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5 Tips for Styling Petite Clients

By Michelle Ecker on April 07, 2017

The New York Institute of Art and Design offers online image consultant training and because we do, we like to provide free tips for image consultants. Enjoy!

5 Tips for Styling Petite Clients

When working as a professional personal stylist, one of the most common client-types you’ll handle are those who are looking to flatter their specific figure more effectively. Therefore, it’s important for you to develop a general sense of some industry tricks for flattering all body types. Getting started, here are 5 ways you can make a more petite client more comfortable with their look:

  1. Prints- Prints are a great tool to use when flattering petite women. For the most part, smaller motifs work more effectively as well (think teeny tiny polka dots).
  2. Shoulders- Oftentimes, tops meant for taller clients don’t look right on more petite women because they sit improperly on the shoulders. When your client is trying things on, just be sure that the top of the sleeves sit on the bony top part of the shoulder, not drooping further down the upper arm.
  3. Neckline- The best necklines to look for when styling a shorter client are either V-neck or scoop. These shapes help add height.
  4. Hemline- Generally, stylists like to stick with hemlines that fall above the knee when dressing more petite people. It offers a more flattering, lengthening accentuation of the legs.
  5. Shape- It’s important for you to make sure not to dress a petite client in any piece with too much of a boxy shape. You should also avoid pieces that come with a lot of excess, hanging fabric- otherwise you risk making them look like they’re drowning under an overwhelming piece.

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