Petite Principles

I’m often mistaken for a teenager and my round face plays a role but being  5’2″ and thin doesn’t help either. Fortunately, after being petite all my life I’ve learned how to navigate the world from my vantage point. Here are some tid bits I’ve learned that may help you. :)

The Do’s

– Do wear heels to important events like  job interviews or first dates. Heels will give you an extra boost of confidence and make you closer to eye level with taller counterparts.

– Do wear clothes that properly fit your body. Loose and baggy clothing can swallow petite women’s figures. Clothing that is the correct size and fitted to your body will reveal what is there.

– Do save money and check out the kid’s section of high-end stores for jeans and coats. Not all kid’s jeans have pictures of ponies and Barney on them. If you’re small enough to fit into a size 12, 14 or 16 , save a few dollars and relive your days  of  “back to school” shopping.

The Don’ts

– Don’t think you can eat like everyone at your table. If you’re eating with friends who are a lot larger than you (especially guys), know that your portions and theirs need not be equal. I’m not advocating for dieting but common sense says that a smaller body can survive with smaller amounts of food.

– Don’t wear overly youthful clothing on a daily basis. You might be mistaken for a child. It’s sad but true. If you’re a smaller woman and decked out in Hello Kitty and bright pink it may send the message that you just got out of school at 3′ o clock. Ration the cuteness and you’ll go a long way!

– Don’t be afraid to embrace your natural height. I  like wearing heels but I can’t wear them everyday and sometimes there’s no need. Being shorter is not necessarily a disadvantage. Put on your flats and walk proud!