Best buys for a petite figure

Do you struggle to dress your petite frame, feeling like any trend you try drowns your shape and makes you look shorter? It’s the illusion of height you’re after and with these simple tips, tricks and clever fashion buys, you’ll get it.

Petite dressing 101

  1. Take one colour and wear it top-to-toe, this draws the eye down your body with no interruptions creating the illusion of length.
  2. When choosing a neckline opt for V-shaped and U-shaped to elongate your neck and chest area, and go for soft fabrics that slide over your body to accentuate your curves.
  3. Always try and wear heels, they are a must-have for your shape. A pair of sexy nude heels  are the ultimate leg lengtheners.

Best petite buys

Here is our pick of the top styles of clothing to choose when shopping for your shape.

  • An easy-to-wear shirt dress is perfect for petites, add this season’s must-have accessories and you’re ready to go.
Shirt dress, R1 299, 8 to 18, Trenery

Shirt dress, R1 299, 8 to 18, Trenery

  • Tunic style dresses work in so many ways. Team with leggings and pumps for day and rev it up at night with a cinched-in belt and sexy heels.
Shift dress, Rxxx, 6 to 14, Tommy Hilfiger

Shift dress, 6 to 14, Tommy Hilfiger

  • Big oversized bags overwhelm a small framed person- rather opt for a medium size bag or a clutch purse for the right look.
Medium bag, R979, Charles & Keith

Medium bag, R979, Charles & Keith

  • Tailored bootleg trousers that are fitted on your hips are great for giving the appearance of longer legs.
Jeans, from R895, XS to L, Zara

Jeans, from R895, XS to L, Zara

  •  A wide belt will  cut your figure in half and break up the vertical illusion you’ve created to look taller, opt for slim belts instead.
Belt, R49, Mr Price

Belt, R49, Mr Price

  • Wear cropped jackets and nippy blazers to complement your smaller frame.
Cropped jacket, R1 999, 8 to 18, Pringle of Scotland

Cropped jacket, R1 999, 8 to 18, Pringle of Scotland

  • Accessories can be overwhelming in a petite frame so it’s advisable to choose scaled- down jewellery.
Necklace, R349, Country Road

Necklace, R349, Country Road

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