height.


  • Check out more of our petite wedding dress selections and find out where to shop on pinterest
    You can also find some petite celebrity wedding dresses!
    Follow Eshne Petite’s board Petite Wedding Dresses on Pinterest.

    Hosiery by Sabina Review

     

    I’ve received these tights in the mail recently so I thought I’d share my experience with you.

     

    My last experience buying hosiery was spending an hour trying to find something cute that fits and eventually giving up and getting boring tights from the children’s section.  So, I was excited to hear about Hosiery by Sabina.

    The first thing I noticed was  the packaging.  The hosiery came it a beautiful black bag with a picture of the product and inside the hosiery was wrapped neatly.

     

    sabina package

    What I loved was that the packaging is that it’s so sleek, you already feel excited to open it which I can say is never an experience I had buying tights.  As a bonus, the bag is a great way to store your tights and prevent them from getting snagged.

    Quality

    The tights feel very strong as opposed to other ones I’ve purchased that seem to rip or tear easily and so these are definitely ones that you want to take care of.  The tights  feel more secure and provide a bit more warmth as well.  

    Sizing and Fit

    I received a small (size 40-42) of the Magnifique style which has this design running down the side of the tights.

    The great news for petite women is they specifically ordered to include sizes for petite women as it turns out the owner of the boutique is just 5’2!

    It was a great fit and a couldn’t be any happier with the sizing.  I also appreciate the length as my legs are on the shorter end. I’m 4’9 and have an inseam of 27 1/2. So, if you’re petite a size in small or 40-42 should fit well.

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    Petite Stores & Petite Friendly Brands- US, Hawaii, & Canada

    Petite Stores & Petite Friendly Brands

    ^US & Hawaii                                     

    Allison Izu
    Top Shop
    Bebe – Petite
    Asos
    Talbots – Petite
    Old Navy/Gap
    Anthropologie – Petite
     J. Crew
    Adela Mei
    PetiteLA – Petite 
    Pretty in Petite 
    Petite Couture
     House of Petite
     Min Edition
     Niche MRKT
     Reformation
                                                                          Petite Studio NYC
                                                                          Nordstrom
     
         Canada

     
    Laura- Petite
    Aritzia
    Grace Stars
     

    ^Several listings ship internationally

    *Stores that are not petite only, i.e. carry petite sizes/categories are listed as – Petite

    Petite Stores & Petite Friendly Brands- International

                                                                    Petite Stores & Petite Friendly Brands

     

    Top Shop –  Petite
    Zara TRF Collection – Petite
    Boohoo – Petite
    Ann Taylor  –  Petite
    Asos –  Petite
    Banana Republic – Petite
    Dorothy Perkins – Petite
    Gap – Petite
    Old Navy – Petite
    J.Crew – Petite
    Lands End  – Petite
    Loft – Petite
    Macy’s – Petite
    Nordstrom – Petite
    Dillard’s – Petite
    JCPenney – Petite
    The Limited – Petite
    Target – Petite
    Bomb Petite (US & UK)
    Very – Petite
     

    Petite Stores & Petite Friendly Brands- UK

    Petite Stores & Petite Friendly Brands

    Elfin
    Jeetly Petite
    Miss Selfridge –  Petite 
    Next – Petite
    Petite Affair 
    Poetic Trends
    Precis
    Wallis –  Petite
    Petite Legs
    Retro Petite
    Short Couture
    Miss Williams
    Next – Petite
    Dorothy Perkins
    House of Petite
     

    ^Several listings ship internationally

    *Stores that are not petite only, i.e. carry petite sizes/categories are listed as – Petite

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