6 Styling Tips Every Petite Woman Should Know
Posted on April 09 2019
If you're 5' 3" and under, then you're familiar with the struggles of finding clothes that add height and compliment your unique figure at the same time. Fortunately, we have a few tips to offer that will make shopping for the perfect outfit a breeze! Below are tips to consider on your next MuseOutlet.com browse:
1. Know your measurements
Make sure you know your sleeve, bust, hips, waist, and inseam measurements. Knowing your measurements lead to a satisfying purchase. (This is why we include all measurements in our product descriptions!) Follow the diagram below and jot down your measurements; keep them in your phone's notepad for quick reference:
2. Wear the right shoes
The trick to looking taller starts from the bottom - with the shoes! Focus on these characteristics when shoe shopping:
- A heel or platform
- Nude/neutral color
- A pointed toe
A pair of platform tennies or sandals add actual height without walking on your tiptoes!
3. Find the Perfect Pants
Shopping for pants can be frustrating when you're petite! Most jeans are way long or have an awkward fit. To avoid pants like this focus on the following traits:
- Cropped Hem
- Straight/Skinny Leg
- Baggy pants
- low- rise jeans
Although baggy pants sound comfortable, they add width to your legs instead of height. Opt for a skinny jogger like the one below:
4. Avoid Long & Boxy Tops
Shopping for tops can be just as frustrating as shopping for pants. Shopping for petite sizes only can limit your options and you may miss out on a great deal. If you have trouble finding tops that fit and add height, don't worry! Refer back to your measurements and focus on tops that have these features:
- Oversized sleeves
- Extra Long Tops
- Boxy Fit
Although boxy, oversized shirts make great pajamas, they're not the best to wear when trying to look taller.
5. Wear Flattering Dresses
Dresses are a little more versatile when it comes to shopping because you can accessorize accordingly. Focus on the following when shopping for dresses...
- Cinched waist
- Knee-length hemlines
Adding a belt to your waist gives the illusion of a higher torso, making you look taller! Knee-length or mini-skirts will do the trick as they show off your legs.
- Calf-length hemlines
- Boxy fits
- Horizontal patterns
6. Wear Vertical Stripes
When attempting to look taller you'll want to avoid wearing garments that have horizontal lines. Horizontal lines make the body look short and wide while vertical lines elongate the body. Vertical patterns include stripes, embellishments, buttons and whatever else can create the allusion of a vertical line.