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A direct quote from Savannah Guthrie host on the Today show with Hoda Kotb to Ann Lauren on Twitter, “I would love to see a story about jeans for people with smaller waists, short torsos and petite in stature. (None of us want that “mom look” when our jeans fit bad.”
We assured Ms. Guthrie that we would get on it and provide the 411!
If you’re petite fit or plus-sized, chances are you’ve experienced the anxiety-ridden daunting task of shopping for ready-to-wear clothing. Not so funny.
We all understand ready-to-wear doesn’t always exist in the petite woman’s world.
Let’s start with a basic wardrobe essential: a great pair of jeans. My favorite pair of jeans came to me like a Cinderella tale… (Picture on the right of me in my Hudson in Maroon wax jeans)
Shopping day in Newport Beach with gal pals and we made our way into a designer boutique. The owner came over to me with a pair of jeans and exclaimed, “you must try these on, darling.” I did, and they were a perfect fit. That never happens to me!
The store owner told me he was “overjoyed” to finally meet “the girl that could fit the petite, size 0 jeans,” so he gave them to me as a gift. Sweet!!! Now I do not ever want to wear another pair of jeans… and we lived happily ever after! The designer of the “chosen ones” is the Hudson Krista style. What a great petite true fit! NO ALTERATIONS NEEDED (not even shortened and I’m 5’2″ with a short torso and a size 24 waist)!
Here are basic guidelines to help you pick the perfect jean style for you.
GUIDELINE TO A GREAT FIT IN YOUR JEAN
Bella Petite’s style tips are based on your height and figure type to take the guesswork out!
There are many styles, cuts, and brands of jeans, so it’s an overwhelming task for many of us, petite ladies, to find the “right” pair of jeans.
Bella Petite’s style guide will help you get the right fit to love how you look! The first key is the inseam. Most petite women require a 29-31″ inseam, not the average 33″-34″ inseam. The right inseam will help avoid the always dreaded “mom look.”
PETITES WITH HIPS
This year it seems high-waisted jeans are in style!
Petite women with larger hips like petite celebrity 5’2″ Kim Kardashian should opt for fitted high waisted fitted jeans and with straight leg cuts. Avoid extreme flare styles and baggy jeans.
Also, say no to skinny leg low-waisted and Capri cuts, as they aren’t cut well to accommodate larger frames. You don’t want to look like you are wearing miniature leggings.
Great brand picks for Petites with hips; J Brand, Levi’s 515 straight cuts, Right Fit Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Lucky, Tahari, David Kahn, and Citizens of Humanity are all excellent brands with great style!
All of these brands come in an optional stretch style. A definite plus for comfort-conscious consumers.
PETITES WITH SMALL HIPS
Petite women with small hips should look for low-rise hip, bootcut, and straight leg cuts. Flared styles are fabulous as they will lengthen the legs and add a few inches, even without heels! The flare cuts look fabulous on women with narrow or average hips, adding balance to the figure.
You, lucky lady, can pick any jean style or cut according to your preference.
Finding the right jean length is essential. The perfect jeans will barely skim the tops of your shoes and increase your “visible height.” Great jean brands to achieve the look you want are; Hudson, JBrand, Max Studio, Levi’s 515 Boot Cut West Coast, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, and 7 For All Mankind. All mentioned brands offer petite versions in their lines, which have well-defined proportions for the petite frame.
Next, we have some wonderful suggestions for the petite plus-sized or full-figured petite woman.
PETITE PLUS SIZED (FULL FIGURED)
Petite plus-sized and full-figured size 12+ plus should apply these general rules; no low-rise cut, hip huggers they can make you appear heavier.
Try to select stretch fabrics that won’t cut off at the waist for easier fit and comfort. Selecting a mid to high-rise style may be the best for you!
The high-waisted cut is ideal for your specific figure. You will experience a higher degree of difficulty finding a good fit, but try retailers like Lane Bryant, Casual Corner, Chico’s, Fashion Bug, and Catherines Plus-sizes. Some brands to look for: Levi’s 512 Shaping Boot & Straight Cuts, Right Fit Jeans, Calvin Klein, David Kahn, and Lee Jeans.
FASHION TIPS FOR PETITE WOMEN: FASHION NO-NO’S
Capri’s are not a cute look they rarely look good on most women with the exceptions of Glamazons because they have the height to rock this look.
For instance, petite celebrity 5’2″ Kim Kardashian’s black capris are too tight and short giving her a dumpy appearance.
Capri’s simply are not flattering to a “petite fit, curvy, or petite plus-sized” woman they cut off your height. Capri does not only make you look shorter, they also aren’t figure-flattering.
Small cuffs on your jeans are okay. Otherwise, you may look shorter and dumpy. Don’t emphasize the bottom of your legs.
Avoid extreme flat shoes. All women need a little lift!
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