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Petite Fashion

If You’re Short & Style-Minded, You’ll Love These


Updated August 31, 2020

It’s tough to be short, even if your BFF is a tailor. All those super-cute pieces the mannequins wear are designed for leggy ladies, while the petite racks are stocked with sad, frumpy seconds. It’s as if the fashion industry thinks all short women are aging receptionists from the 1980s. But I’ll say it again:…

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Petite Fashion

Runway-Inspired Petite Fall Fashion — the Essentials


Updated September 1, 2020

Runway looks are made to suit the amazons and sample sizes. Yeah, we said it. What works on models rarely works for the rest of us. Yes, fashion weeks around the globe dazzle and impress us with their creativity, but those pieces (and their price tags!) are never a perfect fit right off the hanger. The…

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Petite Fashion

Petites: How to Avoid Looking Like a Marshmallow this Winter


Updated January 24, 2019

We’ll be frank: it’s hard enough trying to layer up in winter to keep warm without looking like a marshmallow. But add in the height factor, and it’s easy to feel like you’ve got a recipe for fashion disaster. When you’re height-challenged, the more thick fabrics you add to an outfit, the more you start to feel like…

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Petite Fashion

Petite Clothes — 5 Perfect Pieces You Can’t Live Without


Updated September 1, 2020

If you’re slightly smaller in stature, it is tricky to find pieces to flatter your proportions perfectly. For those of us under 5’3″, we face too-generous leg-lengths and tops and dresses that are too long in the body on every shopping trip. And when we shop the official petite clothes section, well, let’s face it. It takes a…

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Date Night Petite Fashion

Date Night Outfits for Petites


Updated January 24, 2019

As a shorter lady, you have a hard enough time finding trend pieces that fit for your day to day. You don’t need the added pressure of finding the perfect outfit in petite sizes for a special evening out. No matter what stage you’re at in the dating game, the clothes you wear out should have you feeling comfortable and…

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Petite Fashion

Sweaters for Petite Women: Dos and Don'ts


Updated February 3, 2019

Sweaters are a favorite fall and winter staple in many women’s wardrobes. But if you’re petite, the onset of cooler weather reminds you that sweaters are just not that flattering. There’s good news here though. Being petite doesn’t mean you need to avoid bulkier items like sweaters altogether. Read on and I’ll show you how to find a…

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Petite Fashion

Petite Fashion: The Jacket


Updated February 2, 2019

Never underestimate the style power of a great jacket. Throw one on with jeans, a maxi skirt, even tailored shorts and poof—instant style upgrade. Slip on a pair of fun flats or on-trend boots, and suddenly even running errands feels chic, and there’s nothing that makes standing in the grocery line more tolerable than knowing that at least you…

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Petite Fashion

The Best Petite Fashion Advice Ever!


Updated September 1, 2020

The fact is that as the size of the average American has increased, clothing sizes have decreased. Furthermore, manufacturers use fit models to “represent” the largest number of consumers possible and if you fall outside of the size range of the fit models, like 90% of the people in the world, you’re not going to…

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Petite Fashion

The Maxi Dress for Petite Ladies: 5 Simple Rules


Updated November 6, 2019

Petite women have certain fashion challenges, and one of those is pulling off the maxi dress effectively. You may have heard a so-called rule that you just shouldn’t wear the maxi dress at all — but we’re here to tell you the opposite. You can look fabulous in a maxi dress and we have celebrity…

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Petite Fashion Prom

TBF Readers Ask: Petite Prom Dresses


Updated January 31, 2019

One of our readers from Portugal wrote to us about her dilemma regarding prom fashion for petite ladies. TBF staffer Sallie responds. I’m from Portugal and I love fashion, but right now I am having some difficulties on choosing a dress for my prom. Our school’s ‘prom’ is a chic and elegant dinner where our…

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Petite Fashion

15 Petite Fashion Bloggers with Big Style


Updated January 27, 2019

With so many fashionistas joining the blogger bubble, niche markets are carving out their own little slice of Internet real estate. As their looks start to across the blogosphere, these specialized influencers are carrying clout with way more than just their own small communities. Whether they’re informing readers of the best places to shop special…

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Petite Fashion

How To Wear Crop Pants If You’re Short: Or, Breaking Petite Fashion Rules Is The New Black


Updated February 4, 2019

You’ve probably been told this time and again–if you’re short, never, ever, ever (*insert 36 more evers here*) wear cropped pants, or anything else that breaks your leg line between the knee and ankle. But the truth is, modern fashion is as much about breaking rules than following them (remember no white before Memorial Day?…

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Petite Fashion

How to Wear Skinny Jeans: If You’re Petite


Updated January 20, 2019

Skinny jeans can be a great asset for petite girls, because while we support our vertically-challenged sistas (Angela is one of them – holla!) we know looking longer and leaner is never a bad thing. We also know that being petite doesn’t necessarily mean being a twig. For petite fashionistas, the biggest style challenges are…

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Petite Fashion

The Best Dresses For Petite Plus Size Women


Updated January 20, 2019

You’ve got a lot of curves, but not so much height, so shopping for a dress can seem like a daunting task. Petite clothes are geared toward women with slimmer figures, but standard plus size clothes are too long, so it’s not as simple as just shopping in a certain section of the store. Here…

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Petite Fashion

Five Fashion Tips for Petite Fashionistas


Updated January 19, 2019

It ain’t easy being petite. Hems need constant alterations, bold patterns can overwhelm your frame and long dresses can exaggerate your lack of height. Sigh. But fear not, we have five fashionable staples for those 5’4 and under. The Petite Jean Calvin Klein Jeans Petite Jeans, $24.99 at macys.com The Petite Dress Don’t worry about…