If you've got a petite body type, you can dress in very specific ways depending on what style you're trying to achieve. Dress for a petite body type with help from an award-winning producer and professional stylist in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Erin, and I'm a fashion stylist. And, at 5'4", I'm also considered a petite woman. A petite woman is anyone who's 5'5" or shorter. As a small, petite woman, I'm constantly looking for ways to look taller. It is possible if you follow some simple tips. Here are some do's and don'ts for petites. First of all, wear heels. Duh, right? If you struggle to walk in heels, try a wedge or a heel with an ankle strap. Both have more stability than a pump or stiletto. Another easy way to stretch out your petite frame, wear all one color like I am. Wearing head to toe black or camel is not only chic, but it creates the illusion of more height. Vertical stripes or seams can also have an elongating effect. Fit is really important on petite frames. Clothes should be streamlined, simple, and really fit well in order to avoid the "I'm wearing my mom's clothes" look. A skirt should be knee length or shorter. Tops should fall to the widest part of your hips, or shorter. Any longer, and you'll lose your legs. Not literally, of course, but the look's stubby. When in doubt, you can always shop in the petite departments. The tops and jackets will fit better, especially if you're narrow in the shoulders. And, keep your tailor's number on speed dial. Part of the petite woman's reality? You're going to have to have clothes taken in, up, and hemmed. Just make sure that when you bring in your dark wash designer jeans or cuff trousers, you ask the tailor for the original bottom. Keeping the original bottom means you keep the original detail and seam.