Glitzy dresses make festive holiday fashion statements, and short women can find metallic dresses sized specifically for petites this holiday season. Another option for a holiday party is the classic stand-by -- the little black dress (on my list of petite black dresses for winter, the first five would look good for any holiday party).
Photo Credits: from left to right: Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom
Wearing a black sequin top can make holiday dressing a snap. Wear a black sequin top with skinny jeans and knee-high boots to a casual holiday gathering, or up the fashion ante by wearing a black sequin top with a skirt, glitzy jewelry, and killer heels.
Would you believe that one of these petite black sequin tops costs $266 more than the other one? Can you tell which top is the splurge and which is the steal?
Fashion "must-haves" for cool weather include knee-high boots and sweaters. Whether you go traditional with a classic style or trendy with cutting-edge design, both boots and sweaters are really basics for late fall and winter wear.
I've put together a list of 10 petite sweaters and another list of 10 knee-high boots, all in flattering styles, for petites as a sampler of what's out there this season:
With the holiday season soon upon us, it's a good time to start planning what to wear to holiday parties. For a holiday cocktail party or party that's not strictly casual, a lace dress can make a big splash. Lace dresses are trendy this year, and they can do double duty too because they're good to go for weddings and other special occasions.
This year there are quite a few options in lace dresses for petites, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a lace dress that fits properly for short women who wear petite sizes. This can be especially important because frequently the hems of sleeves and skirts on lace garments are the scalloped edge of the lace. This detail can make lace garments almost impossible to alter.
Pictured: Tadashi Shoji red lace dress available from Nordstrom (Buy Direct)
Image Courtesy of Nordstrom
NorthStyle (Vendor's Site), an online retailer, is another source for petite clothing. Most of the petite offerings are dresses, many of which come in sizes 4P - 18P, a wide range. There are also several selections available for petite jeans and petite pants, all with inseams in the 29" - 30" range. If you're shopping for petite tops, this isn't the place for you, but it's worth checking for petite dresses and petite pants.
It's hard to beat jeans and a top for a go-almost-anywhere fall ensemble. Tote along a jacket and add boots, sleek heels, or pointed- toe flats, and you're ready to go.
I've listed 10 of the latest styles of jeans sized especially for petites, and I've also made a list of 10 new petite tops for fall. There's something for everyone from trendy to traditional, so it's not difficult to make this easy ensemble work for any fashion personality.
Pictured at left: petite shimmer tee from Nordstrom (Buy Direct) -- Image Courtesy of Nordstrom
Pictured at right: petite camo print jeans from the Gap (Buy Direct) -- Image Courtesy of Gap
Naturally, there's quite a bit of overlap when it comes to places to shop according to age, but most fashion specialty retailers target a certain group of customers while large department stores seek to provide something for everyone.
For petites in their 20s and 30s I've put together lists of likely shopping hot spots, keeping in mind that 20-somethings and 30-somethings don't want to look like kids, and they don't want to look like their mothers or grandmothers either:
For a sleek and slimming look, black legging jeans are a natural. These black denim leggings from NYDJ are available in a wide range of petites' sizes (4P - 18P). Slim leggings, such as the style pictured here make it easy to wear lots of different shoe or boot styles for a flattering look. For example, ankle boots, which I wouldn't wear normally advise petites to wear with a skirt or dress could look great worn with leggings.
Caveat: The inseam length is 29" although this may still be too long for some petites, especially those under five feet tall, who will probably need extra-short petite pants.
Pictured: NYDJ Black Leggins available from Zappos (Buy Direct)
Image Courtesy of Zappos
New from MICHAEL Michael Kors is this t-shirt top sized especially for petites in trendy animal print. This top would be great worn with a black pencil skirt or jeans. It's available in petites' sizes PP (2P), PS (4P - 6P), and PM (8P - 10P) from Zappos (Buy Direct), which offers free shipping and free returns.
Image Courtesy of Zappos
Designer Tadashi Shoji is known for creating dresses with flattering styling, such as the dress Octavia Spencer wore on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes, but until recently, these gowns were only available in regular sizes. Now Nordstrom is carrying several Tadashi Shoji dresses that are sized especially for petites in petite sizes 2P - 16P (size range may vary by style). It appears that Nordstrom is the only retailer currently carrying the Tadashi Shoji petites' line. Even the designer's Web site does not list any clothing in petites' sizes.
Pictured: Blue lace Tadashi Shoji dress available in regular and petite sizes from Nordstrom (Buy Direct)