Spring is here and that means warmer weather and refreshing our wardrobes. While it can be fun to add all the latest trends to your wardrobe, it’s also important to have some solid basics that fit you perfectly in order to create great outfits! It can be hard to find these essentials as a petite when most styles aren't curated to compliment petite proportions. Today’s post is all about five non-negotiable essentials that you need in your wardrobe NOW for this spring and beyond. Keep reading to see how you can style these in your closet and how you can request key petite pieces in your next Short Story box!

Solid Bodysuits

Bodysuits are the perfect spring staple and come in all sorts of styles from going-out styles to a basic tee shirt style. The great thing about a bodysuit is that it instantly looks cool and creates a chic look in minutes due to the fact they look tucked in without much effort. They are great for a petite frame because they can create a sleek line - wear a black one with high-rise pants to elongate your legs or with low-rise pants to balance out your torso.

This style is pretty timeless as well - especially if you stick to a simple silhouette and purchasing neutral colors will ensure you’ll be wearing this basic throughout the year as well. They are perfect for wearing with jeans or shorts during the spring and look great with skirts as well - we love some versatility!

Neutral Blazers

Neutral is the key here - think grey, black, and tan. Having a good neutral blazer is the start of a great wardrobe. It can easily be worn over a blouse for the office however blazers are no longer reserved for the workplace - try it over a silky slip dress or over your jeans and tee for a cool girl look this spring. Looking to up the style points? Try out an oversized blazer that will look effortlessly cool without trying too hard.

Looking for one that’s more fitted - try a petite cut! A petite blazer will be great for your body and fit your proportions just right, especially in the arms and torso. You can also try out different fabrications - some of our favorites are made from knit fabrics which flatter your body and feel super comfy for all-day wear as well.

Straight-Leg Jeans

High-rise straight-leg jeans are all the rage - think vintage-inspired cuts. However, this straight-leg style will outstand any fashion trend. They are in for a reason; a high-rise will elongate your legs and the straight-leg style looks cool yet laid back. Plus, high-rise styles really do complement petite body types.

Don’t love the high-rise vibe? No problem! This style also comes in mid and low rises making it perfect for any body type or preference; don’t feel like you just have to go with what’s trending. Try them with sneakers for a model off-duty vibe or wear them with a pair of heels and a silky blouse for your next night out with the girls.

Tailored Trousers

Tired of wearing jeans all the time? Try out a pair of tailored trousers! Wide-leg styles are perfect for that laid-back vibe while looking super cool and polished at the same time and they are perfect for a petite frame. Try them in a classy black or take things up a notch with a bold statement color like orange or sage green.

It’s also a timeless style you’ll have in your wardrobe for years since this is a style you can wear from work to a night out. Many of us think of trousers as a piece only for professional wear but challenge yourself to branch out and them with your fave satin top for a dinner out or with a knotted tee for your next errand run.

A Basic White Tee

It’s been said before and it will be said again and again - a basic white tee is a keystone piece everyone needs in their closet. White tees come in various styles from oversized to fitted however there is one out there just for you and it’s worth finding! This basic is great for the spring however, you’ll be wearing this piece during summer, fall, and winter too so make sure to choose one you love.

Don’t think you look good in stark white? Try out an ivory hue instead! A white tee can take you far - it makes the perfect layer underneath a blazer with trousers for the office. Try styling with a mini skirt, hoop earrings, and booties for a date night out. Look for a fitted style to compliment your petite frame!

Looking to start your capsule wardrobe for spring that fits you perfectly? Try out Short Story and let us know which of these basics you’d like to see in your box and we’ll do our best to give you the style of your dreams!

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