How to: Dress Petite


Dress (Topshop) | Wedges (Nine West)

Have you ever gone to a family event you haven't attended in years, and been told that it's been ages since you've met, then asked how old you are now? As an 11th grader, the youngest age speculation you'd expect would probably be about 15. It would be flattering because you'd think, "Oh, I must have such a youthful face!" but then if you're in senior high and people think you're a junior, like, 8th grader, it's sort of sad. Especially if they add the remark, "But you're so small!" Ouch. 

There's no cure for this. Sure, you could drown yourself in gallons of milk, stretch yourself, do all the sports on Earth, or go bold and try acupuncture to grow a centimeter or, say, ten. Sometimes, though, it's just destiny you know?  There's no need to pout though. There are lots of ways you could still look (seemingly) taller (even though not actually).
Here are some tips! 

1. V-necks elongate the neck.
Don't worry, it's not just v-necks! You've got the scoop neck, and any other relatively low neck lines--make sure it's not too low, though, just so long as you're comfortable in it. These necklines make it seem as if you have a longer neck, because there's more flesh near the neck exposed, making you appear taller. 

2. Wear clothes that fit, not baggy ones.
If you're fun sized... You'll drown in baggy clothes. Your already small frame will be hidden by unneeded layers of cloth. It's overwhelming, and makes you look not only even shorter, but also larger.

3. Heels are a fool-proof way to increase your height.
As girls, we're lucky. The fashion industry won't stop producing heels: wedges (personal favorite #1), stilettos, platforms (personal favorite #2), pumps... These shoes actually increase your height, obviously, so invest in some!

Striped Top (H&M) | Skirt (Zara) | Wedges (Staccato)
4. Midi clothing are your worst enemies.
"I'm five feet tall - I'm very petite - so for me, if I'm wearing a skirt or dress, it needs to be short, or else it makes me look frumpy. I need to wear either something really short or a maxi dress; anyhting in between just looks weird." -Kourtney Kardashian
Wear short skirts and pants (exposing more flesh makes your legs look longer) or long ones (which, if you're short would be sort of hard to find because clothing stores tend to have pants that are sooo extensive: I usually need to get them tailored!), but stay away from midi ones. They make you look awkward, and thanks to how it divides your body, it makes you look short. Midi clothing are reserved for the tall girls, sadly.

5. Wear high waisted anything.
It is an automatic assumption that the legs start at the waistline, so high waists make your legs look longer, too! Wear something high waisted with a cropped shirt or a tucked in top.

6. Remember: 2/3rd, 1/3rd.
Do not wear anything that divides you in half--as in at your center line. It reveals your true height more than anything. Cut yourself in 2/3rds from the bottom--like, again high waisted pants.

7. Tuck in your shirts.
Lastly, tuck in your shirts to make it fit your figure more.

Good luck! XX

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