Having always been among the taller girls in the room, I may not know from personal experience what the petite life is like but as a stylist, using clothes to create the illusion of attributes someone may not necessarily have been born with often comes with the territory. It’s also one of my favorite parts of the job (any time I can call something magic and mean it)!
Playing with proportions, using prints and patterns to enhance the figure and color coordinating the proper pieces can work magic when done methodically. These tricks are exactly what I used to help one of my favorite petite powerhouses, Niki Bonnani, grow several inches taller in an instant…or at least appear as though she has. If you or someone you love wasn’t blessed with a supermodel’s inseam, STAY CALM and read on!
Trick #1 Gather up [your fabrics]!
Ruching [the gathering of material] is known to be a reliable resource for camouflaging some of the lesser toned body parts but it can also work wonders for women who don’t necessarily have anything unflattering to hide, but are looking to expand from top to bottom in their outfit.
A ruched pencil skirt matched with a sleek bodysuit with some gathered fabric of it’s own, finished with a thin black belt is an ensemble that suits smaller frames perfectly. The fitted jersey pieces appear to stretch the body vertically and the body-hugging silhouette that hits just below the knee works to elongate the Niki’s frame.
Trick 2 Go vertical in a vampy print
A dark animal print that strikes the perfect balance between subtle and stare at me, creates a larger than life appearance for physiques that are anything but large
Trick 3 Elevate in all one color
Matchy matchy makes perfect sense, especially when broken up in the middle by a thick, waist-defining belt! This Cinnamon ensemble is the perfect blend of spicy meets shapely with a hint of vertical extension.