Dressing the petite hourglass?
July 8, 2011 5:36 AM Subscribe
Help a petite hourglass play dress up: What are your guidelines, links, favorite pieces and prohibitions for making the most out of a small but curvy silhouette?
posted by MonkeyToes to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (5 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Over the last year and a half, I've lost a few pounds and (thanks to ukdanae's advice) gained some great bras. My frame is petite, and most S T-shirts fit, but the girls are not, which means that most other small-size clothing pulls hard at the bustline. Add a short waist and short legs to the mix.
I've been reading Trinny and Susannah's "What Not to Wear" and "What You Wear Can Change Your Life," and have eliminated unflattering pieces from my closet. That leaves me looking for casual going out clothing and cute-but-functional Ts and shorts (yes, yes, I know, but I can't do farm chores in pants in July); "going out" means can wear to do errands and go to the park with the kids, not formalwear). I like my curves, other than the one at my abdomen, and want to show them off a little.
Clothing stores don't get any more exciting than Kohl's in my neck of the woods, and I am pressed for time and often shopping with little kids in tow. My chic best friend is hours away. There are a few good thrift and consignment shops around, so I am looking for guidelines for which pieces to even consider trying on. Do you have rules of thumb, like "No high-neck shirts"? Which fabrics should I seek or avoid? Any labels that are curve-friendly? Do you keep a list of what to look for?
Do you have favorite websites for guidance on dressing this particular body shape?
Do you have favorite combinations that work for you?
Specific pieces--how short should shorts go? How can I manage low-rise pants so they don't feel like they're going to slide off my hips? Wrap dresses swamp me, and end up cut too low, because they seem built for a longer body frame; suggestions? I love the corset look, and could be persuaded to try it, but give me some examples of how it can fit in outside of a Ren faire. Belts over shirts--how? Specific wrap shirts that you like?
In short, as it were: Generous breasts, petite frame, hourglass curves, short but OK legs, great arms. Help me put it all together to dress to best advantage. My closet and I thank you.