“Less than 5 feet tall, and looking for clothes under $5? Well, that’s me! Though in India it is mostly everyday clothing priced below INR 500, or formal wears below 5000 i look for. I like to dress well, but spending too much on fashion that keeps changing isn’t really my thing.”
This new series of articles from LocalFeedback / TheVocaLocal expands our quest for discovering great fashion at affordable prices, and especially for women who aren’t too tall – hence, Fashion Under 5! Preferably at our ‘local’ stores.
I’m not really a fashion ‘expert’, and have never really felt comfortable talking fashion all the more. So before i share my own tips, let’s take a look at what some of the better-known bloggers have to say on…
FASHION UNDER FIVE – Style Advice for Shorter Women
Source – WhoWhatWear.com
Here we present top 5 advice (out of 10) from WhoWhatWear
1. “Embrace the right trends”
This advice baffles me first hand. Because usually i’m not aware of “trends” unless i search online or stumble upon a fashion website. But again, trends are important to avoid looking ‘so yesterday’.
“From avoiding a particularly tricky print to knowing the right silhouettes to stock up on, dressing for your height comes down to a simple set of fashion guidelines. It all comes down to knowing what works for you and what doesn’t. For example, we recommend opting for straight-leg denim over looser fits. Avoid tunic tops, over-sized or shapeless pieces, and horizontal stripes.”
… AND i do have one set of denims which completely fits the bill 🙂
Had got these “Mineral” jeans from either Splash or Pantaloons in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. It’s been over 4 yrs of use and they are pretty durable. Good value for money too. I found the same brand on Jabong, currently available at discounted prices. Generally SHEIN.com has a good collection of blouses.
2. Style advice for shorter women – “Shop for the Right Shoes”
There may be some debate over who exactly said “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” But let’s admit it, it’s the one tip i agree with 110%. Let’s hear it from WhoWhatWear too!
“Investing in key shoe styles is crucial for everyone. When it comes to heels, opt for a pointed toe and any kind of height to elongate your figure.”
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3. “Accessorize Strategically”
I guess this tip is important not just for shorter women, but for women of all height and every type of figure.
“Avoid oversize bags. Mini bags are perfect on shorter people. Belts can pack a major style punch”
4. Style advice for shorter women – “Master Proportions”
As a former student of Architecture, this is my favorite tip which i work into my dressing most of the time.
“Shorter ladies can pull off floor-grazing statement pieces. However, long and oversize shapes are not suitable for petite frames – since they overwhelm, but can work favorably at other times.”
Will search for a better image, but for the time being we look at this:
5. “When in Doubt, Ask for Help”
Isn’t this the reason why we came up with this post? 🙂 If you have your own blog post on fashion for shorter women, or have come across a good one, please share the link in the comments! 🙂
Other advice that didn’t make it to the top 5 but worth mentioning are:
- Having the tailor on speed dial for any alterations – tweaking hemlines or adjusting sleeves
- Cheat the system to make your legs look longer
- Well fitted innerwear adds to our confidence, and that sort of adds height!
Concluding Fashion Under 5 – the first post!
This is basically how i’d sum up everything (yes, you may see a pink umbrella below, but let’s focus on the summary!):
- Keeping up with the trends is important. Take for example certain types of jeans and tops we should avoid, or include in our wardrobe.
- Shoes such as pointed to add to the height. Look for similar shoes.
- Accessorizing strategically is important – not buying over-sized bags is one of them.
- Master proportions, and ask for help whenever in doubt!