Can petite's wear midi skirts?
OH HELL YES THEY CAN!
I'm a huge advocate for dressing for your shape. I must admit that. However I am not an advocate for rules when it comes to styling.
What floats my boat, and tickles my pickle, is knowing how to make any item work for you, with the magic of styling.
Just a few strategic items combined with that piece that "shouldn't" work with your body shape *INSERT eye roll emoji here* and you're en route to styling success and in turn on the way to wearing what the heck you want to, when the heck you want to.
What other people think of my outfit choices is totally irrelevant to me and I believe should be to you too. There are myth after styling myth about what tall, small, curvy and slim gals should and shouldn't be wearing and whilst I agree with them to some degree, I say we throw caution to the wind and stick a middle finger up to the majority of these rules.
That being said, and middle fingers aside, it is always nice to know that we are working to accentuate our best features whatever they may be but never compromising the pieces that we love and that make us feel great for many different reasons AMIRITE?! First up I challenge you to highlight the parts that you love about yourself and the things you enjoy flaunting and in turn dressing to showcase. Nail this first step and you're half way there to dressing for you and feeling marvellous doing so.
A myth that I feel a number of girls my height and smaller face is whether we can wear midi length pieces. Heck, just a couple of years ago now when the midi skirt was at its absolute pinnacle, I shied away from them believing they weren't quite right for just 5ft4 of me.
But you know what, I've learnt the absolute opposite in more recent times. I truly believe that the midi length is a fabulously lengthening device and one that I enjoy dabbling into and playing with from time to time.
We're short, we get it.
We should be flaunting our little legs in mini skirts with stacked platform boots to lengthen them to their fullest. This is excellent, I enjoy myself a mini skirt as much as the next girl, and don't even get me started on my obsession with seventies style platform boots; but that by no means, should restrict and limit us to just this way of dressing! We can, should and will wear what we want and wear it with the confidence that it bloody well deserves.
Masses of fabric draping from our waistline isn't always the most flatttering of things to grace our bodies with, for anyone might I add, let alone anyone under 5ft5.
A midi shaped item ofc falls under this bracket, however with the right styling pieces... I'm looking at you slim fit tee and heeled boot, it can lengthen our entire body making us look deceivingly taller with a leaner silhouette, something that despite being comfortable with my body, is never really gonna go a miss now is it?
Try a pleated midi skirt if you're new to this. They're the tried and tested midi style for me and the vertical pleats create an elongating optical illusion, similarly to vertical stripes (although you know I'm a champion for a horizontal stripe, yet another styling myth I'm keen to abolish) making us petite babes seem a little taller indeed, but please don't be restricted to that, wear what the heck you want to, but these lines are a foolproof way of being able to rock those trickier silhouettes and feeling totally badass in the process.
I'm writing this as I regularly read comments on my Instagram and on my YouTube channel saying they didn't realise someone petite could wear something like that and whilst it's frustrating, I get it, I was under this illusion too, until now.
It means the world that I've been able to show you that you can wear such a thing, it's just down to taking those must-have pieces that we've all been told we couldn't possibly pull off, and knowing exactly which styling touches to add to them to make them work for you.
You can and should wear whatever the heck you want and wear it with confidence and of course lashings of sass.
And as for those myths, well I think I've just proven it wrong don't you?!