I haven't done much decorating lately, because I've been shopping for new pieces to update my Spring/Summer wardrobe.
I recently bought white jeans and capris and today, I found this linen shirt at Belk...on clearance. Yay!
I've really been inspired by Pat @ Back Porch Musings, and Marty@ A Stroll Thru Life.
Don't you love seeing what they're wearing?
They always find the cutest clothes!
I sometimes find shopping for clothing a challenge... I'm just under 5' 2" and wear a PM or PL, and lots of times the choices, in the stores, are limited.
So, I thought I'd share a few tips for choosing petite clothing.
I worked for 20 years in ready-to-wear, (better sportswear, swim, suits, coats...you name it) at a large department store, and over the years, I've tried lots of styles, and in the process, learned a few tricks for dressing my short, chunky figure.
You may know most of these tips, but just in case...here goes:
1. The most important thing to remember is proportion.
It's the same as in decorating...usually, a small room looks better with small scale furniture.
2. When choosing a floral or geometric patterned garment, choose one where the "flower", or design is no larger than the palm of your hand...remember proportion.
Here's an example of the print in my new shirt..not a great example, but I don't wear many floral prints, and this is what I had.
Yep, definitely smaller than my palm.
3. Yes! Petites can wear horizontal stripes! Here's the trick:
The stripes should be narrow and/or vary in width.
This tricks the eye and doesn't "read" as horizontal.
(Actually, these tops look better on me, than on the hanger...but you get the idea about the stripes.)
4. 3/4 sleeves or sleeveless tops usually look better than long or short sleeves.
I always turn up the cuffs on my long sleeve shirts and denim jackets.
"Zhoozh" those sleeves!
Speaking of denim jackets, ones that have princess seams give a more fitted look. Boxy jean jackets add width.
If you love scarves, look for ones that aren't bulky.
I love the new ones that are out now, and finally found one the right size. Here it is full length so you can see the size better.
5. Simplicity in style is a good thing...and V or scoop neck tops are usually more flattering than boat necks...again that horizontal thing.
6. Wear shoes the same color as your pants or maxi dress, for a longer looking leg.
If you're wearing a short dress...any color, consider shoes that are close to your skin color...
...again the illusion of longer legs.
Celebrities have done this for ever.
Of course, everyone has styles that work for them, but usually these tips work for anyone...petite or not.
If y'all have any style tips, I'd love to hear them.
Have fun shoppin' and stylin'.
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