How we dress is a constant journey and not a destination. Want to ace that interview? Land that new job? Be the best dressed intern in the office? Picking out petite professional outfits can be overwhelming to try to do everything right at once.
There are some simple ways a petite girl can dress to look taller, and the formula for dressing taller isn’t really that difficult to learn. It’s just a matter of sticking with a few rules of thumb when buying petite professional outfits.
Here are six clever ways for petite professional outfits that will make you look taller:
Tip 1: Wear shorter jackets
Usually, a suit jacket should just cover the buttocks. However, a slightly shorter jacket exposes more of the legs, and slightly shorter pants exposes more of the shoe; both of which creates a continuous, unbroken body line with more of the body showing…which, in turn, makes you appear taller.
Tip 2: Wear monochromatic or tonal colors from head to toe
Wearing colors within the same color spectrum avoids breaking the body line (with the distraction of different colors), and lengthens the silhouette from head to toe.
Tip 3: Wear accessories positioned high up on the body
The idea is to draw other peoples’ eyes to your upper body, thus creating the illusion of more height. Accessories are fun to wear, and can include hats, glasses, lapel pins, tie pins and pocket squares. Tons of accessories, however, can create an eccentric look. Somewhere around three classic accessories should do the job.
Tip 4: Wear fitted clothes
Most of us have seen this photo before, but never seem to tire of the apt point that it makes. Without question, baggy clothes will stretch the silhouette horizontally, causing a person to look wider, instead of taller. Think about lengthening (instead of widening) yourself from head-to-toe whenever you dress. It’s sobering to notice the transformation that a shorter man experiences when he forgoes his baggy clothing for clothes that reveal a streamlined silhouette.
Tip 5: Know when to invest in a professional tailor
Tailoring is the secret of well dressed petite women, as subtle nips and tucks can transform a look.
Tip 6: Pick the right color
Bolder blues / lighter colors will look better on petite girls than very dark colors that “shrink” the total appearance.