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by Maria Pierides

Getting the perfect petite summer wardrobe is no easy feat, which is why we can be forgiven for feeling a little disheartened when autumn arrives. However, saying goodbye to summer doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to our summer clothes. While there’s no place for a sarong in our November wardrobes (sorry!), there are certainly a few ways to rework that trusty petite skirt; and we definitely aren’t ready to say goodbye to one of our favourite leopard print dresses just because of a slight drop in temperature.

No one likes splashing out on new clothes every season – especially when perfect-fitting petite clothes can be challenging enough to find – so we love the idea of hanging onto our summer clothes for as long as possible. Adding just a few simple things such as an extra layer, ankle boots or an oversized knit, for example, will instantly help us get the most out of our clothes on a personal and practical level. Not only will it increase cost per wear (which is never a bad thing) but we can get to enjoy our beautiful summer clothes for longer.

With the help of some of our favourite petite Instagram stars, we’re going to show you some of the ways you can tweak your summer wardrobe to make it autumn/winter ready.

The sweater/ skirt combo

Swap short sleeves for long sleeves (and slightly warmer fabric) and you have the perfect way to re-wear your favourite summer skirts during the new season. Extra points if the skirts come in rich and autumnal hues, too – as demonstrated by Helmi Pikari and her gorgeous pleated midi. Autumnal colour palettes are completely optional though. Channel petite style maven Katie Sands (@honestlykate) and hang onto summer by teaming delicate, feminine miniskirts with chunky knits and ankle boots. Easy!

@chloeplumstead

@helmi.pikari

@stealmystyle40

@honestlykate

The faux fur coat combo

A simple solution that doesn’t involve any substitutions! Adding a dreamy faux fur coat to a staple summer outfit like Abi (@stealmystyle40) allows you to keep your expertly-put-together summer outfit, but also adds extra dimension (not to mention warmth) in an instant. It works great with simple jeans-and-tee combos, but there’s something quite spectacular about adding a luxurious fur coat to your go-to wow-factor dress. The way Joanna, aka @lovestyle40, has teamed her stunning leopard print dress with a deep blue faux fur coat has given the dress a new lease of life, creating a whole new outfit in the process. The look pops so much that we now can’t imagine the dress without it!

@lovestyle40

@stealmystyle40

@lovestyle40

@chloeplumstead

The leather jacket/ dress combo

Adding just one extra layer is sometimes all you need to take a look from summer to autumn – just like adding a statement necklace or swapping flats for heels instantly takes a look from day to night. Additions are everything, and there is nothing quite as hardworking as a leather jacket – especially in the confusing autumn season when the weather is so unpredictable. Too cold for your summer outfits but not quite cold enough to pile on the layers, the leather jacket is the ultimate meet-in-the-middle piece. Use it to toughen up more feminine summer outfits like @rinasamantha and Karen, aka @missionstyleuk have, or wear it to create bold, head-turning autumn looks like Helmi Pikari. And it goes without saying, but black ankle boots are the number one footwear choice.

@rinasamantha

@stealmystyle40

@helmi.pikari

@missionstyleuk

The coat and boots combo

Throw everything into the mix and create the ultimate summer-meets-autumn look. Every woman needs a classy, longline autumn/winter coat, so when she finds one that ticks all her boxes, she’s going to want to team it with her favourite pieces. And luckily, the perfect coat is so easy to work into existing summer outfits. @Maryorton, demonstrates how adding a bright, belted jacket to a favourite summer dress – along with some must-have ruched knee boots – instantly takes the look from summer to autumn. Take a leaf out of @stealmystyle40 Abi’s book and let your winter coat do some of the hard-work, by way of adding a much-needed pop of colour, or just for extra dimension.

@lovestyle40

@stealmystyle40

@maryorton

@missionstyleuk

The turtleneck/ skirt combo

The trusty turtleneck has been with us during the coldest of winter days, which is why we never neglect it when we make those summer to autumn transitions. Lightweight turtlenecks are just what the style doctor ordered for autumn, as they’re the perfect replacement for summer tops and blouses, allowing us to hang onto our summer staples just that little bit longer. Look no further than petite fashionistas Rachel (@petiterachelle) and @thekittyluxe for inspiration.

@petiterachelle

@thekittyluxe

@petiterachelle

@lwany

Cover image: @maryorton

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Petite women come in all different shapes and sizes – every body is different, regardless of height.

In general however, our bodies do share some common features. You might not have paid much attention to your particular body shape in the past, but if you know the basics of your silhouette, you can better understand how to accentuate your assets and flatter your shape. It will be a godsend in helping you choose the right types of clothes for you, and once you get it right – you’re set.

You will have heard the word shape used to describe the overall silhouette of your body – but what does that mean, we hear you ask? We are generally looking at your shoulder width in relevance to your hip width. The individual way your upper, mid and lower half are proportioned to each other is key here.

Whilst your size may change during your lifetime, your frame is consistent.

Allow us to help you determine your body shape, as it’s the foundation to creating a stylish wardrobe that makes you look and feel great. We have so much helpful information for each body type, and even tailor our style advice and inspiration for each shape. Use our shape calculator below, and move one step closer to a sleeker, more stylish you…

Grab a tape measure, follow the instructions below, noting down your measurements

How to take measurements

BUST
Measure at the fullest point of your bust with a soft measuring tape. Make sure that the tape is not too tight by breathing in and out.

WAIST
Your waist is the narrowest part of your torso. The measuring tape you bring around your waist should sit tightly, but it shouldn’t “dig” into your skin. Don’t pull your stomach in, either.

HIPS
You measure your hips at the widest point below your waist. Remember to remove your clothing and to keep your feet together so that the measurement is as accurate as possible.

HIGH HIP
This is also a hip measurement, but taken in a different place than the previous one. It is taken at the top of the hip curve – not at its widest point! You need to localize the upper swell of the hip over your pelvic bone.

Enter your measurements in the body shape calculator in either inches or cm

Body Shape Calculator

Units: Click on cm to change to inches

Now that you have found your body shape, click below to find the styles that celebrate your shape and help accentuate your best features.

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by Maria Pierides

Apart from the crucial pumpkin spiced latte, the thing we most look forward to when the autumn season begins is the wardrobe overhaul. As much as we love our playsuits and sandals, there’s nothing more exciting than the lead up to Christmas, wrapping up in our cosy new autumn/winter pieces and exploring the new-season trends in every way we can. The exciting thing about autumn/winter is just how easy it is to translate the new-season trends into our everyday looks just by adding one key item at a time. Adding a simple scarf, for example, can instantly transform a look, and it’s an easy, not to mention cost-effective, way to ensure we are always keeping up with the latest trends and keeping out the chill at the same time. Win, win!

Let’s take a look at this autumn’s must-have accessories to see you through the changing weather and add style points to your wardrobe.

Animal Print

You can’t go anywhere without seeing animal print this season, thanks to Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Givenchy and Balenciaga – but you don’t have to go all out. Pay homage to the trend by adding a subtle hint here and there with your well-chosen and expertly tailored accessories. We love the idea of monochrome dressing and adding animal print footwear. Animal print accessories that can work with or without your outfit, such as in bag or scarf form, is another great option.

Tweed

Everyone’s favourite chic fabric is back, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Oversized tweed coats paired with sleek leather skirts were all the rage at Marc Jacobs, while Miu Miu turned back the clock and landed in the 80s. And thanks to Louis Vuitton’s dreamy tweed jackets showing at Paris Fashion Week, we know where our office wardrobe inspiration is coming from! We are living for tweed dresses, trousers and blazers right now, but also quite like the idea of a tweed bag too. The more tweed, the better!

Sparkle

As self-confessed magpies, we jump for joy whenever sparkles, sequins or anything shiny and reminiscent of a disco ball debuts on the catwalk. And much to our delight, the AW18 catwalk was full of dazzling pieces, with Chanel, Fendi, Prabal Gurung, Tibi and Simone Rocha among the designers to unleash their shiniest garments onto the runways. Giambattista Valli even went as far as dripping his models’ faces in glitter, and although we aren’t recommending that for the office, we can all agree that that’s something to aspire to for those “go big or go home” parties. Party dresses don’t get much better than sparky ones, which is why we have selected not one but two; however, jazzing up an everyday outfit with a rockin’ sparkly blazer is something we can definitely get on board with, as is adding a sparkly clutch bag to that staple evening ensemble. A little black dress teamed with a sparkly clutch is never going to be boring, no matter how many times you wear it!

Checks

Does anyone else feel like an extra from Clueless whenever they wear a check mini skirt? We know we can’t be the only ones! Check print has come a really long way over the years, and we can’t fault the new and exciting direction it’s going in thanks to Calvin Klein, Erdem and Versace. Check coats and scarves scream autumn/winter to us, which is why they are never far from our autumn/winter wardrobes. Wrapping up in a check scarf is one of our favourite go-to autumn/winter looks, and for good reason! As check is having a serious style moment right now, we’re also excited to swap our trusty black trousers for check trousers, teamed with a crisp white shirt for a sharp off-duty look, and flipping the look upside down by way of black trousers and an on-trend check shirt. The possibilities are endless!

Pink

Millennial pink, hot pink, Barbie pink – it’s all in! Alexander Wang, Valentino and Prabal Gurung showcased some stunning pink pieces on the autumn/winter 2018 catwalks, and we feel positively inspired to start adding pops of pink into our existing wardrobes. Soft scarves and cosy knits are two essential autumn/winter pieces to add style and warmth, as are petite wrap dresses and coats. We might even be bold and try an Elle Woods inspired all-pink ensemble in the office. She who dares…

Image credit: @modern.mrs

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by Maria Pierides

Why do clothes hate us?

We don’t like to be dramatic, but we’ve come to the very harsh yet very truthful realisation that clothes don’t fit the way they used to. As self-deprecating women, we’ve unfairly spent years reminiscing back to our youth when everything used to fit like a glove (well almost, we’re still petites living in a 6 foot catwalk model world after all) not quite knowing where we’ve gone wrong. But now we’ve realised that it’s not actually us who have changed, and we need to stop beating ourselves up about our body types.

We may not be teenagers anymore, but we shouldn’t have to feel so disheartened and defeated when shopping for clothes in the modern world. It’s not our figures which are failing us, it’s the clothes. In particular the fashion industry and its completely unreliable and inconsistent women’s sizing. And don’t even get us started on the difference in UK and US sizing and our eternal quest for universal sizing to be introduced.

Tell us if this sentence seems familiar: “I’m a 10 in this shop but a 14 in this shop, but if I’m buying jeans I go up a size and if I’m buying a blouse I always go down a size, except in this shop where I just buy three sizes and see which one fits better before taking it to the tailor”. We’re exhausted just writing that! We know that we live in an age where we can buy several sizes of the same item at the click of a button, but why should we have to overspend for the luxury of a well-fitting item? When did clothes that actually fit even become a luxury?

You only have to look up a few different shops to find that the statistics on the waist, bust, hips and legs, for example, are significantly different across every single brand. But how does each brand determine what classifies as an 8, and what classifies as a 10 for example? And this doesn’t even take petite sizes into consideration, as many petites have complained about being humiliated into buying extremely large sizes because of the false impressions that some brands have with petite clothing.

This won’t be the first time that you’ve read something about women calling out high street and even high end stores for their inconsistent sizing. We don’t like to name and shame, but a few journalists have experimented with women’s sizing in an array of different shops, and it was quite common for their sizes to range from an 8 to a 14, if not 16. Some stores have openly admitted to being very generous with their sizing – often referred to as vanity sizing – to attract women into their stores. After all, how many of us would be secretly elated to find out we are three sizes smaller?

To avoid the size lottery that comes with shopping, we tend to stick with brands that we know are made with women’s different body types in mind, or ones which we have tried, tested and accepted as figure-flattering and consistent. Unfortunately, reputable brands that guarantee the perfect fit tend to come with a higher price tag, but it’s the price that some women – in particular petite women – have to pay. We know we aren’t alone either…

“The fact that consumers are willing to spend more on clothes that flatter them highlights just how important it is for retailers to focus on designing clothes that are cut to fit well and use the correct fabric to improve the way a garment falls,” Tamara Sender, senior fashion analyst at Mintel, told The Daily Mail.

Fabric and cut are just two of the important factors that make a well-fitting item of clothing. We’re just perplexed at how in 2018, the fashion industry has failed to keep up with women’s body types and women’s clothing needs, in particular when it comes to sizing and quality. Perhaps it’s because we don’t speak up enough, and just quietly accept that our bodies don’t conform to fashion’s standards and sheepishly head to the tailors – who we are on first name terms with – to try and give us some of our confidence back.

Our job involves speaking to a lot of women, and we’ve been shocked with how many women are going down the bespoke route just to guarantee that perfect fit.

“We see so many women who have access to premium merchandise, but clients are getting more demanding and want a personal connection with their purchases,” Judd Crane, director of womenswear at Selfridges, told The Guardian back in 2013.

Five years later and sizing is no better; in fact it’s more inconsistent and more confusing than ever! How many of us fall into the category of buying clothes that don’t fit and just have them clogging up the wardrobe because we don’t want to part with something we have spent good money on? Until the fashion world does something about its sizing crisis, perhaps going bespoke is one way to save our sanity and our money.

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We’ve all dreamt of that fantasy 10 foot walk-in wardrobe and the Hollywood-style dressing room with space for hundreds of handbags, shoes, and accessories. However, we’ve slowly come to realise that being drowned by our wardrobe isn’t necessarily a good thing – especially as a mountain of clothes doesn’t actually guarantee style, as proven by some of the most stylish women we know who have shockingly few clothes. True story.

But how can that be, we hear you cry. Style doesn’t come from the amount of clothing you own, rather it comes from what you do with it. It’s all about working with what you have, and making sure it suits you at the same time. In other words, think capsule wardrobe that ticks all the boxes in every combination and for every occasion imaginable.

If you’ve always looked up to Parisian women and their chic, unrivalled style, then now is the perfect time to shop like them too. French women famously live by the less is more mantra, especially when it comes to their shopping tactics, and we want to follow suit too. So here are five crucial style rules we aim to live by to guarantee that we match up to the chicest women in the world:

1. Declutter

We’ve all had the problem of being faced with a wardrobe full of clothes yet still having nothing to wear. Find some time to truly declutter your wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to be harsh. If it doesn’t fit perfectly, or if you haven’t worn it for a year, it needs to go! Donate it to the local charity shop, sell it online, or even give it to that friend who’s unashamedly been eyeing it up. If you haven’t already, download our free step by step guide to decluttering your wardrobe. Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and all that…

Too many clothes, nothing to wear?

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2. Shop Smart

Smart shopping has long been associated with the French, and anyone who you regard to be a true style maven is guaranteed to shop the same way too. Mindlessly adding something to your basket, regardless of how chic you think it might look on the model or the clothes hanger, is a big no no. Instead, take time to assess your current wardrobe and find out what is missing. Then, and only then, will you truly be ready to fill the gaps and hit the shops. Buying the staples and the basics is a great way to start, and slowly add those wow pieces as and when you need them.

Audrey Tautou exuding classic French style

3. Get Personal

Style is about expressing yourself through your clothes and accessories, and making each piece work with another. With a limited number of clothes, you want to make sure your outfits reflect who you are. Once you find your own identity, you can slowly learn about expressing yourself through your outfits. Perhaps your shy personality has you reaching for understated styles in pastel colours? Or perhaps you love being loud in all aspects of life, and clashing prints and bold block colours are what you reach for? Learn about who you are and what you love, and your wardrobe should soon follow!

Reese Witherspoon

Jada Pinkett Smith

Sally Field

4. Feel Inspired

As much as we love flicking through the pages of the Fashion Bible, we know that the statuesque models of Vogue aren’t the best style role models to have. Instead, we love looking at our favourite petite women who really make petite clothing work for them. From the pint sized Eva Longoria to Michelle Williams to even Lady Gaga (sans meat dress, naturally) we’ve found a great deal of petite style inspiration. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to find sartorial inspiration, especially as it lets us filter our searches to petite clothing and only petite clothing.

Eva Longoria

Michelle Williams

Lady Gaga

5. Purchase Quality Over Quantity

Buying fewer clothes of good quality that fit well will save you money in the long run; and ensure you come out on top in the style stakes too!

Cheap clothes are cheap for a reason. The two biggest costs of making a garment are the fabric and the labour. To reduce the cost, you push one or both of those down. Manufacturers lower labour costs by cutting corners on garment construction to churn out more clothes so they rarely last for long. That being said, a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily indicate quality, so do your research. Find the brands that suit your style and budget, and if needed, spend a bit more on tailoring with the guarantee that it’s going to fit you like a glove and complement everything flawlessly.

And speaking of fitting like a glove…

After a lot of hard work, sleepless nights and endless cups of coffee, we’ve finally launched our much-requested bespoke service. We’re now able to offer our fabulous, petite fashionistas an utterly unique service which will guarantee the perfect fit every single time. The option for petite bespoke clothes adds a whole new dimension to our wardrobe. It gives us the chance to start afresh, choose quality over quantity, and give our style that much needed overhaul once and for all.

Cover image features @thesineadburke

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Shopping for jeans can be a testing retail experience and while there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to denim, below are the petite jeans that you need in your wardrobe. Whether it’s fitted and high-waisted or flared and cropped, we’ve found the perfect pair that works for you when you’re under 5’4.

Boyfriend Jeans

The key to pulling off boyfriend jeans when you have a petite frame is to make sure they are still slim fit (but not too slim!). A mid-rise waist and turn-up details are the classic hallmarks of boyfriend jeans and are the perfect canvas for your weekend looks.

Straight Leg

Straight leg jeans flatter petite frames if they have a high rise waist as this lengthens the legs giving the illusion of height. An extra style tip is to roll up your straight leg jeans so that they sit above the ankle showing off your legs at their slimmest part. Add some statement shoes (no high heels necessary) and you’ll be good to go.

Skinny Jeans

A pair of skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple and once you find the perfect pair, you’ll know. Choosing a pair with added stretch will stop the dreaded bagging at the knees and will also make sure you can move comfortably in them all day. A black pair that hit just at the ankle with a structured blazer is the ultimate for smart casual dressing.

Mom Jeans

The fashion set’s favourite denim style is still going strong since bursting on to the high street back in 2012. The slightly 80’s vibe means these jeans have retro appeal. They’ll look just as good with a silk blouse as they will with a distressed T-shirt. The high waist and slightly loose cut is forever flattering on every body shape.

Boot Cut

Boot cut denim fell out of favour for a while, but with its major wearability and super-flattering cut, it’s back in fashion. The slight flare will balance out wide hips. Worn over wedges or platform sandals your legs will look like they go on forever. Pair yours with a crisp white shirt for a look that will take you from desk to dinner.

Flared Jeans

Flares have made a comeback over the past few seasons but not as you probably know them. Forget floor sweeping bell bottoms and instead opt for modern cropped kick flares. They work in the same way as the more traditional styles, by balancing out your hips. So they’re perfect if you’re pear shaped.

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If there’s a woman who can give us petites a lesson in power dressing, it’s French First Lady Brigitte Macron. Every time she steps out, we take outfit notes. Brigitte looks smart no matter what, her now-signature tailored looks are all the style inspiration we need. Even in casual wear, Miss Macron has her wardrobe staples nailed. She has been dubbed the French Jane Fonda – recognisable for her blonde, tanned, sporty look – and we just can’t get enough of her style.

At 65, she looks just as stylish as her younger counterparts, thanks to her impeccable dress sense. She manages to look age appropriate, all the while incorporating the latest fashion trends. Her tailored favourites (think sharp blazers and structured dresses) are making waves within the fashion community, France’s designers are all rushing to dress this elegant lady. But she’s found a style that suits her, and she’s sticking to it.

Petites can glean so many style secrets from Brigitte, and can take inspiration for our own work and weekends (rather than state visits!) So if you’re looking for a chic update to your wardrobe, we have the shopable styles that’ll have you saying, “Oui, oui!”

Pretty in Pink

We want to rubbish the rules that say older, sophisticated women can’t wear pink. Brigitte looks every bit the stylish trendsetter in this long sleeved number. Again, it’s that structured style she loves so much. Get the look in our pink denim t-shirt dress in the exact same style. Wearing something tailored rather than floaty gives this dress a grown-up air. Plus, our version’s v-neckline will flatter a larger bust and curvier figures. This look is quintessentially feminine and summery. Perfect for a First Lady, and for you.


Image from Getty

Modern Monochrome

We think the First Lady hit the style nail on the head in this timeless printed dress. An overall pattern like this will flatter a petite frame, and is forgiving to the figure. Our Zeena dress is made of intricate lace and satin in monochrome – just like Brigitte’s, and is perfect for all petite body shapes. This look is classic, yet contemporary, plus showing off some leg will give you an illusion of height. Wear with a blazer for work, or with midi heels for the weekend.


Image from Harpers Bazaar

All White’s Alright

French women really have the chic outfit nailed, don’t they? As Brigitte perfectly demonstrates here, there is no need to shy away from head-to-toe white. Brigitte knows a delicately a-line dress and tailored jacket will flatter her frame, look elegant and stylish. If you don’t have a white dress like ours in your wardrobe, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect ‘base’ to style up or down. Our Sweetheart jacket is totally Brigitte-approved, it’s a versatile piece that’d look great with a dress, skirt or jeans. Whilst Brigitte styled her white look with navy high heels, our pieces would look just as good with a nude midi heel.


Image from express.co.uk


Image from Elle.com

Sleek and Structured

If there was ever a case for a tailored petite wardrobe, we think this is it. No matter the occasion Brigitte always manages to look polished to perfection, and we think her structured outfits are to thank. There’s no reason these pieces can’t be stylish – just add our black skinny jeans, the slight cropped hem will elongate your figure beautifully. Make like Brigitte and try head to toe black to give the illusion of height. Or, mix black and white – as she did on a separate occasion, for a modern monochrome look. Our blazers are cut to drape perfectly, no stuffy workwear-esque jackets here. That’s why it’s worth investing money in key pieces like these, they add interest to an otherwise simplistic ensemble.


Image from W Magazine


Image from Rex


Image from Getty

Sophisticated Shifts

For a relaxed yet elegant look, take a leaf out of our style star’s book and opt for a sleek shift dress. Our shift dresses are so versatile that they work for day or night. Their structured shape is also forgiving to the figure, with their boxy shape adding a block of colour that extends the eye upwards. For daytime, Brigitte tends to keep her accessories neutral and hair and make-up minimal, to ensure her look is stylish yet age appropriate.


Image from The Telegraph


Image from Paris Match


Image from Vogue.co.uk

Nice ‘n’ Navy

Every woman should have a navy item in her wardrobe arsenal. The colour is inherently expensive, and flattering too. We’re going to guess it’s Brigitte’s favourite colour, as she has worn too many navy looks to count. There’s something so stylish about this practical alternative to black. This colour could be the answer to your petite workwear dilemma, whether you opt for one of our stylish dresses, tops or skirts – you’re guaranteed to look chic.


Image from Vogue


Image from Vogue


Image from 9Style

Yes, you can work a mini skirt

You can totally twin outfits with Brigitte here, we wonder if she saw our fabulous Lada skirt and white top? Whilst you may have written off knee length skirts long ago, we ask you to think again. As Brigitte demonstrates, a light coloured skirt paired with white can look so summery and elegant. Our version is high-waisted and thus super flattering. Adding a smart, tailored jacket would allow you to wear this stylish outfit as the weather gets colder, too.


Image from W Magazine


Image from photo.gala.fr

Ready for Rouge

Our favourite First Lady isn’t afraid of colour, and nor should you be. This red shade really makes her complexion pop – did you know there’s a shade of red to suit every skin tone? We love Brigitte’s use of a belt here that draws attention to her waist. The arm covering sleeves, which also feature in our Artio dress – cover many women’s least favourite body part. Whilst this stunning dress would work alone, colour blocking is a huge trend this year – why not take your red look to the next level with our rope jacket? We count this as an evening style conundrum, solved.


Image from Vogue

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We love the spring/summer season and the new fashion trends that appear with the sun. From the must-have petite dress to bold and brilliant prints and accessories, petite summer style has never been more exciting.  When it comes to style leaders, look no further than our favourite petite Instagram influencers and style bloggers, and take inspiration from their petite twist on the 6 key styles that are everywhere this summer.

Let our favourite Insta-stars guide you through this summer’s hottest trends…

Leopard Print

You wouldn’t think that Swedish fashion editor Sania Claus Demina was petite by looking at her legs-for-days in this leopard print swimsuit. High legged one-pieces not only do wonders for mum-tums, but they’re perfect for tricking the eye into seeing extra length. And when she’s out of the pool, try her stunning colour combination of leopard print maxi with pale blue shoes for extra pop! Manhattan style maven Tiffany Jais has also made a great case for leopard print courtesy of her mini skirt – we love the idea of having one key staple piece and keeping all other parts of the outfit minimal. Extra style brownie points for iconic accessories, i.e. her unmistakable Gucci bag. Plus, we barely noticed her burgeoning baby bump, which just goes to show how pleasantly distracting leopard print really is. For everyday chic take a style note from London mum, Abi of stealmystyle40 fame and jazz up your jeans with a silk leopard print cami.

Off The Shoulder

Be it petite tops or petite dresses, the off the shoulder Bardot trend complements us petites perfectly. We love how Stephanie Lam has gone for exaggerated sleeves (nobody’s going to notice your lack of height with gargantuan sleeves, that’s for sure!) and Sania Claus Demina has followed the trend in a slightly more muted version. Whether big sleeves or small, show off your shoulders with frills and ruffles, or a string of summer flowers like Monika. The key lesson we’ve learnt from her is to cinch in the waist for a more flattering silhouette, while the overall lesson we’ve picked up from our petite influencers is that going big in other areas is the perfect decoy to our lack of height.

Stripes

Petites swear by stripes for their elongating and slimming effects, as proven by some of these social media influencers. Abi has embraced stripes in all their glory, and has adapted the trend for summer by going all-out on colour. Side note, we love how her skirt can be dressed up or down – a change of shoes and some eccentric accessories takes it from day to night, while some flats and a leather jacket screams edgy daytime cool. And feel free to go for stripes in any direction, even the dreaded horizontal stripes can totally work – especially for petite frames. Check Kim of LaceandLocks for a great example of  stand-out stripe style.

White

White is one of the favourite colours to wear in summer – but also one of the hardest to pull off.  It offsets a tan perfectly, and can’t help but make you feel Parisian chic… with a side-dose of spill paranoia. Whether you go for all-white like Stephanie Lam or choose to mix it up, white will never fail to make your outfit pop with a cool, fresh vibe that screams sunny days. A floaty white maxi skirt worn with a simple cami and towering heels is one of our favourite summer holiday outfit combinations…. but keep away from sticky fingers!

Jumpsuits

Often a frightening concept for petites, but once you find the right one, the jumpsuit is one of the most effortlessly trendy pieces of the summer. Wide legged jumpsuits are perfect for petites, and we love the idea of buying a dark coloured one for all seasons, and adding subtle or bold pops of colour along the way. We also love summer-specific jumpsuits too, and like Maxie Elise has demonstrated, they’re perfect when they come in pastel colours and are teamed with your go-to summer accessories. Nice touch on the peek-a-boo top detailing too, as it adds definition and stops her from being drowned by fabric; an excellent style tip for all petites!

The Circle Bag

This season, no other accessory trend has exploded onto the social media scene quite like the circle bag. There are hundreds of styles that we have seen, in all different fabrics, each of them unique and wonderful in their own way. Plus, they seem to be a petite dream, as our favourite petite Instagram stars have rocked them with casualwear to full on eveningwear – to all else-in-between. Adding a round bag to your outfit will immediately catapult you into bang-on-trend.

Featured image of Sania Claus Demina

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Jumpsuits have been the petite enemy for years. They can’t be fixed with a simple “cut from the bottom” like other pieces; between being too long in the body and leaving many inches of spare material at the bottom, jumpsuits have been drowning us petite women for years. Until, of course, the glorious invention of petite-sized jumpsuits that have literally saved short women around the globe!

We are big fans of investing in key, versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down with ease, and the jumpsuit is the perfect example. Wear with sandals or wedges on holiday, dress it up with some sky scraping stilettos, and even wrap it up when the temperature starts to drop. Come rain or shine, we’ve got some wonderful suggestions for you that are sure to make getting ready a breeze whatever the occasion.

Here are 10 suggestions how to style your jumpsuits, whatever the occasion…

Working Week

Yes a jumpsuit in the office is perfectly acceptable! Wear with a smart pair of pumps and a patterned top underneath or a leather belt, and you’ll have a failsafe office-ready outfit to last you season after season. Don’t forget the roomy bag for your laptop and all other essentials, including your trainers for the comfier commute to and from work or, heaven forbid, the post-work trip to the gym.

School Run

The humble jumpsuit excels as a dressed down, relaxed piece too. When zipping through our chores, this no-effort outfit handles the most demanding of days. Team your school-run-ready jumpsuit with flat pumps or espadrilles for maximum comfort. And no need to put it away with your summer clothes, as this can be worn in the autumn/winter months too. Add a cosy knit and a chunky scarf and you have a fool-proof AW outfit too. See, we told you it was versatile!

Business Meeting

A jumpsuit can really make a powerful statement and screams confidence, so it makes perfect sense to wear it on important occasions when you need to feel your best. Sharpen the black or navy jumpsuit up with a chic blazer to give it a “business” edge, cinch in and add definition to the waist with a contrasting printed belt, and add some sky scraping heels for maximum height and impact. Don’t forget the jewellery for added polish.

Theatre Night

When you’re not in the mood for a dress, and tailored trousers don’t excite you, jumpsuits are the perfect solution. So easy to dress up, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear for a night at the theatre as well as for cocktails with the girls. We would jazz up this jumpsuit with some leg elongating strappy sandals and add a cute clutch bag for dressier occasions. Team with a structured blazer and red lippy for that special “out, out” glam.

Weekend Break

Jump into holiday mode and reduce your packing in a take-anywhere summer jumpsuit.  Off to the beach? Accessorise with a wide brimmed beach hat, a roomy beach bag and simple flip flops. Going on a sightseeing holiday? No need to worry about adding heels to avoid the holiday jumpsuit touching the floor, so be comfortable and team with some walking shoes, a tote bag, and a cute pair of sunglasses. Watching the sunset at a beach-side bar? Add colourful wedges and a cross-body bag for comfort, elegance and summer style.

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Professional petite women have found a real lack of well-fitting, tailored clothing that caters to them and their busy, corporate lifestyles. So we really pay attention when we come across a brand that ticks every single one of those boxes. Investment-worthy pieces that are of premium quality, chic enough to wear to the office all day, and last season after season? Yes, those brands definitely exist…

Jennifer Anne is one brand we can never get enough of, as it embodies everything we look for in sharp, perfectly-fitting, timeless petite clothing. The brand is barely a year old, but the designer has already been hailed by the media for her modern, stylish and age appropriate collection for anyone 5’3 and under. She was even chosen by former Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis as one of his Small Business Sunday winners.

Jennifer Anne Daily Mail interview

Designer Jennifer Anne and petite model

We’ve lost count of the number of shift dresses, shirt dresses and general office pieces that have either drowned us or un-flattered our shapes one way or another, but we can say with some confidence that that won’t happen with Jennifer Anne’s selection that not only caters to our petite shapes, but also leaves us feeling confident and empowered too.

“Our pattern cutters would take the petite woman’s frame as the starting point for designs, rather than just lopping a few centimetres off conventional measurements,” she previously told The Daily Mail.

We’re delighted that many of her pieces are now on sale, as it means we can give our wardrobes a much needed overhaul. Some of the sale items we’ve selected are ready to wear for the rest of this glorious summer – and of course the next one, and most probably the one after that – and a few are key pieces that we plan to save for a rainy day. We can’t pass up a sale this good!

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Colourful Top

Office wear in the corporate corridors can notoriously be a bit dull, which is why we love the idea of injecting some colour to monochrome outfits – especially during the height of summer! This Jennifer Anne fuchsia Carter neck detail top is the perfect piece to brighten up the office. Tuck into petite pencil skirts and petite trousers alike.

Shirt Dress

Jennifer Anne really knows what we are looking for when it comes to petite friendly smart casual clothing – and this bold shirt dress is an excellent example. Wear now with bright pumps for a summer ready look, and team with black tights and ankle boots when there’s a chill in the air.

Petite Blazer

We really encourage taking advantage of sales, and this Jennifer Anne Brookner merino wool blazer – which also comes with matching trousers – is one of those buy now, wear later finds. This is especially helpful if you’re shopping for effortless back to work outfits after maternity leave. Grey suits are a failsafe office option, and petite ones are even better as it saves you the trip to the tailor. And if you’re a new mum, we know that that’s a trip you’d rather not make!

Shift Dress

Rare date nights or Friday night cocktails with the girls both call for a chic and sharp outfits – and Jennifer Anne has this all wrapped up in a red hot package thanks to this Artio panel shirt dress. You’ll turn heads for all the right reasons this summer with a knee length dress that we are confident will sit on the knee and steer clear of all ankles.

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