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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 Layer Like a Fashion Pro this Winter

When it comes to fashion, the way you layer your outfit is what will make you stand out from the crowd. This winter, there’ll be a lot of layering going on as the temperature keeps dropping. Layering will not only keep you warm but it will also make you look stylish, so long as you know how to do it right.

The trick behind layering your clothes like a fashion pro is knowing what type of clothes to place one over the other. Here is a breakdown of how you can layer this winter. With this guide, there’s no way you can go wrong.

 

Start off with a piece  that’s fitting and lightweight

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Layering starts from the inside out. One of the major fears of ladies when it comes to layering is looking bulky under all those clothes.  So if you see yourself looking bulky after layering, then the problem is from the first layer of clothing you have on.

To remedy this problem, start with a top that stays close to your body. That way whatever clothing you place over it will not make you look bulky. For example, your figure will show more if you wear sweater over a fitting blouse.

 

Let the first layer be a neutral colour then let the bright colours come afterwards

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The colours you choose are very important. A rule of thumb is to make the first layer a neutral colour. When layering there’s a hierarchy of the colours you have to follow. White, beige and light blue are good colours to start with. The next layers can come in bright or dark colours like a navy blue jacket or a black sweater making your outfit more balanced.

For example a dark brown jacket over a beige blouse finished off with ruby-coloured earrings or necklace makes an amazing piece. The colours complement each other.

 

Mix in the different fabrics

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Layering clothing items with the same kind of texture will make your outfit look heavy, monotonous and a bit overpowering.

Getting creative with the way you mix in different items will make your outfit more proportional. For example this winter you can wear a classic cotton collared shirt with a wooly cardigan over a pair of jeans. This way you have mixed cotton, wool and denim, thus creating a variety of textures on your outfit.

 

Vary the length of your outfits

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Layering is all about maintaining the balance and keeping it stylish all through. The length of the clothes on each layer could change your whole look. But you need to keep in mind that in this case proportion is key.

How this works is to let the shorter items balance out the longer items. For example, a long coat over a short skirt will look flattering yet balanced, but a short jacket over a short skirt will make the outfit look out-of-place.

Following these layering tips will keep you looking stylish and toasty this winter.

How do you like to layer? Sound off in the comments section please.

 

 

 

 

Fashion Disaster SOS

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Fashion disasters can happen to the most stylish of us. Most times, it is completely out of hands, and there is nothing we could have done to stop the disaster from happening. I have experience quite a few fashion disasters in my lifetime already; a zip giving way, a broken heel, torn tights, and so many others. The annoying part of these fashion disasters is that they happen in the most awkward places. My heel broke at work once, I had to walk around bare feet until I got spare flats from a co-worker. My zip gave way at a party once, on the dancing floor, imagine that? Thankfully, not many people noticed but it was still embarrassing.

We can’t always avoid these fashion disasters but we can solve them quickly. Here are some fashion disaster SOS that you may find useful while out and about –

 

Broken Heel

If your high heel snaps into 2, coat 1 piece with a glue such as Shoe Goo Glue, at the site of the break and try to attach the other section. Also, stay off your feet as much as you can until you can change into another pair of shoes. Always safe to carry a pair of flats in your bag or leave in your car when you are rocking high heels. You never know when you might need it.

 

Red Wine Stain

Soda water is the best thing to use to get rid of a red wine stain on a white cotton dress. Gently sponging off a red wine stain with soda water would get the stain off.

 

Dull Shoes

Smear a tiny amount of petroleum jelly over your shoes. It would give your dull shoes a shine.

 

Chewing Gum Stain

Get rid of the chewing gum with a knife, hold an ice-cube over the stain until it hardens. This will enable you scrape off the excess gum. Then sponge the area with hot water. This will remove the chewing gum stain completely.

 

Stubborn Zips

If a zipper won’t budge for whatever reason, run a leap pencil along the teeth of the zip. If that doesn’t work, then rub a bar of soap or candle wax onto the problem area. With a little manipulation, the zipper should come unstuck.

 

Rain Marks on Suede

Use a nail file or rough pencil eraser to gently get rid of rain marks on a suede garment.

 

Loose Button

Dot the top of a loose button with a clear nail polish to stop the threads from loosening further and the button from falling off.

 

These are my tried and tested fashion disaster SOS. Have you tried any of these? Do you have any tried and tested fashion disaster SOS? Please share in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.