If you’re part of the 5ft 4 and under clan like myself, you’re probably all too familiar with the awkward clothing adjustments that come with such a title. The rolling up of the sleeves, cuffing trousers so they aren’t weirdly baggy nor at an awkward ankle swinger height, or rehemming every skirt you get. And I feel like autumn brings these into full fledged. You try to balance style and comfort, put together-ness and versatility, and then just give up and stick on the same old pair of high waisted black jeans and knitted jumper. And trying to find new petite clothing for the season can be a bit off a ball-ache. You know that feeling when you’ve found some fab trousers so go to see if they do a petite version and all you can get are some colourful culottes or jeggings. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, as shops are getting a lot better. But it definitely feels this way sometimes.
Also no hate towards culottes. You’re doing great sweetie. Jeggings…you’re okay. But I can’t f with you if you don’t have pockets.
So for all my petite gals out there here’s a little guide on what to buy for the season. Some fab petite finds and pieces that can be adjustable for us shorties. And of course will look good with a rolled up sleeve or a baggier look. So it’s nothing revolutionary. Just the best of the basics as it were. But hopefully it’ll save some hours scrolling through pages of the same old same old.
I think everyones hopping onto the blazer bus this season, and I’m not complaining. Get me a one way to the end of the route please. They have a lot of versatility, they can go from workwear to street style with a change of shoe or trouser. Perfect for those impromtu coffee dates to help look a little more put together. Also they’re super comfy and perfect for those awkward autumn days. You know those days where it’s like too cold not for a jacket of sorts but once you go inside somewhere you instantly melt. Whack a blazer on and you’ll be good to go. And can compliment someone of a petite height really well!
Buying jackets as a petite gal can be tough as it kind of looks like you’re wearing your first school blazer which your parents got 3 sizes bigger so ‘you’ll grow into it’. Cheers mum, and guess what, I’m still growing into it. But luckily the rolled up sleeve look works with a blazer, gives me ‘I mean business’ vibes. However there’s still that problem of having to stretch a little too much to reach the pockets as it’s a little long. But I did some searching and would suggest, for the best petite blazers, you check out Miss Selfridge (who are killing their petite range) for some mid range prices ones with a very good range, ASOS for some quirky ones, or PLT for a few cheap basics.
There’s nothing like a hygee hugging oversized knit to keep you cosy in autumn. They’re a triple threat in the comfort, stylish and verstility department and again a staple in most people’s wardrobes. Because who doesn’t love being able to sit at your desk or run errands feeling like a marshmallow, and not having to worry about wearing a bra. And of course, most jumpers for us shorties are oversized anyway! But of course you can tuck them in to your trousers and roll up the sleeves for a more fitted look. They’re also flattering on everyone and just one of those pieces you can’t go wrong with. You’ve also got the comfy baggy cardigan look which really speaks to my inner 70 year old. Definitely another knitwear staple.
I’d say the best places to look for some pretty petite knits are Boohoo and ASOS, they seem to have that area locked and loaded. And both have a great price range too which is always an added bonus. Of course with something like this doesn’t have to be sourced in the petite section. Which I’d suggest ASOS or H&M, the king and queen of the knitwear.
It’s taken me a while to find a skirt and dress style that doesn’t make me want to rip it off and go around in just my pants after a couple hours of wearing it. The denim skirt was my friend, but I’ve had too many rolled too far up as I was trying to get off the train incidents, and the material doesn’t agree with my size 4 waist but size 8 hips. But enough about how I can never look the train conductor in the eye again and my awkward body shape. Behold, the wrap style skirts and dresses. Maybe, just maybe, I can get into this. But it’s also a super flattering style on petite bodies. It wraps in all the right places and especially the midi/maxi styles really elongate your body. And they also look fab all year round. But just add some boots, a cosy knit and a leather jacket to create a dreamy autumn look.
Of course when buying dresses and skirts that aren’t petite is a bit of a ball-ache. You’ve got that awkward length situ and then the occasional nip slip too. Which is another reason I’m digging the wrap style as they’re just that little bit more adjustable. I’d suggest looking on ASOS, and then there’s a few on boohoo but the wrap skirts especially are pretty sparse.
I’m a skinny jean girl at heart. You just can’t go wrong with black highwaisted skinnies to go with basically everything. But the mom jean is in and I’m adjusting to a baggier fit. And whenever I’ve looked up ‘petite fashion’ they’ve said to avoid baggy trousers. But I’m calling bull. Pair them with a nice knit and some boots and you’ve got yourself the perfect outfit. They’ve got such a cool rustic vibe and are definitely becoming a must in people’s wardrobe.
I just think for my petite gals, you’ve got to find the right pair. We’re already there rolling up the ends of our jeans and them still looking baggy af. But look on ASOS or Topshop and your bound to find the right pair which will fit in all the right places and still be baggy in the right places!
So there’s my little petite autumn fashion post. As I said, it’s nothing new but just spreading the word for my short gals out there. But all these pieces are definitely autumn essentials for all heights too!
I’m hoping to do more lookbooks in the near future – maybe even brand focused petite style posts?? Who knows. Anyways, see you later ya lovely bunch.