I’m 5′ tall with a pear-shaped body, but even with tailoring traditional suits and dresses make me look like I’m playing dress-up. I like classic but I also want to look sexy with a touch of inner spitfire thrown in. Can you help? Janice
My first thought is your hair and make-up. Perhaps your clothes aren’t working because your hair is too little girlish. Try getting a chic, grown-up cut and be sure to wear some make-up.
The second thing is, I think traditional clothing can work on a petite woman, but maybe it doesn’t work on you because it doesn’t suit your personality. You said yourself you need something sexier.
A fit and flare dress s a dress with a fitted bodice that nips in at the waist and flares out at the skirt. This type of dress is ideal for gals who want camouflage large hips and thighs. It’s a very feminine silhouette and also very sexy. The two things you will want to keep in mind being petite is to make sure the skirt is not too full. Too much fabric can easily overwhelm you so no voluminous pleats, for example. Also make sure the skirt is not too long. It should be above the knee or at the top of the knee.
2. Go for a Bright Color
If you are picking out a top or jacket or even two-tone dress wear something bright on the top and dark on the bottom. Dark colors will make you look smaller, so wear them on your heavy bottom half. Bright colors up top will balance you out and bring attention to your shoulders and face. Bright colors like red, orange, Fuchsia etc are hot colors, which means sexy. So look like a peacock up top if you want to attract the opposite sex.
3. Don’t Wear A Jacket That Ends At Your Widest Part
Jackets are sexy if you get the right one. The right one has a strong shoulder to make you look wider up top and balance you out giving you that hourglass look. It also nips in at the waist to show off your womanly shape. Be sure the jacket does not end at your full hip. Why draw attention to the widest part of your body. Since pears have nice nipped in waists, it is better to wear a shorter jacket that ends at the top of the hipbone instead of the middle of the hip.
3. Wear Heels
No question heels are sexy and a petite needs height. Even if it is a small wedge, because you don’t like heels it will make you look much longer, leaner and sexier than a flat.
4. Try Boot Cut jeans
Skinny, tight jeans will make your hips look larger than life, and too wide legged of a jean will maker you look elephant like ( and in a petite’s case- drown you). Boot cut are just the right amount of flare to balance you out. A dark wash also helps make your bottom half look smaller and the built-in stretch is perfect for women with hips. Don’t buy jeans with big pockets, stuff hanging off them etc. as they will only draw attention to your hips. A petite has to keep things clean and simple.
5. Try Some Sexy Jewelry
Jewelry that dangles from your ears, your neck is soft and sexy. No button studs please! Just be sure that you get the right proportion. Giant Beyonce size hoops are sexy but would overwhelm a petite. Also make sure necklace don’t hang too low or it will make you look short and dumpy.
Do you have any tips for short, petite women? Let me know. Comment below.
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