Many times when people who follow my blog or Instagram come up to say hi they are most surprised by how short I am. Standing only 5'2" I definitely fall into the petite category! Growing up I always wanted to grow tall like my dad and sister but as I've grown up I've come to love my small frame.
Dressing petite, however, isn't always easy. I teamed up with Macy's to showcase some of the best trends for petites and a few general tips and tricks for looking fabulous under 5'4". Macy's has such a wide selection of clothes specifically tailored for petites so they fit better and are more flattering! Hems, straps and sleeve lengths are shorter and provide a better overall fit.
In terms of advice for dressing a petite frame, my first rule is tuck it in! Tucking in your shirt automatically elongates the legs creating the illusion of being taller. This tip really changed things for me and now you'll always see me with a tucked-in top. I love this INC International Concepts blouse from Macy's in a rich burgundy with a bold triangle pattern. The cut-out shoulder is very on-trend and makes the top a perfect transition piece into fall. I paired it with mid-rise Style & Co jeans with zipper detailing. These help balance my wider shoulder by drawing the eyes across the hips. A dark denim is universally flattering and helps add length for us shorter sisters. I always recommend mid to high rise jeans in a dark wash for petites. As for the shoes, there's certainly no denying that heels add height! I like these black round toe Mary Janes because they go with everything. They pair especially well with a darker bottom to continue the look of a long line on the legs.
For the second look I paired a white tie-blouse from Alfani with a petite perfect trend for fall - the A-line skirt by INC International Concepts. This style creates a flattering silhouette that highlights the waist and draws the eye down. It is especially flattering for petites when it hits a few inches above the knee creating a long leg line. To further the look of long legs I added this pair of pale pink suede platforms. They are a bit of a throwback to the seventies and I love the color! I hope you guys like these tips for dressing petite - see more tips on the Macy's Petite Fit Guide.
Photos: Noelle Downing. Special thanks to Macy’s & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!