Friday, April 18, 2014

Petite Fashion Tips: How to Dress for an Interview/Office


Hey guys! Today I wanted to share a helpful tip video on dressing for petites. I've mentioned in the past how short I am (around 4'11") so I've gotten a ton of you asking where I get my clothes and how to get things to fit properly, especially since doing lookbook videos.

Since I never got a chance to delve into the topic in video before, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share a couple shorts I filmed with my friend Evelina (5'2") centered around petite fashion and what to look out for in both professional workwear and everyday casual-wear!

Check out the two videos after the jump!
To start off, here is the vid on my channel which focuses on what to wear for an interview (there are so many details to watch out for and alter on a suit!) and also fun ways to fashionably play up a creative office look.


MY OUTFIT:
Blazer | Theory "Gratian"Blazer (similar)
Skirt | Theory "Joanie" Skirt (similar)
Blouse | Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes | bought in Korea (similar Ann TaylorKurt Geiger)


In Evelina's video we share a couple of our everyday outfits that feature details with petites in mind. You also get to see a peek into our personal style. ;)


MY OUTFIT:
Blazer | ASOS (similar Alice + Olivia & ALC)
Camisole | Aritzia (similar Topshop & boohoo)
Jeans | bought in Korea (similar Old Navy & 7FAMK)
Shoes | Keds

Hope you guys enjoyed these videos! If you want to check out more of Evelina you can see her fashion blog here

Readers, do you have to wear clothes in consideration of your height or shape? Do you have any tips to add for petites? Let me know in the comments!




20 comments:

  1. I am short too! I find it hard to dress professional when I look like a 8 year old.

    Laila from Townhouse Palette ♥

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    1. I know how you feel! But I also think it's important not to think of yourself as looking "like an 8 year old" because as much as it's lighthearted, we should think of ourselves more positively! Altering clothes to fit perfectly is a great first step to not only look polished, but to feel more confident and professional too. :)

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  2. The "tips on how to dress for an interview" video is SO helpful, thank you!

    LIVE . IN . LOVE

    ~

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    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful! :D

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  3. This is great, I am petite too, and have problems finding pants. The tailor is my best friend :)

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    1. Haha me too. I feel like half my entire wardrobe is altered!

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  4. I find fitted dresses, either just above the knee, or to the knee, work well for giving me a longer looking body. Because they're single units of clothing, I don't have to worry about my proportions looking odd if a blouse comes slightly untucked as the day wears on. Also, because they're fitted, the shoulders fit well, if I need to put on a jacket, a shorter blazer works well, alternatively a thinner scarf/shawl wrapped around works well.

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    1. Awesome tips! I totally agree, overly blousey tops can start looking unkempt as the day goes on. (A friend of mine swears by tucking into high-waisted undies!) I also love dresses because they are easier to alter and it's a whole outfit without needing to adjust many pieces.

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  5. Thank you for providing such videos and posts - they are extremely informative and helpful for us petites :) I also always have problems finding pants which are adequate for my height. I hope you keep providing such posts since there aren't many guides and tips online to assist petites and am deffo looking forward to a spring lookbook ;)

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    1. I have the hardest time with pants too! That's why I almost always opt for skirts when wearing a suit. Pantsuits have a tendency of making me look shorter since they aren't as fitted, which brings about the dreaded "do they think I look too juvenile?" worries. Pant alterations are almost always more than just a simple hem, versus skirts where taking in the sides or hem isn't usually as difficult.

      Spring Lookbook is coming this weekend! :D

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  6. Thank you so much for these tips! Especially for the prints! I love prints but sometimes when I try certain patterns on I look like I'm being swallowed by them. I'll have to also go hunting for a skirt suit and hope that works better. I

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  7. These were awesome tips! I'm about 5'2" as well and it's suuuuper difficult to find things that fit someone so short, but I'm also not the thinnest lady on the block lol. ^^; I'll find things that fit the shoulders or bust area perfect, but the sleeves are too long and things just don't hang right. I'm definitely looking into a tailor, it would most likely save money in the long run. ^__^ Hope to see more petite fashion tips in the future. ♥

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    1. Absolutely find a tailor! Even with everyday clothes, if you alter it slightly it brings a whole new life to your clothing. Just think about if a $6 hem or $4 sleeve adjustment tacked onto the purchased price is worth the increased wear + fit. :)

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    2. Great video Jen. My tip would be tucking in the shirt. It makes a world of difference. And totally agree on pants too. Now after having a baby, high heels are out of the question, I struggle with pants even more :-(

      Love,

      Danielle (from Daniellescorner.com - Fashion & style for petite under 5')
      Newest video - Dress to run errands on YOUTUBE channel: daniellescornerblog

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  8. PLEASE do a prom fashion video for petite girls !! :)

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  9. Hi Jen, I just discovered your tutorials and I'm so addicted to them that I've been watching them on youtube way past midnight the whole week. You make loud colors so wearable.. Can you please please do one like the St. Patrick's Day: Green Winged Eyeshadow Tutorial but for blue eyeshdow?

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  10. There's a blog I follow by Jean @ extrapetite.com that addresses this exact issue! I have a feeling you two would be friends (if y'all don't know each other already, that is)!

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  11. If I could dress this cutely to interviews and work I'd be so happy.. ! Alas, the medical field doesn't allow one to be so trendy. :( Very cute though!

    Jen
    www.chibistk.com

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  12. I'm also short like many Asian girls. But if dressed well, I can look very tall.

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  13. Hi, could I ask what size was your theory suit?

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