Top fashion tips for short women
Before we begin suggesting fashion options for women who lament about their short stature, here are the names of some of the most stylish women in the entertainment industry; Reese Witherspoon who portrayed a smart, stylish blonde in the movie “Legally Blonde”, Shakira, superstar and judge on The Voice, and Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, by far one of the most iconic, style-centric shows on HBO. The common thread between these fashionable ladies is that they are all 5 feet 3 inches tall or less! Shakira is the tiniest of the trio, standing at a mere 5 feet, followed by Witherspoon who is an inch taller, and finally by Sarah, who is just 5 feet 3 inches tall. The mention of these names is intended to inspire short statured fashion followers to be inspired and excited about the world of possibilities which lies before them.
Monochrome or dark colored outfits are the best friend of a short woman; they elongate the body and give the illusion of height. Pant suits or business suits are commonly worn by short women as the single color of the entire suit provides both, a slimming effect, as well as a height-increasing effect. The v-neck which is common in these suits also helps accentuate an hourglass figure.
Skirts are also effective at drawing attention away from someone who is bulky or top heavy. Short women should wear pencil skirts whose length should not exceed knee length or it will make them look shorter. Coupling pencil heels with pencil skirts is an effective height-increasing method.
Jackets are a tricky addition to a short woman’s wardrobe as they can add bulk to the top half of the body, and also because long jackets tend to drag the body down. Wearing jackets at waist length will work for those with short stature as they will hide any tummy bulges and create the illusion of longer legs.
High-waisted pants and shorts add length to the legs and help conceal tummy fat. For those with lean legs, shorts are a good investment, although it is advised to avoid pants which are 3/4th or just below the knee. Anything which ends mid-leg or mid-calf length will shorten the leg.
Floor length dresses are a short, hour glass figured woman’s best friend. Actress Salma Hayek recently wore a navy blue halter neck dress which cinched at the waist and flattered her tiny 5 foot 2 inch frame. The single color gave her the illusion of height, while the halter neck drew attention to her arms, and minimal accessories ensured a classy, collected appearance.
Pop and punk rock star, Avril Lavigne has been on both sides of the fashion scale. Her 5 foot 2 inch frame has shown off monochrome punk styles which involve tartan skirts and black t-shirts, and fitted dresses which have flattered her slim frame.
With these fashion tips, along with real life examples of how short women can add glamour, style, and the illusion of height to their wardrobes, it is now time to ditch those boring, shapeless trousers and bulky t-shirts in favor of skirts, dresses, blouses and even inner wear which will make you the fashionable woman they deserve to be.