How to Style Leggings as a Petite
Leggings are a versatile and comfortable wardrobe staple that can be styled in numerous ways. However, if you're Petite, finding the right way to wear leggings can be a bit challenging. The key is to create a balanced and elongated silhouette that flatters your figure. Want to know how? Keep reading...
1. Monochromatic Outfits
Creating a monochromatic outfit with leggings can visually elongate your body. Choose leggings and a top in the same color family to create a seamless and streamlined look. This will make you appear taller and more proportionate.
BONUS POINTS for wearing boots that blend into your leggings - by avoiding a gap from neck to toe, you will appear even taller.
2. Layer with a Casual Shirt
When styling leggings, you can get away with pairing them with looser, more floaty tops. The tight leggings mean you will keep a balanced and flattering silhouette either way. Either way, avoid tops that end at the widest part of your hips, as they can make you appear shorter. And belt or tuck in floaty tops if they end at this length.
BONUS POINTS for wearing slim shoes, such as sock boots or long skinny boots. A wider, looser top and wide shoes paired together would break up the silhouette.
3. Add a Blazer
A mix of casual (leggings) and formal (blazer) pieces can make your outfit more interesting. Petites look great with oversized blazers and leggings. Make sure you pair yours with a crop top or bodysuit, and either heels, boots or trainers. This is the most versatile option.
BONUS POINTS for wearing Petite leggings that end just above the ankle, to avoid any fabric "bunching up" above your sneakers.
+ Other Useful Tips...
1. Opt for High-Waisted Leggings
High-waisted leggings are a game-changer for Petites. They create the illusion of longer legs and a taller frame. Look for leggings that sit above your hips (the natural waist) to elongate your lower body. Pair them with a cropped top or tuck in your shirt to further enhance the lengthening effect.
2. Choose the Right Length
When it comes to length, Petites should avoid leggings that bunch up at the ankles. Instead, opt for ankle-length or 7/8 leggings that hit just above the ankle. This will prevent your legs from appearing shorter and ensure a clean and polished look.
3. Pair with Heeled Shoes
Leggings are not just for wearing with sneakers! Adding a pair of heels or wedges to your leggings outfit can instantly elevate your look. Heels add height and elongate your legs, making them a perfect choice for Petites. Opt for nude or skin-toned shoes to create the illusion of longer legs.
4. Experiment with Patterns and Textures
Don't be afraid to experiment with patterns and textures when styling leggings. Try pairing solid-colored leggings with a patterned top to create visual interest and draw attention to your upper body. Likewise, adding a cableknit sweater or leather jacket is an easy way to play with textures.