Pain point: How to dress for your body type #PetiteFashionWeek

So what are my petite issues?

  1. I’m a UK size 6 when not pregnant so I’m very slim.
  2. I’m particularly busty! At one point I ended up a G cup! (Thanks contraceptive pill)

I know I’m not the only one out there with these problems, but fashion for the petite is hard enough without adding large bozongas into the equation.  Look at the runways at fashion week.  Big boobs have no place!

So through trial and error I’ll share the tips that I find work well for me.

Firstly I’d like to say that fashion is an art and people like and choose to wear different pieces of fashion.  So what one person likes another might detest.

For me when it comes to style I like to look feminine, casual, groomed and most importantly I need to feel comfortable.

Most high street stores now cater for the petite individual, but the ranges aren’t particularly extensive.  And still you have to pick items that suit your body type.

These are my must when it comes to buying for my body shape, so for all you busty petites out there take heed!

  1. Don’t buy anything too voluminous or shapeless, fitted is better as it accentuates the slim waist and frame.
  2. A bit of skin is a petite persons saviour.  Too much fabric and we look swamped.  So careful with maxi dresses.
  3. Heels will make us look longer and leaner.  So ankle boots with a bit of a heel are great casual shoes.
  4. Prints and patterns up top just don’t work, stick to one coloured or minimal fuss tops as prints draw the eye up top straight to your boob line.
  5. Don’t buy clothing with ruffles up top either as again this will just enlarge your breasts even more.
  6. Always buy clothing that will hide your bra.  Strapless bras just don’t support extremely large chests and when worn under an outfit can make your chest appear ‘saggy’ through lack of support.  Better to be comfortable and wear a properly fitted bra that you don’t have to hoist up continuously and hide the straps with sensible clothing options.
  7. NEVER buy high neck tops or dresses.  It’ll focus everyone’s eyes straight to those gargantuan orbs and make you look out of proportion.  So dresses and tops NEED to reveal your décolletage.

So instead of a LBD like this (great for petite non busty girls):

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Try a LBD like this:

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The ribbon around the middle shows off your petite waist and the V neck top accentuates your neck and collar bones instead of your boobs.

Here I am in one of my little black dresses, pre-pregnancy.  Although the neck line is high because it’s lace it allows a flash of skin beneath so draws the eye line to the whole outfit, particularly my legs which are bare.

Now if I look specifically at the trends during London Fashion Week most of the actual trends just won’t suit a petite busty woman.  The cocoon shaped coats, although gorgeous will just swamp our bodies so instead of the much lusted after M&S coat (which will be long and shapeless against petite frames):

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Try a more fitted coat that isn’t too long such as this coat  from Topshop which sticks to the pastel colour scheme but has a more defined waist and a slimmer cut.

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Another big trend on the catwalk was tartan.  A printed material so possibly difficult for the petite busty woman, but just remember the rules.  Nothing fussy up top, so maybe go with tartan trousers or a skirt and a plain top.

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Here I’m wearing a tartan red skirt with a denim shirt where I’ve rolled up the sleeves for more skin show, all pulled in at the middle with a skinny belt.  I wore this outfit for Burn’s Night this year again pre-pregnancy!  The top doesn’t have to be as revealing up top simply because the eye is drawn down to the print of the skirt.  But the top button is still undone to accentuate my neck and collar area.

I really hope I’ve helped some of you out with fashion choices and trends especially if you are petite and busty.  But fashion like I said is an individual thing so don’t feel like you have to follow trends.  Just wear what you feel suits you and makes you who you are.  That’s real fashion.  Have fun with it, and play dress up! :)

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Catwalk4Change

On the 6th September 2013 I’m going to be donning my glad rags to attend the Catwalk4Change charity runway show which will be launching fashion week here in London.  I won’t lie I’m a little bit nervous as I’m going alone but I’m there to support the cause and to blog about the event to help to promote the reasons behind it.

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Talking about those glad rags I better find something soon as the event will be full of some big names and organisations and I’d like to think I’d make a good impression! Got to keep up with the Jones’ don’t you know ;)

I can not tell you how excited I am to be attending this event which hopes to showcase that models don’t have to be a certain stereotype and that fashion can be enjoyed by all.  I think this is a really important message to portray.  Especially in my current situation I’m more aware now then ever before about how the media is stereotyping what is perceived as beautiful.  I’m having a boy so hopefully he won’t feel the pressure as much as little girl babies born in today’s world.

As I’m a pregnant woman attending I hope to look at the styles being presented and come away with some new ideas for the upcoming seasons on how to style myself and my bump while keeping up with the trends.  Of course I’ll be passing on all this information to you as well!

There will be two runway shows.  The first one will have a 1950′s influence and will be showcasing the mature ladies.  Personally I think this is a really important feature as many women as we age don’t have a clue how to dress or what is appropriate or how to translate fashion suitably.  I speak for my lovely mother here who is just lost when it comes to fashion.  I look back at pictures of her in the 70′s with her amazing style and it seems that as she’s become older she’s almost just given up.  She has no one to refer to or no style to show her how she can be fashionable even though she’s a mature woman.  For big do’s my sister and I tend to take control with her and dress her and she lets us.  That’s how lost she is!

The second show is a collaboration with pret-a-reporter blogger Edita Lozovska and aims to bring different nationalities and figure types to the run way using bloggers to walk the walk and using particular designers to showcase a variety of cultural, social and religious fashion influences.

To really show how much this event is making waves in the fashion world, I only need to mention the name Caroline Rush.  The Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council.  This event has caught her eye so you can only imagine how big this event is going to be and hopefully how big the voices setting up this event will be in terms of portraying an equal side to fashion.

If you want to attend the show yourself tickets are on sale now for £20 from www.modelsofdiversity.org.  All proceeds go to the charities Mind and MacMillan.