Fashion Tips for Petite Ladies – 5 Easy Styling Ideas

While small girls may look eternally cute, there are a few disadvantages to being below 5’4″. Petite girls usually encounter style problems, from having to shop in the kids section to never having enough boobs to fill up a strapless dress. Fret not, pretty little ladies, below are some helpful style tips that will help you look longer and leaner.

1. Keep the hemlines short.

Long hemlines are often too overwhelming for petite girls. While it is not impossible for those with smaller and shorter frames to pull off a maxi dress or a floor-length gown, these dress styles can be pretty risky. A no-fail choice for a petite is the mini dress, which will accentuate a girl’s frame and lengthen her legs.

Petite Nicole Richie3Nicole Richie at the 2014 AOL NewFront at the Duggal Greenhouse in Manhattan, New York City, on April 29, 2014

2. Wear vertical lines.

Vertical lines, such as stripes and details, will draw the eyes upward and create the illusion of a taller silhouette. Go for frocks that feature vertical stripes or details to add a couple of inches to your height.

Petite Striped Dressesfrom L to R: Rebecca Minkoff Aria Shirtdress, $160.80 (before: $268); Opening Ceremony Stripe Handkerchief Dress, $355; ONE by Elliatt Dawn Dress, $118

3. Opt for low necklines.

V-necks and plunging necklines can easily elongate short necks and open up your chest and shoulders, creating beautiful and longer lines. To further create the illusion of a longer neck, it is best to wear your hair up or cut it short and let it graze your shoulders softly.

Petite Eva Longoria3Eva Longoria at the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, on October 10, 2014

Petite V Neck Dressesfrom L to R: Anine Bing Deep V-Neck Dress, $280 (before: $400); Tbags Los Angeles V-Neck Maxi Dress, $194; Norma Kamali Kamali Kulture Narrow Box V-Neck Dress, $92

4. Try tailor-made clothing.

The secret to perfectly fitted clothes is having them tailored. While this service may be an extra cost, it guarantees a fit that’s made exactly to suit your body type, whether you are petite or plus size. You don’t necessarily have to tailor all your outfits. Instead, pick pieces that you can wear year after year — your favorite dresses that will look good on you regardless of the season.

5. Balance is the key.

Balance is the key to pulling off a structured look for any size. Know your proportions, and adjust your wardrobe choices accordingly. If you are a top-heavy petite, opt for dress silhouettes that are fitted at the top and flares at the bottom. This style will give you an hourglass shape. A skinny belt will also help cinch the waist for better shape definition.

Petite Salma Hayek4Salma Hayek at the 16th Annual InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globe after-party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on January 11, 2015

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