Fashion Tricks for Petite Teenagers
If you are petite, you may wish for clothing to make you look taller than you are. Find out about fashion tricks that can help you look your best while making the most of your features.
Prints and Patterns
Small frames can get by with wearing prints and patterns in moderation. While prints might make larger girls look bigger than they are, a busy print can look just right on a small teen girl. The contrast of white on black in this dress adds a lot of interest to an otherwise ordinary outfit.
Flattering Bold Colors
Looking to stand out above the crowd, even if your size is diminutive? Petite teens can look great in bold colors that put them in the spotlight. Cool skin tones look best in fuchsia, deep green and royal blue. Warm skin tones look best in orange and sunny yellow.
Choose the Right Hem Length
People with less stature will need to pay careful attention to dress length. Placing the hem just above the knee or higher can elongate your frame and make you look taller, but you should avoid skirts that fall below the knee if you don't want to look shorter than you are. Shop petite sections for the best selection, or have dresses professionally tailored to fit.
Jeans for Petites
Jeans can be a real challenge for small-framed teens. If you are petite in height, length is an issue, as is inseam. Choose jeans especially made for petites to ensure an appropriate fit. Some brands that feature petite denim include Abercrombie, Blue Cult, True Religion and Lucky.
Low Rise Pants
Having your pants fall low on your waist will make it appear that your waist is lower than it actually is, which will make your torso look longer, and give the appearance that you are taller.
Wearing short shorts will make your legs look like they are longer, because you are showing more of your legs off. Be careful when shopping, make sure the shorts fall where they would on someone that isn't petite. If you can't find petite short shorts, have them tailored to fit your height!
Your upper half is just as important as your lower half. No one looks good in a top that is too large. Try on blouses and check for length at waist, as well as where the sleeve ends on your arm or wrist. Check the blouse from all angles in the mirror to be sure you have a proper fit. Forever 21 and Hollister are two companies that make tops for petites.
Choose Vertical Stripes
Vertical lines, like the ones on this dress, will give people the illusion that you are taller than you really are. If you want to elongate your torso, wear a shirt with vertical lines and if you want the appearance of longer legs, try a skirt with vertical lines.
Choose Shoes with Heels
Choosing the right shoes can lengthen your frame and create a tall, lean look. Most petite girls look best with at least a small heel, but can get by with wearing higher heels as well.
High Heel Boots
If you want to accentuate your legs while making them look longer, wear boots with high heels, paired with a short skirt, dress or pair of shorts.
Long Shirt with Heels
Buy longer shirts that fall below your waist, but that are not oversized, to lengthen the appearance of your torso. Avoid flats even when wearing skinny jeans. Instead wear high heels to give you height and lengthen the appearance of your legs.
Since petite teens usually have very small bone structure, think about jewelry that compliments your frame. Heavy, long beaded necklaces won't look good on most small women. Instead, opt for simple jewelry such as a silver chain with a pendant.
Selecting Petite Fashions
There are many other fashion and style tricks that petite teens can use to look their best, with most being related to proper fit. If your frame is petite, keep your size in mind when shopping for everything from casual clothes to school uniforms to formal attire. When you select clothes in the proper proportions, you'll look and feel your best.