Once you master dressing for your shape, buying and choosing an outfit is made so much easier. Petite women already have to take into account how an outfit works with their height, so we want to make getting dressed a doodle.
In general, there are 5 main body silhouettes; Pear, Inverted triangle, Hourglass, Apple and Rectangle. Of course, people come in all shapes and sizes and not all women fit neatly into one category. Read our helpful descriptions, and if that sounds like your shape, we’ve got 5 petite pieces that’ll look great on you.
A pear shape’s bust and shoulders are narrower than their hips. The great news is your waist is often well-defined, which is so flattering. Emphasise your top half with V-necks, keep colours and prints on top; our short sleeved shirt and pink blouse are must haves for this shape. Nip in your waist further with our printed dress, avoiding fuller skirts. The nude petite dress is perfect for you, all the detailing is at the top, drawing the eye there.
INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE
If your hips are narrower than your bust and shoulders, the shape is called an inverted triangle. Take advantage of your smaller bottom half by showing off your legs. Go for fuller skirts, in our printed or plain styles, and to balance out your petite frame, pair with our tops with see through details. Drop-shoulder dresses are your secret weapon because the seamless shoulders will create a sloping effect. Choose one with three-quarter-length sleeves so that the fabric doesn’t drown you.
You have an hourglass figure if your bust and shoulders are the same width as your hips, and your waist is defined. Show off your figure with our fitted petite dresses, they will beautifully accentuate your curves. Similarly our nipped in black jumpsuit will work wonders for your silhouette. Opt for V-neck, round, sweetheart or lower necklines. Wear our green velvet dress will with your favourite petite coat for winter.
You have a rounder body shape with similar bust, waist and hip measurements. Tailored blazers are your friend; make sure they’re made especially for petites, like this Relax Baby Be Cool blazer, or our cream number. You can rock an all over print like this striped dress is very on trend for A/W 17. Empire line dresses are perfect for your shape like our petite drape dress in dark blue.
You can get away with higher necklines, prints and boyish styles better than any other shape. The rectangle body shape is straight up and down, with little waist definition. Our printed shirts are sure to suit, on larger busts these prints can appear stretched, but you can pull these off no problem. Some petite clothing doesn’t cater as well for the rectangle shape, but we’ve got you covered.