Bomb Petite Bomb Petite: Petite Dresses & Clothing for women 5'4" / 163cm and under Sat, 20 Jun 2020 16:44:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bomb Petite 32 32 Your search ends here: petite wedding guest dress Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:14:03 +0000 The post Your search ends here: petite wedding guest dress appeared first on Bomb Petite.


Be the best dressed guest at your next nuptials with our easy to follow guide to dressing for your shape during wedding season. At Bomb Petite we have a stylish edit of cute petite dresses that will work for everything from a country barn knees-up to an elegant church wedding.

PETITE Kristen dress in bronze and violet lace by Nancy Mac ::

This dress was designed with wedding guests in mind. The delicate hand-finished lace is feminine, the pastel hue is whimsical and the panel at the waist won’t give away all the wedding cake you’ve eaten.


Wear it if

You want to elongate your top half. The flattering V-neck will do the hard work for you.


Best for

A traditional country wedding. This petite wedding guest dress is an occasion-wear classic.


Not a fan of overly fancy details? This dress is the answer to your wardrobe worries. Simple and elegant, the V-neck will make your top half look longer and the shorter hemline is perfect for petite frames.

Wear it if

You’re have an inverted triangle body shape. The should detail will make your top half appear narrower and is eternally flattering .


Best for

Weddings by the sea. The more casual style and royal blue hue will look great on the coast.


Elegant embellishments? Check. Delicate lace? Check. A maxi style that doesn’t swamp your frame? Check. This cap sleeve ensemble has all the ingredients of an instant occasion-wear classic.

Wear it if

You like to cover the tops of your arms. The delicate lace sleeves will ensure you feel comfortable.


Best for

Glamourous hotel weddings. It’s a unique but formal look.

Off the Shoulder Velvet Cocktail Dress ALEX EVENINGS

Take a dress crafted from sumptuous velvet and you have a wedding guest dress with a difference. We love the addition of details like the off-the-shoulder neckline to make this look special-event ready. The fabric also adds a lovely luster and texture to the silhouette.


Wear it if

You have an hour glass shape and like to show it off with dress that accentuates your shoulders.


Best for

Ceremonies at the town hall. Perfect for weddings in the city.


This petite wedding guest dress is pure glamour. You’ll make an elegant impression wearing this all-lace dress and the sheer lace hem will give your legs even more length.


Wear it if

You love your shoulders. The halter neck shape will frame your best feature.


Best for

Evening weddings. The lace accents are perfect for after dark.


Live out your silver-screen dreams with this forties-style dress. Look captivating in this flattering, tea-length party dress enriched with a shadowy leaf print and a hem inset of delicate lace.


Wear it if

You like prints with a difference. This number is a unique design and can pair with various heels from metallic to nude.


Best for

Glamorous banquet weddings. Arrive in true elegant style.



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Cool coats: here’s our top 10 picks for petites Sun, 27 Oct 2019 18:10:43 +0000 The post Cool coats: here’s our top 10 picks for petites appeared first on Bomb Petite.


Always the centrepiece of our winter wardrobe, the humble coat gets a heck of a lot of wear in the colder season. Navigating this shopping task and finding styles that don’t swamp us can be a minefield for petites; our outerwear needs to be practical yet stylish, comfortable yet cosy.

So we’ve done the hard work for you by tracking down the trendiest coats that will work for your frame; from high street to high end pieces that’ll serve you year on year. It really is the time to buy, before the weather turns too cold. With our stylish guide you’ll be right on trend in no time.

Colourful coats


Who says winter has to be all dark and gloomy? Bring a dash of colour to darker days in this trending rust coat. A no-fuss winter staple, this coat is crafted from a looped boucle yarn for a heavily textured finish and is a true perfection. A classic double-breasted piece is perfect to dress up or down. Easy to style with a simple scarf and gloves as temperatures drop.

Biker jackets


There’s something out there to suit everyone’s style this winter. If it’s a jacket you’re after, why not make a trendy addition to your closet with this faux leather biker jacket from River Island’s petite line. The quilted panels collar adds a stylish, fashionable edge to cooler days, and it works with just about every outfit, from midi dress and boots, to casual jeans and trainers for weekend walks. It’s also a great piece to throw on over gym clothes for your commute home.

Puffer coats


Just looking at this puffer black with contrast detail coat makes us feel all warm and cosy. You might worry that a padded coat could add unwanted inches; but the straight cut, darker colour and semi-fitted shape all help slim the figure. For colder days, the addition of a hood is a welcome bonus. Whilst the neckline can be done up, it’s equally flattering when left open. This coat covers over the knees for those colder months and the side pockets are super warm and handy!



The classic parka is such a style staple, the trend comes round again every season. That means no worrying that this year’s winter buy will go out of fashion by next winter. J Crew have cleverly created a snowstorm-proof coat, specially designed for maximum warmth with minimum bulk. That is music to a petites ears; all the stylish weather proofing without the excess fabric. It comes in five different colour ways, plus the faux-fur hood is removable – bonus!

Waterproof coats


We adore the classic cut of Boden’s waterproof coat. Boden’s specifically designed line gets petite clothing right every time, without compromising on style. It’s fully waterproof, with a huggably soft quilted lining and finishes just above the knee. The fitted, feminine cut stays chic no matter what the weather and will last you for many years to come. Style this on over your weekend wear for ample practicality and style. And with the detachable collar, you get two looks for one!

Faux fur bombers


This gorgeous taupe bomber will give you a look of luxurious warmth in winter weather. You can get your faux shearling fix in the form of this cosy bomber from Banana Republic’s petite line. It has been cleverly cut for a smaller frame, whilst retaining room through the chest, arms and waist. We love the slight stand collar and ribbed-knit cuffs. Wear with your best tailored trousers, ankle boots and your favourite handbag. This is Fall dressing done right.

Cocoon coats


Keeping your winter wardrobe to coordinating colours like black, grey and navy may make morning dressing a whole lot easier. But with the right coat to elevate your outfit, you can add some bright colour to liven up dull days, like this one that comes in eight, that’s EIGHT different colours! This J Crew cocoon coat taps into this season’s IT shape: oversized tailoring. Don’t be scared of this trend, petites. You can pair the looser fit up top with fitted jeans, or add a belt to define the waist. J Crew petite line guarantees that although this is a looser fit, it’ll be a perfectly proportioned fit for ladies 5”3 and under.

Plaid coats


Plaid has been rocking the fashion scene as influences from the 90s are making a comeback, inspiring brands across the board. Colorful plaid makes a cozy statement on this versatile coat, lending a feminine touch to any cold-weather ensemble. Tap into this season’s trend for layering by wearing a cream polo neck sweater underneath, adding a sophisticated take to your fall outfit.

Trench coats


The trench coat reins in style every season, this elegant version from London Fog is versatile enough to style with your office wardrobe or to wear over jeans at the weekend. This timeless classic’s streamline cut slims a petite frame, no matter your size. The beautiful caramel colour flatters most skin tones, and can be paired with almost any colour. This coat will give you a multitude of outfit options this winter and beyond.

Faux fur leopard print coat


This coat is the ultimate style winner for winter 2019, ticking just about every box!  The perfect length, petites will relish not being swapped by an oversized long coat, without compromising warmth. This piece taps into the animal print trend we’ve been seeing over the past few seasons, combined with the faux fur trend that’s been all over the catwalks and is a firm favourite with our favourite petite celebs and Instagrammers. This super soft coat offers a versatile addition to your winter wardrobe, wear with a midi dress and boots or black jeans for ultimate celeb style.

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The Best Places To Find Petite Shoes Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:48:40 +0000 The post The Best Places To Find Petite Shoes appeared first on Bomb Petite.


Finding the perfect pair of shoes when you have small feet can be a nightmare, that’s why we’ve created this indispensable guide to shopping for petite shoes. Gone are the days when you would have to wear extra-thick socks or shop in the children’s section. Now there’s a range of places you can shop specifically for petite shoes and brands that cater just for women with small feet. You simply need to know where to look…

MD Petite Shoes

Founder Marta Dickson has petite size feet herself and brought her designs to life. Her online store carries high heels in petite sizes (UK1/EU33 – UK3/EU 35). All designs are handmade from genuine leather by European manufacturers. All their efforts are placed on quality and customer satisfaction.
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Small Shoes by Cristina Correia

Combining Latin flair with Portuguese craftsmanship, Small Shoes by Cristina Correia offers exclusive designs, handmade in Portugal, for sexy, fashionable and strong petite women. They carry models for all occasions, from a sporty look to wedding-guest ready. Sizes range from UK 1 /EU 33 to UK 4 /EU 36 and they offer customization services. Shipping is free for many countries including the UK.

Small Shoes by Cristina Correia

Pretty Small Shoes

This specialist website carries hundreds of styles made for women with UK 1 / EU 33 – UK 3 / EU 36 size feet. From boots and heels to trainers and sandals, there’s something for everyone. The designs are trend-led and very stylish.


Amanda Jayne

Mandy Knight, Amanda Jayne’s founder and CEO has petite feet herself so knows the struggle to find suitable styles. That’s why she now stocks shoes as small as UK 1 / EU 33 on her own website. All Amanda Jayne shoes are handmade in Italy at a family workshop that has been operating for generations and you will find everything from casual boots to occasion-wear on offer.


Duo Boots

England-based bootmakers Duo provide boots from UK 2 / EU 35 and offer 21 different calf widths for little legs. You can also choose the toe shape, heel height and boot length.


Dainty Feet

Offering petite shoes in sizes UK 1 / EU 33 – UK 3 / EU 36, you’ll be spoilt for choice with this London-based brand. They have an especially impressive selection of heels and party shoes – perfect for pairing with your petite dresses.


Petite Shoe Boutique

Petite ladies who want to make a big statement should shop at Petite Shoe Boutique. All their styles come in sizes UK 1 / EU 33 – UK 3 / EU 36 and they even offer a bespoke design service so you can choose the material and exact style yourself.


My Petit Style

Small feet shouldn’t limit your footwear possibilities and this petite shoe specialist proves that. They offer a range of styles that is updated seasonally so you can keep up with the latest trends.


While not specifically for petite shoes, L.K.Bennett (Kate Middleton’s shoe brand of choice) goes down to a dainty UK 2 / EU 35. From the nude courts so beloved of the young royal to leather boots and brogues, they have a strong focus on quality and classic style.


Sarenza lets you shop for over 590 shoe brands in one place and while not all of them come in petite sizes, lots of them go down to a UK 2 / EU 35. Use the filter on the website to browse by size.


Size conversion chart from Pretty Small Shoes however, this varies a little from brand to brand. Click here for their in depth size guide.

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5 Ways we’re wearing our summer clothes in autumn Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:56:48 +0000 The post 5 Ways we’re wearing our summer clothes in autumn appeared first on Bomb Petite.


by Maria Pierides


Getting the perfect petite summer wardrobe is no easy feat, which is why we can be forgiven for feeling a little disheartened when autumn arrives. However, saying goodbye to summer doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to our summer clothes. While there’s no place for a sarong in our November wardrobes (sorry!), there are certainly a few ways to rework that trusty petite skirt; and we definitely aren’t ready to say goodbye to one of our favourite leopard print dresses just because of a slight drop in temperature.

No one likes splashing out on new clothes every season – especially when perfect-fitting petite clothes can be challenging enough to find – so we love the idea of hanging onto our summer clothes for as long as possible. Adding just a few simple things such as an extra layer, ankle boots or an oversized knit, for example, will instantly help us get the most out of our clothes on a personal and practical level. Not only will it increase cost per wear (which is never a bad thing) but we can get to enjoy our beautiful summer clothes for longer.

With the help of some of our favourite petite Instagram stars, we’re going to show you some of the ways you can tweak your summer wardrobe to make it autumn/winter ready.

The sweater/ skirt combo

Swap short sleeves for long sleeves (and slightly warmer fabric) and you have the perfect way to re-wear your favourite summer skirts during the new season. Extra points if the skirts come in rich and autumnal hues, too – as demonstrated by Helmi Pikari and her gorgeous pleated midi. Autumnal colour palettes are completely optional though. Channel petite style maven Katie Sands (@honestlykate) and hang onto summer by teaming delicate, feminine miniskirts with chunky knits and ankle boots. Easy!

petite sweater skirt combo for autumn


petite sweater skirt combo for autumn


petite sweater skirt combo for autumn


petite sweater skirt combo for autumn


The faux fur coat combo

A simple solution that doesn’t involve any substitutions! Adding a dreamy faux fur coat to a staple summer outfit like Abi (@stealmystyle40) allows you to keep your expertly-put-together summer outfit, but also adds extra dimension (not to mention warmth) in an instant. It works great with simple jeans-and-tee combos, but there’s something quite spectacular about adding a luxurious fur coat to your go-to wow-factor dress. The way Joanna, aka @lovestyle40, has teamed her stunning leopard print dress with a deep blue faux fur coat has given the dress a new lease of life, creating a whole new outfit in the process. The look pops so much that we now can’t imagine the dress without it!

petite faux fur coat for autumn


petite faux fur coat for autumn


petite faux fur coat for autumn


petite faux fur coat for autumn


The leather jacket/ dress combo

Adding just one extra layer is sometimes all you need to take a look from summer to autumn – just like adding a statement necklace or swapping flats for heels instantly takes a look from day to night. Additions are everything, and there is nothing quite as hardworking as a leather jacket – especially in the confusing autumn season when the weather is so unpredictable. Too cold for your summer outfits but not quite cold enough to pile on the layers, the leather jacket is the ultimate meet-in-the-middle piece. Use it to toughen up more feminine summer outfits like @rinasamantha and Karen, aka @missionstyleuk have, or wear it to create bold, head-turning autumn looks like Helmi Pikari. And it goes without saying, but black ankle boots are the number one footwear choice.

petite leather jacket and skirt for autumn


petite leather jacket and skirt for autumn


petite leather jacket and skirt for autumn


petite leather jacket and skirt for autumn


The coat and boots combo

Throw everything into the mix and create the ultimate summer-meets-autumn look. Every woman needs a classy, longline autumn/winter coat, so when she finds one that ticks all her boxes, she’s going to want to team it with her favourite pieces. And luckily, the perfect coat is so easy to work into existing summer outfits. @Maryorton, demonstrates how adding a bright, belted jacket to a favourite summer dress – along with some must-have ruched knee boots – instantly takes the look from summer to autumn. Take a leaf out of @stealmystyle40 Abi’s book and let your winter coat do some of the hard-work, by way of adding a much-needed pop of colour, or just for extra dimension.

petite coat, boots and skirt for autumn


petite coat, boots and skirt for autumn


petite coat, boots and skirt for autumn


petite coat, boots and skirt for autumn


The turtleneck/ skirt combo

The trusty turtleneck has been with us during the coldest of winter days, which is why we never neglect it when we make those summer to autumn transitions. Lightweight turtlenecks are just what the style doctor ordered for autumn, as they’re the perfect replacement for summer tops and blouses, allowing us to hang onto our summer staples just that little bit longer. Look no further than petite fashionistas Rachel (@petiterachelle) and @thekittyluxe for inspiration.

petite turtleneck skirt outfit for autumn


petite turtleneck skirt outfit for autumn


petite turtleneck skirt outfit for autumn


petite turtleneck skirt outfit for autumn


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How to find your body shape Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:45:35 +0000 The post How to find your body shape appeared first on Bomb Petite.


Petite women come in all different shapes and sizes – every body is different, regardless of height.

In general however, our bodies do share some common features. You might not have paid much attention to your particular body shape in the past, but if you know the basics of your silhouette, you can better understand how to accentuate your assets and flatter your shape. It will be a godsend in helping you choose the right types of clothes for you, and once you get it right – you’re set.

You will have heard the word shape used to describe the overall silhouette of your body – but what does that mean, we hear you ask? We are generally looking at your shoulder width in relevance to your hip width. The individual way your upper, mid and lower half are proportioned to each other is key here.

Whilst your size may change during your lifetime, your frame is consistent.

Allow us to help you determine your body shape, as it’s the foundation to creating a stylish wardrobe that makes you look and feel great. We have so much helpful information for each body type, and even tailor our style advice and inspiration for each shape. Use our shape calculator below, and move one step closer to a sleeker, more stylish you…

Grab a tape measure, follow the instructions below, noting down your measurements

How to take measurements

Measure at the fullest point of your bust with a soft measuring tape. Make sure that the tape is not too tight by breathing in and out.

Your waist is the narrowest part of your torso. The measuring tape you bring around your waist should sit tightly, but it shouldn’t “dig” into your skin. Don’t pull your stomach in, either.

You measure your hips at the widest point below your waist. Remember to remove your clothing and to keep your feet together so that the measurement is as accurate as possible.

This is also a hip measurement, but taken in a different place than the previous one. It is taken at the top of the hip curve – not at its widest point! You need to localize the upper swell of the hip over your pelvic bone.


Enter your measurements in the body shape calculator in either inches or cm

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Now that you have found your body shape, click below to find the styles that celebrate your shape and help accentuate your best features.

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5 Autumn trends to wear right now Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:20:48 +0000 The post 5 Autumn trends to wear right now appeared first on Bomb Petite.


by Maria Pierides


Apart from the crucial pumpkin spiced latte, the thing we most look forward to when the autumn season begins is the wardrobe overhaul. As much as we love our playsuits and sandals, there’s nothing more exciting than the lead up to Christmas, wrapping up in our cosy new autumn/winter pieces and exploring the new-season trends in every way we can. The exciting thing about autumn/winter is just how easy it is to translate the new-season trends into our everyday looks just by adding one key item at a time. Adding a simple scarf, for example, can instantly transform a look, and it’s an easy, not to mention cost-effective, way to ensure we are always keeping up with the latest trends and keeping out the chill at the same time. Win, win!

Let’s take a look at this autumn’s must-have accessories to see you through the changing weather and add style points to your wardrobe.

Animal Print

You can’t go anywhere without seeing animal print this season, thanks to Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Givenchy and Balenciaga – but you don’t have to go all out. Pay homage to the trend by adding a subtle hint here and there with your well-chosen and expertly tailored accessories. We love the idea of monochrome dressing and adding animal print footwear. Animal print accessories that can work with or without your outfit, such as in bag or scarf form, is another great option.


Everyone’s favourite chic fabric is back, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Oversized tweed coats paired with sleek leather skirts were all the rage at Marc Jacobs, while Miu Miu turned back the clock and landed in the 80s. And thanks to Louis Vuitton’s dreamy tweed jackets showing at Paris Fashion Week, we know where our office wardrobe inspiration is coming from! We are living for tweed dresses, trousers and blazers right now, but also quite like the idea of a tweed bag too. The more tweed, the better!


As self-confessed magpies, we jump for joy whenever sparkles, sequins or anything shiny and reminiscent of a disco ball debuts on the catwalk. And much to our delight, the AW18 catwalk was full of dazzling pieces, with Chanel, Fendi, Prabal Gurung, Tibi and Simone Rocha among the designers to unleash their shiniest garments onto the runways. Giambattista Valli even went as far as dripping his models’ faces in glitter, and although we aren’t recommending that for the office, we can all agree that that’s something to aspire to for those “go big or go home” parties. Party dresses don’t get much better than sparky ones, which is why we have selected not one but two; however, jazzing up an everyday outfit with a rockin’ sparkly blazer is something we can definitely get on board with, as is adding a sparkly clutch bag to that staple evening ensemble. A little black dress teamed with a sparkly clutch is never going to be boring, no matter how many times you wear it!


Does anyone else feel like an extra from Clueless whenever they wear a check mini skirt? We know we can’t be the only ones! Check print has come a really long way over the years, and we can’t fault the new and exciting direction it’s going in thanks to Calvin Klein, Erdem and Versace. Check coats and scarves scream autumn/winter to us, which is why they are never far from our autumn/winter wardrobes. Wrapping up in a check scarf is one of our favourite go-to autumn/winter looks, and for good reason! As check is having a serious style moment right now, we’re also excited to swap our trusty black trousers for check trousers, teamed with a crisp white shirt for a sharp off-duty look, and flipping the look upside down by way of black trousers and an on-trend check shirt. The possibilities are endless!


Millennial pink, hot pink, Barbie pink – it’s all in! Alexander Wang, Valentino and Prabal Gurung showcased some stunning pink pieces on the autumn/winter 2018 catwalks, and we feel positively inspired to start adding pops of pink into our existing wardrobes. Soft scarves and cosy knits are two essential autumn/winter pieces to add style and warmth, as are petite wrap dresses and coats. We might even be bold and try an Elle Woods inspired all-pink ensemble in the office. She who dares…

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The size lottery – when did clothes shopping become such a gamble? Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:38:32 +0000 The post The size lottery – when did clothes shopping become such a gamble? appeared first on Bomb Petite.


by Maria Pierides

Why do clothes hate us?

We don’t like to be dramatic, but we’ve come to the very harsh yet very truthful realisation that clothes don’t fit the way they used to. As self-deprecating women, we’ve unfairly spent years reminiscing back to our youth when everything used to fit like a glove (well almost, we’re still petites living in a 6 foot catwalk model world after all) not quite knowing where we’ve gone wrong. But now we’ve realised that it’s not actually us who have changed, and we need to stop beating ourselves up about our body types.

We may not be teenagers anymore, but we shouldn’t have to feel so disheartened and defeated when shopping for clothes in the modern world. It’s not our figures which are failing us, it’s the clothes. In particular the fashion industry and its completely unreliable and inconsistent women’s sizing. And don’t even get us started on the difference in UK and US sizing and our eternal quest for universal sizing to be introduced.

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Tell us if this sentence seems familiar: “I’m a 10 in this shop but a 14 in this shop, but if I’m buying jeans I go up a size and if I’m buying a blouse I always go down a size, except in this shop where I just buy three sizes and see which one fits better before taking it to the tailor”. We’re exhausted just writing that! We know that we live in an age where we can buy several sizes of the same item at the click of a button, but why should we have to overspend for the luxury of a well-fitting item? When did clothes that actually fit even become a luxury?

You only have to look up a few different shops to find that the statistics on the waist, bust, hips and legs, for example, are significantly different across every single brand. But how does each brand determine what classifies as an 8, and what classifies as a 10 for example? And this doesn’t even take petite sizes into consideration, as many petites have complained about being humiliated into buying extremely large sizes because of the false impressions that some brands have with petite clothing.

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This won’t be the first time that you’ve read something about women calling out high street and even high end stores for their inconsistent sizing. We don’t like to name and shame, but a few journalists have experimented with women’s sizing in an array of different shops, and it was quite common for their sizes to range from an 8 to a 14, if not 16. Some stores have openly admitted to being very generous with their sizing – often referred to as vanity sizing – to attract women into their stores. After all, how many of us would be secretly elated to find out we are three sizes smaller?

To avoid the size lottery that comes with shopping, we tend to stick with brands that we know are made with women’s different body types in mind, or ones which we have tried, tested and accepted as figure-flattering and consistent. Unfortunately, reputable brands that guarantee the perfect fit tend to come with a higher price tag, but it’s the price that some women – in particular petite women – have to pay. We know we aren’t alone either…

“The fact that consumers are willing to spend more on clothes that flatter them highlights just how important it is for retailers to focus on designing clothes that are cut to fit well and use the correct fabric to improve the way a garment falls,” Tamara Sender, senior fashion analyst at Mintel, told The Daily Mail.

seamstress sews clothes and put thread in needle. workplace of tailor - sewing machine, rolls of of thread, fabric, scissors.

Fabric and cut are just two of the important factors that make a well-fitting item of clothing. We’re just perplexed at how in 2018, the fashion industry has failed to keep up with women’s body types and women’s clothing needs, in particular when it comes to sizing and quality. Perhaps it’s because we don’t speak up enough, and just quietly accept that our bodies don’t conform to fashion’s standards and sheepishly head to the tailors – who we are on first name terms with – to try and give us some of our confidence back.

Our job involves speaking to a lot of women, and we’ve been shocked with how many women are going down the bespoke route just to guarantee that perfect fit.

“We see so many women who have access to premium merchandise, but clients are getting more demanding and want a personal connection with their purchases,” Judd Crane, director of womenswear at Selfridges, told The Guardian back in 2013.

Five years later and sizing is no better; in fact it’s more inconsistent and more confusing than ever! How many of us fall into the category of buying clothes that don’t fit and just have them clogging up the wardrobe because we don’t want to part with something we have spent good money on? Until the fashion world does something about its sizing crisis, perhaps going bespoke is one way to save our sanity and our money.

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Why stylish women have very few clothes Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:25:26 +0000 The post Why stylish women have very few clothes appeared first on Bomb Petite.


We’ve all dreamt of that fantasy 10 foot walk-in wardrobe and the Hollywood-style dressing room with space for hundreds of handbags, shoes, and accessories. However, we’ve slowly come to realise that being drowned by our wardrobe isn’t necessarily a good thing – especially as a mountain of clothes doesn’t actually guarantee style, as proven by some of the most stylish women we know who have shockingly few clothes. True story.

But how can that be, we hear you cry. Style doesn’t come from the amount of clothing you own, rather it comes from what you do with it. It’s all about working with what you have, and making sure it suits you at the same time. In other words, think capsule wardrobe that ticks all the boxes in every combination and for every occasion imaginable.

stylish women unclutter their wardrobes

If you’ve always looked up to Parisian women and their chic, unrivalled style, then now is the perfect time to shop like them too. French women famously live by the less is more mantra, especially when it comes to their shopping tactics, and we want to follow suit too. So here are five crucial style rules we aim to live by to guarantee that we match up to the chicest women in the world:

1. Declutter

We’ve all had the problem of being faced with a wardrobe full of clothes yet still having nothing to wear. Find some time to truly declutter your wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to be harsh. If it doesn’t fit perfectly, or if you haven’t worn it for a year, it needs to go! Donate it to the local charity shop, sell it online, or even give it to that friend who’s unashamedly been eyeing it up. If you haven’t already, download our free step by step guide to decluttering your wardrobe. Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and all that…

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2. Shop Smart

Smart shopping has long been associated with the French, and anyone who you regard to be a true style maven is guaranteed to shop the same way too. Mindlessly adding something to your basket, regardless of how chic you think it might look on the model or the clothes hanger, is a big no no. Instead, take time to assess your current wardrobe and find out what is missing. Then, and only then, will you truly be ready to fill the gaps and hit the shops. Buying the staples and the basics is a great way to start, and slowly add those wow pieces as and when you need them.

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3. Get Personal

Style is about expressing yourself through your clothes and accessories, and making each piece work with another. With a limited number of clothes, you want to make sure your outfits reflect who you are. Once you find your own identity, you can slowly learn about expressing yourself through your outfits. Perhaps your shy personality has you reaching for understated styles in pastel colours? Or perhaps you love being loud in all aspects of life, and clashing prints and bold block colours are what you reach for? Learn about who you are and what you love, and your wardrobe should soon follow!


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Jada Pinkett Smith

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Sally Field

4. Feel Inspired

As much as we love flicking through the pages of the Fashion Bible, we know that the statuesque models of Vogue aren’t the best style role models to have. Instead, we love looking at our favourite petite women who really make petite clothing work for them. From the pint sized Eva Longoria to Michelle Williams to even Lady Gaga (sans meat dress, naturally) we’ve found a great deal of petite style inspiration. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to find sartorial inspiration, especially as it lets us filter our searches to petite clothing and only petite clothing.

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Eva Longoria

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Michelle Williams

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Lady Gaga

5. Purchase Quality Over Quantity

Buying fewer clothes of good quality that fit well will save you money in the long run; and ensure you come out on top in the style stakes too!

Cheap clothes are cheap for a reason. The two biggest costs of making a garment are the fabric and the labour. To reduce the cost, you push one or both of those down. Manufacturers lower labour costs by cutting corners on garment construction to churn out more clothes so they rarely last for long. That being said, a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily indicate quality, so do your research. Find the brands that suit your style and budget, and if needed, spend a bit more on tailoring with the guarantee that it’s going to fit you like a glove and complement everything flawlessly.

And speaking of fitting like a glove…

After a lot of hard work, sleepless nights and endless cups of coffee, we’ve finally launched our much-requested bespoke service. We’re now able to offer our fabulous, petite fashionistas an utterly unique service which will guarantee the perfect fit every single time. The option for petite bespoke clothes adds a whole new dimension to our wardrobe. It gives us the chance to start afresh, choose quality over quantity, and give our style that much needed overhaul once and for all.

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#BombPetiteStories: lessons in style from real petite women Sun, 09 Sep 2018 09:00:33 +0000 The post #BombPetiteStories: lessons in style from real petite women appeared first on Bomb Petite.


Welcome to #BombPetiteStories. A place for real petite women from around the world to show off their style, share gems of advice and inspire other women. We all have one thing in common – we’re petite. It’s a gallery where you, your friends, and fashionistas can share your petite looks, show off your individual style and offer tips on how you make your height work for you.


With the rise of street style in recent years, petite styling advice from real women is becoming more accessible. So we’ve created #BombPetiteStories, a place of inspiration featuring petite looks in everyday life.

From petite workwear inspiration to occasion-wear looks and petite dresses, this will act as a platform for styling advice and ideas and create a whole new community of stylish petite women.


#BombPetiteStories is all about you. It’s about women under 5’4 showing off their individual style and petite clothing. It’s a place for you to defy your body hang ups and show the world how you work with your height.


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The definitive petite denim guide Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:35:14 +0000 The post The definitive petite denim guide appeared first on Bomb Petite.


Shopping for jeans can be a testing retail experience and while there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to denim, below are the petite jeans that you need in your wardrobe. Whether it’s fitted and high-waisted or flared and cropped, we’ve found the perfect pair that works for you when you’re under 5’4.

Boyfriend Jeans

The key to pulling off boyfriend jeans when you have a petite frame is to make sure they are still slim fit (but not too slim!). A mid-rise waist and turn-up details are the classic hallmarks of boyfriend jeans and are the perfect canvas for your weekend looks.

Straight Leg

Straight leg jeans flatter petite frames if they have a high rise waist as this lengthens the legs giving the illusion of height. An extra style tip is to roll up your straight leg jeans so that they sit above the ankle showing off your legs at their slimmest part. Add some statement shoes (no high heels necessary) and you’ll be good to go.

Skinny Jeans

A pair of skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple and once you find the perfect pair, you’ll know. Choosing a pair with added stretch will stop the dreaded bagging at the knees and will also make sure you can move comfortably in them all day. A black pair that hit just at the ankle with a structured blazer is the ultimate for smart casual dressing.

Mom Jeans

The fashion set’s favourite denim style is still going strong since bursting on to the high street back in 2012. The slightly 80’s vibe means these jeans have retro appeal. They’ll look just as good with a silk blouse as they will with a distressed T-shirt. The high waist and slightly loose cut is forever flattering on every body shape.

Boot Cut

Boot cut denim fell out of favour for a while, but with its major wearability and super-flattering cut, it’s back in fashion. The slight flare will balance out wide hips. Worn over wedges or platform sandals your legs will look like they go on forever. Pair yours with a crisp white shirt for a look that will take you from desk to dinner.

Flared Jeans

Flares have made a comeback over the past few seasons but not as you probably know them. Forget floor sweeping bell bottoms and instead opt for modern cropped kick flares. They work in the same way as the more traditional styles, by balancing out your hips. So they’re perfect if you’re pear shaped.

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