Petite Perspectives

To each individual, fashion can have very different definitions. To one person, fashion could mean the trendiest clothes and the most expensive brands. To another person, fashion could mean creating an attire with vintage pieces. What does fashion mean to me? To me, fashion is a medium that I use to inspire petite women around the world to dress and feel amazing about their body.

I started Petite Perspectives as a little venture after I couldn’t enter the modeling world because of my height. I didn’t let rejections from modeling agencies get me down, instead I searched and found an avenue where I could do what I loved. One year later, my fashion blog has helped me meet amazing women from all around the world who share the same passion for fashion as me. My blog has helped a multitude of petite women out there feel inspired through fashion.

A lot of thought goes into the outfits that I feature on my blog. I try and put together looks that are high fashion, yet comfortable. I have always been a fashionista, as a young girl I created outfits from hand-me-downs given to me by my mum and cousins. I still wear a lot of my mum’s vintage pieces.

With autumn just around the corner for New Zealand, I decided to put together this particular look.

Distressed jeans are a staple in my Autumn wardrobe and will most probably make its way into my winter wardrobe as well. It gives your outfit an “edgy” look. Pair it up with some ankle boots and a knitted jumper and you are ready for a perfect coffee date with your girlfriends! The same jeans can even make a fine debut into your evening attire; just switch the boots up with a pair of heels, and the knitted jumper with a blouse and you are ready for a night out in no time.

Details, shape and length are three important things to consider for a dress. Dresses easily become bags for girls with a petite frame. I love details; I’ll wear anything with intricate or unique details in a heart beat. I love my outfits to have a bit of difference to the next persons.

With a heavily detailed dress, it’s always better to go for plain, nude shoes as I have done with this Sherri Hill dress. The whole look works like a package; this starts from your hair and ends with your accessories. Everything needs to be able to compliment each other. It is handy to own a nude clutch and nude shoes, which can easily be paired together with a detailed piece.

My channel aims to provide new, innovative but also a comfortable approach to fashion. My main focus is on fashion for petite women but my blog also features day-to-day looks that can inspire any wardrobe. Follow my blog on Instagram to see all the daily posts of the looks that I pair up. My goal for this blog is to keep inspiring women out there to feel sexy and beautiful in their bodies and always make life your own little catwalk! One day I am hoping to inspire more petite fashion shows and more petite women on catwalks.

By the end of this year, I am hoping to launch a Petite Women’s convention where women can get together and talk about fashion, lifestyle and beauty. From doing this, I am aiming to bring together like-minded women where we can all work together to boost women’s morale through fashion.

Work in Style

By Nicole Dickson

In many workplaces around the globe you are provided the freedom of not having a set uniform. For those who experience this, it is nice to have the choice of what to wear but also a constant battle within that choice. What can I wear? What is appropriate? What is functional? Assuming you are not doing heavy manual labour, the choices are endless… to a point.

Especially for those starting out in a position that requires a self-made uniform I am going to offer some tips so you can both look fab in the workplace but also not cross any lines. As we have learnt from schooling, there is a degree to which casual wear is appropriate. It may not be as strict as to when we were in school but there are definitely still some guidelines that must be followed.

Firstly, is skin. Let’s all remember that going out on the weekend and going to work do not require the same outfit. On your weekends, you can do what you want. Wear that sheer top or the short shorts, but maybe not to work. In this instance, imagine yourself meeting with the higher ups in your company (even working in fashion), if you would feel awkward about them seeing you in that attire, maybe take a step back and consider that. Low cut tops, overly short skirts and crop tops may not be the way to go in the office.

Instead, it may be best to go simple, even classic. A blouse and corporate skirt, a midi dress (or skirt for that matter) would be lovely, or even an awesome pantsuit, or dress shirt and long pants. If you’re ever in doubt about whether or not you think the top you’ve chosen is appropriate, SIMPLE! Chuck on a lovely monochrome blazer over the top and fear no more!

Now for the heels. Those who know me understand that I love heels as much as the next person (or maybe more). I wear heels on my days off, going to the shops and out to dinner, I’m obsessed. But as we all know, there are different styles of heels which are associated with different events. If you choose to where heels at work, I find there are two failsafe options; boots and kitten heels.

If you are on your feet more often than not, boots are a great way to still look good but also stay comfortable and practical. Heeled boots look lovely under flared work pants or jeans and let you live that comfort lifestyle. If you’re more inclined to wear stiletto’s or more delicate heels, the best option is kitten heels. These heels are not too high or flashy and go with almost anything. Kitten heels are practical for a full working day and let you feel great while not falling over constantly. These heels match perfectly with skirts, pants, dresses, you name it. Little black Mary Jane kitten heels are a staple in a working wardrobe.
Depending on your area of occupation the rules could be different, it could be much more lenient or much stricter. However not matter what, just remember, you don’t need to leave your sense of style at home and not put your own influence into what you wear, it’s more about simply using your key pieces and favourite trends and adapting those to your line of work.

I have always adhered to the saying, ‘dress for the job you want, not for the job you have’. No matter what you are doing, imagine yourself in your dream role and what you would wear in that setting. Never underestimate your ability to look good and professional at the same time.

Follow the rules of your workplace, but put your own little twist on them. Don’t lose yourself in it. Just remember that when in doubt, it is best to go safe, wear a blouse and pencil skirt on your first day and suss out from there, what you can wear.