Ohhh goodness, guys. Bear with me on this one. The task was not easy and I’m not confident in how well this wardrobe will suit her. Let’s just say, petite women, I feel your shopping frustrations. I’ll explain why below.
But first, let’s meet Leanna! Leanna is a super active mom of a 6 year old and a 1 year old who has a full-time job and is the anchor for her large extended family. Not only does Leanna need help dressing for all of these different settings, she also needs help dressing her 5’2″ frame and her body shape. She said, “The problems I’ve had with fit are finding the right pieces and styles that keep me from looking short and dumpy. I’ve had trouble highlighting my smaller legs, given I’m only 5’2″ with a short waist, while also drawing attention away from my round midsection.”
Leanna’s style preferences are SO fun and exciting, so I wanted to give Leanna a colorful, funky wardrobe full of lots of patterns, but I also had to juggle finding pieces that would fit her petite frame and flatter her figure…and hopefully at reasonable prices.
The difficulty was that there aren’t as many options for petite women, and whatever was in stores at this time tended not to be as fun and exciting as I think Leanna could do. I did my best, but I Just couldn’t find as many pieces for her that I had envisioned. Instead I relied more on accessories to incorporate that pop to the outfits.
Some of these items are pretty expensive (compared to what’s usually on this blog, at least), so please understand that this is not a list of specific items that Leanna should buy as it is more a list of types of items she could look for.
Almost all links are for petite sizes but often have petite and regular options. Shopping links throughout the post below.
Since Leanna is concerned about her midsection, I hoped for tops with structure built in, like an empire waist, a faux-wrap, an open neck, or darting or seaming in a “C” shape at the waist to create definition for her, but honestly the options available with those characteristics were mostly kind of boring. I ended up just choosing some pieces with more pattern and color that I hope will work for her shape.
I could at least find tops with open necklines to elongate her petite frame, and top #4 has an empire waist which should hit the narrowest part of her, right under her bust, and flow down to conceal anything she’s worried about.
The black blazer will be a great staple for her, particularly for work and for nights out. If you click to the one above you can see it has some seams that will nip in and create more definition for her upper body. “Make the clothes do the work for you,” say Stacy and Clinton.
I love denim jackets and cargo jackets for on-the-go moms because they’re durable for when you’re with kids, but they can also be chic and worn for other occasions that don’t involve kids. The cargo jacket I listed has strings to nip in at the waist too, also helping create some definition in the waist.
Cardigans are also excellent for moms (and for work) because you can move around really easily in them. Since Leanna didn’t seem to be scared of prints, I thought a printed cardi would be great for her. Whether it’s animal print, stripes, florals, or a fun geometric one, a printed cardi will be an instant piece to add interest to plain basics.
Seriously guys, I’m wiped from shopping! This one was really difficult to do, especially online, because like I said, I’m not confident that this will suit her style preferences well. Usually if the person is in front of me this is a good starting place but we get to tweak things if my hunches don’t work well. Without having her actually in front of me for feedback and that kinda stuff I wasn’t quite sure about everything so I hope this works out for her!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed. Your encouragement is much appreciated!
Like last time you can create outfits for Leanna below. What might be helpful is if you labeled them for the types of activities you think she could wear the outfit to based on her profile above. 🙂
**For more posts like this, see the Wardrobe From Scratch Series.
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