4. Turning “Petite Don’ts” Into “Petite Dos”:
Have you ever eyes a particularly swoon-worthy item, only to find yourself thinking, “I could never wear that—I’m too short?” Well, it’s time to realign your way of thinking, because making “petite don’ts” into “petite dos” is actually super easy. Take, for example, a saucy full-length jumpsuit: “This is an item that follows the same suggestions as a maxi dress,” explains Elizabeth, “and one that you should ideally find in a petite size—this way, the proportions of the bodice and the pant will be properly adjusted to fit your shorter stature.” Other key things to look for: Solid colors, flowy materials, and wide legs balanced with fitted bodices. Oh, and if you’re coveting a piece with a straight or skinny leg, make sure it’s full-length rather than cropped. “Overall,” Elizabeth sums up, “if there’s a ‘don’t’ you want to wear, coax it over to a ‘do’ by keeping in mind balance and proportion—these are a petite girl’s best friend.”
NY Collection petite sleeveless surplice wide leg jumpsuit ($58, macys.com), ALISSE black leather sandal ($89.95, stevemadden.com), Croft & Barrow ‘Essentials’ striped satchel ($54, kohls.com), engraved skull tigers eye cocktail ring ($49.99, piperlime.com), Lipstick Queen Sinner lipstick in Red ($20, beauty.com).
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.