When you’re making a new addition to your wardrobe, it’s imperative that it’s not only stylish, comfortable and flattering as a stand-alone piece, but that it can also be multi functioning and work with many different outfits. We’ve chosen the hottest new in items for the upcoming season, and will show you how these trendy garments can be worn again and again. Each piece has been specifically designed for petite women, so you’re bound to feel a million dollars whichever way you wear them…
The Cream Jacket
This chic gem would be a great addition to any petite’s closet. The structured fit of the jacket is flattering to most shapes, the defined shoulder leads the eye into the nipped waist. Whilst you may think Fall = dark colours galore, white has been a recurring trend on the winter catwalks. The beautiful iridescent finish of this jacket adds an elevation of glamour to any outfit.
WAY TO WEAR IT #1: WITH A TRENDY PRINTED SKIRT
Autumn is the time for transitional season dressing, when it’s not cool enough for big coats but not warm enough for bare legs. Done well, transitional outfits can look stylish and classic, but some petite women find this time tricky. We say pair the Charlotte London jacket with a trendy printed skirt. This way, you can hang on to the last bit of summer whilst being weather appropriate. We love this A-line wonder by Relax Baby Be Cool, the shape is perfect for balancing out a petites frame. Let the skirt be the statement piece here, pair with a plain top and a chic shoulder bag. Work the winter white trend with these ruffled court shoes, adding tights if you’d prefer. The slight heel of these Zara shoes will give an illusion of long legs without being too high. This is winter whites done well.
WAY TO WEAR IT #2: OVER A CHIC MIDI DRESS
This beautiful printed dress, from Banana Republic’s petite line is just begging for the boardroom. The crisp shift is a timeless classic, the navy hue flattering most women’s colouring. The V-neckline on a midi length is ideal for petite ladies, with the ruffle detail and print adding glamour to your look. Adding the Charlotte London jacket to this outfit makes it instantly office ready; the jacket’s tailoring makes the whole look extra smart. While other jackets may be OTT when paired with a print, the white jacket offers a simplistic chic. Add a structured navy tote and nude heels to complete the look.
WAY TO WEAR IT #3 : MODERN MONOCHROME
Monochrome is a sure fire hit for a smart workwear look. Black and white looks chic for petites, with the white jacket and trousers creating a block of colour that elongates the body. Layering with a jacket means you’re prepared whatever the weather. A smart top, like this striped number means you’ll look just as good once the jacket comes off. These trendy block heel slingback shoes will be perfectly shown off by the slight crop of the smart tailored trousers.
The Black Jacket
The addition of a tweed jacket is a must for every woman’s wardrobe, just ask Chanel. The hint of gold gives a glamorous, expensive feel to this piece. The waterfall style is flattering to the body, without the constraint of being tied. The cascading opening wills the eye downward, giving petites an illusion of length.
WAY TO WEAR IT #1: WITH JEANS FOR THE WEEKEND
Whilst this classic jacket would look great with blue denim, why not embrace Fall by wearing it with some stylish burgundy jeans? These straight legged jeans from Boden’s petite range would look great paired with black. Add some height with these gorgeous leather boots. This outfit will keep you warm, without compromising on style.
WAY TO WEAR IT #2: SMART FOR THE OFFICE
Workwear can be tricky, but we’ve got you covered with this stylish teal ensemble. The wrap style and V-neck of this Boden dress will flatter your shape and cover your arms. The knee length is practical and stylish, and the teal colour will work beautifully with the black jacket. The waterfall opening shows off the dress, whilst keeping you covered and warm. We can’t get enough of this perfectly matching bag, and nude courts are a must to accessorize this look.
WAY TO WEAR IT #3: ALL BLACK FOR AFTER WORK DRINKS
Let the accessories be the statement by pairing the waterfall jacket with a coordinating stylish skirt. The midi pleated number would look great with a black camisole top, the layered pieces giving off a perfectly ‘put together’ vibe. The real gem of this outfit can be a statement bag, we adore this metallic tote, that’ll have everyone asking ‘Where did you get that?’ Slip on mules have been everywhere this season, and because the midi length of the petite skirt already shows off some leg, you don’t need to wear heels.
The Pink Top
This wrap top, with its soft draping and V-neck manages to be both fashionable (pink is the colour of the season after all) and flattering. Exclusively designed for Bomb Petite, this woven silk blouse would inject some colour and style into your wardrobe. This is the perfect garment to be dressed up or down, let us show you how…
WAY TO WEAR IT #1: FOR THAT MONDAY MEETING
Pair this top with navy, rather than black trousers for a trendy workwear alternative. We love these smart wool trousers with their modern, slim line fit especially for petites. Wearing a shoe in a matching shade to your trousers will elongate your shape, and ensure your look doesn’t seem ‘cut off at the ankle’. Elevate the look with these trendy twisted earrings from Next. These comfort heels from Kurt Geiger have just the right size heel to add height, whilst being comfortable enough for work. Now, who said workwear couldn’t be fashion forward?
WAY TO WEAR IT #2: FOR AN EVENING DINNER
The longer length of this Eileen Fisher skirt makes it a perfect partner to the slight sheerness of the pink top. Sticking to a simple colour palette means your outfit won’t seem OTT, this black skirt lets the top do the talking. To nail that ‘smart but not overdressed’ evening look, add simple black sandals for optimum chic.
WAY TO WEAR IT #3: FOR WEEKEND SHOPPING
The versatility of this pink blouse means it works as well in the office as it does for the weekend. For a casual look that shines, we love these Dree jeans from Topshop. The half-length sleeve and slight crop of the jeans shows just enough skin. This outfit is the perfect example that a casual, comfortable outfit can still look beautifully put together. The outfit is finished off with platforms and a fashionable pink bag that screams casual but cool.
The Sequin Jacket
For an evening occasion, nothing says glamour like a bit of sparkle. The addition of a sequin piece to your wardrobe will make night time dressing a whole lot easier. Whilst metallic sequins can be too bold for some, black is just as stylish without being over the top. The relaxed fit of this jacket means it’s an ideal partner to pair with your night time attire.
WAY TO WEAR IT #1: FOR DRINKS AT THAT TRENDY BAR
There’s a reason an all-black outfit is the go to for eveningwear – it’s a flattering, classic look that doesn’t date. A great pair of black trousers are a staple for evening dressing and this pair are perfect for petite ladies. The jacket is the real statement piece here, but the matching black means the look stays subdued and elegant. Adding black heels will elongate your frame, complementing the power-stretch tailored fit of these trousers. Since your outfit is minimalistic, don’t be afraid to add accessories – we love these on trend tassel earrings. Both will elevate your look to night time ready.
WAY TO WEAR IT #2: FOR AN EVENING PARTY
A well-fitting jumpsuit should be a staple in a petite woman’s wardrobe. It gives all the bonuses of a flattering pair of trousers and a top, whilst eliminating any ‘what should I wear with this’ dilemmas. Cut right, like this black number from Lipsy’s petite line, the waist is accentuated and the high waisted style makes legs appear inches longer. The V-neck of this piece breaks up the frame, and can flatter a larger bust. The sequin jacket takes this outfit to the next level, although you will be more covered, the overall feel is modern and stylish. Black is the perfect partner to let your accessories shine – literally! We love this metallic shoe and bag combo from H&M.
WAY TO WEAR IT #3: FOR A LATE DINNER WITH THE GIRLS
On nights when it’s too chilly for bare arms, wear this sequin jacket over your favourite ‘going out dress’. We love the berry hue of this Gap shift, the structured fit is flattering for a number of shapes (pear A, hourglass X, rectangle H). Tie in the black of the jacket with these trendy H&M shoes for a winning outfit combo. For a little extra sparkle, just add Swarovski earrings and that’s your evening attire sorted.