Top 10 Korean Fashion Styling Tips for Petite Girls
Height is a big deal when it comes to Korean beauty standards—it’s no secret that many K-Pop idols add a few centimetres to their “official” heights—but that doesn’t mean petite girls don’t have their own charm. Besides, there are plenty of styling tips and tricks to help you achieve the illusion of height, and we will be sharing some of them with you in this article!
Many petite ladies are used to reaching for their favourite pair of heels when they want to look taller, but heels can be uncomfortable if they are worn for too long. The good news is that physically adding height isn’t the only way to appear taller, and there are plenty of ways to look taller without having to change your height at all. Let’s take a look at the top 10 K-Fashion styling tips for petite girls.
Deep V-neck top
In fashion, ‘petite’ is used to describe a woman whose height is under 160cm. However, different petite ladies have different proportions as well. If your legs are shorter, you might want to draw more attention to your shoulders instead, and tops that have a deep V-neck are a great way to achieve that.
A deep V-neck will also show off your collarbones—while this won’t make you look taller, pretty collarbones are definitely considered an ideal feature by most Korean women.
If you’re not a fan of showing too much skin, then turtlenecks are another great way to draw attention to your upper body. The high neckline of a turtleneck top will draw focus to your neck, and also helps you look taller by elongating the lines of your torso. This is also a great option for petite girls with a shorter torso, and turtlenecks will not only make you look taller, but also help to balance out your proportions.
A classic black turtleneck is the best option, as it also has a slimming effect.
Wearing high-waisted bottoms—jeans, shorts, skirts—is one of the simplest ways to look taller. Not only are high-waisted bottoms super trendy, they also help to elongate your legs by making it look like your legs start higher up than they actually do. This illusion is extra effective when paired with a turtleneck, which elongates your torso, thus making both halves of your body look longer.
For petite girls, it can be a struggle to find bottoms that are the right length for your body, and the temptation to wear shorts instead of going through the trouble of finding the perfect pair of jeans is understandable. However, taking the time to find the perfect pair of pants is worth it, as the continuous silhouette of full-length bottoms helps to elongate your legs.
Full-length bottoms refer to bottoms that end right at the top of your feet, as bottoms that end too high up (such as above the ankles) will make your legs look cut off, thus making you look shorter. If you are unable to find bottoms that fit perfectly, go for bottoms that are on the longer side and then get them tailored.
If you would like to dress in a more summery style during the warmer months, then you can totally swap out your full-length bottoms for a miniskirt instead. One thing to take note of is that your miniskirt should also be high-waisted in order to make you look taller. The higher waist gives the illusion of your legs starting higher, and the short length of the skirt will reveal more of your legs, making them look longer.
While any type of high-waisted miniskirt will do, tennis skirts are an especially great option. Not only do that help you look taller, they are also flattering on almost any body type.
If you want a similar coverage to full-length bottoms while still retaining a summery vibe, then maxi skirts are also a great option. It may seem to make no sense that a maxi skirt can help you look taller, as it covers your legs entirely (unlike the miniskirt). However, similar to full-length bottoms, a maxi skirt forms a continuous silhouette, thus elongating your legs.
Choosing a maxi skirt with a slit will have an added elongating effect too. Maxi skirts are also good for petite ladies who might be self-conscious about their legs, as the shape of your legs cannot be seen clearly from underneath a maxi skirt.
From all the previous tips, we can see that there are two main ways to achieve an elongating effect. One way is to have a higher waistline for your bottoms so that more of your legs can be seen, and another way is to form a continuous silhouette to create the illusion of length. A fitted dress is the best of both worlds, as it provides an unbroken line from top to bottom while still emphasising the waist.
If you’re not a fan of body hugging dresses, then a looser dress that is cinched at the waist will also work.
The chunky shoe trend (also sometimes referred to as ‘ugly sneakers’) has been popular in Korea for the past few years. Comfort is an important aspect of Korean fashion, and sneakers are one of the most comfortable types of footwear available. Chunky shoes come in many different designs too, so you’ll always be able to find a pair that perfectly matches your outfit no matter what you wear.
Because of the thickness of the soles, chunky shoes are a great way to add a few extra centimetres to your height when dressed more casually.
While it may not be practical to constantly wear heels, a good pair of heels are definitely a petite girl’s best friend! Swapping out your favourite pair of sandals for a pair of nude mid-heel pumps will make a whole lot of difference. Heels not only boost your height, but also give your legs a nicer shape, making them look leaner and longer. The nude colour helps to form a continuous silhouette from your clothes all the way to your feet, which will elongate your body lines.
The best part is that nude heels can be styled with almost any outfit, and the simple but classic design of the pumps means that you can wear them again and again and again without drawing too much attention to your repeated footwear.
Of course, it would be difficult to limit your wardrobe to only the above types of clothes, and we are bound to have clothes that don’t make us look taller at best, or might even be unflattering on us at worst. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing other types of clothes than the ones mentioned in this article, and this final tip will show you how to look taller while wearing any type of clothes.
The trick is to go for a monochrome look. Monochrome outfits consist of clothing items of the same colour (although variations in shade are allowed), and not only does it make the outfit look more cohesive, wearing the same colour colour from head to toe also creates a continuous silhouette, which is not only more flattering, but can also help you look taller as well.
Which styling tip do you make use of most?
Sometimes, even without knowing why certain types of clothes look more flattering on ourselves, we instinctively dress in a style that suits our body types. Which of these tips have you incorporated into your everyday outfits most often, and which tip will you be making use of more from now on?
The tips listed above are not exhaustive, and there are plenty of other clothes that look great on petite girls. The most important thing to keep in mind is creating a continuous silhouette and elongating the lines of your body. Once you get the hang of this, you’ll be able to create the illusion of height with any outfit you wear without having to limit the types of clothes you own.
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