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3 Best Spring Fashion Trends for Petite Women and Short Girls

MADEIRA Blog Post 3 Spring Trends That Are Totally for Petites and Short Girls

Image: Tory Burch, David Koma and Lela Rose on background from ADW Portugal.

 

There are so many trends that hit the fashion runway for this spring and summer. We are particularly excited about 3 fashion trends that work particularly well for petite women. In fact, it's meant for petites and short girls!

Many fashion “experts” and stylists out there would tell you to avoid ruffles and bulky details if you are short or petite because these details will overwhelm a small figure.

 

Let’s bust that myth here once and for all!

 

It doesn’t matter what size or body shape you are. The key is to have the details hit the right places so the outfit appears on your body visually proportional! We went into details on our top 15 shopping and styling tips for Creating Flattering Looks for Short Girls, Petites and Ladies Under 5'4". 

Here are the top 3 trends that we love for all the petites and short girls to try out this spring!

 

Best Spring Trend for Petites & Short Girls #1— Ruffles

Best Spring Trend for Petites & Short Girls #1— Ruffles_MADEIRA

 

Why This Trend Works for Petites and Short Girls?

The use of ruffles does not need to be overwhelming on a petite woman’s body. In fact, when you choose a design that has ruffles breaks up at the right parts of the body, it can even help elongate your legs and make you look taller!

 

What to Look for?

Look for ruffle details that breaks up at these points:

  • high waist for longer legs
  • mid- upper arm for longer arms or
  • just above knees with long skirts for longer legs especially if you have short thighs

 

  

Best Spring Trend for Petites & Short Girls #2 —

Cropped Top

Best Spring Trend for Petites & Short Girls #2 —  Cropped Top_MADEIRA

 

Why This Trend Works for Petites and Short Girls?

Cropped top is the easiest trick to instantly add a few inches to your lower body visually. This trick is especially great for those who have a longer torso and want to balance the top and the bottom proportions of your body. Whether you choose to show some belly skin or not, it is an ever-green cut for a short girl.

 

What to Look for?

Look for a top that:

(1) hits your one to two inches above your natural waist (the smallest part of your waist)

(2) has sleeves ending at high shoulders, mid upper arm, or of three-quarter lengths as mentioned for ruffles in the last trend.

For example, Stacie (middle) is wearing the MADEIRA Zebra Print Dress, which hits just above her natural waist with three-quarter length ruffle sleeves. Guess what? She is only 5'0"! But you wouldn't be able to tell because the dress visually fits her proportionally.

 

A Styling Note for The Office/Work:

Some cropped top comes in a high-front and low-back silhouette. This silhouette is especially friendly for the casual office environment. You can wear a tank top underneath with a slightly longer front for more modesty without messing up the visual elongation of your legs.

 

Best Spring Trend for Petites & Short Girls #3 —

One Sleeve

Best Spring Trend for Petites & Short Girls #3 —  One Sleeve_MADEIRA

Image: Fashionisers.com

 

The one-sleeve trend is great if you want to show some skin. It also makes you stand out without being too loud which matters if you are going to dressy occasions such as wedding and cocktail parties.

 

Why This Trend Works for Petites and Short Girls?

 A lot of times the one-sleeve silhouette comes with one exaggerated sleeve. Normally, if these sleeves were on both sides, it would make a small frame look squished because you would look like you are walking around shrugging your shoulders all the time.

But when the sleeve is only on one side, it somehow screws your brain up (in a good way). I am not sure how. May be it’s because the lack of the other sleeve shaves off a few inches off across your upper body visually, which balances out with the exaggerated sleeve on the other side.

 

What to Look for?

Look for a top that:

  • has the one sleeve exaggerated such as puffy, bell shape, or ruffle details
  • has the one sleeve hit at the mid-upper arm, at three-quarter length or right at your wrist as mentioned in the last two trends. You definitely don’t want a sleeve longer than your hands.
  • has an asymmetric neckline or v-neck for added visual of a shorter torso, which help make the bottom half of your body look longer, which makes you look taller

 

If you like more fashion tips for short girls and petite women, check out our top 15 shopping and styling tips for Creating Flattering Looks for Short Girls, Petites and Ladies Under 5'4".

 

 

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Posted on 16 March 2017

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