Fashion For Petite Women Top 5 List of Styles For You

By on September 13, 2015

Ann-Lauren-Editor-Bella-PetiteOften we are asked here on Bella Petite Magazine for outfit ideas that are flattering on petite women’s figures. Being a 5’2″ (98lb) petite woman with an hourglass figure (34D-22-34) and a short torso, I have spent a lifetime learning how to be fashionably petite! I strive to make the most of my inches by selecting figure-flattering styles, which create slim lines to elongate my frame.

My first very simple rule to follow is to know your figure type. Once you know your figure type, you can more easily identify what is going to Five-Figure-Typeslook the best on you. Not every style or trend is meant for you to follow.

Personally, I appreciate the classics and with simple lines you really can’t go wrong. That is why I was super excited to see the classic elegance of the 20’s and 30’s styles revived offering a fresher look this season.

The following are my top five favorite fashion suggestions that look great on most every petite woman’s figure type. I will do my best not to be totally conservative, boring and predictable, with these suggestions because fashion should be fun for you!

1. Wrap DressAnn Lauren-Purple-Wrap-Dress-Bella-Petite

The wrap dress is extremely flattering to most petite women’s figures, especially true if you have an hourglass shape you can compliment your best assets! The V-neckline and surplice wrap styling makes a petite woman appear leaner and elongated. Both skirts and wrap dresses that are A-line or straight are flattering to petite women. The wrap dress is a must have in your closet! (Pic on right with Editor Ann Lauren wearing a purple wrap dress and Bella Petite Models Sundai, Chelsie, & DJ Colleen Shannon)

Nia-Peeples-Ann-Lauren2. Empire Waist

I love the empire waisted dress. It delivers optimum results for a petite. The main advantage to this dress style is that it does not cut your figure in half at your natural waistline. By moving the waistline underneath your bust line, it automatically elongates and leans out your frame. If you happen to have a few extra pounds, it’s also a great style to help conceal the tummy. (Pic on left: Celebrity Nia Peeples and Editor Ann Lauren wearing an empire dress.)

3. Drop Waist

Drop waists are great for shorter torsos and many petite women’s figures. drop-waist-dress-petite-celebrities-michelle-williams-victoria-beckham-bella-petiteWhether you are trying to look taller, hide a few extra pounds, shorter elongate torsos or have longer legs this dress can do it for you! This look detracts from your waist giving you a long line of sight.

For a petite it is crucial that it hits mid thigh, and the drop waist hem sits right above your hips (Victoria Beckham is spot on).

This is a fashionably fun look and a bit risky, so I’d make sure to pick a solid color. Plus, you can pair it with a jacket and small belt.

Halle-Berry-Mila-Kunis-monchromatic-suit-bella-petite4. Monochromatic

This may be my most predictable suggestion, but it is a practical solution for a petite woman’s figure. You just can’t go wrong! Whether for business or play you will look great! Clearly selecting one color from head to toe will make you appear longer and leaner no matter the color choice.

5. Jeans


In my humble opinion hemming is a fact of life for most petite women 5’5″ and under. Unless you opt for jeans designed for petite women.

A low rise jean is great for a short torso. The skinny jean is great for the petite fit, or thin, petite woman. For the plus size petite woman (size 10 or greater), check into straight cuts with slim fit technology, Lane Bryant has you covered, see photo, shown on the right!

The best rule with finding a great fitting jean is the fit consider the following: Size, Inseam, Style, Rise, Fabric, and Technology to best suit your figure issues.

Written by: Ann Lauren

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  1. irene

    June 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post. I agree, being under 5ft, us, petite women learn how to be creative with all of our clothing options. Go petites!

  2. 行動電源

    June 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Hey, you write fantastic posts! I really appreciate seeing you in action supporting petite women with events and a magazine so great to see this and what good advice here too 🙂

  3. sofia miranda

    August 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I’m 4ft 8 tall and I’m 33 years old. I would like to see more petite women in your pictures as models. Everything looks amazing in models or in women more than 6fts. I would like to learn more about fashion in petite women and to see examples of what the article says with women like us. Thanks!

    • bellapetite

      August 20, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Hello Sofia, all of the women featured in this article are petite celebrities in order to show you how the clothing styles will look on you. Our model search is for petite models and they are the models featured in our editorials, so we are showing you how petite women look in properly scaled clothing for us. Thanks for your commentary. We hope you will keep on being a loyal subscriber. Have a good day!

  4. katherinr mae regalado

    September 5, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Is selena gonez 5ft 4? How bout lily collins?

  5. Merrie K.

    September 10, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Great post. Thank you for sharing this. You are giving us petite women an inspiration to embrace what we have. Thank you.

  6. Fairy

    September 12, 2015 at 12:41 am

    All those tips may hold true for petite women in general, but most of them do not apply for curvy women. We have the unique challenge of having breasts, hips and thighs on a short figure, so it is tough to look slim and not broad (damn wide hips). The key is to emphasize the waist. Always.
    I’m 5 0 and a text book hourglass figure and I learnt this the hard way- most fashionable clothes are not made for me. No empire waists- they hide my natural 23 inch waist. So does drop waists.Low rise jeans make the hips wider.
    I think ur advice is great- for more straight figured women.

    • Denise

      September 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Fairy, I totally disagree with what you said to Bella Petite. These tips are very helpful for me. I am 5’2″ with hourglass figure type just like the editor of this magazine she is the beautiful girl in the purple dress and her figure is hourglass shaped as you can see. I would say she has the textbook hourglass figure and she looks amazing 🙂 Look at Mila Kunis and Halle Berry they too have hourglass figures, so this advice is spot on in my opinion! You may have hourglass figure, but your weight may be the real reason as to why these suggestions don’t work for you as you say.

    • Janae

      May 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

      That advice is just what I’ve been looking for Bella Petite you are a great read. I highly respect the editor Ann Lauren she is an innovator who inspires women to be great. Thanks!

  7. Celeste

    September 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Best magazine on the net! Luv Bellapetite 🙂

  8. Frances

    September 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Much love to bellapetite you are the best!

  9. Lana

    November 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Love this so much thanks for being so helpful now I know some good styles for me 🙂

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