Coco Chanel once said “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions”. Proportion is the framework with which we build our outfits, consciously or not. And the relative proportion of color or design elements can make or break a look. The most important factor about petite styling is center around how to create the best proportion. According to Leonardo Da Vinci, humans are approximately 8 head lengths tall. A lot of runway models are blessed with 9 head lengths. As a petite girl, you are likely to be less than 8 head lengths. But, that doesn’t mean you cannot style your outfit to make your proportion look better.
We have all heard of golden mean proportions. When it comes to garment length, 1:2 is the ideal ratio for petite fashion, really, of any height and body type. That is, if you wear full length top, match it with a short skirt half of its length, which is a 2/3 to 1/3 relationship. A long thick sweater paired with short skirt made from thicker fabrics such as wool or leather is a perfect choice for this fall and winter.
If you wear a longer skirt, make sure to wear a short top, or tuck in your top, to create a look of 1 to 2 ratio. Both A line midi skirt or pencil skirt works very well, when you match them with short or cropped tops.
A line midi skirt creates volume and adds more presence, so it is ideal for petite styling. They also have a willowy effect, so they are quite feminine.
Pencil skirt never goes out of style, and they are one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. They fit any occasion, from office to parties. For petite girls, the key is to match it with a well fitted blouse, tucked in. In addition, make sure the skirt does not go below your knees, so that the length from your knees to your feet is about 1/3 of your total height.
The easiest way to improve your proportion is by wearing petite dresses or petite jumpsuits with self tie belt. Make sure the belt sits higher than your natural waist, which will make your legs look longer.
Chi is 5’2″ founder of Petite Dressing, an online petite clothing store dedicated to women under 5’4″. Petite Dressing blog is here to help you understand yourself, such as your petite body type, and look your best ever. If you are new, start here. Comment below and share your thoughts about this post!