It’s never not dress season because we believe there’s always a reason to get dolled up. And the hem length of the moment? Calf-grazing midi. Shop windows (and the Bomb Petite store) are full of these 50s-style silhouettes in varying shades, fabrics and degrees of sparkle. But before you get swept away by sequins or seduced by satin, pause and think ‘does this dreamy gown really fit me?’ Midi dresses and skirts are not a complete no no for petites – just bear these seven tips in mind.
1. Select the right length
If the hemline cuts at the widest part of your calves it will make your legs appear stumpy and short. Instead, opt for a skirt length that hits just above or below mid-calf where the leg is a little slimmer.
2. Accentuate the waist
Draw attention to your waist. Avoid tops that hide the waistline or end at the hip, always tuck things in and choose cropped jackets.
3. Colour code
Wear the same colour head-to-toe to create an elongated silhouette. So nude heels if you’re baring your legs or black heels if you’re going opaque. You can always spice things up with accessories.
4. Streamline, streamline, streamline
Steer clear of skirts or dresses that are full or overly fussy in details – these dwarf your frame. Keep things clean, simple and streamlined.
5. Show some leg
Wear skirts and dresses with a slit to show off some leg. Not only is this a sassy little feature, it will also draw the eye up and make your silhouette seem longer.
6. Shoes carefully
Avoid ankle boots or shoes with ankle straps, as these cut across the leg and break the overall flow of the dress.
7. Buy petite size
Petite sizing takes a lot of the hard work out of fitting as it’s designed to create the most flattering proportions. It makes it easier to work this tricky style.
Discover petite midi dresses in the Bomb Petite shop.