How to Wear Spring Trends for Petites

Uniqlo Women Soft Cotton Long Sleeve Blouse DSC_2361

Have you noticed big sleeves, wrap tops, and tie-front dresses are taking over your favorite shops? These three trends come with a lot of excess fabric. When that happens, the petite frame can easily become lost in them. But there is usually a way around it. You just have to find it! Today, I’m sharing with you a few ways I use to make these spring trends work for petite ladies.

Uniqlo Women Soft Cotton Long Sleeve Blouse DSC_2345

Uniqlo Women Soft Cotton Long Sleeve Blouse DSC_2345

01. BIG SLEEVES

Sleeves are all the rage right now. Think Shakespeare and Elizabethan era. The more voluminous and exaggerated, the better. This doesn’t exactly bode well for petites. As much as I like the idea of extra wide, airy sleeves, they make me wonder where my arms are.

Look for smaller sleeves like the ones on this soft cotton long sleeve blouse from Uniqlo. The overall cut of the top is boxy, but the bell sleeves are subtle. The simple details and light fabric of the blouse do not compete against the sleeves. Tucking the blouse into bottoms like these fun yellow shorts from Forever 21 keeps the silhouette clean.

You can also make this trend work by letting the sleeves take the spotlight. This would work especially for tops and dresses with much fuller sleeves. Close-fitting pieces like Shein mock neck exaggerate bell sleeve dress creates a balance against the loose sleeves.

U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
DIY tie front midi dress her petite closet DSC_2269
DIY tie front midi dress her petite closet DSC_2262

02. TIE-FRONT

The tie-front trend is probably the easiest one to wear out of all three trends. Ties range from small and dainty to bold and extravagant. Some versions of it actually work perfectly on petite ladies! However, there are still a few things to consider when styling this trend.

Some blouses and dresses have ties near the hip area. This visually drops the waistline and creates the illusion that our bottom half is shorter than it actually is. Now, imagine how that looks on petites who already do not have much height to work with?

Ties located at the bust adds dimension for ladies who are lacking in that area like yours truly. This tie-front midi dress is actually a DIY project that I recently released. Click here to check out the full DIY tutorial. Both the tie and length of the skirt are long. However, the light and airy fabric does not overwhelm my petite frame.

U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve

03. WRAP BLOUSES

More often than not, wrap blouses are seen with ruffles and huge sleeves. It is clear from the first two trends above that sticking to a simple cut is key to making these trends work. It is the same case for wrap blouses and dresses.

This extra fine cotton cache-coeur long-sleeve wrap blouse from Uniqlo offers several different options for styling. The wrap can be worn on the front or back. The ties add definition to the waist and are extra long. If you’re in the mood for it, you can opt for an elaborate bow. I kept the bow discreet by wrapping the ties around an extra time.

Balance the wrap blouse with close-fitting bottoms such as skinny jeans. Lastly, sleek, pointed heels like the ones I picked up during my very first solo trip to Singapore last year adds a few inches to my legs.

U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve
U Crewneck Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Ezy Ankle-Length Pants
U Crewneck Short-sleeve T-Shirt
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtleneck
HEATTECH Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve

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Momo C.

Hello there! I am a new blogger and sewing enthusiast. By documenting my journey through the Blogosphere, I hope to help fellow new bloggers out there. All reports are based on my own findings and things I have tried myself. Because I have a soft spot for clothes and writing, you will find them sprinkled throughout Her Petite Closet.

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11 Comments

  1. May 8 / 7:50 pm

    Wow, glad to see your post.I love your outfits.Thank you for sharing amazing tips.

  2. May 26 / 6:45 pm

    This is a very awesome and nice page.

    • Momo C.
      Author
      May 27 / 2:35 am

      Thanks so much for reading!

  3. April 25 / 8:05 pm

    Lovely pieces! Love the tie front dress, perf for summer and spring! Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

    Xoxo,
    Tiffany

    • Momo C.
      Author
      May 5 / 1:57 am

      Thanks so much, Tiffany! I’ve actually been seeing that everywhere, so great job on the marketing! I’ll certainly check it out. 🙂

  4. April 24 / 3:47 am

    Oh! I love that wrap blouse! I’ve seen a TON of cute tie-front pieces that I just haven’t had the confidence to try . I might just have to face the fear 😉

    • Momo C.
      Author
      April 24 / 12:08 pm

      Same! There are many things I wouldn’t have tried in the past, but most of the times, the fear is all in our minds.

  5. April 22 / 8:58 pm

    Cute pieces there. I myself is petite and finding it hard to find something to wear with style. Thanks for the tips.

  6. April 21 / 1:07 am

    Great tips! I like your choices for the first outfit best– those sleeves are super cute without swallowing you up!

  7. April 20 / 11:50 pm

    Thank you! I often struggle with finding the right outfit being “small”. Now I will definitely find something 😊

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