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Petite Problems

As per a special request, here is a post to help those petite curvaceous ladies finally find some pants that fit! I certainly understand that pant shopping for anyone is a difficult task, but throw in the fun variables of being over a size 12 and under 5’4″ and life gets a bit more tricky. Stop fretting, I have worked with ladies (and men for that matter) of all sizes, ages and heights and all of them look HOT when I am done:)

Here are a few solutions to your daunting task as to not pull your hair out (Britney Spears proved that bald is not a good look). Start by making sure you search for a store that has a petite’s department, otherwise tailoring will definitely solve any length issues so don’t worry if you can’t find one. Just to make life more simple, why don’t I list a few off the top of my head? Here goes… Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Lord and Taylor and usually Loehmann’s. There’s a good start for you!

Now, once you have made the wonderful trek to the store, it is time to search and conquer! You will kick those pants ass! First things first, make sure the waist is high enough. This is defined by whatever is comfortable for you. Preferably, try to not make the plumber jealous. Basically, keep your crack well-tucked away. Secondly, you need the pant to be well-fitted through the thigh and straighter to wide leg at the bottom. This means that the pants should fit comfortably through the thigh; think room to breath, but not to fit another leg. The bottom width should either match the width of your actual thigh of be slightly wider. Do not go with a full on wide leg style because this DOES NOT work for curvaceous petite ladies. In fact, it does the opposite!

The final step is quite simple. There will most likely be pockets in your new fabulous pants. Well that’s nice, get rid of them. Upon purchasing your new awesome pants, you will take them to the tailor, have the pockets cut out and sew them shut. Bye, bye. Most pockets on curvier women tend to fold open adding width and drawing attention to your hips. Bad idea.

So, now that you have your new pants (that are tailored to the proper length, either with flats or heels, not both!), throw them on and do a little dance. You did it, you found pants that make you look HOT!

P.S. Walk away from the flat front styles. Your pants should always button and zip in the front. This ain’t the 1980’s and we certainly don’t want to accentuate any lovely lower stomach, now do we?

Ann Taylor Loft: Petite Marisa A-Line Tweed Pants

The Ultimate Raincoat

I am sitting here on this crappy day in New York City and what better to talk about then raincoats. There is no need to look unhappy just because you feel unhappy! Stylish and rain are two words that can go together!

The first order of business is functionality. Looking cute and being soaking wet are not part of the stylish plan. You need to first make sure that the jacket is either water resistant or waterproof. Just because it looks like a raincoat doesn’t always mean that it is. Next up, style. Black is the most likely choice, but think outside of the box. Have I taught you nothing?!? Choose a neutral color such as brown, eggplant or even ruby red. The raincoat should also have some shape as you should not get lost behind your rain gear ever! Add a cute umbrella and sleek rainboots and you will be the cutest dry person on the block!

Ellen Tracey Women’s Iridescent Patent Raincoat

The Cape Jacket

This is the perfect jacket for this time of year! It is a fun and playful way to set yourself apart from the fashion crowd. The cape has been around forever and might be seen as much more of a classic piece, but rock it out ladies by adding your own personal spin. Choose a fabric that is bold and stands out among the other sullen looks that surround you:) I know you can’t wear a hand bag over your shoulder so it may not be the most practical, but as an evening jacket it is perfect with a clutch. And, there is no need to spend a fortune on this unforgettable piece. It is a trend that comes and goes, but will continue to come back well into your grand daughter’s high fashion days…..

NY and Company Plaid Swing Cape

Riding boots

I can certainly understand that in this time of recession you have to be thoughtful about what you buy. Time for investment pieces ladies! Shoes and bags are go-to pieces that, if chosen correctly, should stand the test of time. Save your pennies this season for an AMAZING pair of riding boots. This is not a style that is going anywhere. I would stick to a basic brown or black to really make this purchase last.

The ultimate brand in boots is none other than Frye. They may be a bit pricier than the others, but trust me, you will still be wearing these boots in twenty years! I am not exaggerating, I seriously have clients who own Frye boots from the 70’s. They are meant to look distressed which adds to their longevity.

Black Leather Frye Dorado Riding Boot

High-waisted belts

Love them or hate them, people just can’t seem to figure out when or how to wear them! Ah, the dreaded high-waisted belt. So here are a few tips: Thin to medium width belts work on most body types. If you are short waisted this is not necessarily the best look for you, but if you must, the thinner the belt the better. If you have a large chest, also stick to a thinner belt. Wearing a large belt with only exemplify your ample bust and not in a good way ladies! Color and texture can be your best friend with a belt. Purple, red, crocodile, patent leather, gold… The list goes on and on! I always suggest owning at least one metallic belt to give your outfit a pop without overwhelming the rest of the look.

Trick: Wear a blouse that is slightly longer than your hips and is a bit loose. By cinching it with a belt, you will truly be accentuating the smallest part of your body, your waist. Blouse the shirt slightly so the belt is the most fitted piece in your look. Inevitably your waist is now specifically the smallest part showing off that curvy body of yours!

Jack Rabbit Collection (courtesy of Bluefly.com)
Gold metallic leather Aspen hip belt