Wedding Guest Dressing For Petites
Being petite doesn't mean you have to compromise on style when attending a wedding. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:
Choose the right silhouette
Go for the right length
Avoid dresses that are too long, as they can overwhelm your small frame. Midi dresses, with the ankles showing, are a great option for Petites. If you're attending a summer wedding - don't shy away from mini dresses! This is the most flattering length for Petites, as it shows more skin and really highlights your legs, and can look formal if you choose the right piece! Avoid dresses that end at or just above or below the knee, as these are the least flattering options, as they visually cut your legs in half.
Consider the neckline
Choose necklines that elongate your neck and create the illusion of height. V-necks, sweetheart necklines, and halter necklines are great options for petite wedding guests.
Opt for monochromatic looks
Wearing a single color from head to toe creates a streamlined look and makes you appear taller. Experiment with different shades of the same color for a sophisticated and elongating effect. Choosing a dress in a block colour, with shoes in a similar tonal shade, is a great way to play on this trend.
Beware of patterns
Small, cute flower prints or delicate geometric shapes will look fantastic on a Petite, but larger prints or patterns may look disproportionate on your small frame. Large flowers, for instance, may draw attention to your small stature, rather than highlighting and flattering your figure. If in doubt, go for a plain colour dress - this is universally flattering!
Choose the right accessories
Avoid oversized accessories that can overpower your petite frame. Opt for delicate jewelry hat complement your outfit without overwhelming it. Think, dainty necklaces, small bracelets and rings, and vertical dangling earrings.
Pick a mini clutch
You will not believe the difference a small bag makes! Opt for a small clutch or purse, and you will instantly look more in proportion. Trust us on this one.
Consider the right footwear
Choose heels or wedges to add height and lengthen your legs. Nude or skin-toned shoes can create the illusion of longer legs, especially when paired with dresses in a similar color. Avoid ankle straps in contrasting tones that will make your legs look stumpy - a pointed toe nude pump is universally flattering. If you opt for wedges, get a pair that is as slim as possible - wide shoes will look disproportionate on your small frame.
The devil is in the details
The finishing touches will make or break your outfit. For instance, belting a slightly looser dress will make the silhouette slimmer, elongating you. Opting for a belt in a similar tone to the dress, preferably in a thin material, will be even better. Think you might get cold? Opt for a well-fitted, structured blazer as a cover up - this will help highlight your frame, rather than overwhelm it, or add bulk. A simple, thin cardigan or shawl can also do the trick.