This is used to prevent bots and spam. Go for vertical stripes, not horizontal, use lots of monochrome fabrics rather than busy patterns. Short women often look best in short dresses. Great Hub, Great tips
I learned some new things and I found this to be a very valuable hub. Never mind that I'm a man. But this your article is mostly recommended for short ladies so as to know what they should put on.
I agree that polka-dots really don't work well for anybody. Stripes are kind of a hit or miss. I would definitely choose smaller stripes over bigger ones.
There is one more thing you can do to make your legs look longer - use pointy shoes. Well, they are not trendy at the moment, but people can decide for themselves if they want to be trendy or look tall. I like your writing style. Very useful information and tips for those of us who are short and curvy. Great read, awesome Hub. The subject that you have explained in the article is too fantastic. You have bought the topic live in front of my eyes and made me think the same manner. You have just too wonderful ideas.
I like to wear pants and skirts for most of the time. As a short, curvy girl and fellow Ann Taylor addict, I thank you. I also feel you on the print dress I prefer pants too.
I have a bunch of skirts, but since I'm currently unemployed, I have no where to wear them. Pants are always more comfortable and luckily, heels go with both! I'm short but short of nothing, for sure. Thanks for the useful info. Curves are great if you know how to dress them. Love your page here, I have always been the more curvy one for sure, not really short about average height the curves can make some looks on you not too flattering.
My boyfriend is always laughing at my flat buns, Although I know he didn't mean what he said, I'm sad! After signing up for a gym club and keep an eye on the diet, I feel much more confident now! Every woman is pretty princess when she shows great confidence in her body and herself!
I completely agree about the shorter skirts, heels and fitted tops. I love boot cut jeans as well. Have to stay away from the skinny jeans though Thanks for the other ideas as well!
Thank you for all th tips and suggestions, I'm short and curvy, so I can use all the advice I can get. Thanks for an informative, well written read. And the ironic thing is that there are far more girls like us than there are stick people out there, so why can't designers get it right?
Great Hub, Great tips I am a curvy and short women, so It has been very useful for me to read theis hub Yeah, if it fits around the bust or the bum, it gapes at the waist for us hourglass girls. That's where knowing a little about refashioning can really help! Thanks for the tips and the laughs - I know exactly where you're coming from on this hub!
I was very pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every. Jaynie, you were practical and sincere in your writing.
Inner beauty only is enhanced by outer look, so all people women and men need to feel good about themselves on the inside first. But to all you women keep looking for those great outfits. That's quite an honor. I was destined to write this hub because I can also relate to the difficulties we short curvy gals face in shopping for the perfect outfit!
I enjoyed reading your hub. I started my hub 8 mths ago and I finally had the chance to start on mine. Your hub was the 1st page that captured my attention. I am 5'2 with curves and a mother of three. I can relate to how we have to shop in order to get the look we desire. Great hub, look forward to following more. Good hub, it really is difficult to try and make your legs look longer.
I find that not only do wearing the short skirts and shorts help but also when you buy curvy fit skinny jeans. They don't squeeze in your butt and thighs too tightly and they make the leg seem longer but on heels with a pair of those and you are smokin'.
Bronson, if you've read the article, you'll know that it is NOT a euphemism for anything. You can't wear the clothes I'm talking about if you're obese and out of shape. I'm talking about curvy women with hour glass figures who have difficulty finding clothing that fits well and looks good. Curvy is not a dirty word; it's a reality for a lot of beautiful women. In all seriousness, is curvy being used as a euphemism for obese and out of shape? Or another word for voluptuous where curves are appreciated by everyone 9 times out of 10?
Something tells me you are so much more than your "name" suggests! Madam, I bow to you and the handy and accurate advice you provide in this article. You're not only parting with great tips, but you're doing so in a way that doesn't have women BE in a certain manner, you're rather explaining how to be THAT way AND look good at it.
My bestest compliments, may the world have more of this way of thinking! See 21 more comments. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. To provide a better website experience, bellatory.
Choose Your Patterns Carefully If you are going to wear patterns, consider the following tips: Maybe throw in a rainbow wig. Seriously, polka dots are just ill advised. If you just have to have them, go for the smaller dots. Wide stripes in a vertical pattern will make you look like a referee. Wide stripes in a horizontal direction will make you look like an escaped convict or a television with bad reception.
If you have a narrow waist, display it with a fashionable belt, worn under your bust. Elastic belts are available if you aren't comfortable in standard ones. Jewelry and purses should be in proportion to your size; if you wear or carry something too small, it will just make you look bigger, so think large purses and chunky jewelry. Top it off with a hot pair of sunglasses that flatters the shape of your face.
Your goal in dressing is to elongate your body, so avoid clothes that work against that. Go for vertical stripes, not horizontal, use lots of monochrome fabrics rather than busy patterns. Don't wear short skirts that end at the widest part of your thighs or capri-type pants that cut your legs in half. Don't wear tight clothes, as they will show every ripple of fat, or baggy clothes that add extra bulk.
If you like to see great style by women that are even shorter, have a look at the list of celebrities under 1. Madonna is a spectacular woman over 50 already short on height. She increasingly favors tight dresses just below the knee which she has no problem pulling off with her svelte figure.
I also like her in high waisted wide dresses, where she uses the trusted v-line to elongate the look. Victoria Beckham measures 1. High waisted, pants, tight fit, use of the v-line. I love all these looks. In the first look, she took a risk with the big flower on top and the big bag is certainly to be avoided. When wearing wider styles, she keeps the top tight, opts for an empress waist or uses a v-line.
For more inspiration on how to dress your short physique, check out other celebrities who measure under 1. In principle, all the above guidelines apply. However, you may want to prefer empress waist dresses instead of form-fitting dresses. Make sure that you wear nicely fitted tops above and that you use all the vertical tricks described above that will make you look both taller and slimmer.
You can also look at the guidelines for the apple shape body type and combine that with the guidelines above. Monochromatic looks create a vertical image and instantly create the illusion of height.
Dark colors are a great choice to create this illusion as dark colors make the wearer look thinner furthering the perception of height. Skinny jeans are one of the best options for petites. They visually make the leg look skinnier lending to the illusion of length, making the wearer look taller. A knee length sheath dress is a great option for a petite frame, the tailored silhouette avoids unwanted bulk.
The end result is a lean look that appears taller. Polish off the look with slingback kitten heels, for a little added height. Vertical patterns, such as pinstripes, elongate the silhouette, creating the illusion of height. Nude shoes serve the same purpose, the eye carries the color through avoiding a visual break making the wearer appear taller.
High waist pants paired with heels work together to create a long vertical image. Worn with a short top, the outfit creates the illusion of height.
I hope these guidelines will be useful to you. Remember though that they are not written in stone. If you are petite and have some tips that I did not cover here, please let me know! Scarves are wonderfully versatile, but petite women — especially those with less than petite chests — need to very careful about the proportions and patterns of scarves, and more importantly, the way they are draped or tied.
And keeping the heel heights something below monstrous? I love this post! I think you did an excellent job of explaining what to wear and how and why to wear it. The only thing I have not tried is the high waisted pants but they look so amazing on Victoria Beckham I am going to look for a pair. Great you liked the post Suzanne as I know you are petite yourself and have a lot of experience of dressing this body type.
Yes, you should definitely give high waisted pants a try. I love the look of those. Definitely on my wishlist as well. I have really embraced heels lately, but still find them uncomfortable when I have to do any amount of walking or standing. Still there is no denying that almost every outfit will look better with heels, especially with petites!
I just love your blog!! BTW, I adore Oscar de la renta dress here! He can do no wrong! I am petite and over I am very conscious of what I wear. Thanks for the tips again it helps a lot to me. Yes it is difficult to dress nicely when you are petite. Nice to see a few petite lines coming through though. Hi Sia, as you say. You did an excellent job of explaining what to wear and how and why to wear it.
In the summer, I wear maxi-dresses, often with quite bold prints on them as I love colour. My problem is that I find it increasingly difficult to get clothes to fit well. I have little chest, but a wide back. In the UK, there tends to be a tendency to assume that because you are petite, you must be like a stick.
If a dress fits on the hip, it tends to swamp me on the waist. I find shopping totally demoralising most of the time. All these are just guidelines Sophie and you will always have to play with clothes and see what works for you!
I can understand your frustration with shopping. All clothes are made for standard proportions which only a few of us have. Taking up sewing seems like a perfect idea!
Dresses will look great on many short women, as they automatically created the much desired 2/3 – 1/3 look. If you opt for a tight, slim silhouette then this will make you look even taller; Getting clothes with the right fit and size is even more important for short women. Ill-fitting clothes will add extra bulk. There are four common figure shapes of short women. Knowing your figure type and which clothing styles flatter your shape helps you select clothing that will accentuate your best features and minimize areas that you want to de-emphasize. fashion for short curvy women red or maroon cardi Love this look - the raspberry cardigan is really cute. embellished top and long cardi Good fashion tips petites Im gonna git me womens clothes for fall michael kors! Julia will rob a bank to get this.