Always longed to be a little taller? A few clever styling tips can instantly add the illusion of a few extra inches, and our guide to petite dressing will have you walking tall in no time. Here’s everything you need to know about dressing for petite shapes and showing the world that good things really do come in small packages:
Buy Clothes That Fit
It might seem obvious, but many petite women wear clothes that are too big for them, and this is one of the biggest petite dressing faux pas that you can make! Clothes that are too long draw attention to your height: this includes not only long trousers skimming the floor, but also sleeves that hide your hands and dresses that drown your torso.
Luckily, our collection has been designed with petite women in mind! Our mid-length, 105cm long kaftan is the perfect choice for petite women who want a floor length kaftan that won’t skim the floor when they walk. Short enough to show case a hint of ankle, which will only serve to make you look taller, these versatile kaftans are the perfect choice for covering up on beach days or cocktails by the pool. A great example of this is the earthy Nika Island mid-length kaftan which is one of our most popular kaftans for petite shapes.
Choose Colour and Print Carefully
Wearing one colour from head to toe will make you look much taller than cutting yourself in half by wearing contrasting colours on the top and bottom. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy wearing a pattern though: our Mala Beach kaftan offers the lengthening benefits of a block colour with the fashion-focused fun of a lively print.
On the subject of print, petite clothing looks best when it makes use of small patterns, rather than oversized ones. Small florals, geometric shapes and animal prints are all great choices. Patterns set against a dark background, such as our glamorous Mirihi Island kaftan, also tend to be more flattering than lighter and brighter ones. The crystal embellished V neck of this model is also a clever styling tip perfect for petite fashionistas, as the V will draw the eye down the body, instantly making you look longer and leaner.
Lift Your Hemline
Petite dressing isn’t always easy, but you shouldn’t be afraid to show off your legs in a shorter hemline if you’re petite. If you pick a kaftan that falls above the knee then your legs will instantly look much longer than if you choose one that falls to the floor. Our wide range of kaftans for petite shapes has got you covered.
Our shorter, 82cm long kaftans are the perfect kaftans for petite shapes and The Hydeaway Bay kaftan is one of our favourites. Why not add extra height and glamour by pairing your kaftan with a pair of high heels?
Heeled sandals are a great choice if you’re wearing your kaftan on the beach, whilst the ultimate leg-lengthening shoe is the nude heeled court shoe. A favourite of future Queen of England, Kate Middleton, nude court shoes not only look wonderfully chic, they also add the illusion of extra inches to your frame. Not sure whether to opt for a pointed or a round toe? Pointed toe shoes will always make your foot, and therefore your body, look longer which means they are ideal choice if you want to look as tall as possible.
All About Accessories
Accessories can make or break any outfit, and this is particularly true if you’re dressing for petite shapes. When choosing a handbag opt for something compact and easy to carry, rather than something oversized. A huge handbag only serves to make you look small, so be strict about the essentials you need to carry with you each day, and pick the smallest bag that will fit them all in!
The other accessory that is the petite gals best friend is the belt. Oversized clothes will drown you (and make you look like a kid playing dress up). Instead cinch in your waist with a belt and your kaftan will instantly better suit your shape and help to show off your figure, rather than disguise it.
Chop and Crop
Finally, did you know that the way you wear your hair can have a huge impact on how tall you look? Taking the plunge and cropping your hair will leave the length of your neck on display. Showcasing these extra inches of skin will instantly make you look longer.
Not feeling brave enough to crop your hair? A feminine updo will have exactly the same effect. You could even try piling your hair on top of your head, to physically add an extra centimetre or two to your frame!