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Five Spring/Summer 2008 Trends Petites Can Wear


The spring/summer 2008 fashion scene is quite diverse, so if you're into trendy styles, there's sure to be something that's right for you. Many trends can be interpreted in accessories as well as in garments, so just adding a few key accessories can update your style for the season.

1. Bold Color

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If you’re looking for a mood brightener this spring, this trend’s for you. Bright turquoise, primary yellow, grass green, hot pink - spring has sprung with bright, bold colors everywhere. This color story is strong and clear, and you’ll find lots of bright hues in both clothing and accessories.

To interpret the trend in a petite-friendly way, try popping a gray, black, or navy outfit with a bright purse or shoes. Or wear a dress in a strong color, and pair it with neutral accessories. For a casual look, a bright V-neck top with dark wash jeans is a good way to add some color to your life. When you opt to wear bolder colors, avoid the monochromatic look, which works best with dark colors.

2. Florals

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Here’s a pretty trend for spring, and it’s another mood enhancer too! Catwalks were blooming with beautiful floral prints when designers showed their spring/summer 2008 collections.

As long as the floral motifs aren’t too big, petites can wear floral prints. Select colors that make you feel good and you look good wearing. Just remember to keep it in proportion, and you won’t go wrong. If you like flowers, but not on clothing, you can follow this trend by wearing a flower brooch, ring, or pendant. What to avoid: a chinzy appearance. You could end up looking like you’re wearing the wallpaper.

3. Graphic Prints

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Graphic prints are fun and can spice up your style, but be a bit careful with this trend because some of the prints can be too overwhelming for petites. Select garments with colors that you love and that look good on you, but stay away from big, bold prints, and choose graphics that are more in proportion to a smaller frame. Also make sure that the print doesn’t cause an annoying optical illusion when you look at it. If the print isn’t pleasant to look at, you don’t want to wear it!

4. Shirt Dresses

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Not your grandma’s shirt dress – this spring’s shirt dress may have an entirely different feel from the traditional shirt dress. Although they all share the button-down front, the season’s shirt dress style varies from full-skirted, floor-length gowns to shoulder-baring shifts and mini-dresses with floppy sleeves. Obviously, some of the more extreme styles aren’t very wearable, but if you like the look, there are more traditional shirt dresses available that will look great on petites. If possible, opt for three-quarter sleeves to show off slender wrists, and look for self-belts to define your waist without breaking up your vertical silhouette.

5. Naturals and Neutrals

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All things natural from clothing made of bamboo fabric to shell jewelry signal a sun-drenched summer. Traditional linens and cottons are still around and still right for warm weather. The natural-and-neutral color palette includes soft ivories, tans, and browns, sometimes paired with earthy greens or khaki. In accessories, you’ll see straw, wood, snakeskin, and leather.

Combine a neutral-tone shirt dress in a raw silk or fresh poplin with a new straw or canvas handbag and shell or wood jewelry. To polish off the look and add height, wear high-heel slingbacks and keep it summery with peep-toes. One word of caution: avoid piling on the bangles. Although it's trendy, an armful of bangles is too much for the petite woman.

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