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Curvy Style Dos and Don’ts

Curvy Style Dos and Don’tsThere are lots of things you can do to make the most of your curvy style, so don’t be intimidated when you shop or put clothing items together from your closet. Here are a few dos and don’ts that will make the process of being fashionable a little easier.

Make sure that you select soft fabrics for your clothing. Cotton or cashmere works great for full figures, since it hugs your curves while still being forgiving. It’s also a good idea to select tops and blouses that accentuate your figure, especially if you’re wearing a flowy skirt or wide-leg pants. Shirts with a V neckline are also flattering for full figures, and make your shoulders look especially demure.

When it comes to pants, straight-cut trousers are best. Choose pants that have a wide leg to make your legs look longer and make your waist more defined. For skirts that should be part of your curvy style, choose a skirt with a high waistline. If you choose flared skirts, make sure they are pleated so you don’t appear too wide. Pencil skirts are always a great choice as well. If you want to wear shirt dresses that flatter your curves, choose dresses with an asymmetrical cut.

There are also certain materials you should avoid when you’re achieving curvy style. Thick fabrics like velvet can make you look larger and make the definition of your shapeless obvious. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of satin. For outerwear, choose single breasted coats and jackets, and make sure there are not ruffles or embellishments in the bust areas of your shirts to give you a more streamlined silhouette.

When you want to wear accessories, scarves are a must-have for adding interest to an outfit and hiding a large chest. However, elaborate brooches and chokers can make your bust bigger. Bangles and cocktail rings are ideal for bringing an outfit together, especially if your outfit is monochromatic.

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Petite Outerwear: Finding the Right Look For You

Petite Outerwear: Finding the Right Look For You | petite fashion blogs Even you’ve pretty much perfected your look, you may be looking for some stylish outerwear that will bring your entire outfit together. When you have a petite frame, it can be easy to look even smaller in jackets and coats. These pieces can transform your entire look, and make a functional and stylish accessory. Luckily, you can get style inspiration from petite fashion blogs like Stylish Petite for ideas on how to wear your favorite outerwear.

If you’re into long coats, make sure you don’t choose a coat that goes past your calves. This can be too overwhelming for a petite body frame and may make you look like you’re wearing too much fabric. Go for long coats or sweaters that fall at or above the knee so you can stay on trend while looking a little taller.

Petite Outerwear: Finding the Right Look For You | petite fashion blogs Bomber jackets are also ideal for petite body frames. The jacket should fall right at the waist, and the collar of the jacket shouldn’t be too large. The jacket can be made from leather or suede depending on your style, and you can pair the bomber jacket with slim jeans or a pencil skirt to balance out the look.

A bolero jacket has also gotten lots of attention on petite fashion blogs, and these short jackets are a must-have for petite women. The jackets can be worn with a tank top and jeans to make an outfit more interesting. A bolero made of lace or faux fur is a great addition to your cocktail or formal outfits, and these pieces can make your torso and neck appear longer, which makes you look taller and slimmer. If you’re wearing a bolero with the dress, make sure that the dress falls at or above the knee to elongate your figure.

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Stylish Petite Jackets to Complete Your Outfit

Stylish Petite Jackets to Complete Your Outfit | petite fashion blogs Searching for the perfect light jacket to complete a work or casual outfit can be a bit of a challenge if you’re petite. Luckily, there are several great style ideas you can use for inspiration when you want to find the right blazer or fashionable jacket to make your look complete. Trendy choices like the ones you’ll see on petite fashion blogs like Extra Petite can help you look your best, just in time for the fall season.

Stylish Petite Jackets to Complete Your Outfit | petite fashion blogs When it comes to field jackets, be sure that you choose outerwear that falls just at your hips. If the jacket is any longer, it can overwhelm your frame and take away from the definition of your figure. Field jackets are also especially flattering in neutral shades and muted colors, so go with a camouflage green or tan to add a bit of texture and interest to your outfit.

If you’re looking for new blazers, remember that these should fit mid-hip. You’ll see examples of this on several petite fashion blogs. If the blazer is any longer, it could actually make your legs look shorter and your hips look wider. Choose darker colors if you want to look slimmer, or choose a light or pastel hue to bring out the undertones in your skin.

For cardigan-style sweaters and jackets, you can wear these mid-thigh, but be sure that the fit isn’t too bulky so you don’t look too wide. These are a great finishing touch for an outfit and work great with both casual and dressy outfits you can use an over-sized sweater to make a graphic t-shirt and jeans look more polished, or to add a bit of sophistication to slacks and a button-down shirt.

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Peplum for Petites: How to Make It Work For You

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The peplum trend is growing in popularity, and this feminine style accent can make any outfit a little dressier. If you’re thinking about wearing peplum dresses or tops, there are some rules to keep in mind so that peplum will compliment your petite frame.

Take a look at a few petite fashion blogs like Stylish Petite to get ideas for how to add accessories to your outfit. If you’re wearing a peplum top, a chunky necklace or bangles are a great way to add texture to your outfit. You can also keep it simple by adding a watch or stud earrings to your look, which is ideal if you’re wearing a peplum top to the office.

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For peplum shirts, pair the top with skinny jeans or leather tights that can be worn as pants. The bottom half of your outfit should be fitted to add balance to your look. Stay away from wide-leg pants or pants that have too much space in the leg so that your figure won’t be “swallowed” in too much fabric.

For a peplum dress, choose one with a round or square neck, so you can bring attention to your neck and shoulders and make your frame appear longer. A pair of classic black heels are ideal for adding the final touch to the outfit.

If you’re wearing a solid color peplum top or dress, you can also spice up the outfit with a patterned shoe. For black or brown peplum, pair it with leopard flats or heels and a coordinating bag for a look that is polished and stylish. You can also finish your look with an up-do to bring more attention to the peplum detail.

Use the suggestions from petite fashion blogs to get inspiration for how you can wear your next peplum outfit. Which peplum look is your favorite? Let us know!

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The Trench Cape: Is It Right For You?

The Trench Cape: Is It Right For You? Petite Fashion Blogs

If you’ve been thinking about trying the trench cape, you may be apprehensive, since clothing that drapes around or across the body can be overwhelming for petite figures. However, there are some petite fashion blogs like Stylish Petite you can refer to that will give you all the tips you need to look great with a trench cape.

 Even though it’s still summer, fall is soon approaching, and the trench cape is a fashionable way to welcome in the new season. Stores like Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Nordstrom and Banana Republic have trendy trench capes that will look great with both pants and skirts.

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Take a look at examples from petite fashion blogs that suggest a trench cape that isn’t too long. Since the cape is loss, if it’s too long, it can make you look shorter. Choose a trench cape that falls just at the waist. If you’re going with a trench cape in a bright color, make sure that the rest of your outfit is monochromatic or in a neutral color. If you choose a black or tan trench cape, you can wear trousers or a skirt in a simple pattern like large floral print or stripes to bring the outfit together.

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You can also wear a medium heel with your trench cape to add a little more interest to the outfit. A heel that is too high can make the body look unproportioned. If you’re wearing pants with your trench cape, skinny jeans or skinny trousers are best, since wide-leg pants will make it look like you’re wearing too much fabric.

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Palazzo Pants and Midi Dresses: Are They Right for Petites?

 

If you’ve been following petite fashion blogs like Extra Petite or Stylish Petite, you know that clothing pieces that were previously thought to be a risk for petite women are in style and perfect for a small frame. While you’ll have to follow a few fashion rules to make sure you look your best in these clothing items, there are lots of options out there when you want to embrace chic summer style.

 

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A midi dress falls mid-calf, which means it’s not as short as a mini skirt (which look great on petite women), but not as long as a maxi dress (which can be flattering on petite women if the skirt has a split). The midi dress has been featured on several petite fashion blogs because it can actually make you look a little taller, especially if the top half the dress is in a tank or halter style to show off your shoulders and arms. To finish off the look, you can wear sandals with a medium heel to elongate the legs even more, and a wide-brim hat to help make your neck and shoulders appear slender.

 

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Palazzo pants are often not a wardrobe choice for petite women, since the legs of the pants are especially wide, which has the potential to shorten a petite frame. However, if you wear a tube-style top that shows off a little of your midsection, you can balance out the look of palazzo pants and make your body look longer. A medium, block-style heel works well with this look as well, and helps to give you a taller appearance while making it easier to walk without tripping over your pants. It’s also best to choose palazzo pants that are a solid color, since patterns can be a bit too much for a petite frame. Check out the navy blue palazzo pants in the Stylish Petite collection of petite fashion blogs to get a fashionable example of how to put the look together.

 

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Petite Style Mini Tank

When you’re looking for a fun and flirty dress that you can wear to a number of events, the mini tank is a great choice. This petite style staple helps to bring out your best features without overwhelming your frame. Here are a few ways to make sure you pick the perfect mini tank dress for you.

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Petite Style Mini TankYou can still wear intricate patterns when you’re petite. Just be sure that the patterns accentuate your curves, and keep your accessories to a minimum so that your dress if the focal point of the outfit. The patterned mini dress is a great petite style choice for events like weddings or cocktail parties.

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Petite Style Mini Tank

A solid color tank dress is a sleek and sophisticated style choice that will hug your curves and bring out your eyes or skin tone. If you have cool undertones, it’s best to wear blue, purple or gray to bring out your blue or green eyes. For warm undertones, choose a dress that is orange, red or pink. You can wear a number of standout accessories to bring this outfit together, so a few necklaces or a large cocktail ring are perfect for this mini tank dress.

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Petite Style Mini TankYou can also show off your petite style with a body con dress that has spaghetti straps. The straps can make your neck and shoulders look more elegant, and a dress in a lighter will flatter your entire figure. You can finish this outfit with strappy heels in a nude shade, and add accessories that are demure and in a metallic shade that works well with your skin tone. For warm undertones, gold or rose gold jewelry is best; cool undertones look great with platinum and silver jewelry.

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Protective Styles for New Naturals

If you’ve gone natural recently, you may need some assistance when it comes to caring for your hair and making sure your tresses are healthy and looking their best. Whether your hair is still growing out or want to know how to care for your full head of new curls, here are a few protective styles that will keep your crown intact.

YouTube vlogger IamTraeh has lots of great ideas for wearing protective buns, using synthetic hair that is blended with your natural hair to create a cute and flirty look. For this look, your natural hair is gathered in a small ponytail at the top of the head and the synthetic hair is wrapped around the ponytail to form a full bun.

Natural Metra from YouTube also has some great suggestions for protective styles for natural hair. Her style suggestion works on natural hair that has been blow-dried. The hair has been formed into a double twist that is braided toward the back and frames the head like a crown. After the hair is twisted, it is pinned at the nape of the neck to hold the twists in place.

YouTube hair vlogger Michelle B also has an up-do you may want to try. She suggests blow-drying the hair on low heat to avoid damage. The hair is moisturized and parted on the side and the front of the hair is flat-twisted. The front section of the hair is then pinned up while more moisture is added to the back of the hair, along with an edge control product that works for natural hair. The back of the hair is also flat-twisted, and the front of the hair is untwisted to reveal curly bangs with more definition before being pinned.

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Curvy Plus Size Dress Ideas

If you’re looking for a new dress that will hug your curves and bring out the best in your figure, there are lots of options to consider. This is pretty great news, especially if you’re preparing to go to an event where you need to look your best, such as a wedding or office party. Curvy plus size dress come in a number of styles and colors, and you can definitely find something that will make you look your best no matter where you’re going.

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Curvy Plus Size Dress Ideas

A dress with a V neck works very well for a curvy figure, since it makes the top of your body look slender and brings attention to your bust in a way that is appropriate and balanced.  It’s also best to choose a dress that is defined in the waist to give you a more flattering silhouette. A dress in this style is great for a wedding or cocktail party. You can choose a dress in a neutral color that matches your skin tone (i.e. blue or gray for cool skin tones; red or gold for warm skin tones). Or, you can select a bright color that will stand out with gold or silver accessories.

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A dress that is off the shoulders can work well for curvy plus size figures as well. Choose dresses that have a slight ruffle detail just over the shoulders and bust for a look that is especially feminine. The dress should be form fitting, which actually makes you look slimmer. A defined floral print is also ideal for this type of dress, and you won’t have to wear many accessories to bring the look together.

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Curvy Boutique for Women

If you’re a curvy girl, you may be wondering whether you can wear boutique-style clothing. Not to worry—there are plenty of options out there that are just right for your curves. Boutique clothing is often one of a kind, and with these outfits, you’re sure to stand out and be one of the most fashionable women at your event.

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Curvy Boutique for Women

A tunic dress with an empire waist is a curvy boutique fun and flirty option that celebrates your figure in a comfortable way. You can still hide your imperfections while showing off your bust and legs, and bell sleeves with lace accents are great for showing off your arms and making them look longer. Of course, a black dress is flattering for all body types, but don’t be afraid to wear a tunic dress in a bright color that works with your skin tone. For instance, if you have warm undertones, a peach or bronze dress is ideal; for cooler skin tones, purple or silver is especially flattering.

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Curvy Boutique for Women

If you want to wear a longer dress, choose a curvy boutique style that cinches at the wait and has a plunging neckline. For curvy figures, a V-neck is ideal, since it makes the top of your body appear longer. Make sure that the bottom half of the dress doesn’t flare too much, so that your actual figure is accentuated and your hips and thighs don’t look larger than they actually are. If you’re wearing a patterned dress, choose strappy sandals in a nude color to bring the outfit together. You’ll need minimal jewelry for this look, but you can wear a large cocktail ring or invisible necklace to make the look more feminine while still making the pattern of the dress the focal point.

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