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My top 5 brands for petite maxis in the UK

As far as fashion has come, maxi dresses and maxi skirts continue to be a struggle for us petite ladies. Here are my five favourite places to find maxi dresses and skirts that won’t trip me up:

  1. Dorothy Perkins: They have a dedicated petite maxi section although from what I’ve seen, it’s (not surprisingly) limited in range.Particularly for the maxi skirts. The items are varied size-wise which is great however, I would note that in my opinion, their petite maxi dresses are on the pricey side.
  2. ASOS Petite: Their petite range is pretty incredible compared with other brands. Their maxi skirts and dresses are very varied in style and price range which are great things. They could do with going up in size for petite maxis.
  3. Miss Selfridge: I’ve only tried one maxi dress from Miss Selfridge but I’ve seen them on petite friends so can vouch for them working for you if you’re at least 5″0. The one I tried was for a wedding and was a bit lacy with gold embellishments. I will say it was a tad bit too long in a size 10 and without shoes on but otherwise it was perfect.
  4. Maya: the most beautifully embellished petite maxis I’ve seen in a long time. Their petite sizing seems to be on point to me and their combination of sexy, slinky and comfortably soft is a 10/10.I just wish they had their own store! Or maybe they do and  haven’t discovered it online yet…let me know in the comments if they do! Maya petites are currently available on ASOS and Dorothy Perkins.
  5. Chi Chi London: if you’re into lacy, tulle, princess-y dreams, Chi Chi maxis are a good place to look. Like Maya petites, their petite sizing is good from what I can tell. They’re great for the typical bride and bridesmaid kind of maxi dresses as well.

Comment to share your recommendations of good places to find petite maxi dresses online and in stores in the UK and abroad!

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Picks of the Week 23717

Picks of the Week 23717

J Crew long fancy dress
£110 – jcrew.com

Lands End 3 4 length sleeve dress
£35 – landsend.com

Dorothy Perkins pleated maxi dress
£35 – dorothyperkins.com

Grey floral dress
£54 – newlook.com

Miss Selfridge pink skater dress
£22 – euro.missselfridge.com

Red blazer jacket
wallis.co.uk

River Island tall romper
£54 – riverisland.com

Topshop romper
£52 – topshop.com

Miss Selfridge party skirt
£26 – missselfridge.com

Miss Selfridge blue floral romper
£52 – missselfridge.com
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Picks of the Week 9717

Miss Selfridge cold shoulder dress
£62 – missselfridge.com

River Island tee shirt dress
£19 – riverisland.com

Red crop top
topshop.com

J Crew pink top
jcrew.com

New Look summer top
newlook.com

Miss Selfridge floral shirt
£14 – missselfridge.com

Miss Selfridge blue skirt
£53 – missselfridge.com

River Island petite pants
£54 – riverisland.com

Jump suit
wallis.co.uk

Jacques Vert hand bag
johnlewis.com
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Ten days in Tokyo

I had a wonderful ten days in Tokyo! Tokyo was on my list of places to visit for a long time so when the opportunity came up, I packed my bags and was off literally at two-days’ notice!

As many would expect, the majority of the women I saw in Tokyo during my stay were around my height (5″2) or shorter. I arrived pretty late on my first day and spent the evening walking around Shinjuku. Within a couple of hours of looking around and seeing the average heights of the local women, I decided that this would be shopping paradise. LITTLE did I know…

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I dedicated my first full day and second day in Tokyo to clothes shopping. Thinking I’d be able to find a lot of stuff and get that out of the way. My online research led me to Shibuya 109 – a shopping centre with various stores with clothing that really seemed at first glance to be for ladies much younger than myself.

I decided to be positive and adventurous so I actually tried stuff on. I tend to wear a UK size 10 on top (because I’m busty) and a UK 8 below. After three tops in two stores, I decided that either Japanese women were far smaller than I had seen thus far or Shibuya 109 was just not for someone my size and age – nothing fit and there was more pink and frills than I could cope with.

I eventually found myself in Uniqlo. I’ve only been in the one in London briefly and years ago so I can’t compare but I found quite a few cool items. I also found a lot of good stuff in GU, a store that was inside the Uniqlo building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. I believe it comes under the Uniqlo umbrella but I’m not completely sure. I’d describe GU as a cross between a trendier GAP and a more colourful Zara, however it was presented in a Primark fashion where you need copious amounts of patience to go through items. I liked it.

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Comment below if you had a bit of a struggle finding a variety of places to shop for clothing in Tokyo. Also comment below to share where you’ve had the best clothes shopping experience outside of your home country/state!

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Picks of the Week 23617

Picks of the Week 23617

London Times flower dress
£28 – nordstromrack.com

Maggy London long summer dress
£38 – maggylondon.com

Miss Selfridge ivory dress
£27 – missselfridge.com

White summer dress
very.co.uk

Topshop brown dress
topshop.com

Boohoo hi low dress
£24 – boohoo.com

Dorothy Perkins dress
£23 – dorothyperkins.com

White top
missguided.co.uk

Miss Selfridge romper
£33 – missselfridge.com

Lands’ End chino shorts
£25 – landsend.com

Topshop blue skirt
topshop.com

Miss Selfridge shorts
missselfridge.com

M&Co green pants
mandco.com

Boohoo skater skirt
£16 – boohoo.com

14th Union floral cami
£16 – nordstromrack.com

Olivia Pratt brown leather watch
£39 – jcpenney.com

Guerlain nail polish
£21 – orchardmile.com
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Picks of the Week 23617

Picks of the Week 23617

London Times flower dress
£28 – nordstromrack.com

Maggy London long summer dress
£38 – maggylondon.com

Miss Selfridge ivory dress
£27 – missselfridge.com

Boohoo hi low dress
£24 – boohoo.com

Dorothy Perkins dress
£23 – dorothyperkins.com

White top
missguided.co.uk

Miss Selfridge romper
£33 – missselfridge.com

Lands’ End chino shorts
£25 – landsend.com

Miss Selfridge shorts
missselfridge.com

Boohoo skater skirt
£16 – boohoo.com

14th Union floral cami
£16 – nordstromrack.com

Olivia Pratt brown leather watch
£39 – jcpenney.com

Guerlain nail polish
£21 – orchardmile.com

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How to avoid looking frumpy in NON-petite clothing

As much as quite a few brands are getting with the program and catering to us petites, we can’t always have closets exclusively full of clothing to fit us based on our height. Here are a few things to consider when your outfit doesn’t fit your petite frame as well as you’d like:

1. Tuck in – if the occasion, top style and length will allow it, tucking in your top will pull in a larger-than-you-would prefer top

2. Avoid layering – shorter ladies can look like they’re drowning in wearing too many clothes at a time

3. Top it off with some spandex – the word alone may make some people cringe but paired with loose fitting culottes, trousers or skirts, a spandex top will tuck everything in nicely in at least one section of your outfit

4. Belts – yes, they’ll stop a pair of loose fitting jeans or trousers from slipping but you can also use a belt to cinch in slightly baggy outfits at the waist. Again, this adds some structure

5. Pointed toe shoes – whether heels or flats, they’ll help to pull your look together so that no matter how loose fitting your clothes are!

Comment below to share some of your tips on how to make non-petite outfits look good for petite styling 🙂

XO

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Holiday wear best buys!

Holiday wear best buys!

Miss selfridge dress
£75 – missselfridge.com

Chicwish floral cami
£53 – chicwish.com

Joie flower printed dress
£47 – renttherunway.com

Strappy midi dress
oasis-stores.com

Joanie mustard dress
joanieclothing.com

Chicwish blue off the shoulder top
£31 – chicwish.com

Loose tunic
£59 – coveredbliss.com

Finders Keepers pinstripe jumpsuit
£67 – ifchic.com

Luxe floral printed skirt
£43 – dorothyperkins.com

Vintage print skirt
£16 – makemechic.com

Crystal stone necklace
£20 – taolei.com

Metal sunglasses
£12 – popmap.com
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5 places to find jewellery for tiny wrists

There was a time when girls were crazy about wearing men’s watches. That was never an option for me as it would only have looked ridiculous on my tiny wrists! In the same vein, I’ve frequently had to have my wrist jewellery adjusted to fit me in the past. I know many of you with small wrists can relate. The following companies cater for people like me:

1. Dainty Wrist Jewelry – on IG – https://www.daintywristjewelry.com/

Visit their site for unique extras like a guide on how to measure your wrists for bracelets that fir properly and for layering tips to make sure your wrist jewellery is perfectly arranged.

2. Alex and Ani – on IG – http://www.alexandani.com/bracelets.html

Alex and Ani make adjustable bracelets that you can expand or reduce to fit your wrist. I haven’t personally tried their bracelets but looking at all the reviews online, their customers with small wrists are extremely happy so they’re clearly worth trying out.

3. Skinny Wrists  Jewellery – on IGwww.skinnywrists.com 

They’ll make jewellery to fit your individual size. For those in the UK who would like to go into their store, they are based on Seaview Street in Cleethorpes and on Queens Road in Bournemouth.

4. Shopstyle – on IGhttps://www.shopstyle.co.uk/

On Shopstyle, you can filter jewellery to ‘bracelets for small wrists’ and this will give a wide range of options of different prices currently from as low as £7 to £20k for an 18ct Cartier white gold and diamond bracelet.

5. Etsy – on IG – https://www.etsy.com/

Get them custom made on Etsy with different independent designers . You’ll find a range of designers to fit your budget.

Comment below to share any info you have on other places to find jewellery for small wrists!

XO

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Picks of the Week 4617

Picks of the Week 4617

Boohoo midi dress
£14 – boohoo.com

Boohoo petite dress
£28 – boohoo.com

Boohoo blue cocktail dress
£9.31 – boohoo.com

Miss Selfridge grey sweatshirt
£14 – missselfridge.com

Dorothy Perkins petite top
£34 – dorothyperkins.com

Miss Selfridge cami tank top
£23 – missselfridge.com

Petite top
wallis.co.uk

Boohoo petite top
£9.31 – boohoo.com

Boohoo white crop top
£6.21 – boohoo.com

Miss Selfridge blue jumpsuit
£20 – missselfridge.com

Miss Selfridge brown skirt
£18 – missselfridge.com

Topshop floral skirt (sold out!)
topshop.com

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Guest post: Stephanie Lam

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Stephanie, 27
Asset Management
Height: 5’1
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Fashion inspiration
I love finding inspiration from other bloggers! I have so many favorites but to name a few: Atlantic Pacific, Fake Leather, Gal Meets Glam, Blank Itinerary, Mia Mia Mine, Pamallier.

Favourite fashion magazines
C Magazine, Porter, Vogue

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What does style mean to you?
To me, style is a personal expression. You can tell so much about a person from their style. It’s an art form of silent communication and you can make a statement without even saying anything.

Do you have any fashion rules when putting your clothing together?
Being petite, my only rule is to make sure it fits you well. There are some trends out there that just don’t fit on my body type as much as I would love to wear it!

Fashion obsession(s)?
I am currently obsessed with all off the shoulder tops!! Somehow showing off a little bit of shoulder is so sexy!

Heels or flats?
Heels!

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Are there specific brands you always go to for petite clothing?
I love shopping on ASOS for petite clothes! I also find that lot of European brands fit petite women really well too vs. American brands!

Staple clothing item
A pair of killer heels! They can jazz up any outfit!

Being petite, are there specific alterations you frequently find yourself making to your clothes in order to make them fit or look better?
Most frequently it’s either to raise up the hemline or take in the waistline.

Guilty pleasure
Travelling is my guilty pleasure. I just got back from Spain! If I could, I would quit my job and just travel the world!

Greatest life advice you ever received
It seems so general, but really that life is short and to do what makes you happy because you never know what could happen.

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