Now that winter is over and Mother Nature is welcoming warmer temps, you’ll want to update your wardrobe with items that are trending this spring. If you’re 5’4″ or shorter, you know how difficult it can be to find clothes that are fashionable and that make you look like an adult. Fortunately, several retailers, from Target to Macy’s, offer budget-friendly, stylish, comfortable clothing and accessories that you can look great in at the office, the gym or a party, so check out what’s trending in petites for Spring 2014:
Tip: Your office probably has its unwritten rules for business apparel — maybe a jacket’s required with jeans or a suit at meetings. The key is to interpret your company’s dress code to reflect you — your job title, personality and fashion sense.
This Merona® Petites Sleeveless Fitted Dress with a scoop neckline comes in Waterloo Blue, Red, Black and Mahal Green. It’s made from comfortable and practical polyester and rayon and you can dress it up with a jacket for business meetings or a night on the town! Machine washable. $29.99
Tip: Light colors accentuate the figure; dark colors hide figure flaws.
Calvin Klein’s Petite Two-Button Blazer, Pencil Skirt & Printed Pleated-Neck Blouse in cerulean and black will highlight your upper body and de-emphasize overly wide hips. If you’ve got the figure to pull it off, try the belted dress pants in cerulean. Dry clean only. $39-$129
Tip: Straight lines — think sheath dresses and pencil skirts — create longer silhouettes.
This classic pencil twill skirt comes in four dark and neutral colors that will pair easily with more colorful tops. Machine washable. $22.99
Karen Scott’s Petite Long-Sleeve Zip-Up Hooded Jacket & Active Drawstring Pants in breathable cotton and spandex comes in white, brown clay, classic navy, black and Persian blue so you can work out in style and comfort. Machine washable. $17.98-$44
Tip: It’s all about proportion and cut. Always wear clothes that are cut for the petite silhouette for the best fit.
Xersion™ Fitted Capris in combinations of black, white and sizzling pink provide a comfortable and stylish look. Machine washable. $30
Party Time Clothes
If you’ve been invited for a special night out, you’ll look fabulous in this Melrose Sleeveless Scarf Print Dress in black and royal or black and taupe. The flattering polyester/spandex keyhole fitted halter top and flowing nylon skirt will ensure all eyes are on you! Washable. $80
Tip: Bold prints engulf the petite figure. Try smaller print styles or solid colors instead.
Talk about a dress with the “Wow” factor — this Alfani Petite Cap-Sleeve Belted Maxi Dress in black is chic and creates instant style. The comfortable polyester fabric even has a lining and pleats at the skirt to ensure this dress drapes beautifully over your curves. Machine washable. $99.50
Tip: Wear high heels to add height. Pumps and sling-backs will do the trick but avoid shoes with ankle straps because they break the vertical line and make you look shorter.
(Photo courtesy of Scott Snyder)