A Guide to Our Best Petite and Short Girl Friendly Styles…

And tips to make your favorite piece’s work for you

Before we get into the exciting stuff, it’s important to answer the question of what it is to be petite in size. When it comes to fashion and shopping, petite typically refers to clothing made to fit women who are 5’ 4” and shorter. Special attention is paid to not only pant and skirt lengths, but sleeve length, waist placement, and shoulder width.

I’m here to share my personal styling finds for petites, one of the services we’re most excited to offer at My Home Fashion Boutique. I can’t think of anything more body positive than a woman embracing her look, especially when the outfit is tailored perfectly to her style and unique shape.

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I’ve outlined a few pieces that flatter multiple body shapes for petite women. While no style will fit every woman’s silhouette to a T, my selection of tried and true petite friendly styles will highlight your best features and give you the confidence to strut down the street like your city’s very own Carrie Bradshaw.

LEFT: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw

LEFT: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw

Speaking of our patron fashion saint, Carrie never saw a style she loved that she couldn’t make work for her. Even ground sweeping Oscar de la Renta gowns were no match for Carrie’s confidence, made possible with the awareness of how clothes should fit the body and recognizing petite friendly styles.

Borrowing from Carrie's enviable talent for mixing and matching and elevating basics, we pulled these understated but seriously stylish Etienne Marcel sage green cargo pants, newly on sale at the boutique. I know what you’re thinking, cargo pants should stay in Gap ads from 2003, but I make the case that this Etienne Marcel pant is a closet staple that’s as modern, versatile, and complementary as they come.

Mid-rise, cropped at the ankle, and slim legged with perfect pocket placement and a well-cut inseam, this pant is especially flattering on petite frames. No hemming or alterations required! A tip for petite shoppers is to never pass up a French style inspired pant that emphasizes the waistline and has a tailored pant length. These styles are made to add length and draw attention to your fabulously toned legs. One look at how Carrie effortlessly rocks the near identical copy of this fashion find should inspire shoppers to mix and match it with a favorite top from their closet, and with all the confidence that is New York City!

RIGHT: Etienne Marcel; Greylin Top; Chelsea and Walker Jacket; Cindy Zale Jewelry

RIGHT: Etienne Marcel; Greylin Top; Chelsea and Walker Jacket; Cindy Zale Jewelry

Measured Cool from SEN

Fashion’s love of relaxed, slouchy, and room-for-two styles has trickled down to the masses, and some of these styles couldn’t be cooler! Because you typically see these styles on models who are five foot ten and higher, the petite shopper might feel intimidated to experiment with roomier silhouettes for fear of being drowned in more excess fabric than intended.

Fear no more, because we carry this incredible jumpsuit from Miami’s own Sen that will give you the high-end athleisure feel without making you feel like the jumpsuit is wearing you or like you’re wearing your PJ onesie outside.

Sen "Gillian" Jumpsuit; Cindy Zale Jewelry

Sen "Gillian" Jumpsuit; Cindy Zale Jewelry

Crafted in a soft and fluid, white pique knit, this jumpsuit features a voluminous bodice with a cropped front and low hanging back, emphasized with a sharp back dart that keeps your shoulder shape noticeable. The dropped shoulder and elastic waistband that can be adjusted to hit the wearers natural waistline make this an easy-to-wear yet chic and fitted option for the petite shopper’s edgy, off-duty model look.

Upgrade your off-duty look with this style and feel confident that its crisp darts and slim legs add shape in all the right places. This piece is a regular sized design so if you have some excess length at the pant leg, we can call Seamstress Nila (nila@shredandstitch.com) and get you the ultimate fitting style you desire.  Not to mention your first alterations service is FREE!

Hit All Your Marks With LAMARQUE

Finally, if you’re going to hail body positivity, you better be prepared to hail your own shape first, and emphasize it with the right clothes that make you feel confident. One of the most important tips for petite women is dressing should be empowering, without overpowering. One look at LAMARQUE luxurious and understated Anaba button-down shirt dress and you’ll see why the label has garnered such a loyal fan base, particularly for petites.

If there’s a void in your closet of well-designed, quality styles that fit you like a glove, and don’t need to be cuffed and pulled up throughout the day, LAMARQUE has you covered, and without all the bells and whistles that can overpower a petite frame.  

LAMARQUE Anaba Shirt Dress; Cindy Zale Jewelry

LAMARQUE Anaba Shirt Dress; Cindy Zale Jewelry

While most of their pieces are perfect for day to night dressing, this dress is a dream for petites and requires no alterations! As seen on our very own Carolina, the mini length hits just above the knee to accentuate leg length. A slight dropped shoulder with a lightly fitted armhole keeps in mind the importance of shoulder placement on petite designs.

Last but certainly not least, the strategically placed darts around the natural waist where the sash hits will automatically give you that hour-glass shape that most women strive for.