Fashion

Thumbelina Dresses To Impress

This latest entry I would like to discuss a new topic this week, but still along the lines of fashion.

However, I would like to turn my attention to dressing for the petite size lady.

Being tiny and standing at a pocket sized 5’1, I have always found it difficult to find clothes that fit me in a lot of high street stores. I have always been known through school by my friends as a ‘miniature mini’ or ‘titch.’ Being of little stature and having a small frame runs in my family, and in my family we have this hereditary trait that we all have a plump and chubby stage and then we grow up into slender women, but still maintaining the lilliputian stature. My older sister standing at a small 5’3 being considered the tallest in our family and my mom at a size of 4’11, you can imagine three small sized females that are not very busty, would have the advantage of constantly swapping clothes and styles.

Being small has it’s drawbacks, as I know myself I would never get away with certain items of clothing or dressing in the same style as a cat walk model.

Many famous style icons over the years have proven to be petite. I have the bust size of 32B, so I am very flat chested but somehow I managed to inherit my late nan Oreen’s curvy derriere. I have now overcome most of my image insecurities and make the most of my small but slightly curvy build.

Style icons that are petite and that I admire most with influence of how to dress are, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Lucy Hale who plays Aria Montgomery in the show. On the show Lucy as Aria wears a lot of skater and mini dresses, where she shows off her legs and accentuating them with high heels making her appear taller and slender. She inspires me from a style point of view because she wears her clothes with bright patterned style and accessories, which make her stand out and appear confident and with a big personality as she appears small but has this big artsy personality.Her accessories, jewellery and patterned mixture of coloured accessories,  compliment her dark features and petite frame.

‘Littleness’ or ‘Pocket sized’ as a nickname became fashionable when back in the 1980s; pop princess Kylie Minogue dominated the charts. For her videos ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ and ‘Hand On Your Heart’  Kylie wears tiny skirts and mini bodycon dresses, again with bright colours making her stand out. Dressing up with heels making her legs appear longer and taller in stature. One thing I have noticed about petite girls they can easily get away with wearing heels of almost any description with bright colours as it helps them stand out.

I also remember reading an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, with ‘The Saturdays’ member Mollie King, who said she wears a lot of playsuits, mini dresses and shorts; but she couldn’t pull off the maxi dresses due tp her being too short. I admit I have tried giving maxi dresses a chance but the make me appear a lot shorter and do not show off my best features of my body, that’s the one thing the average petite girl/ woman may struggling with when wearing maxi dresses.

However, on sites like Bohoo.com and MisGuided they do provide maxi dresses in petite ranges so if you want to wear a long maxi dress they do tailor them for the petite sized female.

Once again, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog, as I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts with the public on fashion as it is a great passion of mine. Below is images of Lucy Hale and Mollie King, who are amazing and dress up their miniscule statures with style.

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