IF YOU ARE ONE OF RANDY NEWMAN’S FAVOURITE PEOPLE
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).