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Paula Darnell

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Petite and Pleats

Monday May 26, 2014

There are many different types of pleats, and although pleats may be used in other applications, such as home decorating, they are frequently incorporated in fashion designs. Just because pleated garments are available, sized especially for petites, doesn't necessarily mean that they're the most flattering garments for short women. Unfortunately, pleats mean extra fabric and more fabric means more bulk in a garment. More bulk in a garment translates to a bulkier appearance by the woman wearing the pleated garment, and a bulkier appearance simply means that a short woman who wears a pleated garment is likely to look bigger and also emphasize her short stature.

Petites May Need to Pay Special Attention to Slipping Bra Strap

Tuesday May 20, 2014

The most common figure type of the petite woman is the triangle-shaped figure, and having a triangle-shaped figure usually means having narrow shoulders, which, in turn, leads to problems keeping bra straps in place because they can easily slip off the shoulders. However, there are several viable solutions for bra strap slippage

See my list of seven solutions to the problem of the slipping bra strap.

How to Know What to Wear

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Do you know the four questions to ask yourself when you're deciding what to wear? You could be going to work, to the mall, to lunch, to the beach, to a party, to a wedding, or to participate in outdoors' activities. No matter where you're going, these same four questions will guide your clothing selection so that you'll always be well dressed.

Carolina Alvo Collection for Petites

Friday May 16, 2014


Looking for classic wear-to-work attire in a neutral color? Carolina Alvo is now taking pre-orders for a collection of five basic pieces that are designed and detailed especially for petites in petites' sizes 0 -14. As we all know, what fits a petite woman who's 5'4" doesn't fit her 4'10" sister, so hems, sleeves, and inseams are available in three different lengths.

Image Courtesy of Carolina Alvo (Vendor's Site)

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Tuesday May 13, 2014


The Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition opened on May 5 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, and it will run through August 10. For anyone with an interest in fashion history or haute couture, this would be a great exhibit to see. Although Charles James was born in Britain, he's considered an American couturier, and he's especially known for the elegant ballgowns he created during the late 1940s through the mid-1950s.

Pictured: Model in replica of one of Charles James' most famous ballgowns

Photo Credit: Andrew Toth/Getty Images

Petite Stars at the Met's Costume Institute Gala

Thursday May 8, 2014

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-2014-Met-Costume-Institute Gala

On May 5, Petite celebrities hit the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in celebration of the opening of its exhibit: Charles James: Beyond Fashion. Fashion designer Charles James was known for his mid-century glamorous, sculpted ballgowns, and some of the attendees, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, pictured here, channeled that vibe by wearing ballgowns. See all 10 petite celebrity looks from the Costume Institute Gala.

Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Ugly Garments

Tuesday May 6, 2014

I've made a list of five of the ugliest garments ever. Of course, not everybody will agree that the five garments I've selected are ugly, but they certainly look ugly to me! Needless to say, I don't recommend any one of them as clothing that petites should wear because they're all really unflattering.

Sarah Jessica Parker Wears Her SJP Shoes

Sunday April 27, 2014


Sarah Jessica Parker's been stepping out in style lately in her own brand of shoes. The SJP line is being sold exclusively at Nordstrom (Buy Direct), and it features Italian leather shoes, many of which have flattering features that are great for petites, such as pointed toes and slender heels.

Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker wears SJP black high heels at the DVF Awards earlier this month

Photo Credit: Andre Toth/Getty Images

Kate's Looking Great in Blue

Wednesday April 23, 2014


As always, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge hits just the right fashion note as she wears a blue suit for her departure from New Zealand on the way to Australia with her husband Prince William and baby George. Although at 5'9" in height, Catherine is not a short woman, petites can take a page out of her fashion journal by wearing dark blue when they want to present a professional appearance. It's also a slimming color although the Duchess of Cambridge certainly doesn't need to worry about trying to look thinner than she already is!

Photo Credit: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Another Source for Small Shoes

Friday April 18, 2014


Here's a new source for small shoes for petite feet. Petite.shoes (Vendor's Site) offers stylish leather heels, platforms, wedges, flats, and sandals in women's sizes 2 - 5. You can shop easily by shoe size on the site. Currently, the the new spring/summer collection is available, and there's an offer for $10 off on an order of $50 or more (see the banner on the homepage of Petite.shoes).

Image Courtesy of Petite.shoes

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