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Style Tips for the Petite Woman

We’re so used to seeing seeing the tall models walk the runway, and the tall mannequins lined up in the boutiques. The problem is that there are a good number of us  – petite women, that struggle to find the right pieces.

 

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Petite women seem to be left out in the fashion world as all eyes are on the taller ladies. The good news is that with a few style tricks even petite women can have a chance to look good and maybe even a couple of inches taller.

The idea is to shift focus from the small frame to your greatest assets. That way you get to enjoy the best of 2 worlds. If you’re that petite woman who wants to keep it stylish, here are some handy tips you can try out right away:

 

Make friends with vertical lines

Vertical lines give the illusion of a longer silhouette. This is because the eyes naturally follow the lines. You can take advantage of this smart trick by wearing clothes with vertical lines or stripes to give yourself that extra height.

Avoid horizontal lines, they would make you look wider and consequently smaller than you really are.

 

Go for the exact fit

As a petite woman you cannot afford to allow yourself to wear baggy clothes. Baggy or loose fitting clothing make you appear even smaller.

Wear clothes that fit to your body. This will accentuate / flatter your shape. But you need to take note: fitting does not mean tight.

Baggy/oversize styles can work if worn correctly. So a baggy jumper with leggings for example.

 

Go for monochrome

The classy monochrome has a way of giving that elongated effect. Of course, you can add a touch of colour but don’t overdo it. Too many colours can negatively affect the elongated illusion you want to create. But if at all you want to add some colour, then keep the tops a light colour while the bottoms dark.

 

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Don’t use shoes with straps

Shoes with straps at the ankles make you look shorter. The strap acts as a dividing line showing where your legs end. Instead go for strapless shoes that have the same colour with your trousers, if you’re wearing long trousers, or shoes that have the same colour with your skin whenever you are wearing a dress or skirt.

 

Stay away from large patterns

Large patterns have a way of dominating your outfit thus making you look very petite. Plus they can be overwhelming.

 

Embrace your high heels

Heels are your lifesavers here. They give you that needed height advantage, plus they look very elegant. However, just because heels are the answer to your problem, it doesn’t mean you should pick the highest heels you can get your hands on. Pick heels that are of a comfortable height, heels you can walk in.

You can enhance the height by wearing long trousers that are of the same colour with your heels. It will give you that added elongated silhouette.

 

What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

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How to Walk in Heels Like a Pro

I keep getting comments about how high some of my shoes are, and how I manage to walk in them, so this post is a long time coming….

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Most woman wants to achieve that confident, sexy and elegant look. What better way to make this happen than by wearing high heels! A beautiful pair of high heels always adds that touch of class to every outfit – even a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt, like the Fashion & Style Police t-shirt, for example.

However, having a pair of great-looking heels is not enough, you need to know how to walk in them. Knowing exactly how to walk in them is the key to achieving that bold feminine strut. So, I’m going to give you some tips on how you can walk in heels and unleash that confident, sexy and elegant woman.

Start off comfortable
If you’re not used to walking in heels or it’s your first time walking in them, don’t jump into stilettos straight away. Start with short 1 inch chunky heels. Chunky heels will give you more surface space to walk on. That’s why wedges are the easiest to walk in. Once you’ve gotten used to the feel of walking in them, graduate to kitten heels. Kitten heels have short but slender heels. From there, you can move up to 2-3 inch heels, then 4-5 inches. Usually, the taller you are, the more uncomfortable you are wearing higher heels. A rule of thumb is when you notice your knees bending at a particular height of heels, drop an inch lower.

Focus on the 2 Ps
Posture and poise are the things you must pay attention to while walking in heels. These are what will bring that feminine elegance to the fore and prevent any pain that may arise from bad posture.
Stand straight. Ensure your spine is long but relaxed. Your shoulders should be wide and not slouching. Tense your abs, slightly raise your chin and make sure you are looking straight ahead.
Never bring your chest forward in the name of standing straight and don’t push your bum backward. That will look unnatural and hurt your posture.

Aim for a smooth landing
Now it’s time to take your first step. Maintain your straight posture. Put your best foot forward right in front of the other foot and repeat with the other foot as if you are walking on an imaginary straight line. This will give you that famous catwalk.
As you are landing on your feet, make sure you land heel first then gradually distribute your weight to your toes. This will prevent exerting too much pressure on the balls of your feet. At first you may have the temptation of walking on the tips of your toes but avoid doing so. Walking on tip-toes will make your toes sore and cause your knees to bend and that won’t look classy at all.

 

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Work your hips
Remember Shakira’s hit song “Hips Don’t Lie”? She was right!
Allow your hips to lead your legs. Moving your hips forward will control your whole leg starting from thighs down to the rest of your leg as you land on your heel and distribute your weight to your toes. Focusing on the movement of your hip, keep your kegs straight. Your legs must never be bent while walking. Working on that hip movement gives you that sexy side-to-side strut showing off your curves.

Move with the rhythm
Usually, walking in heels will make you walk in short strides, making you walk slower than in other shoes. So, you will take more steps than usual.
As you get used to walking in your heels, you will notice a nice rhythm forming. Be conscious of that rhythm and let your whole body follow it. Feel free to gently sway your arms from side to side. This will make you look more graceful as you walk.

Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes perfect! No one was born a natural when it comes to walking in heels. It takes steady practice. Practice walking in your heels at home. Try walking on different surfaces to get used to how it feels, but always make sure you take breaks from time to time to ensure you rest your feet.

I hope you find these tips useful. Do you have any tips to share? Drop me a comment, lets chat.

Thanks for reading.

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