The Best Petite Fashion Tricks

Finding clothes that fit well and look flattering can be challenging if you’re petite. Petite fashion is often overlooked on the high street, but if you know some of these petite fashion tricks, you can find great clothes that fit you and look good. 


What’s up dazzling babes?

Did you notice that Find Your Dazzle got a bit of a makeover? I through it was time for a little up date so I switched up the homepage to hopefully make it easier for you to navigate the site! Anyway, today I have a blog post for all of my petite ladies! I’m hoping to incorporate more petite fashion tricks and tips on the blog.

Since it’s such a challenge to find clothese that fit our petite frame I thought that I’d start my petite fashion series with a few tips on how to find pieces that fit!

Petite Fashion Tricks


Know Your Measurements

There are a few measurements that are really important to know when you’re trying to find the best-fitting clothes for you. You need to know your bust, waist, hip, and inseam measurements (Inseam should generally be around 27 inches for petite women). If you know these details, you can make sure that you are buying clothes in the correct size. Compare your measurements to the brand’s size chart to get this right. 

Identify Your Body Shape

Everybody is shaped and proportioned a little bit differently. Petite women are no different; there’s no one petite body type. Before you start shopping for clothes, you should try to identify what your body shape is first. When you know, you can research which stores carry clothing that will best complement and flatter that shape. 

For example, if you’re more triangle-shaped, look for stores that carry a lot of A-line dresses and skirts, as pieces like this will help to balance out your bottom half. Once you’ve found the kind of pieces you’re looking for, such as the Shoshanna dress, check the product description to make sure the garment isn’t going to be too long for you. If the garment is too long, don’t forget, you could consider having things tailored so it will be the right length for you. 

Shop Both Petite and Non-Petite Sections With A Specific Purpose

Unfortunately, the petite sections in a lot of stores don’t carry fashion-forward clothing. However, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out and buy less fashionable pieces. It’s a good idea for petite women to buy basic staples, like jeans or work dresses, from the petite section, but to then shop for more trendier pieces in the regular department. 

When you do decide to shop in the regular-size department, it’s important to keep in mind what your ideal length is for petites in tops, bottoms, dresses, and jackets. Look for items that are designed to be a little shorter than normal, as these will be full-length on you. For example, mini skirts, cropped pants, and crop tops. 

Keep Regular-Sized Blazers And Jackets Unbuttoned


If you do have to make do with a regular-sized blazer or jacket, you could have it tailored, or wear it unbuttoned. Keeping it unbuttoned will create a long, uninterrupted column that runs from head to toe. Button a jacket interrupts this line and makes you look shorter. When possible opt for a cropped or shorter length blazer or jacket.

Use Accessories To Appear Taller

Heels aren’t the only accessory that can create the illusion of more height. You can use a belt to create the illusion of height. One example of this is to belt a dress slightly above your natural waistline, so your torso will look shorter and your legs look longer, making you seem taller. 

Choose monochromatic footwear to create the same effect. For example, if you’re wearing a skirt with bare legs, wear a skin-toned shoe to make you look taller. If you’re wearing a dress with black tights, wear black shoes. 

Choose Delicate Over Chunky Accessories

Ok, so I love a chunky necklace or large hoop earring from time to time but if you really want to enchance your petite frame go for smaller pieces instead. If you carry a handbag or wear jewelry, choosing more delicate pieces like subtle chains and small purses that go better with your small stature rather than swamping you. 

If you do decide to choose a chunkier piece then limit it to one item only (large earrings or large necklace not both) so that way you don’t overwhelm your frame and take away from your outfit.

Go For Less Is More When Picking Out Maxi Dresses


Maxi dresses might seem like they will overwhelm a petite frame but petite women can absolutely wear a maxi dress and look great, as long as they choose a smaller print or a monochrome color. Choose a design with a higher waistline or W-neckline to make your frame look longer, rather than being swamped in the dress. 

Balance Oversized Items With Form-Fitting Pieces

Oversized pieces can easily drown a smaller frame, but you can still enjoy this trend. The trick to making oversized items works on a smaller frame is to pair them with more form-fitting pieces, like an oversized sweater worn over leggings. This creates some balance and shows off your figure instead of losing it. 

Elongate Your Legs With Over-The-Knee Boots

When you style over-the-knee boots, tuck your top into a pair of high-waisted pants or jeans in the same color as the boots. Matching the color of the pants and boots to each other will help your legs to look much longer, especially with a tucked-in top elevating your waistline even more. 

You could also try wearing your over-the-knee boots with a mini skirt or mini dress. If possible opt for a boot with a bit of a heel rather than completely flat versions.

I hope that these petite fashion tricks will help make it easier for you to find clothes that fit well! If you have any tips of your own for petites drop them in the comments below!

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  1. August 15, 2021 / 6:10 pm

    Wow thank you for this post! I am on the shorter side and I always have trouble styling oversized items. I will try leaving my blazers unbuttoned next time!


    • August 16, 2021 / 12:33 pm

      I’m so glad you found this post helpful, Jill!

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