Timeless elegance: The first words that come to mind when I think about French style. Classic sophistication and polished playfulness equal one of the most aspirational aesthetics. Do you want to add more of these petite staples into your wardrobe, though don’t know exactly where to begin? Let’s take a look at some of the ways to do this in a way that complements and flatters you as a powerful petite!
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Neutral trousers are a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. What especially makes them a hallmark of French fashion is their versatility. While they are traditionally styled in more professional ways, they can also be paired with tops and tees that embody a more casual look, perfect for exuding ease and sophistication.
When looking for the perfect petite fit, focus on finding an inseam that is a little longer than your preferred length. This helps creates a seamless vertical line for a flattering and sophisticated feel. Plus, this longer length will be a great excuse to wear your favorite block heels all season long.
Blazers will never go out of style. From pairing them with anything from distressed denim to tailored sheath dresses, they instantly elevate an ensemble. They also come in many different colorways and cuts for your petite proportions, so whether you enjoy a more oversized or structured fit, a pattern or a solid, have fun styling them.
To find a fit that you will j'adore, a true petite fit is key since they are perfectly tailored to petite proportions. When looking for a blazer off the rack, focus on sleeve length by selecting cropped or 3/4 sleeve styles to ensure the best fit. Don’t be afraid to balance out a more casual jean and tee combo with a sleek blazer moment!
If you’re always on the go or simply aiming for an effortlessly stylish look, the button-down (or a white blouse) is a must! These pair well with just about anything you could imagine and can make for an outfit that is chic and classy–two words that undoubtedly characterize French style. Dress them up with a flowy midi skirt for a springtime celebration or with some light denim for the weekend.
You can even try out a charming embroidered top or a romantic puff-sleeve blouse for some feminine flair. Try a classic French tuck with your favorite white blouse to create shape and balance out your petite proportions. Pair with light-wash straight-leg denim and loafers to complete the très chic look!
Originating in the mid-19th century, the iconic Breton stripe (navy and white horizontal stripes) has seen many forms and iterations throughout the decades! This pattern and stripes in general, is perhaps the one most commonly associated with the French. As they can be styled in many different ways, classic tees in this print are just what your closet is craving for the season!
Stripes can be a tricky pattern for petites to pull off. To feel more comfortable in this print, opt for a classic tee with thinner stripes vs wider ones which won't overwhelm your petite figure. Want to try a different approach? Branch out and try vertical stripes which are flattering and lengthening!
Easy, breezy, minimalist silhouettes are the year-round choice for French style and comfort. Whether you are a lover of maxis or adore a good shift style, opt for a dress that is simple and understated, yet charming and refined in its silhouette. Neutrals are an excellent canvas to add your favorite accessories, but bursts of color are fun since France is known as a go-to fashion hub. Whatever reflects your personality and makes you exude joy from the inside-out; that’s the one for you!
Length is always the biggest obstacle when it comes to finding that perfect midi or maxi dress as a petite. Don't fret! Petite dresses are made to complement your body shape and won't leave you feeling like you are drowning in material. A great-fitting dress is the perfect closet staple that will take you from day to night effortlessly.
As I sit in an unintentionally endless Pinterest deep dive, the looks that have most frequently caught my eye have been those involving denim: jeans, tops, jackets, head-to-toe sets; you name it! Denim is a French fashion staple. Straight-leg jeans are especially common and an item worn and styled exceptionally well in French culture. One reason may be due to the way that this style flatters most body types, even us shorties!
Although skinny jeans may seem out of fashion to some, they are a classic silhouette that even Audrey Hepburn loved and wore. Ankle-length options are always a nice go-to for petites. Find a pair in a true petite size a couple of inches higher than your regular inseam. If you want to fully lean into this aesthetic, pair them with a button-down, some ballet flats, and a blazer!
The beauty of French fashion is that it is not simply a trend–it transcends this dynamic and ever-evolving nature. It reflects timelessness, elevation, chicness, sophistication, polish, and class.
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