No outfit is complete without the right accessories. Adding the perfect corresponding handbag or earrings can really up your style game, no matter the occasion. For petite women, accessories can also serve as flattering style tricks; a cinched in waist here and earrings that draw the eye upwards there bring attention to all the right places. Accessories are the key to looking polished, and add the finishing touch to any outfit. We’ve chosen the best pieces that every woman should own.
1. The Skinny Belt
For petite women, defining the waist is a must. Dresses can often hang downward over the chest, the material loose from the body adding unwanted inches and volume around your middle area. A belt will cinch you in at the waist, defining your curves. Wear that dress well!
2. Long scarves
A scarf is not just a winter only accessory. A sleek scarf is a great way to add warmth or colour to a casual outfit, without wearing a coat. There are all manners of patterns and styles available, so if you feel your all black outfit is lacking some pizazz, add an elegant long scarf. Be it a chunky knit or silk number, it’s sure to look chic.
3. Mini bags
This is the handbag of the season, we love the look of a body strap mini bag to liven up a sweater and jeans. This accessory won’t overwhelm your frame; a perfect fit with petite clothes. Plus, it’ll have you decluttering your handbag, stylish essentials only, petites! Tip: for us women with a shorter frame, stick to crossbody strap drops that are between 20 – 21.5 inches or 51 – 54.5 centimetres. This way the bag doesn’t sit too low on the body, making us appear shorter.
4. Dainty necklaces
Don’t underestimate the wow factor the right piece of jewellery can have. We love a classic elegant look for evenings out; accentuate your favourite dress with a thin, delicate necklace for a minimal and effortless look.
5. Peep toe heels
Believe it or not, even the slightest showing of skin at the top of bottom of your body can add height to a petite. Wear on trend peep toe heels with your favourite jeans (don’t forget to add a beautiful nail polish, to really show off those shoes.) If heels aren’t your thing, you can find some great peep toe flats to work the trend with comfort. These have an adjustable slingback strap that can be flipped up out of the way adds fresh versatility to an open-toe mule set on a lofty stacked heel.
6. Minimal rings
The trend for daintier, smaller rings has reigned over the latest few seasons. These minimal accessories draw attention to detail, so be sure to compliment rings with a gorgeous nail colour. Wear just one, or wear many on different parts of your fingers to really add some interest and sparkle.
7. Sheer socks
Feel it’s still too cold to unpack your summer heels? Do it, because sheer socks are en vogue right now! These pretty pairs look perfect teamed with an A line skirt and heels, or look fantastic peeping out from bottom of your favourite petite jeans.
8. Drop earrings
Drop earrings are not only flattering, they give the illusion of height. In our opinion, every petite outfit should be matched with a fabulous pair of earrings, so take advantage of the trend by adding some drop earrings to your look today. We love trying different hair up- or down-do’s with this accessory.
9. Heeled mules
The hottest shoe of the moment, the mule has been seen on fashion runways galore. The low heels mean you can add height without the discomfort. Mules look great with tailored trousers or a pencil skirt for that important work meeting. For a dressed up look, pair with a flowy dress.
This 90s favourite is back, as seen on our favourite petite celebrities and catwalks a plenty. Instead of a plain hair tie, why not go slightly bolder with a pattern coloured scrunchie? Taking the time to accessorise your hair gives off an air of polished sophistication. The devil is in the detail after all.