Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Kristina


Iloilo City, Philippines• Blogger at Women on Fire Club• Height: 4’11” kristinapf1

About My Blog

Is it a sin to say fashion is my religion? Sounds shallow but I enjoy working in this material world where I dress up seeing fashion as an art form. In our blog,, we feature career women who are truly fashion lovers for the belief that this industry empowers women, no matter how it can pressure others about their appearances and budgets. That’s why our action is “empowering women through fashion.” Think high heels and makeup for a start.

My Style

Simple, short, and sexy–that’s how I keep my wardrobe interesting. Although there’s a risk of looking inappropriate sometimes but as long as I look and feel chic then there’s nothing that could stop me from wearing my own style. Being a single mom, I could be quite busy yet for me it is never an excuse to let myself go, like not taking care of my appearance. It is true that when you like what you see in the mirror, you’d feel better. It’s not vanity but learning to appreciate what you have. And with what I have, I am inspired to dress up. My closet includes feminine high-waist dresses, one-piece outfits, eye-catching tops, denim skirts, dressy shorts, and no jeans. Why do I always keep it short? I love my legs and it’s always a pleasure to flaunt them most.

My Outfits

I shop in downtown bazaars where I can buy almost everything. I’m not into brands but uniqueness. It’s terrible to see somebody in the same shirt you bought at the mall.


I’m a fan of vertical stripes, just like what I’m wearing in this photo. It’s simply because they can make any girl look taller.


The second outfit reveals not only my thigh-gapped legs, but my simplest look. Just a plain black top and neutral short shorts. For this type of ensemble, I’d usually wear roman sandals but when my mood calls for it, heels are my main choice.

Who isn’t a fan of the little black dress? One way to upgrade this classic frock is to put on a great jacket over it. Thanks to my cousin, I’ve been enjoying this lovely neutral-hued blazer for as long as I can remember (top photo).

Fashion Secrets?

I believe that it really is no secret that every woman can be fashionable if she just wears what she likes, what she looks best in, and what suits her body shape. We all have the right to dress up or down and emphasize the features we love.

My Beauty Secret

It’s no secret either. Enough sleep, sun, and Cetaphil is good enough for me but I believe in what Paulina Porizkova said, “Sex and Water and Estée Lauder.”

Encouraging Words for Petites

Being petite is just about size. It is the woman in you that shines.

My Favorite Quote

Power is being told you are not loved and not being affected by it.-Madonna

Where I Like to Shop

To get more unique pieces, I shop at downtown boutiques and bazaars for dresses & shoes, and Korean stores for accessories. I like to have my clothes tailored by this nice lady from the ghetto part of the city. She really knows how to turn my designs into wonderful, wearable clothes.



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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Dani


Newcastle, UK Blogger at Heavy In the Day Height: 5’3″

DaniDress: Ebay; Boots: Soletrader; Headband: Xtras

About Me

Hi guys! I’m Dani and I’m here today to share my secrets and tips for you small ladies! To introduce myself- I’m petite, size UK 4/6 girl, with boobs and a bum. Meaning, nearly nothing fits me right. I’m extremely disproportional which used to get me down quite a bit, but unfortunately I’ve had to live with it- it’s in my family. I’m actually lucky to be one of the tallest in my family. Can you imagine the size of the rest of us?! Exactly!

Now, on to my actual reasoning for agreeing to do this post: I’m an art & design student, and regularly work with textiles. As a petite girl, I’ve picked up a few tricks that I’d love to share with anyone else out there that struggles with getting the perfect fit. I’ve included 2 pictures that include my latest “project.” I bought this smock dress after lusting after one, but being short on cash I decided to pick one up from eBay. The sizing was S/M which would be a little off-putting for a lot of you right? A lot of us like to stick with our normal size, whether it be a size 6 or size 16. But I’m here to tell you what you can do if you’re in a sticky situation- where you buy something on a whim and feel like an absolute idiot because it simply doesn’t fit and you’ve wasted money. Firstly- I’d say purchase a sewing machine- you can get them for under £50 ($80) nowadays that have just the basic functionality and aren’t hard to figure out at all. I’ve got a tiny baby pink one that I got for Christmas one year that’s from John Lewis. If you don’t want to splash out, simply buy a small sewing kit.

Alteration Tips: Taking Clothes In

To take clothes in, simply put the garment on, grab the sides under the armpit and fold them over to fit the clothes to your body. If you’re taking in trousers or a skirt, do the same and pinch the fabric at the back of the waistband. Pin them in place- it would probably be better if someone was to help you out with this but it is achievable on your own! Once they’re pinned, start stitching the fold down to the garment. A sewing machine will give a smoother stitch, but a hand stitch will do the job just fine.

Alteration Tips: Adjusting the Length

Being petite means nearly everything you buy will be too long! To adjust the length, simply put the garment on and measure how much you want off, and leave about an inch of material longer than the length you want it. When you’ve decided, cut off the excess material. Once you’ve done that, fold over the edge and pin it into place. This will be the hem! The folded material should be about an inch long and should be folded into the inside of the garment. Sew the hem into place by stitching all the way around the bottom of the garment, near the top of the folded edge. And that’s it!

Alterations: Some More Ideas!

Petite FashionistaDress: Ebay; Boots: Soletrader; Shorts:Primark; Bag: UO; Hat: RiverIsland

As you can see from my pictures, before I hemmed my dress it was too long for my liking, so I simply tied a knot in it to style it. This is just one of many ways to wear a long garment! You could also cut some material off the garment and leave it unhemmed for a more “vintage” or “rugged” look. For long jeans, simply turn them into turn ups- or even cut them into shorts and leave them unhemmed or try out my tips for hemming above.

Encouraging Words for Petites

My words of encouragement for petite ladies would be to not be put off if something doesn’t fit. If you like something- buy it! It can most definitively be altered in some way for cheap, and if you’d prefer to go to a tailor, it’s probably not that expensive!

Where I Like to Shop

If you are looking for specifically Petite ranges, I love Topshop and it’s really good that some of the clothes are available in sizes as small as size 4. As my tops are usually size 6/8 because of my boobs- I find their range is good for still fitting quite nicely onto my stomach. People forget that some people are naturally very thin like me- and it’s very hard to find something that actually fits me snug. Other than that, I don’t really specifically look at Petite ranges but my favorite places to shop are H&M, Primark, and River Island.

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Bri


Tampa, FL Blogger at Deliciously Active Height: 5’1″ (and a half-but on my driver’s license I rounded up, of course!)

petite blogger  Shirt: The Limited; Skirt: Victoria’s Secret; Shoes: Aldo; Watch: Michael Kors

bripf3Shirt: Victoria’s Secret; Jeans: Lucky; Boots: Victoria’s Secret

bripf4Shirt, Pants, & Shoes: Victoria’s Secret; Watch: Michael Kors

bripf1Sweater: Forever 21; Jeans: Boutique in Venezuela; Boots: Victoria’s Secret

Inside My Closet

I am more of a t-shirt and jeans kinda girl–but in heels, I’m almost always in heels.

A lot of my clothes (both work and casual) come from Victoria’s Secret. They have a great selection of clothes that fit my smaller stature and I never have to guess which size will fit me. I have a chest & booty and their clothes fit my curves perfectly while still giving me a shape. I do, however, still have to get many of my pants altered. My ideal ideal pant inseam is 31 inches, and they only have 32+ inches or 30 inch inseams.

I also find great clothes for petites in Target, Express, and Forever 21. No matter what, however, I usually always have to get my clothes tailored so I try to buy items on sale to account for the extra money I will have to use to have the perfect fit.

My Tailoring Advice

If you are short, you need to find a good tailor. And never go into the shop with the pants pre-measured! Grab typical shoes you will wear with the pants/jeans and take them with you so that you can get a more accurate fit. My tailor has me change into the pants/jeans with my shoes on, then pins my pants to my ideal height. I will walk around the shop and sit in her chair to ensure that length is truly perfect (and not just ideal when standing). Invest in a good tailor!

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Mariel


Valletta, Malta • Blogger at Confessions of a Former Size 6 • Height: 4’11”

My Fashion Style

The reality is what it is: I am not even 5′ tall and to make things worse, I am curvy. Too curvy for my height, I feel. I used to be a size 6 (US size 4) but I’ve put on a bit of weight…and in my mid-30’s now, it’s getting harder to lose the extra pounds. Anyway, as long as I can remember, my height was always a topic of conversation, however rather than focusing on the more tongue-in-cheek comments, I choose to focus on those who tell me I look like a doll 🙂 And this somewhat inspires my personal style. I play such comments up to my advantage. I quite love retro styles so wearing skater dresses, full-skirts with nipped-in waists is right up my street. I like to find dresses in a single block colour which do make me look taller and I always look out for a statement collar or wear a statement necklace or patterned scarf if the dress is collar-less. On the other hand, I also like the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen approach to dressing a petite figure: maxi dresses, boyfriend sweaters, jackets, over-sized shades and bags give off an effortless elegance which I feel I have an eye for…despite the whole look possibly coming across as more “casual.”

My Advice for Petites

My advice to fellow petite fashionistas is not to let size get you down. Focus on your favorite assets and make them your trademark not your height. Also, forget about tall celebrities for style inspiration–look at how the A-list petites are wearing the current trends and make them your muses. My personal favorites are the Olsen sisters, Mira Duma, Nicole Richie, and Kourtney Kardashian.

Don’t be afraid to try new trends. You might not be able to carry off every single one of the latest fashions, but find one which you can adapt to your height (e.g. the recent Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino embroidered dresses are too beautiful for words and their shape is perfect for a doll-like look).

My Favorite Quote

In Maltese, we have the saying “Iz-zghir kollu helu” which loosely translated means “all that’s small is cute”….how’s that for an ego-booster for us petites?

Where I Like to Shop

My personal favorites are Zara and ASOS (own brand). The petite range at ASOS is the perfect length and doesn’t need any alteration. Zara clothing, being a Spanish brand allows for the typical Mediterranean figure, which I find most convenient! Whenever I need a little alteration, I’m lucky enough to have an ex-seamstress for mum to come to my rescue!

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Andrea


Dallas, TX • Attorney at The Chavarria Law Firm• Height: 5’3″

Wearing: CK Weather Jacket, CK Blouse, DKNY Skinny Jeans, and Ecco Sculptured Lace Booties.

Inside My Closet: Travel

I’m not a t-shirt and tennis shoes type of person, so when I travel I like to dress in style. The difficult part is finding something that’s stylish yet comfortable. I wore this particular outfit on a tour of Pompeii. It was perfect! The jacket was wind resistant and warm, but not stuffy. The sleeves on the jacket are too long due to my height. My solution: roll my sleeves up. I was hesitant about wearing booties on a walking tour, but I’m glad I wore them. I walked around all day and I did not get tired at all. When I took my booties off at the end of the day, my feet felt great. My feet did not have that throbbing pain from walking around all day. I absolutely love Ecco!

Where I Like to Shop

For work attire, I usually shop at Neiman Marcus online. Because I’m 5’3,” I have trouble finding a pantsuit that fits me. The pants are always too long or too short, so I don’t even bother. Instead, I wear high-waisted pencil skirts and sheath dresses. On weekends, I usually wear skinny jeans. I buy regular-sized cropped jeans. They’re cropped for regular-sized people but fit me like regular pants should fit.

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Brittany


Northern VA • Blogger at LifeChangesii • Height: 5’0″


“I love being petite.”

Inside My Closet: Work

I am an elementary school teacher and this is a typical outfit that I would wear to work. I think it’s professional enough to wear to parent-teacher conferences, as well as casual enough to wear on the weekends. The scarf is from Kohls Department store. I love wearing infinity scarves because I find they are not too big on my frame. This scarf is my favorite because you can mix and match the pants or the shirt to create completely different looks.

The cardigan(s) is from the Gap. I do not have to shop in the petite section for shirts, so this was found in their clearance section for $9.99. A steal!

My shoes (6 1/2) are from Zara. I am very particular about my shoes. I never wear shoes with heels, pointed, thick soles, or shoes that I think make my feet look too long. These nude flats are perfect. In my opinion, petite women should stick with dainty classic shoes.

And I saved the best for last-PANTS. I have the hardest time finding pants…especially…drum roll please…dress pants. No surprise, right? These pants (4/6) are actually from Target (Mossimo Skinny Fit). My Target does not have a petite section. I can always find these in the Juniors area. I have these pants in a variety of colors. They fit my waist and leg length perfectly. If I ever find a pair that are too long, I tuck them under. I have seen some petite women who cuff their pants. I think this shortens the leg even more and makes you look stubby. Tucking them under gives you a clean straight look. And in my opinion, it can even add one teeny tiny inch to your legs.

Where I Like to Shop

I shop at the Gap, J.Crew, and Target. I have never been to a tailor and I have never purchased petite pants. I find that I can never go wrong with finding ankle pants at these three places. I did have the opportunity to try on a pair of petite pants from Gap that were purchased online & returned to the store, they did not fit my waist or thighs. The length was not the best either. Try shopping at Gap & J. Crew and ask for ankle pants. My tip for shopping at Target would be finding the Skinny Fit or Regular Fit pants and skip the Bootcut.

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