We often find ourselves wishing for a lot of things — endless sunshine, days spent on the beach, and Gisele Bündchen’s awe-inspiring legs-for-days. While I can’t promise there’s a way to control the weather, a few simple styling tricks can help your petite frame meet your model match.
By paying attention to clothing cut, style, and print, you’ll balance out your small figure to rise to any occasion.
1. Draw The Eye Up and Down
Use clean, vertical lines and slim-cut styles to create the illusion of a taller silhouette. Make sure to avoid overwhelming your frame with heavy layers and busy prints. Keeping the outfit simple will prevent breaking up your frame. Although simplicity is important clothes-wise, you can always experiment with statement jewelry and colorful shoes!
2. Know Your Body Shape
Petite women come in all shapes and sizes, from curvy to stick-straight. If you’re looking to slim hips, keep the prints up-top to avoid adding extra fuss where you don’t want it. Similarly, if you’re trying to create more of an hour-glass silhouette, balance a straighter shape with structured volume on the hips by trying a circle skirt or pocketed shorts. When you know your proportions, you can balance them by staying mindful of where you want to down-play and where you may want to emphasize. Balancing proportions is essential!
3. Take your Legs Up a Notch
Take your legs to new heights with a pair of heels — the higher the better. But, even the smallest wedge will make a big difference by lifting legs and creating a leaner look. Invest in a go-to heel that you feel comfortable wearing to work all day — science says looking taller makes us appear powerful! Remember, avoid ankle straps which cut off legs and disrupt the vertical line you’re trying to draw.
4. Color Counts
Look runway-ready with a monochromatic ensemble, the one-color style will look on-trend and lengthen your frame. In other color news, try a bit of bronzer to get a slimming, sun-kissed glow.
Did you know Scarlett Johansson is only 5′ 3″ and Megan Fox is 5′ 4″? That means you’re already on their level, you just have to own it.