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Top petite style advice from personal stylist and former buyer Claire Lopez

Posted on November 16 2018

I am delighted to welcome Claire Lopez to our petite style blog. Claire is doubly qualified in fashion with experience both as a buyer and as a personal stylist. The very first time I showed Claire the Jennifer Anne collection, I could see straight away how her background as a fashion buyer really gave her an edge when working as a stylist. Claire has a great eye for colour, cut and fabric and a deep understanding for what works in a particular style and what doesn't. I can't recommend her highly enough and am so pleased that she loved the Jennifer Anne petite collection.  

 

As a Personal Stylist, former Buyer and someone who is 5 foot 2”, I know personally and professionally the challenges facing a petite shopper.

The most obvious sartorial issue is that of length and this can mean that skirts and dresses finish at a frumpy or unflattering point, while trousers are bunched around the ankles, making finding even the key components of your working wardrobe doubly difficult. But the cut and fit of the Jennifer Anne collection means the pieces are designed to be perfectly proportioned for the petite figure.

The right skirt and trousers are the centre pieces of any professional woman’s wardrobe and will allow you to create multiple outfits when paired with different tops and jackets. I love the crease-free fabric and the fit of the Maia pencil skirt and Sita trousers.

 

 Petite black pencil skirt khaki trousers

Likewise, the perfect dress can be an elusive beast, the perfect sleeved dress even more so.

The style you go for will depend on your shape, but the collection has different styles to choose from. So if you are looking for something that highlights your curves and shows off your waist, then you can pick from the Artio, Beiwen or Flora styles.

 

petite black v-neck shift dress red navy tailored shift dress  

 Or if you are after something a bit looser that will follow your contours without necessarily clinging, then the Freya or Anna will be for you.

 

petite three quarter sleeve blue shift dress black petite shirt dress Jennifer Anne 

And if it is the desk to dinner look you are after, particularly for the party season, then go for the Bronte or Winterson where the fabrics will do all the talking for you.

 

 Petite black textured sweater dress blue A-line chanel like dress italian boucle metallic thread fabric Jennifer Anne

 

Moving beyond finding the building blocks of your capsule wardrobe, there are a few general styling rules that apply no matter what your height or size but these become even more crucial when height is not on your side.

It’s always a good idea to show your wrists as these tend to be the narrowest part of the body, but when you’re petite that can be hard, as sleeves also inevitably sit too long on your limbs.

When your sleeves are too long, not only does this compromise the sharpness of your look, it also makes your proportions seem out of kilter. Plus – and it’s a big plus – when your sleeves finish at the right length or slightly further up the arm, this has the added benefit of making your legs look longer. And who doesn’t want that?!

The other thing about sleeves is that they are generally much more flattering when they sit on the body – if they don’t, this can add unnecessary width up top which as a petite person you can ill afford to do. The additional volume can overwhelm your frame and give the impression that you are borrowing someone else’s clothes, which is not a good look for any professional.

The tops in the Jennifer Anne collection have clean, simple cuts, the right length and shape of sleeves and work perfectly under jackets. This might sound simple and obvious but if you do as much shopping as I do with clients, you will know that perfect tops like the Proserpina or Libera are not actually that easy to find. 

 

V-neck short sleeved tailored blue top ivory three quarter sleeve top petite Jennifer Anne 

Most women want to simplify their wardrobes, have versatile pieces that will work hard for them and that will work together with the end goal of looking effortlessly stylish. As a petite professional, the Jennifer Anne collection can definitely help eliminate your dressing dilemmas.

Thank you Claire for your style advice for our petite customers. I am sure they will find it really helpful.

If you would like to read further style tips from Claire or contact her for any style advice, do take a look at her website

 

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