Finding the perfect clothes for a special occasion can be quite a headache for anybody. And yet it is much more difficult for a petite woman.
What do we mean when we say a petite woman? Usually if your height is only 5’4” or let’s say below 162 cm, you would be classified as petite, and finding clothing for a woman your height tends to be a problem.
Part of the problem is that models are always much taller and the outfits that look fabulous on them –more often than not– will not look the same on a smaller woman. So does this mean that ladies who are not as tall as models will have to make due with staring longingly at those super dresses in fashion magazines being worn by taller people?
Not really. There are a host of places where you can find the perfect fit starting with petite clothing stores.
Still it is important to understand that every person comes with their own unique body shape. Body shape may not be so noticeable on a taller person and this is yet another reason why it is much easier to find clothes for women of average height. However, in a petite woman the shape makes a huge difference and this is why you should understand that there are basically five main body shapes.
One of them is the rectangle type. The rectangle shape is where the breadth of the hips is very close to the width of the shoulders. The bust is small and there is usually no pronounced waistline as such. The best outfit for this kind of body shape is one that emphasizes the waist. This pulls all the attention to the hips and shoulders while forgetting the height of the person wearing it.
The others are the diamond shape, the pear shape, triangle shape and hourglass shape. With the diamond –as the name suggests– the hips stand out and the waist is much wider than the shoulders. The pear shape has a wider shoulder and bust and the triangle shape has much wider shoulders. The hour glass shape has more or less equal size shoulders and hips coupled with a well-defined waist.
The idea is to match these different shapes with the right style clothing that shifts focus away from the height while enhancing the strong points.
To be able to find the perfect pants that will best suit you, a woman needs to be aware of the three basic styles available when it comes to fitting pants for their wardrobe. You will also need to understand how to combine colours and other small details that will make a huge impact on your final look.
Let us give some important tips here.
If you are more on the petite side and you want to look as tall as possible, then you should always go for the same colour top and bottom. If on the other extreme you are a little too tall for your liking, then the trick is to wear a different colour top from your bottom.
Women who are too heavy or too thin should avoid fitted legs at all costs. You can be sure that you will never look good whatever design you opt for. The legs of your pants should be flared if you are tall and slender. On the other hand if you have fuller thighs straight legs for your pants are a much better choice. If you want to create an illusion of fullness then you should choose wide legged pants.
Your choice of fabric is also very important. The most popular cloth for pants includes denim, corduroy, velveteen, cotton and knits. The key rule with fabrics here is to avoid material that clings to your body tightly.
Also remember that your pants should fit as comfortably as possible on the waist. You must avoid at all costs pants that are extremely tight around the hips and waist. Or even worse the kind that look loose and baggie around your bum.
Generally do not be in a hurry when shopping for pants. Patiently keep trying until you find the pants that best suit you. You should be able to know the second you see yourself in them. They should be comfortable, and flatter your figure.
Many plus-sized women feel very much left out when it comes to matters of fashion. Many feel that even basic fashion items like jeans can be a problem to find the right fit.
Actually, this should not be the case because things have changed a lot over the years. One of the reasons is that statistics show that that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who fall into this extra large size bracket. The result is that women’s plus sized jeans are fairly easy to find at many of the most well-known department stores. Additionally, if you do not find anything adequate at these locations, you can venture into the increasing number of specialty stores that are around these days to find the perfect fit for whatever your shape and size.
There are numerous brands in the market that make choosing the right jeans pretty confusing. To avoid confusion, settle for the most famous brands namely Lee brand jeans or jeans made by Levi Strauss. While they may prove to be a little more costly than other brands it is important to remember that jeans from these fashion houses are made with special consideration for plus-sized women. A lot of investment has gone into the manufacture of the jeans made by these companies along with the experience of many years in the business which a plus sized woman will be happy to benefit from.
It is said that the devil is in the details, and women want jeans that are not only a great fit but are also stylish so they look their very best. Lee and Levi have specialized in jeans for many decades, so their pants come in varying cuts. Naturally this dramatically increases the chances of a plus-sized woman being able to find the perfect fit and design that would best suit them.
So it really doesn’t matter what you want your jeans for. It could be for daily wear or to dress them up with high heels or cute boots, but being a plus-sized woman does not mean that you have been left out of style. Not these days.