This spring, fashion trends for the petite, full-figured woman are all about elongating and flattering the form. A slimmer silhouette can be achieved through longer lines and making sure that clothes fit- this spring, tailoring is in. Lengthening a petite form gives the illusion of more height and clothes that fit perfectly are more flattering to a curvy figure. By following these basic guidelines you can lengthen and flatter your figure while still feeling light and springy.
Soft, flowing styles: Simple, versatile, and fresh are all components of a great spring wardrobe. Romanticism is in with light, airy knits that drape and flatter the figure. Check out this Floral Cape from Cover Charge–a great example of romantic, texture and a print that works!
Longer hemlines: these can actually do wonders for a shorter frame if you add some height. This can be done by showing a little skin- in this case it would be a little leg. Skirts such as this Comfy USA Slim Skirt that goes to just below the knee are ideal. You can also add in some fabulous wedge sandals to complete the look and add even more height.
Prints: While this spring is a print-heavy season, it is not necessarily always the best option for petite, full-figures. Another option: texture can be a better option than print in certain circumstances. If you do decide to go for prints, however, choose low contrast, monochromatic prints or smaller prints. You can pair these with a cardigan or cover up from the same color family for a completed look. Be sure to only have one patterned piece per outfit.
Whites and brights: White is another popular spring fashion trend, but all-white may not the best option for the petite, full-figured shape. Instead, try cobalt blues or darker versions of the bright colors that are in this season. Putting bold colors on top such as our fave Neon Buddha’s Slash Collar Tunic paired with darker bottoms is a great way to draw the eye up and accentuate the face.
Wedge heel: Wedges are one of the best ways to make the leg look longer. You don’t even need to have that much of a heel, unless you want to- just enough to create the illusion of more length. Wedge sandals such as these UGG cork wedge sandals are particularly popular this spring.
Statement accessories: Stay away from big jewelry because the contrast will only serve to make you look shorter and will add bulk. Stick with medium-size to small jewelry instead. Long, layered necklaces and pendants are the best option. Accessorizing with color is always a great idea, but be sure to only have one statement color piece per outfit. Belts are also a great way to accessorize. In the case of a full-figure, stick to mid thickness belts that accentuate, but don’t cinch the waist.
Wider legs: Bell bottoms and flares will rarely do the trick. This season stick to straight legs such as our most popular pant this season our super slim pants from Comfy USA that create longer lines and length. Avoid super skinny legged pants as they serve to accentuate the fullness of the hips and butt.
About our guest blogger and author: Jenni Sunde is a freelance fashion writer and pop culture junkie. As one of the editors with a fashion careers blog, Jenni specializes in all things fashion-related.
From designer profiles, to careers in fashion Jenni loves to write and explore all facets of style. With her love of art and all things beautiful, she delights in sharing her sense of style from her closet to your computer monitor.