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Style at any age has never been more accessible than it is today, and as you reach major milestones in your life and career, your style is likely to evolve. That’s why certain fashion rules that make sense in your thirties might not make sense in your sixties. There are things that apply to all age brackets though and finding the perfect fit is our number one rule for petite clothing at any age. Great fitting clothes will maker you feel instantly confident whatever situation you’re thrown in to – whether that’s pregnancy, a new job or retirement. Luckily for us, there are lots of stylish petite celebrities to steal ideas from who are masters at dressing for their age. We’ve looked at the style of some perennially stylish stars and have outlined the key points to consider when shopping as your life stage changes.

Style in your 30s

Natalie Portman

Your 30s will typically see lots of life change both personally and professionally. You might have climbed up the career ladder and found your feet in an industry you love or maybe started a family with marriage and children, or both. Whatever path your life takes, your 30s are likely to be a period of transition and your style should reflect this. It’s the perfect decade to have fun with fashion and really work out what suits you best.

Natalie Portman at 36 makes dressing in your 30s look easy. She opts for demure two pieces and relaxed separates in neutral shades when she’s off duty but doesn’t shy away from colour for big events. We love her relaxed approach to dressing and even in casual wear she looks pulled together. Natalie is proof that you can look amazing in jeans and T-shirt as long as they are fit to perfection.

Style in your 40s

Isla Fisher

By the time you reach your 40s your probably have your own signature style. But busy work and home lives can mean that your style falls by the wayside. We believe fashion becomes even more important as you get older. With other people depending on you and lots of things to worry about, you can feel like you’re losing your identity so playing around with fashion is a great way to express yourself.

At 42, Isla Fisher is a great example of a woman with a defined expression of style. Just because you’re over 40 it doesn’t mean you should cover up and Isla often shows off her legs in shorter shift dresses and A-line skirts, making her look taller than her 5’3 frame. She also prefers tailored jackets which can not only pull any outfit together but also make you feel more confident and noticed in work situations.

Style in your 50s

Sarah Jessica Parker

Your kids have probably grown up by now which means you might have some extra time (and money!) to take care of yourself and really think about what you want to wear. Being well dressed is a life long learning curve and by the time you reach your 50s you probably have a good idea of what you like and what you don’t like. Forget about following trends and look out for interesting pieces that tell a story or investment items that you’ll wear for the next decade.

Not many woman are as stylish as Sarah Jessica Parker and at 53-years-old she quashes any myth that you lose your style mojo once you hit 50. SJP is bolder in her fashion choices than ever before, helped by a confidence that comes with ageing. She never shies away from colour, often using clashing shades to make a statement. The key takeaway from Sarah Jessica Parker’s look is her silhouette. She might wear something in an irreverent colour or print but it will always be offset by impeccable tailoring.

Style in your 60s

Jane Seymour

With retirement hopefully on the horizon, some say your 60s are when you truly start living. You probably have more money than ever with no children to look after and more time to yourself. So resigning yourself to a decade of elasticated waistbands and beige cardigans would be such a waste! Now is the time to truly embrace your personal style. If you have a preferred ‘uniform’ then stick to it but have fun with accessories and colours.

You would never guess Jane Seymour was 67 and her youthful appearance is in part down to her fashion choices. Although her necklines might be slightly higher and hemlines slightly longer than they were a decade ago, her style has remained unhindered. At 5’3 she chooses petite dresses with a slight flare and structured silhouettes that show off her amazing physique without showing too much skin.

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Wedding dress styles vary considerably and finding the right type of bridal gown for you can seem a daunting experience – made even trickier if you’re petite. Most brides will need to have their wedding dresses altered, but it can help to buy a gown which is specifically made for petite frames. Petite dresses tend to use less material so they won’t swamp you and will be cut to flatter in certain shapes that specifically suit women under 5’4. With that in mind, we’ve perused the best online stores for sourcing petite wedding dresses to help you find something you’ll love for your big day.

Mia London

When picking a wedding dress as a petite bride we think the most important thing is to feel like yourself in it. That way you will be comfortable and confident all day. Typically it’s good to stay away long embellished trains if you’re petite and keep it simple with an A-line silhouette. At Mia London you’ll find almost 100 dresses exclusively for petite frames, all for excellent value.

Self Portrait

Malaysian-born designer – and Central Saint Martin’s alumnus – Han Chong founded Self-Portrait in an effort to make occasion wear accessible. And now, alongside his wedding guest-friendly dresses he has designed a petite-friendly bridal range that is perfect for shorter brides. The styles are ideal for women who want to make statement on their big day with a contemporary aesthetic but still want a flattering cut. There are plenty of mid length options to choose from and the nipped in waists look beautiful on petite frames.

Milly Bridal

Although Milly Bridal doesn’t exclusively design petite wedding dresses, it carries a line of gowns in petite sizes. The fun and flirty designs are perfect for brides who want something a bit quirky on their wedding day. With lots of shorter and asymetrical hemlines, they’re designed for women who like to show off their legs and don’t want to wear a traditional long dress when they say ‘I do’.

Macy’s

For a long time, petite bridal gowns just meant ‘above the knee’. But luckily designers have caught on and realised that not all petite brides want to wear something short. At Macy’s there is a selection of petite wedding dresses that will fall to the floor without overwhelming your frame. Try to find one that sits just below your ankle so it will make you appear taller when worn with high heels.

David’s Bridal

With over 300 stores, David’s Bridal is one of the biggest wedding retailers in the UK and US. They carry a range of brands and styles including lots of options for petite brides. Try a strapless gown if you want to show off slim shoulders or choose T-shirt length sleeves for a contemporary look.

Ellis Bridals

With a focus on luxury, Ellis Bridals is the place to go if you want to wear something extra special when you walk down the aisle. Being petite shouldn’t prohibit you from trying different styles so be as adventurous as you like. A mermaid shape skirt is so flattering on petite frames because it will hug you at the hips and then give you extra length when it falls to the floor. Don’t be afraid to try tiered styles as long as it’s a simple lace design.

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror has been at the forefront of bridal fashion in London for over 28 years and offer lots of styles that will flatter petite brides. We love the simple column shapes paired with dainty jewellery. You could also try a plunging neckline to elongate the neck and a pendant necklace that will draw the eye down.

Featured image from Mia London

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We all have days when we don’t feel our best, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look our best. It’s not about putting on a face for the outside world, but it’s about being able to walk around feeling confident and self-assured. How you look can have a huge impact on how you feel after all!

Kylie Minogue 5’0″
Daily Mail

Kerry Washington 5’4″
US Magazine

Vanessa Hudgens 5’2″
GotCeleb.com

Emma Watson 5’4″
Elle.com

It might be the tiny changes that will make you look and feel a million dollars, or it could be taking the time to take care of yourself and treat yourself to some pampering. With that in mind we have put together some grooming tips for petite women as well as a list of things that will boost your confidence. With our advice you’ll be looking polished and pulled together in no time. And more importantly, feeling it too.

Reese Witherspoon 5’1″
Daily Mail

Miroslava Duma 5’0″
Glamradar.com

Eva Longoria 5’2″
Denimblog.com

Victoria Beckham 5’4″
Elle.com

The Clothes

You don’t need a complete wardrobe overhaul to make you look and feel polished, a few tweaks here and there will do it. First up, make sure everything fits perfectly. For petite women this can be easier said than done. Shop from brands that aim specifically at petite women and always alter your clothes so that they’re not too long or swamping you. Beautifully tailored clothing will make you appear instantly pulled together. Also make sure that your clothes are in the best condition they can be. Get out the sewing kit and replace missing buttons, tighten up loose threads and neaten up hems. We all have that one item in the back of the cupboard that we’ve been putting off mending for years. Get it done and you’ll have a nearly new look. Oh and we swear by a perfect-fitting blazer to finish off all of your outfits.

Eva Longoria 5’2″
Splash News

Reese Witherspoon 5’1″
Pinterest

Miroslava Duma 5’0″
Pinterest

Sarah Jessica Parker 5’3″
Pinterest

The Hair

Everyone is aware of the merits of a good haircut. When you leave the salon you always feel fresh and ready to take on the world. But not everyone can afford a blow dry every time they need to look like they’ve made an effort. Luckily there are some things you can do at home to help. Use a smoothing cream or oil once you’re out of the shower and then blow dry it smooth yourself and seal in the shine with straightening irons. Then use dry shampoo to keep it looking fresh as the week goes on. Also don’t be afraid to try something new. A fringe or short bob can give you a whole new look and a top up of colour will boost your confidence.

Emma Watson 5’4″
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Amy Adams 5’4″
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Miroslava Duma 5’0″
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Diane Coletta 4’11”
PetiteInParis.com

The Face and Nails

Not all women wear makeup, and no woman should ever feel like she has to, but it can help us look more polished. As we age, makeup can open our eyes, smooth our skin generally make us appear as if we’ve made an effort. (Even if we only put on a coat of lipstick). Invest in a few good quality makeup items and appliances such as a well-matched foundation and a wear-everywhere mascara. Also keep your eyebrows groomed (we like waxing or threading) and your skin hydrated with an SPF moisturiser. And lastly, don’t neglect your hands. Treat yourself to a monthly manicure and apply hand cream every day. It’s the part of your body that’s always on show, so make sure to look after them.

Miroslava Duma 5’0″
Totalbeauty.com

Jessica Chastain 5’4″
Jessica-Chastain.com

Jean Wang 5’0″
ExtraPetite.com

Mio 5’0″
ElleMio.com

The Jewellery

Sometimes adding jewellery to your outfits can seem like unnecessary effort. But never underestimate the power of good quality jewellery. Some carefully chosen pieces will elevate your looks and make you feel more confident and look more refined. Lily Flo jewellery is a great starting point for your ‘jewellery wardrobe’. All the pieces are handmade in London and designed by a petite designer. This means that the jewellery is influenced by petite style, resulting in dainty pieces that look beautiful on smaller frames. The intricate necklaces are perfect for layering and won’t overwhelm you and the earrings have the ability to transform a look. The simple addition of some quality jewellery will ensure you look polished and pulled together in an instant.

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Once the reserve of school uniforms and office workers, blazers have come into the fashion spotlight in 2018. Now the top choice for editors and insiders, designers have taken notice and revamped this wardrobe classic in a myriad of ways. You’ll find everything from cropped and oversized to patterned and tailored silhouettes. And the good news? Blazers are perfect for petite frames because they fit well, go with anything and most importantly, don’t swamp us.

Finding the right petite blazer for every occasion has never been easier thanks to Charlotte London. This London-based brand specialises in jackets and blazers for sophisticated women who like to add a touch of glamour to their looks. It’s not just classic black that you’ll find. There are numerous colours, styles and shapes to choose from.

Although blazers still make up the cornerstone of many work wardrobes, they have also crept into more casual territory recently and now you’ll find people wearing them everywhere from the park on the weekend to a night out. The key is to style them well. We’ve put together four separate looks using Charlotte London blazers that will work for you whatever the occasion.

1. For the Office

A structured blazer at the office will ensure you look pulled together no matter how long your day. Choose one in plain black so that it goes with all of your workwear staples. The tweed texture and zip details on this blazer make sure it’s anything but ordinary and will take you from boardroom to bar with ease. Teaming it with a black shift dress is a fail-safe option or a block colour dress in a striking hue like red or blue will also look stylish. You could even opt for a pair of tailored trousers and a crisp white shirt if you want to really look like you mean business. Add heels when you need to look smart or choose some simple flat pumps.

Charlotte London, Zip off jacket in black

Jennifer Anne, Beiwen V-Neck Shift Dress in Black

LODIS LOS ANGELES, Audrey Under Lock & Key – Brera RFID Leather Briefcase

1.STATE, Saffy Block Heel Pump

2. For the Weekend

Elevate your casual looks at the weekend with a coloured blazer. Don’t be alarmed by the eye-catching shade, just team it with some neutral basics and make it the star attraction of your petite outfit. This red blazer is cut for a relaxed fit which is ideal for daytime wear and has an open front with no closure. The gold piping upgrades it even further.  Pair it with jeans (extra points for an on-trend stepped hem) and a white shirt. The chest pockets on this one make it slightly more casual. Then all you need is a pair of fresh white sneakers to finish it off. You’ll look cool, comfortable and undeniably stylish.

Charlotte London, Rope Jacket in Red

Jennifer Anne, Persephone Silk Shirt in Ivory

Bomb Petite, black mid-rise skinny jeans with step hem detail

Common Projects, Original Achilles Sneaker

3. For the Night Out

When you think of blazers you probably think of button-up fronts and lapels. But there are lots of other silhouettes to choose from that aren’t so traditionally associated with tailoring. This petite blazer features a waterfall opening that’s perennially flattering and draws the eye down for a lengthening effect on petite frames. Perfect for a night on the town or a dinner date with friends, it’s woven with gold metallic thread to give it a luxe edge. Wear it with a black jumpsuit and add some statement gold jewellery to match the gold accents on the blazer. It’s the modern women’s version of ‘dressing up’.

Charlotte London, Waterfall Jacket in Black

Bomb Petite, Ikigai jumpsuit

Lily Flo Jewellery, Stardust star crossed lovers gold necklace

KRISTIN CAVALLARI, ‘Opel’ Lace-Up Pointy Toe Pump

4. For a Lunch Date

If you’ve got lunch with friends planned, a petite blazer is the answer to all your wardrobe worries. Smart enough for a restaurant but casual enough for the weekend, it will act as the finishing touch to your outfit. This cream one features notched lapels and a structured fit which keep things effortlessly chic, while the iridescent shimmer threaded with purple and rose gold glitter give it a unique finish. A light-coloured blazer in cream or white is the perfect partner to a pop of colour like this bright pink blouse. It strikes the balance between smart and casual and all you need to add is some tailored trousers in navy. Or even try jeans. It is the weekend after all.

Charlotte London, Royal Jacket in Cream

Jennifer Anne, Carter Top in Fuchsia

Bomb Petite, Tapered Trousers in Dark Blue

SEYCHELLES, Consciousness Wedge Sandal

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#PetiteLife: Rona Rotstein-Golan is the co-founder of Smartbull an Israeli Fintech company. She’s 163cm / 5’4
MY MORNING STARTS WITH…

My sweet little baby girl that wakes me up at 5:30AM…

IN MY CALENDAR TODAY I HAVE…

HIIT TRX, mani-pedi, and a late breakfast with my hubby. Later I have a company founders’ conference call.

MY TYPICAL DAY…

My days vary a lot. Some days are hectic when I work from 8am to 4pm then take care of my kids – my 9 month old baby girl called Lee and my son, Dor, who’s two and a half –  until 7pm. Then my husband arrives home from work and takes over child care duties,  and I head back to my laptop and work until 10pm.

Despite that, I make sure to balance my schedule with days like today to take some time out for myself.

MY OUTFIT TODAY IS…

When I have client meeting I wear something that makes me look smart and sophisticated but not too serious, because it is still Israel (think warm weather and casual)… Today I am wearing tailored pants/trousers from Zara with a fitted jeans jacket from Calvin Klein which i bought 15 years ago and still does the job perfectly.

GETTING DRESSED UP I WEAR…

A white blouse (in my opinion, a must have item in every closet) and high-waisted trousers with my favourite high heels.

AT WEEKENDS I WEAR AND DO…

Ripped skinny jeans, T-shirt and my Nike shoes. We live in the city so it’s nice to take the kids out for a walk stopping at our favourite coffee place, followed by the bakery, doing some last minute errands and spending time at the playground.

WHEN I WANT TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT I WEAR…

Heels, heels, heels

MY TOP PICK FROM BOMB PETITE SHOP…

The Celina silk suit in pink . It’s elegant, stylish but also affordable.

IF I WASN’T DOING THIS I’D BE…

Doing something else in capital market (financial market) or maybe open a Hebrew research house for local investors.

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It’s hard to believe now but at the beginning of the 19th Century the white shirt showed your social standing. Because of the working conditions then, it was difficult to maintain lightly coloured clothes so anyone who chose a white shirt was considered to have a high social status. It then became a stalwart in offices across the globe, before coming out from behind the desk in the mid-20th Century to be adopted by fashion icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Ever since then, the white blouse has garnered a cult-like following of fashion editors and taste-makers, choosing this simple staple as the basis for lots of looks.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Joan Crawford

Audrey Hepburn

To see the impact the white shirt has had on how we dress, you only need to glance at the front row at Paris Fashion Week. Some of the most influential people in the industry wear it like a uniform or even a badge of honour. You also see the classic white shirt worn by woman all over France – an essential piece in traditionally chic French wardrobes. It still speaks of status and what you do for work. Because let’s face it, unless you keep a safe distance from young children and red sauces, it can be a risk. But the allure of the white blouse is greater than ever. There are so many styles to choose from, from simple masculine cuts to ruffled designs.

Arielle of My Boring Wardrobe

Diane of Petite in Paris

We don’t believe there’s such thing as ‘the one’ when it comes to white blouses. Instead that there are lots of styles that will work for every woman. So here are six of our favourite petite white blouses for some inspiration.

1. Crisp White Collared

Foxcroft, Fitted Shirt

Crisp, classic and easy to wear. This more masculine style of white shirt is perfect with boyfriend jeans and white pumps at the weekend but will look sharp tucked into a pencil skirt at work. We love how the structured collar is in perfect contrast to the more relaxed rolled back cuffs. And you know what else we love? It’s non-iron. So you can button it up in the morning and look pulled together in 60 seconds flat.

2. Oxford Shirt Turnup Sleeves

Augusta Collar-Detail Shirt

The beautiful cut of this shirt is the perfect partner to some cropped tailored trousers in a subtle print and a pair of elegant flats. Minimalist detailing like the concealed placket are reminiscent of Japanese design and will keep you looking neat and tidy. Take note of the rolled back cuffs: these are perfect for petite frames as longer sleeves can sometimes swamp you.

Victoria Beckham

Damsel in Dior

Lauren Caruso

Walk in Wonderland

3. Boyfriend Blouse

Fitted Boyfriend Floral Embroidery Shirt

We never said your white blouse had to be plain. This boyfriend blouse features delicate flower embroidery in tonal white so it’s barely visible unless you get up close. The feminine flowers sit perfectly on the relaxed, silhouette. Tuck this into jeans and wear unbuttoned with a coloured cami underneath for a cool weekend look or button it up to the top and pair with some black trousers to make it work appropriate.

4. Silk Shirt

Jennifer Anne, Petite Persephone Silk Shirt in Ivory

Choosing a petite white blouse in silk is a luxurious choice. The soft fabric will feel beautiful against your skin and will also drape flatteringly over your tummy and waist. This particular silk shirt has front flap pockets that give it a more casual finish but the mother of pearl buttons ensure it’s elegant. Wear yours with a printed midi skirt for a look that will take you from work to weekend and back again.

Katy Accurso

Good Bad and Fab

Wendy’s Lookbook

My Petite Dilemma

5. Shirt With Bow

ASOS Parisian Petite Shirt With Ruched Sleeve And Contrast Tie Neck

This blouse scream Parisian style thanks to the contrasting black neck tie and ruched sleeves. It’s all in the details with this shirt. Because of the striking neck tie, wear it with a plain outfit like black tailored trousers and simple heeled pumps. You could also choose a brightly coloured ribbon or thin scarf and tie it around the collar of your classic white shirt to create a DIY bow blouse.

6. Ruffle Blouse

Bomb Petite, Tiered Ruffle Blouse in Ivory

Ruffles have been a key trend for a few seasons now and choosing a white blouse with a ruffled front is the subtlest (and easiest) way to embrace the style. When you’re wearing a ruffled shirt, you don’t need to worry about jewellery or accessories… it makes a statement on its own. Just pair it with some slim fitting trousers to balance out your silhouette. We love the V-neck on this one as it lengthens your torso and makes you look taller.

Petite in Paris

My Boring Wardrobe

Rona Rotstein-Golan

Founder of Bomb Petite

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No outfit is complete without the right accessories. Adding the perfect corresponding handbag or earrings can really up your style game, no matter the occasion. For petite women, accessories can also serve as flattering style tricks; a cinched in waist here and earrings that draw the eye upwards there bring attention to all the right places. Accessories are the key to looking polished, and add the finishing touch to any outfit. We’ve chosen the best pieces that every woman should own.

1. The Skinny Belt

For petite women, defining the waist is a must. Dresses can often hang downward over the chest, the material loose from the body adding unwanted inches and volume around your middle area. A belt will cinch you in at the waist, defining your curves. Wear that dress well!

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Anthropology, Nassau Skinny Belt

2. Long scarves

A scarf is not just a winter only accessory. A sleek scarf is a great way to add warmth or colour to a casual outfit, without wearing a coat. There are all manners of patterns and styles available, so if you feel your all black outfit is lacking some pizazz, add an elegant long scarf. Be it a chunky knit or silk number, it’s sure to look chic.

Blanket Scarf Styling

Amber Hards, Lambswool blanket scarf in whites & greys

3. Mini bags

This is the handbag of the season, we love the look of a body strap mini bag to liven up a sweater and jeans. This accessory won’t overwhelm your frame; a perfect fit with petite clothes. Plus, it’ll have you decluttering your handbag, stylish essentials only, petites! Tip: for us women with a shorter frame, stick to crossbody strap drops that are between 20 – 21.5 inches or 51 – 54.5 centimetres. This way the bag doesn’t sit too low on the body, making us appear shorter.

Frances Valentine, Mini Ellen Leather Crossbody Bag

Fendi, Small Kan I Leather Bag

Parisa Wang, Addicted Bracelet Bag

Chloe, ‘Mini Marcie’ Leather Crossbody Bag

4. Dainty necklaces

Don’t underestimate the wow factor the right piece of jewellery can have. We love a classic elegant look for evenings out; accentuate your favourite dress with a thin, delicate necklace for a minimal and effortless look.

Dainty necklaces

Lily Flo, stardust and pearl jewellery

5. Peep toe heels

Believe it or not, even the slightest showing of skin at the top of bottom of your body can add height to a petite. Wear on trend peep toe heels with your favourite jeans (don’t forget to add a beautiful nail polish, to really show off those shoes.) If heels aren’t your thing, you can find some great peep toe flats to work the trend with comfort. These have an adjustable slingback strap that can be flipped up out of the way adds fresh versatility to an open-toe mule set on a lofty stacked heel.

Cute and Little

Madewell, Riley Slingback Mule

6. Minimal rings

The trend for daintier, smaller rings has reigned over the latest few seasons. These minimal accessories draw attention to detail, so be sure to compliment rings with a gorgeous nail colour. Wear just one, or wear many on different parts of your fingers to really add some interest and sparkle.

Monica Vinader, Rose Gold Vermeil Diamond Riva Hoop Ring

Monica Vinader, Nura Mini Pebble Stacking Ring

7. Sheer socks

Feel it’s still too cold to unpack your summer heels? Do it, because sheer socks are en vogue right now! These pretty pairs look perfect teamed with an A line skirt and heels, or look fantastic peeping out from bottom of your favourite petite jeans.

Fashion Me Now

Nordstrom, Diamond Fishnet Ankle Socks

8. Drop earrings

Drop earrings are not only flattering, they give the illusion of height. In our opinion, every petite outfit should be matched with a fabulous pair of earrings, so take advantage of the trend by adding some drop earrings to your look today. We love trying different hair up- or down-do’s with this accessory.

Drop earrings

Lily Flo, stardust tassel earrings in sterling silver

9. Heeled mules

The hottest shoe of the moment, the mule has been seen on fashion runways galore. The low heels mean you can add height without the discomfort. Mules look great with tailored trousers or a pencil skirt for that important work meeting. For a dressed up look, pair with a flowy dress.

Hallie Daily

Badgley Mischka, hagen pointy toe mule

10. Scrunchies

This 90s favourite is back, as seen on our favourite petite celebrities..

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Anabel Sexton with petites Jenny and Marta

  1. We’re loving your prints. Why do you think they are so popular?

So many women play it safe with black leggings, but we want women to feel unapologetic about exercising.  We have found that our bold prints give women a confidence boost, making them feel much more positive about their workout.

We develop our prints ourselves and have always tried to design patterns and colours that are inspired by people and places that we come across, for instance our leaf and zig zag patterns are inspired by the jagged coastlines and beautiful English countryside of Pembrokeshire – where we did our last photoshoot.

  1. About the cropped lengths, how would you recommend petites to style them on top?

As a petite myself, I am always trying to make my legs look longer than they are – particularly in cropped length leggings.  For that reason we make sure most of our tops have raised hemlines on both sides, to accentuate the length of the leg.

I also prefer slightly looser tops as I don’t want to feel too exposed in my activewear, but I also love wearing crop tops layered with vests or throw over tops that you can either leave on or remove.  While we have a few long tops, many of our vests and throw over tees are short to ensure that petite women like me don’t look swamped.

3. Do you have any tips for our petite readers, being 5’4 and petite yourself in the fitness industry?

Many people are petite, but they shouldn’t be afraid to create an impact and get noticed.

So my first tip would be don’t ever rule out adding a splash of colour or some bold patterns.  It may be just the confidence boost you need.

My second piece of advice is exercise within your own physical limits.  I constantly have to remind myself that my little legs can’t stride as far as my friends long legs, but I don’t beat myself up about it.

I just remember that I am doing more than the people on the sofa!

  1. What do you say to women who think they can’t wear activewear, ie they feel they’re the wrong shape?

No-one is the wrong shape for exercise!  The ethos of Boudavida is to take away any feelings of self-consciousness  and make women feel good about their bodies and inspired to get active.

Activewear can be styled in so many different ways these days, that you no longer have to worry about feeling exposed in skin-tight Lycra from head to toe.

We make a point of designing individual pieces that you can mix and match depending on your body shape and we test our products rigorously on our in-house design team (3 of us are petite and we are all very different shapes and sizes).  Knowing we have to accommodate all of us is what makes putting a collection together so much fun.

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Find the flattering fit for you

You can forget what you thought you knew about activewear – it doesn’t need to be boring! New to Bomb Petite, Boudavida is changing the face of petite activewear as you know it with flattering cuts, bold prints and unexpected technical details.

‘We have found that our bold prints give women a confidence boost, making them feel much more positive about their workout,’ says Boudavida’s founder, Anabel Sexton.

Get to know the key pieces you should have in your workout wear roster, whatever your body shape. We take you through the essential guide to sports bras and workout tops especially for petites.

Tops

‘Activewear can be styled in so many different ways these days, that you no longer have to worry about feeling exposed in skin-tight Lycra from head to toe,’ says Anabel.  ‘We make a point of designing individual pieces that you can mix and match depending on your body shape’.

You don’t need lots of different workout tops – one good vest and one well-fitting zip-up jacket that you can remove when you heat up will be enough.

Try: Boudavida Dynamo Vest

Bright, fitted sports vest top in fast-drying functional fabric with a racer back. This super-soft, fast drying fabric will keep you cool and comfortable whilst you’re exercising. The straps are the perfect width for petites as not too wide which frames our shoulders and making our top half balanced. Perfect for a multitude of activities, indoor and outdoor and from low to high intensity.

Perfect for:

Rectangle Shape (H)

Show off your sculpted shoulders in Boudavida’s Dynamo Vest. The racerback-style top is cut to flatter with an open back to give an illusion of shape. Plus, the slightly curved hem will define your waist.

Pear Shape (A)

Go for bright colours on your top half to balance out darker colours on your bottom half. Try the Dynamo Vest in orange and wear with a bright patterned sports bra underneath to add top half dynamic to your shape.

Try: Spark Jacket in Black

Featuring a stretch, water-resistant fabric, contrast zip and back vent this jacket will keep you dry and comfortable. Lightweight and easily packed this jacket is great for travelling or keeping in your bag in case of rain. Feel prepared to tackle a workout in all conditions!

Perfect for:

Apple Shape (O)

Wear a zip up jacket over your vest. The zip will streamline your top half and make your mid-section appear elongated. Boudavida’s Spark Jacket is lightweight and will pack easily into your gym bag and add a slimming silhouette to your shape.

Inverted Triangle (V)

Choose a zip-up jacket in a darker colour means you can wear brighter bottoms to balance your shape. The overlapped vent detail in the back will also give the appearance of a narrower shoulder.

Try: Spark Jacket in Grey

Stretchy, waterproof fabric jacket with sealed seams, reflective details and back vent for outdoor sport such as running or cycling. With this incredible stretchy, water-resistant fabric, this jacket will keep you dry and comfortable. Lightweight and easily packed this jacket is great for travelling or keeping in your bag in case of rain.

Perfect for:

Hourglass Shape (X)

Lengthen your mid-section with tops made especially for petite frames. ‘We make sure most of our tops have raised hemlines on both sides, to accentuate the length of the leg,’ says Anabel. Details like this will make you feel much more confident.

Sports bras

The right sports bra can really make a difference to your workout, so it’s arguably the most important part of your fitness fashion. Whether you’d rather hide or show off your assets, make sure the fit and support is right for your chosen activity to provide maximum comfort.

Try: Boudavida Spirit Crop Top in Leaf Print

The Spirit crop top teams up perfectly with matching leggings for a striking ensemble that will turn heads at the gym. The signature waist band and cut out details effortlessly combine fashion and function. This low impact crop is ideal for yoga and Pilates and can be layered underneath a vest or t-shirt.

Perfect for:

Rectangle Shape (H)

Don’t be afraid to make a statement with your sports bra. The cut-out detailing on the Spirit Crop Top will keep you cool but also look stylish. Pair with some high-waisted leggings to show off your frame and give your waist shape.

Pear Shape (A)

Choose a sports bra with some bold prints. The Spirit Crop Top is perfect as it will accentuate your upper body. The branded elastic trim is an extra bonus as draws attention to your defined waist. It will be really comfortable for low impact workouts like yoga.

Try: Boudavida Spirit Crop Top in Zig Zag Print

Moisture-wicking low impact sports bra with branded elastic trim. Stay cool and confident with the Boudavida Spirit Crop top in classic black, zigzag print. The Spirit crop top teams up perfectly with the mesh panel zoom leggings for a confident look both on and off the mat.

Perfect for:

Inverted Triangle Shape (V)

If you’re not completely confident in wearing prints on your top half, choose a sports bra with a bold print and wear it peeking out from beneath a plain coloured vest.

Apple Shape (O)

If you want to make your bust appear smaller when you’re working out, choose a sports bra that is cut slightly higher on your chest. It will contain your bust and let you workout with confidence. Pair with matching high waisted leggings to minimise your midsection and highlighting your shoulders instead.

Hourglass Shape (X)

As an hourglass you’ll want to show off your waist so make sure you use the right support for your activity of choice. This top has a high stretch factor which is your perfect body shape match.

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How to shop for leggings

Need a little inspiration to get yourself moving? There’s no better motivation than petite active wear that makes you look and feel great.

Choosing workout wear to suit your body shape will help your confidence soar while you’re sweating it out. Studies show that the better you feel in your activewear, the harder you’ll work at the gym or pounding the pavements. It’s not just about the sports bra – any regular exerciser will know the benefits of a well-fitting sports bra, but your leggings should also be carefully considered for fit, function and style.

A good pair of workout leggings will take you further than just the gym. They should be flattering and stylish enough to wear when you’re running errands but also have the technical capabilities to keep you cool and comfortable when you’re working up a sweat.

Follow this guide to find the perfect leggings for you.

Try: High-Waisted Leggings

These leggings are not only functional and flattering, they suck everything in at all the right places and stay put whether on the bike, in Pilates, or in a boxing class. The higher waist also helps streamline the silhouette and elongate the leg.

Perfect for:

Apple Shape (O)

You have no defined waist and weight tends to form around your middle. Try high-waisted leggings – they are flattering and comfortable and will tuck in your tummy for a more streamlined silhouette. Try some with a wide waistband so that they don’t dig into your middle.

Hourglass Shape (X)

You have an hourglass figure if your bust and shoulders are the same width as your hips, and your waist is defined. Highlight your hourglass waist with a branded waistband like this one on the Zoom Leggings.

Try: Patterned Leggings

Bold leggings in statement prints are all the rage right now and much easier to wear than you think. Patterned leggings break up the line of the body and can actually make you look slimmer – its true! Balance the look with a plain colour on top.

Perfect for:

Inverted Triangle Shape (V)

If your hips are narrower than your bust and shoulders, the shape is called an inverted triangle. To balance out your V-shape build, wear prints on your bottom half. Boudavida’s leaf print leggings are perfect for you.

Try: Capri Leggings

The cut of a capri legging helps the leg to appear longer, and is intended to be the perfect length for high-intensity workouts or a hot yoga class—with performance and functionality at the forefront. These capri tights are the perfect petite workout leggings for shorter legs.

Perfect for:

Pear Shape (A)

You have a rounder body shape with similar bust, waist and hip measurements. To make your bottom half look more in proportion with your top half, try wearing  black leggings with a bright top. The Brio Capri style are stretchy and soft and will be your new best friend at yoga class.

Try: Technical Details

Today’s sleek, high-performance leggings are designed for maximum comfort and performance. The moisture-wicking polyamide and elastane blend creates freedom of movement and less chafing to ensure an ultra-comfortable workout.

Perfect for:

Rectangle Shape (H)

Your shoulders and your hips are perfectly in proportion (lucky you!) so you can get away with any leggings. Look out for technical details like sweat-wicking fabrics and mesh panels for extra breathability so you can work out in complete comfort.

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