Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Body shapes – how to choose the best gown for you.

Today’s post – Petite

We wrap up our body shapes feature with the “Petite” body shape…

Women with a “Petite” shape body are exactly as the title says – petite! Shorter in stature, with a smaller frame, “Petite” shapes are generally slim with slight curves.

“Petite” body shapes should focus on gowns that elongate their legs and don’t swamp their tiny frame.

Our favourite “Petite” celebrities are the glamorous Eva Longoria, the radiant Natalie Portman and the dazzling Reese Witherspoon.

These “Petite” shaped celebrities have chosen gowns that flatter their bodies perfectly. Eva Longoria with her beautiful olive toned skin, has chosen a peach-hued, floaty gown, which is fitted in the bodice with a high waist to create a longer look through the leg. Lovely Natalie Portman opts for a fantastic hot pink number, with a draped fitted gown, in a slim line that shows off her tiny waist. Gorgeous Reese Witherspoon amazes us with her choice – a fitted shape with layers of gradating colour, the lightness of colour on the bottom of the gown draws our eye down and creates the illusion that she is much taller.  

Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon

Do you have a “Petite” figure? Check out our hand-picked choices below to show off your slight body shape.


Karen Willis Holmes Alyssa and Estelle gowns (L-R)


For a flirty feminine look, ‘Alyssa’ is the perfect choice. Sporting a sweetheart-neckline made with layers of organza, which flow in towards the centre of the gown, this feature works to draw the eye in and up, elongating your figure. Accessorise with a diamante belt like we have as it cinches in the waist amongst the layers of fabric, making your legs look longer, as well as adding some sparkle to the gown. 

If you love a sexy, sophisticated look, ‘Estelle’ is the dress for you! With a strapless, fitted, corset bodice with shaped bra cups, lace and ribbon detailing, it has a sultry lingerie feel. The inverted v-shaped hip line lengthens your legs, with a full tulle skirt to create a softer, pretty look. Finished with a ribbon tied around the waist, the ‘Estelle’ gown is flattering and gorgeous.  

‘Alyssa’ and ‘Estelle’ are just two examples of possible gowns you could wear with a “Petite” body shape. Adorned with lots of features and detail to flatter your shape as well as elongate it, it is a hard decision which of these you would choose!


This is our last body shapes post. We hope all the information we have given on different body shapes has been helpful and that you have loved the gowns we featured. 
If you have any other questions about any of the gowns, or need some help in finding the right gown for you, please do not hesitate to ask us. You can email us, call us or pop into one of our ready to wear stores to speak to the sales assistants. 



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