Have you ever noticed that in movies and books, whenever a girl is supposed to be short she's automatically also waifish? Other common adjectives include pixie-like, elfin... pretty much any of those tiny fantasy creatures (big exception: hobbit). You really never hear or see a petite, busty character. I can't think of any small and voluptuous pairings besides maybe Jenny from the "Gossip Girl" books - and we all see how well that went over with the casting director!
I am 5'1. When I go to fashion week, models tower over me. When get on the subway, average people tower over me!! While I have lost some surplus pounds over the past two or three years and have a small frame, I rock a pretty ample 32C and seem to always look a touch stocky due to my non-lithe muscles.
- Buy petite sizes. I know it seems obviously, but for a long time I thought buying regular sized clothing and having them hemmed was the same thing. Trust me, if there's a petite version it will be more flattering on your figure! Jeans in particular need to be petite, otherwise the knee area will end up somewhere over your shin. But could someone please explain to some companies that petite is not the smaller than size small size??? XS and Petite are NOT interchangeable!
- Stock up on medium & skinny belts. I used to worry that belts would cut me in half, thus making me look shorter, but a good belt will define your waist and make you appear longer and leaner! But be wary or wide belts, when you have a short torso, like me, they can make it look even shorter! I recommend staying at 2 inches and under.
- Also stock up on heels. There's no denying that heels will make you look taller and leaner. And can wreck havoc on your feet! But remember that even a tiny half inch wedge makes a surprising difference! And a platform provides extra height without adding too much of a pitch. Finally, a shoe with a low opening tends to lengthen you while things like ankle straps cut you off. This doesn't mean you can't wear booties, but it's easiest to pull off if you're wearing the same color tights.
- Don't fear tightness. An empire waist will lengthen you, but only if it's on the formfitting side. Forgo wide-legged pants for more flattering flared shapes. Baby doll dress and trapeze tops will never be your friend unless you belt them. And if you have your heart set on something like a boxy blazer, make sure it's cropped! Again, it's all about waist definition and showing off your shape! One of my friends is petite and plus-sized, she used to wear loose tops to hide her thicker waist and tummy. One day I forced her into a snug (in her opinion) v-neck dress with a dark waist band and she was shocked to see that she looked 10 lbs lighter!
- Watch proportions. Always consider hemlines. Pants tend to look best past the ankle and skirts are usually most flattering above the knee. I love my minis, but a skirt that's about an inch above the top of your knee looks great for the office! Long skirts can actually be shortening, particularly with a full shape, so tread carefully. And beware the dreaded tea-length, which even some models have trouble pulling off!
It's so important to be proud of your shape! Often women try to emulate a beautiful celebrity, but pick some one with a completely different body type! Only a handful of women are born shaped like Kiera Knightly, sorry! I will never be willowy like Nicole Kidman or statuesque like Christina Hendricks. I suppose could near kill myself to be pixie size like Natalie Portman... I think I'll pass!But you know what? I could be voluptuous yet tiny like Scarlett Johansson (who's 5'4!), Salma Hayek or Kim Kardashian (who are both 5'2!). So you have any petite, yet curvalicious celebrities that inspire you?