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The petite women’s ultimate guide to dressing for your body shape

The petite women’s ultimate guide to dressing for your body shape
January 19, 2017 Bomb Petite

Contrary to popular belief, petite doesn’t always mean short and slim. ‘Petite’ is a tricky category, because it spans all body types: you can be petite with long legs, or be short all over, or have a big bust, or have curvy hips. Petite women come in all shapes and sizes and the style tips in our guide consider height AND shape. While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to getting dressed in the morning, these suggestions are designed to celebrate your shape and help you accentuate your best features.

Style tips for petite body type A (pear)

BODY SHAPE A (PEAR)

Why you’re lucky

Your narrow shoulders and defined waist are a point of envy for other woman and your curvy hips give you a feminine silhouette.

Your style goals

You should be aiming to elongate and balance your figure by accentuating your upper body.

Style tips for petite body shape X (hourglass)

BODY SHAPE X (HOURGLASS)

Why you’re lucky

Your defined hourglass waist and proportioned shoulders and hips mean you’ve got a feminine shape that’s easy to dress.

Your style goals

Highlight your curves instead of hiding them by emphasising your waist.

Style tip for petite body shape O (apple)

BODY SHAPE O (APPLE)

Why you’re lucky

Your arms and legs tend to be longer and leaner than the other body shapes (even when you’re petite!).

Your style goals

Try to minimise your midsection by highlighting your shoulders and legs.

Style tips for petite body shape V (inverted-triangle)

BODY SHAPE V (INVERTED TRIANGLE)

Why you’re lucky

You’ve got narrow hips and slim legs so you can get away with almost anything on your bottom half. V shapes also tend to have quite a big bust.

Your style goals

Draw attention away from your broad shoulders and draw attention to your slim lower body.

Style tips for petite body shape H (rectangle)

BODY SHAPE H (RECTANGLE)

Why you’re lucky

You’re one of those rare body shapes whose hips and shoulders are in proportion. Lucky you. Your small bust and generally slim frame is the perfect canvas for trying out trends.

Your style goals

Your clothes should highlight the thinnest part of your waist, creating curves and showing off your proportioned hips and shoulders.

Opening image by @krystin_lee