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|23 Jun

8 Wardrobe Items You Need if You're Petite

It’s time to break up with your tailor
Rebecca Hooton
23 Jun
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It’s the change-room experience of the petite echoed the world over. You fall in love with the perfect racer-stripe jeans, only to put them on and instantly find they’re too long.

Maxi dresses drag on the floor. Mini skirts look more like knee-length.

So, you give up and revert back to the black skinny jeans you could be bothered to get tailored that one time back in 2016, and pine over the new-season denim from a distance.

Oh, the joys of being petite.

‘Petite’, BTW, is classified as 161cm (five foot three) or shorter by the fashion industry. It might not be Karlie Kloss elevations, but it’s a height worthy of a new-season gingham mini skirt, too, g’damnit.

We’re in mighty fine company, with the likes of Ariana Grande, Emilia Clarke, Emma Roberts, Lucy Hale and Zoe Kravitz all coming in under that mark… and fashionably. Granted, that’s not so hard when you likely have red-carpet tailors on call.

Sure, there have been ‘petite’ options before - we’ve all dabbled in a blazer by a Minogue sister. But we’re calling it: this is officially the season of petite. From Missguided Petite’s camo cargo trousers to Topshop Petite’s checked peg trousers, suddenly what was once niche is everywhere, and without compromise.

We’ve seen an upsurge in mainstream brands bringing trends to the petite masses. And holy moly, we’re excited. Not only because we can find clothes that now fit, but because they’re actually cool. Other brands on board with ever-growing petite ranges include Miss Selfridge, Forever New and Wallis. When it’s not just one brand, but five or more, it no longer feels like a token gesture, and more like a movement. And that’s a movement we’re happy to get our behinds, behind.

Here are 8 wardrobe items you need if you’re petite.

Advice
|23 Jun

8 Wardrobe Items You Need if You're Petite

It’s time to break up with your tailor
Rebecca Hooton
23 Jun
Share:

It’s the change-room experience of the petite echoed the world over. You fall in love with the perfect racer-stripe jeans, only to put them on and instantly find they’re too long.

Maxi dresses drag on the floor. Mini skirts look more like knee-length.

So, you give up and revert back to the black skinny jeans you could be bothered to get tailored that one time back in 2016, and pine over the new-season denim from a distance.

Oh, the joys of being petite.

‘Petite’, BTW, is classified as 161cm (five foot three) or shorter by the fashion industry. It might not be Karlie Kloss elevations, but it’s a height worthy of a new-season gingham mini skirt, too, g’damnit.

We’re in mighty fine company, with the likes of Ariana Grande, Emilia Clarke, Emma Roberts, Lucy Hale and Zoe Kravitz all coming in under that mark… and fashionably. Granted, that’s not so hard when you likely have red-carpet tailors on call.

Sure, there have been ‘petite’ options before - we’ve all dabbled in a blazer by a Minogue sister. But we’re calling it: this is officially the season of petite. From Missguided Petite’s camo cargo trousers to Topshop Petite’s checked peg trousers, suddenly what was once niche is everywhere, and without compromise.

We’ve seen an upsurge in mainstream brands bringing trends to the petite masses. And holy moly, we’re excited. Not only because we can find clothes that now fit, but because they’re actually cool. Other brands on board with ever-growing petite ranges include Miss Selfridge, Forever New and Wallis. When it’s not just one brand, but five or more, it no longer feels like a token gesture, and more like a movement. And that’s a movement we’re happy to get our behinds, behind.

Here are 8 wardrobe items you need if you’re petite.

1. The Clever Top

Go for a statement top that can be dressed up for work or evening occasions. Avoid it swamping your frame and looking ill-fitting by choosing one with sleeves that finish at the forearms, and detail at the smallest part of your waist. This draws attention higher, and makes the bottom two-thirds of your body look longer.

2. Wide Leg Pants

This is one of the ultimate pieces for elongating legs, whatever your height. The high waist makes your legs appear to start higher, while the extra-long length adds more again. Wear them with a heel underneath and the hem skimming the floor gives the appearance of legs for days.

3. Black Maxi Dress

It’s an item often impossible to find in a suitable length by those of us who are petite, but one you’ll get endless wear out of when you do. Look for a maxi with a v-neck to elongate the torso, and a very slight fishtail fit over the bottom down to the feet, to balance you out.

4. Vertical Stripes

It’s a universal rule that vertical stripes lengthen you, but even more so when they’re almost the length of your body. Jumpsuits are incredibly on trend, and this one is just perfection with its bold stripes that wrap flatteringly, along with the figure-skimming fit. The v-neck is elongating, as are the wide-leg pants when worn with strappy heels.

5. The Perfect Blazer

When you’re petite, it can be so difficult to find a blazer that doesn’t look like it drowns you. Choose one that’s cropped enough at the arms to bare your wrists slightly for a look that’s chic and professional. The outer shoulder-seam should hit where the outer edge of your shoulders are for the perfect fit.

6. Fitted Work Pants

Well-fitted black pants are worth their weight in those crystals you keep on your desk. A high waist is ideal, with pocket details for a modern feel. The length is so important, with a straight leg and bootcut hem super elongating and flattering when worn with heels. These are some power pants if ever we saw them.

7. A Wrap Trench Coat

It’s all about creating long lines, and nothing can do it better than a trench coat. The long fit gives the appearance of height, while the cinched waist makes your legs look long and v neck elongates the torso.

8. Longline Duster

If any outfit needs lengthening, a duster will do it. The long cut creates height, while the open front makes it easy for wear both with heels and flats, without you getting caught up in too much fabric at the front. Pair with matching pants for even more height.

Your days of limited wardrobe options are over. Explore petite new arrivals.

Rebecca Hooton
Writer
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