Petite women are blessed in so many ways, however finding an outfit that accentuates the best features of a smaller frame can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. There are many aspects to consider when dressing for your body type, however one of the best ways to add a bit of depth to your wardrobe is to play with colour.
There is much to be said about adding colour to an outfit, but here are a few simple guidelines you can follow to ensure you use colour to your advantage.
Colour has the ability to draw and avert your attention from certain parts of the body. So, if there are areas of your body that you would prefer to play down, and others you would like to enhance, experimenting with colour can help you achieve that. Simply put, dark colour minimises and narrows the part of the body it covers, brighter and lighter colours accentuate the parts of body that it covers.
Before you start playing with dark and light colours, first choose the colour to suit your skin tone. For example, if you have a paler complexion, and you want to wear a blue outfit, choose a blue that is lighter and not pigment intense. That is, don't go for overly bright, primary colours. If you have a more mid-tone complexion, go for a medium coloured blue like our Kiera dress, and with darker complexions, you can go all the way, aiming for brighter rather than lighter. Pale colours on darker skin can look washed out and faded, detracting from your glow rather than adding to it.
If you aren't sure about what colours suit you, here is a simple tip that you can try at home to find out. Go through your wardrobe and pull out a few different coloured pieces. Then find a mirror with sunlight (not artificial light) and hold the fabrics up under your chin one by one. The colour will reflect under your chin, nose and eyebrows. Then assess how each colour looks. Does it add a wonderful glow to your skin, or does it look awful for some unknown reason? This method works because colour gives off reflected light and throws it onto your skin. Try it at home!
Once you have worked out what colours suit your skin tone, you can start experimenting with how to best use the colour. Here are a few tips to use it to your advantage as a petite woman:
Keep within one colour grouping. Pick a tone that suits you and create an outfit from similar tones e.g. pink and lilac or beige and cream.
Match your shoes and bag tonally to draw a continual line and elongate the body.
Place colour at the top third of your body to draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of height.
Here are a few things you should avoid:
Do not wear a top that contrasts with your skirt and trousers. This will create the effect of cutting your body in half, making you look much shorter. This is one of the most effective ways to appear taller than you are.
Don't place colour at the bottom third of your body, it will draw the eye down, rather than up.
Try experimenting with a few of these ideas next time you are shopping or putting together an outfit. Every body type has advantages and disadvantages, it's all about how you dress them up. Don't be afraid to try something new and add a splash of colour into your life!