Many women think that only tall model-like girls can look beautiful and be successful. This is far from being the truth. There are plenty of petite ladies who look really gorgeous and don’t feel defective about their height.
This post will be the first in a series to tell you about petite women fashion. But before talking about fashion itself we have to analyze petite figure types. Generally there are four figure shapes of short women. You must know your figure type to be able to select clothing that will accentuate your best features and minimize areas that you want to hide or de-emphasize. Let’s start.
Hourglass Figure Type
This type is considered ideal. A woman with an hourglass shape is equally balanced on top and bottom. It means that her bust measurement is about the same with the hip measurement. Another peculiarity of this figure shape is a defined waistline.
Usually the waist is about ten or more inches smaller than the bust and the hip measurements. It surely looks nice and women of other shapes long for creating at least an optical illusion of an hourglass figure. It is easy to do with the help of garments and accessories chosen appropriately.
If you are an hourglass figure girl you have no problems in choosing clothes. Your main goal is to make the most of your curves without overemphasizing them.
To achieve that do the following:
- Use contrasting colors, pattern details, and interesting necklines to demonstrate your proportions.
- Elongate the figure with vertical lines.
- Keep upper and lower details of garments balanced.
- Choose slim pants and straight pencil skirts.
- Pair close-fitting tops with full skirts.
What you should avoid is:
- Choosing empire styles if you have a large bust.
- Wearing boxy, bulky clothes that hide your shape.
- Overwhelming a petite figure with big prints, oversized tops, or too-long pants and skirts.
Triangle Figure Type
The triangle-shaped figure is the most common figure type for women. Ladies of this type have narrower shoulders and possibly smaller breasts (though it is not necessary) and larger hips compared to the ones of hourglass-shaped women.
Generally women of this figure type must choose clothes which can accentuate their bust, minimize the waistline and de-emphasize hips and thighs.
In case you are a triangle figure type your goal is to minimize the hips and thighs and create fullness above the waistline.
What you should do is:
- Add details such as appliqué, embroidery or textured stitch patterns to the upper body of your garments.
- Use wide collars and necklines (the best to look on you is a boatneck!) or shoulder yokes to draw attention upward.
- Keep top hemlines well above or below the widest area of the hips; skirts just above the knee or longer.
- Hide heavy hips and thighs with the help of dark colors.
Steer clear of:
- Pleats, gathers, and in-seam pockets.
- Hem tops and shirts to hit directly on the hips.
- Raglan sleeves or halter styles that drag the eye downward, emphasizing your lower half.
- Placing patch pockets, bulky side seams, or tight banding at the hips. Instead, use them on top to balance your shape.
- Wearing short skirts—they’ll widen your rear view.
Inverted Triangle Figure Type
Inverted triangle-shaped figures are not very common naturally but with the development of plastic surgery and various ways to enhance ladies’ bust it becomes more wide-spread.
Characteristic features of this figure type are the following: proportionally wider shoulders and/or larger bust while the hips and thighs are smaller.
To avoid too heavy look at the top women of this figure type must wear clothing that creates an illusion of a defined waistline and smaller bust.
When you are an inverted triangle figure type you need to minimize the bust and shoulders and emphasize the hips.
Add details such as pockets, patterns, and textural fabrics to the lower half of garments to balance out your shape.
- Choose styles with drop waists, peplums, and pockets.
- Use raglan sleeves and V-necklines to draw the eye to your lower part.
- Balance out your figure with full skirts.
Stay away from:
- Using yokes or pattern details that attract attention to the shoulders or bust.
- Placing pockets on bodice—they’ll make your upper half appear wider.
- Adding details such as ruffles to necklines—instead, keep them simple.
- Layer pieces—it adds bulks where you don’t need them.
- Wearing miniskirts, and narrow silhouettes—they’ll make you look heavier at the top.
Rectangle Figure Type
Women with rectangle figures tend to have relatively equal bust and hip measurements, but they don’t have a defined waistline.
On the contrary to the hourglass figure type rectangle shapes have little difference between waist measurement and bust and hip ones.
As a result the rectangle shape looks more or less straight up and down. Figures of these ladies are close to the hourglass figured women but they have to work hard to visually minimize their waistline.
If you are a rectangle figure girl your main goal will be creating the illusion of curves and waist shaping.
- Use button plackets and neckline details to draw the eye to the upper part of your body.
- Opt for layer vests over tops that fall below the waistline.
- Place pockets or other pattern details at the hips or bust are good for you.
- Wear flared skirts and bias cuts.
- Pair short skirts with long patterned tops.
- Use pleats and gathers to widen your hips. This will make the waist appear smaller.
Things to beware of:
- Placing blocks of color or pattern at the waistline.
- Choosing styles with belts, waist shaping or peplums.
- Wearing wide or boxy styles.
- Using large patch pockets.