The fashion world has a new style crush and with her edgy and bold style choices, it’s easy to see why Jenna Ortega is the latest obsession. Her edgy adult roles on screen have had a significant influence on her style - think lace details, platform heels, and the color black. Of course, we love her because she’s a fellow petite woman but her most common claim to fame is her recent role on Netflix’s show "Wednesday" which has made her into the superstar that we know and love. Because it’s fall and leaning towards darker styles, this post is all about our love for Jenna and the ways we’ve been trying to implement her petite style into an everyday wardrobe!
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The Oversized Suit
If you’re wanting to get that edgy feel at work, nothing can beat an all-black look. Jenna is known for adding a bit of gothic style to everything and her spin on a suit is to keep everything oversized. This might seem to contrast a petite frame which is already on the shorter side but the key is to keep everything petite in sizing and length.
Our suggestion is to go for a boyfriend-style blazer that is oversized in nature but make sure to opt for petite sizing to keep from overwhelming your figure. To keep the oversized look going, try your blazer with a fitted top tucked into some wide-leg pants in a matching black hue. Still think the oversized look isn’t for you? Go for a slim pair of pants instead - you’ll still be looking edgy if you keep things in a dark color scheme.
Bold pops of color are welcome when trying to create an edgy look and we love how they aren’t overly gothic as some of us aren’t that out there with our style. How can you re-create this look in a modern way? Go for a bold-colored dress in a longer length! We love a petite dress with side slits too - it allows your legs to shine for an elongating effect. You’re sure to look and feel amazing whether going to work or out running errands.
If a dress might not be your thing, try out this style by pairing a bold-colored top with a pant or jean in the same color for a monochromatic outfit. Plus, monochromatic looks are flattering on petites! Style with neutral shoes for a look that shows your love of color in a fun way.
A Mini Moment
The LBD has been around for many years and it’s not surprising that Jenna is wearing one on the red carpet here. The simple and understated style makes it the perfect vehicle for tailoring towards an edgy style or even making it more feminine. For a petite figure, go for a shorter length or if you’re not for showing off your legs, try a maxi - both of these will help elongate your frame while flattering your figure.
We need to talk about how to make this dress practical for your everyday wardrobe. The key is layers! Want that edgy look for a date night? Layer on a moto jacket. On the other hand, you can easily make an LBD work appropriate with some tights and a blazer for a cool-girl moment.
On Screen Style
Some of the outfits from "Wednesday" are great starting points for adding edgy style to your look in a way that’s not so intimidating. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with all-black looks and we’re a sucker for a good layered look to keep things cozy. Focus on finding true petite layering pieces that will fit your shorter sleeve length and torso length perfectly!
Start off your look with a printed sweater - you could go for one with lots of black or keep it on the softer side with a dark maroon or teal. Then layer on a great black jacket like a moto or even a utility style for a perfect fall layer! To make this look approachable and cool, add a pair of black jeans with a straight leg with a high rise to help elongate your legs. For shoes, opt for some Doc Martens or even Converse for a laid-back vibe!
Met Gala Gold
We can’t do a post on Jenna Ortega without mentioning her iconic Met Gala 2023 look. With pops of gold and bold edges and loads of volume, you may wonder how to get this look in your everyday life. The key here is not to try too hard to replicate this look; instead, you want to go for adding elements of it to your look. A key takeaway from this look is the bold chains throughout so try adding some chunky gold jewelry. For petites, think thin layered necklaces to get that edgy-inspired look that won't feel or look too heavy on your frame.
To play off the feminine and gothic contrast going on here, go for a sweet mini dress in a slip style and layer on a black jacket in an oversized fit. Go for a bold platform heel or if you want to stay closer to the ground, opt for a vintage penny loafer style that is similar to the heels Jenna is wearing here.
Jenna Ortega’s style may be a bit overwhelming at first but we hope this post helped you to see how you can get a similar look in a much more modern and chic way while being petite. The key takeaway here is to opt for adding elements that you like into your everyday style!
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