Petite dresses have the size and shape that are specifically designed for women with a shorter body frame. You've probably discovered that shortening the hem and sleeve alone are not enough to correct the length of the dress. That's because the garment still hasn't the right proportions for your body figure.
Basically, the waist and hip shape has to hit you at the right spot on your shorter silhouette. That's what womens petite dresses are for! On this page you'll find the latest fashion dresses that are made to flatter your height and help you look longer.
How to Look Taller in a DressYou already have the option of buying a petite dress that is made to fit your short proportions, but I want to give you some fashion advice and tips on what details to look for to help you look taller:
I highly recommend securing at least two pair of shoes that blends in with the color of your skin - such as high heeled nude pumps or simple nude ballerina flats. Or black if you have a darker skin tone.
Any shoe color that blends in with the hosiery can really make you look taller.
Choose a fitted cut
Boxy, shapeless dresses tend to drag down your body figure and make you look shorter. A dress with a little bit of shape around the waist (eg. wrap, nip, empire-cut, etc.) helps you look leaner and taller. Tying a belt around waist also helps.
If you still want to wear a dress with a swing cut, make sure that it's above the knee and that you're wearing heels to balance out the heavy balloon shape on top.
A V-neck is universally flattering on all body shapes and you'll definitely benefit from the v-shaped necklines that makes the eye go up and down. Wider necklines tend do make your upper body shorter and wider. They can look good on Pear shapes to aid in balancing out their wide bottom - however, it can still look unflattering, especially if you're short or have a full bust.
But a tip if you still want to wear a wide neckline, is to top it off with a long necklace or simply look for a dress with shoulder details. Which leads me to next my pointer...
Look for shoulder details
So it helps to look for petite dresses with added interest to the shoulders, such as beads, studs, sequins, lace and buttons. But not all together, of course!
Unusual collars and necklines are also an alternative to embellishments.
Stick to simplicity
A fabulous tailor
Petite clothing is per today still limited, so it helps to have a great tailor who can alter your garments to fit your body figure. Or have them make a new clothing piece that reflects your personality and favorite details and dress shapes.
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