Petite style hacks

This blog is dedicated to my petite tribe. At only 5ft 1 (and a bit), I was once referred to as Poly Pocket due to my size, however, my Mum used to say that good things come in small packages….so do diamonds (just saying)!

If you’re reading this and wondering what is classified as petite, it’s women who are smaller than 5ft 4.

Proportion is the name of the game for us petite gals and over the years I’ve learned a number of style hacks that I wanted to share.  Presenting to you:

The 1/3 rule

Coco Chanel wasn’t just iconic for the gorgeous garments she created, but for the insights she introduced that have shaped the fashion industry.  She once said, ‘Fashion is Architecture. “It is a matter of proportions ” so if it’s good enough for Coco, then it’s good enough for me.  This little nugget is a game changer and will take your outfit to the next level.  So, let me introduce you to the Rule of Thirds, which is essentially a balance of proportions that is most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Simply divide your look up into thirds:

  • Shoulders to waist
  • Waist to knee
  • knee to foot

My top tips on how to rock the rule of thirds:

  • Build outfits around garments that are shorter on top with longer bottoms or vice versa, longer tops with a short skirt.  Avoid wearing outfits where 2 pieces are the same length as that creates a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio
  • High waisted jeans, skirts and shorts are your best friend as they elevate your waistline and elongate the legs
  • Don’t forget the French tuck technique, which let me tell you I am a big fan of as it defines your waistline and creates a more effortless look whilst elongating your proportions
  • Belts give you shape whilst cinching you in to define your natural waistline – go on, give it a go!

Let’s talk prints

I’m a diehard fan of prints, especially leopard.  Now the ‘rules’ would say that as a petite we can’t wear big patterns, but I’ve always been a bit of a rulebreaker when it comes to fashion.  I believe you should wear whatever makes you happy!

Look for prints that are in proportion to your frame, as a rule of thumb elect for prints that are the same size or smaller than the size of your fist to avoid drowning your figure and looking like Tom Hanks in Big.  However, if you want to throw caution to the wind, here are a couple of pro tips for larger prints:

  • To rock a larger print why not try pairing it with a neutral colour from the same colour scheme as the pattern to help tone it down and make it less overpowering
  • Wear dresses with a continuous pattern to create a column of colour as that creates the illusion of height

Nude heels

The holy grail for petite fashionistas is a pair of nude heels as they give the illusion of longer legs when worn with bare legs….Go for a pointed court shoe to really eekk (out) those visual inches out!

Monochromatic dressing

If you’re thinking ‘what are you going on about hun?’, let me explain.  Monochromatic dressing is wearing garments in different shades and tints of the same colour for an overall tonal look that visually elongates the frame.  Think, red and pink or camel and cream. Try playing with different textures and fabrics for a pulled together and elevated look.

Have a tailor on speed dial and make them your BFF

My tailor Gill is a magician.  I take everything to her from jeans to coats and et voila, she makes everything fit perfectly so that it flatters my proportions.  Not only do well-fitted garments highlight your silhouette and accentuate your assets, they also look more expensive!

If you would like help in creating the Wardrobe of your dreams get in touch.  I would love to hear from you!

Your petite fairy godmother XxX