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My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

My tips on how to dress a small and petite body
My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

I was told by my Colour & Style trainer that petite ladies were the hardest to dress as there is not much choice out there in the shops. That was a few years ago now and there is a lot more choice now than there was. I think the most important thing is to buy from a petite range as that way you will have the proportions correct. Here are my tips on how to dress a small and petite body.

I have looked around and have compiled a list of retailers that stock a petite range. I am sure there are more that I have not thought of but here is some to being with.


My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

Online Stores

  • Asos –
  • Boden –
  • Boohoo –
  • Kaleidoscope –
  • JD Williams –
  • Misguided –
  • Very –
  • Zalando –

High Street Stores

The petite range is not always available in store, so you may still need to order online

  • Debenhams – Various concessions
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Next
  • New Look
  • River Island
  • M & Co
  • Wallis
  • John Lewis – Various concessions
  • Marks & Spencer (3 trousers lengths)

My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

For those that know me, know, that I am tall and slim and always wanted to be small and petite. I guess we all want to be something different to what we are. But why? We should be happy in our skin and learn to love our bodies. We can learn how to dress for our own body shape to celebrate who we are.

I think the most important thing when dressing a petite lady is to get the proportions correct. The easiest way to do this is to buy from one of the petite ranges. This way you will find the leg lengths right for you, the waist will be in the correct place and all the proportions will be correct. If it is just the leg length that need to be adjusted, you can easily do that by buying a shorter length trouser.


If your jeans are still too long you can turn up the bottoms on the outside and this is a nice casual look. If you need to shorten a trouser hem either use a good tailor or use the wonder web that you can iron on. One tip when buying your trousers just make sure that they do not finish on the widest part of your leg.


If you have short legs it is a good idea to wear the same colour shoes and tights as the colour of your skirt hemline and show enough of your leg to balance out the body. Take care with the midi length as it can make you look shorter than you are. Small petite frames I think always look nice in fitted clothes that show off your figure. Be wary of adding bulk with heavy bulky fabrics.

My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

  • Choose designs that give you height
  • Wear block colouring with a contrasting top
  • Shoe colour should match the colour of your skirt or trousers
  • Choose floral patterns with a small design
  • Fitted clothing works well
  • Accessories should be small

Things to avoid

  • Oversized handbags which will drown your frame
  • Heavy fabrics
  • Wide leg trousers
  • Large designs
  • Lots of gathers on the waist which will add bulk

My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

One tip I have learnt from a friend of mine who is small is that you can sometimes get into children’s clothing. You may well laugh, but there is not VAT on children’s clothes.  Also shoes and trainers if you have small feet, also is a great advantage and worth a looking at.

I hope I have given you food for thought if you are petite and given you some new stores to try and tips on what to buy.  If you do know of any other places that stock a petite range please let me know, so I can pass that onto my clients. If you would be interested to know more about how to style yourself do get in touch, I would love to help you.

You can follow me on Facebook  where I regularly post style updates.  Pinterest  is a love of mine and here I have several boards from style, colour combinations and many more. If Instagram is your thing, I am on there as well. Why not give me a call for a chat to find out how I can help you on 07786 632798 or email me or visit my website 

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2 thoughts on “My tips on how to dress a small and petite body

  1. Thank you for giving me an idea. It’s a great help for me. Keep on posting!

    1. Thank you

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