The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Fashion -

WEAR gar­ments that fit you well. Fit­ted or semi­fit­ted cloth­ing looks bet­ter on petite women than loose-fit­ting ap­parel. SE­LECT clothes with ver­ti­cal lines. They don’t need to be striped, as such. Ver­ti­cal seam lines, such as princess seams, will also work in your favour. CHOOSE tops and jack­ets with V-shaped or U-shaped neck­lines as they cre­ate the il­lu­sion of height. WEAR high heels. As some­one who is never out of them, I can­not rec­om­mend them highly enough. HOW­EVER, avoid shoes that have an­kle straps, as th­ese will break up the ver­ti­cal line and make the wearer ap­pear shorter. WATCH out for any bulky or highly tex­tured fab­rics. We want to ap­pear taller, not broader. THE ex­perts say skip mini-skirts. I reckon that it de­pends on the legs in ques­tion.The hem­line of a mini-skirt worn by a petite woman falls across a thick part of the thigh, thereby mak­ing shorter legs look even shorter. So when in doubt ask the ques­tion: “Do my legs look short in this? KEEP any belt slim and match it to your out­fit — if you want to wear a belt at all. A wide or con­trast­ing belt will cut the fig­ure in half and break up that ver­ti­cal il­lu­sion again. CHOOSE trousers with straight legs. Wide-leg trousers make a small per­son look like a clown and cuffs aren’t great ei­ther, but it does de­pend on the cut of the trousers as well. TAKE ad­van­tage of the lines de­voted to smaller fe­males. Next has Rachel Stevens as its lit­tle muse of the moment and there are petite col­lec­tions at Asos, M&S and Min­uet Petite (the last is great for evening and func­tion wear in par­tic­u­lar).

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