Hi Corporate Chics,
Being short in a world that uses excessively tall models creates a major gap between expectations and reality. However with some corporate styling you too can look suitably chic.
Many petite women try and make themselves appear taller by adding incredibly high heels. If you want to do this, and not break your neck, then go for the ones with a platform sole as they are easier to walk in. Or you can add stability with a wedge or a squared off heel. Try and avoid flats.
For petite ladies, it’s easy to buy dresses at the moment as nearly all the fashion labels are making them to finish inches above the knee. This is fine for a day out but not appropriate for the office where you need to be able to sit down and not feel like your knickers will be exposed. For those that are petite you will find that many of these dresses finish on or below the knee – a perfect length for the office!
The next thing to consider is the dress shape. If you take the advice of a corporate stylist, you will wear the one that suits your basic shape (hourglass, flute, magnum, shake or martini). If you are unsure of your shape check out my shape calculator at www.corporatechic.com.au
The challenge is getting a jacket to fit. Depending on your shape, you want it to finish about your hip so you really need a cropped jacket.Fortunately, the cropped look was hot in the 90’s which is the basis of a lot of the fashions at the moment. It’s worth checking out the great petite ranges in Myer, Target (for the Dannii Minogue range), ASOS , Birdsnest , Next Online and M+S online.
Here is a great online range from Next, a UK company renown for quality. Once again, the corporate stylist in me recommends you select the style appropriate for your body shape.
Getting some well-fitting core basics are essential and here you may need to be prepared to get things altered. A nicely fitting pencil skirt suits most shapes as does a fitted pair of pants. If you buy the Capri pants in summer you will often get a better fit than buying pants in winter as they are cropped in length. If you leave your pants to gather at your ankles it just looks like you don’t fit into your clothing. Make the effort to get the length altered. Remember to consider the shoes you are going to wear and ensure that wide leg pants don’t drag on the ground and that fitted pants finish on the ankle.
Now your all set to knock them dead. Remember first impressions count!