Just because you are under 5.3′ in height does not mean that you cannot look positively stunning and it most definitely does not mean that you cannot wear a gorgeous cocktail dress.
There are so many endless varieties of cocktail dresses from handkerchief hemlines to fluffy skirts to frothy silhouettes. They’re fun, flirty, playful and confident. 2011 is all about bright colors, exciting prints and big frothy shirts with tight bodices. They do wonders for the figure thanks to their frilly skirts. But like any new fashion, there is an art to wearing it. Not everyone can carry out the latest trends with style and ease.
Here are a few dress choices for petites!
Jagged hemlines, handkerchief hems and high-low hemlines are back with an almost noteworthy vengeance. This doesn’t shape up (pun intended) to well on petites. It just makes us look tinier, especially if the jagged ends stop mid calf. The best way to carry off this style is to pick outfits with delicate jags instead of severe ones. Pick hemlines such that the lowest part of the skirt does not over shoot the knee. the asymmetrical hemline – especially the diagonal one is a petite’s nightmare. As the hemline cuts across the thighs, the latter looks larger. Those with petite derrières would do quite well with this hemline though.
Halter Top Necklines:
The eternal favorite, be it petites or otherwise! Its especially flattering to those with a petite bust, since the halter straps cut across your shoulders, making them look wider. Deep neck halters are especially flattering to the bust, making it appear fuller. In addition the waist looks tinier and your legs longer. The added emphasis on the neck gives an illusion of length and an almost swan like appearance. Halters are a sexy trend ans something I hope lasts for a long long time!
I’d say think and exercise rational and good judgment while selecting these. There are plaenty available this season right from floral prints to self colored ones in chiffon, cotton and silk. Never opt for one with large print on it. Large print rarely suit petite women.
Pick a cocktail dress with a belt. It’s a great way to show off your narrow waist. Also, it accentuates the bust (for petite busted women). Cocktail dresses with belts, especially ruched satin, or wide ribbons suits petite women perfectly while simultaneously adding the required zing to the dress. A tiny warning though that no matter what kind of belt you pick, it will break the oneness of the dress, thus reducing the length of the dress. The best tip I can give you here is to pick a dress with a sash color that is very close to that of the dress.
Tassels have never ever been friendly with petites so tread cautiously. Bulgy hangings tend to make you look shorter and stockier. It looks like a baby trying on her mommy’s clothes. (Yeah! The effect is honestly that bad without the cuteness). If you really want to have something with tassels in your wardrobe, pick an outfit with ornate and delicate wisps of chiffon.
The full length, solid colored sheath is another great option for you. It’s a great option away from the full circle skirt.