During a recent "Put on the Kettle" fashion chat, Style Director Samantha Poole, discussed dressing for petites. But, as it turns out, her sage advice applies beautifully to all women, all shapes and all sizes.
To Tuck or Not to Tuck: Letting it Flow
Tucking in at the waist is a risky move that can distort a silhouette. As you can see in the picture on the left, by tucking in her top we have highlighted the tummy and shortened her upper body which, in turn, visually cuts the silhouette. Opting for a semi-relaxed top, with a hemline reaching somewhere around or below the hip, has a lengthening effect. Plus, a great fitting top is a modern wardrobe staple that can be mixed-and-matched with slim, straight, and fuller bottoms, for day and evening.
Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves
Pairing a timeless jacket with the aforementioned semi-fitted top and a jean will create a modern look with ageless appeal. If a jacket fits well through the shoulders, bust, and back, you're well on your way to finding a wardrobe workhorse. Although the correct sleeve length is crucial, keep in mind that it is often the easiest and least expensive alternation to make. This spring we are seeing lots of 3/4 length sleeves, which is the most flattering length, but if your new favourite has a longer sleeve, just go ahead and "hike 'em up" for added style!
Texture and Twist
A scarf is the easiest way to add style to your wardrobe. Not sure how to wear a scarf? Try the twist! While holding the scarf lengthwise, one pointed edge in each hand, spin it a few times. The twists remove some of the bulk that can accompany a large scarf. Keeping the scarf away from the neckline, drape the edges off-centre, as pictured right.