I’m a 5′ tall – petite pear-shaped woman. My problem is that I always look like I’m playing dress-up, even when I’m wearing tailored traditional suits and dresses. 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.
So, here’s some fashion advice for short women, like yourself, who have a pear-shaped figure and want to look grown-up and sexy.
1. Try a Fit a Flare Dress
A fit and flare dress is a dress with a fitted bodice that nips in at the waist and flares out at the skirt. It’s ideal for gals who want camouflage large hips and thighs. It’s a very feminine silhouette.
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 your 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 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 feminine shape.
Be sure the jacket does not end at your full hip. Why draw attention to the broadest 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.
4. Wear Heels
No question heels are sexy, and a petite needs height. Even if you wear a small wedge because you don’t like heels, it will make you look taller and sexier than a flat.
5. Try Boot Cut Jeans
Skinny, tight jeans will make your hips look larger than life (and in a petite’s case- drown you). Bootcut jeans with wide hems have just the right amount of flare to balance you out.
A dark wash also helps to make your bottom half look smaller. 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.
6. 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 hot but would overwhelm a petite. Also, make sure your necklace doesn’t hang too low, or it will make you look short and dumpy.
Do you have any tips for looking sexy when you are petite, pear-shaped? Let me know. Comment below.