Style Guides: Petite and Curvy Women

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A Style Guide for Petite Women

enhanced-19849-1418056420-14Are you 5’4” or under?

You are classified as petite in the fashion world if you are 5’4” or under. However, let’s clear the misconception that petite means short and slim – petite women come in all shapes and sizes. Clothes are labeled petite because they have narrower shoulders and shorter inseams.

Here are some useful styling tips that can make your fashion look easier to put together.

  1. Be open to hunting in the children’s section. Considering the trends these days, what you usually wear have children counterparts. You might even be surprised to find classic pieces! They even are less expensive!
  1. Use layers to achieve a perfect fit. If a clothing item is too big, tuck it in and layer on a more form-fitting piece over it.
  1. Know how to alter your clothes as they won’t fit perfectly off the rack, especially when it comes to length.
  1. Have long shirt sleeves? Cuff them at the elbow. They emphasize your shape too. The same thing goes for long jeans.
  1. You aren’t banned from wearing maxi dresses, just pay attention to its silhouette. Avoid roomy cuts with lots of material. If you wear a maxi dress that has volume at the bottom, wear a fitted or tucked in top.
  1. Balance is key. A fitted crop top should be paired with high-waisted shorts, jeans or skirts.
  1. Bottom clothes and shoes that are similar in color elongate your legs. For example, black leggings with black heels create the illusion of a longer line. If you don’t want to wear tights and want to show some legs, wear nude pumps that match your skin tone.
  1. To lengthen your torso, wear fitted shirt that is longer than your top garment.

A Style Guide for Curvy Women

Kim Kardashian. Beyonce. Catherine Zeta-Jones.

These women are really curvy and still manage to look really sexy and well put together. Consider this your style guide in helping you hide problem areas and enhance your assets!

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  1. Choose the right underwear. Eight out of ten women wear the wrong fit, size or shaped bra. Knowing your real size and investing on the right fit can make your body look so much slimmer.
  1. Don’t try to hide your curves with large clothes – remember this rule: Not too large, but not too clingy. Choose well-fitted clothes, ones that enhance your small waist and fit loosely or skim in other parts of the body.
  1. As much as possible, avoid wearing high necklines. Wear V-necks because it elongates your silhouette. Scoop necklines also flatter your shape.
  1. Use belts! It can add more definition to your curves by enhancing the smallest part of your body – your waist. Wide belts work with tops and dresses and have a flattering effect on your curves.
  1. When wearing dresses, choose ones that have hemlines that hit the spot where your legs start becoming slimmer – just above or under the knees should do the trick.
  1. High-waisted skirts are for you! Choose A-line skirts that hug your small waist and skims over your hips and thighs.
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