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Petite Styling Tip #3 – Proportion is key!
Do you love bold fun prints, or the classic and sophisticated stripe, or maybe you’re an accessories gal and love to layer? Have you had trouble pairing these bolder looks with your petite frame? Struggle no more! Petite women shouldn’t feel their size limits their style. Having a smaller frame doesn’t mean you can’t wear prints, or stripes, or fun and flirty accessories. As a petite fashionista, you just need to understand that the key to these bolder looks is proportion!!
Let's talk prints!
There are some fabulous prints out there! From animal to geometric to floral; there is a print for every season and every personality. No matter her preference a petite gal shouldn’t feel as though she can’t explore the world of print. When diving into these bold and eye-popping patterns remember that having a smaller frame means you should focus on smaller prints or pick and choose how you feature the print in an outfit. The rule of thumb, when judging a print size, is to make sure it is smaller than your fist! That way in won’t overpower your frame.
A great example from Extrapetite.com below!
Let's talk stripes!
There are two key rules to keep in mind when choosing striped looks. The first- stay subtle! Large wide stripes tend to overpower the petite frame and can look out of place on petite ladies! The second rule - remember to use the power of the stripe in moderation. Be sure to pick and choose where you feature stripes in your outfit or even on a single piece. A subtle and simple striped look goes a lot farther on the petite frame. Bonus tip, pairing a simple stripe with a bold single-color piece can really make the stripe pop!
See this great example from yummistyle.com below
Let's talk accessories!
Alright ladies let's talk bangles, baubles, studs, and staples! We all know the perfect accessory can make or break a look and, if we are honest, our accessory drawer(s) are getting a little full. When it comes to accessories on the petite frame it is important to remember that you are wearing the jewelry, the jewelry is not supposed to be wearing you! With this in mind the TLBC team has some tips for petite accessorizing.
First, choose whether you’re dressing your accessories or accessorizing your outfit. A look can be based around some key jewelry staples or you can choose some complementary pieces to complete the look. As a petite lady be sure to stick to this choice once it’s made! If you have a favorite necklace dress to compliment it. If you are wearing your favorite deep-v dress, find the perfect subtle dangle earring to match! Second, be kind to your smaller frame and don’t weigh it down with large, cumbersome pieces. Large statement pieces can end up taking over a look can be too strong on a petite silhouette.
See Selena Gomez complimenting the casual chic look with dangle earrings and a bold cuff!
Petite ladies should never feel as though their style is hindered by their size. The key is keeping everything in proportion. It’s the little things that make the moment anyway... right ladies!?
The Little Bra Company
"Good posture is a must!"
Bad posture is an act that many of us have been guilty of committing. It's hard not to let those shoulders fall forward in a slouch in the lovely office chair at work, or in the car during the always ridiculous traffic, and even at home during your favorite show. More so, as women we are more inclined to slouch our shoulders because our chest weights us down a bit more than most men. Slouch no more ladies!
Allowing ourselves to fall into bad posture habits make our breasts appear smaller and can even lead to more sagging over time! Bad posture also affects the appearance of your neckline and curves your back in an unattractive way. Slouching can also lead to long-term vertebra problems and back pain.
These negative qualities can easily be fixed by adopting better posture habits. Standing up straight with your shoulders held slightly back will help you immediately see a difference in your appearance. Your breasts will appear fuller and perkier than before, and by standing to your full height you will look and feel taller and thinner than before. A simple lift of the shoulders and straightening of the spine can alter your look and your confidence!
Bonus…the correct fitting bra can help improve your posture! Not only will the correct bra help give you the shape you want it can help ease back and neck pain and improve your posture in the long-term. When you find the right size your straps should be sitting comfortably on your shoulders, and the breast support should be evenly distributed between the band and the straps! Not sure about your size see our sizing guide here!
Some great posture correcting exercises are:
- Yoga – the poses and stretches will help increase flexibility and dexterity as well as strengthen your back muscles and promote correct posture.
- Pilates – Pilates will help strengthen your core muscles making your back stronger and ultimately help you naturally lift and position yourself correctly.
Here are a few tips you can use to help improve your posture right now!
- Squeeze those shoulders! – Every hour or so squeeze your shoulder back and together. Not only does this stretch feel great, it will help check your posture!
- Reach for the stars! – With your hands linked stretch your hands above your head. This will elongate your back and naturally lift you into the correct posture!
So ladies shoulders back, head tall, and chest out!
The Little Bra Company
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started!"
It’s the dreaded Monday again. Don't let the week pass you by ladies! As they say, the early bird catches the worm; so start the week off right and get a jump start on all those errands, projects and paperwork that's been piling up. We know you can do it!
It can all be overwhelming and sometimes it is easier to put things aside or find excuses for why things can’t get done! Trust us...we get it! Instead of facing the daunting task of tackling everything on your to-do list how about picking one task and devoting this week to getting it started.
Taking it step by step and focusing on the small accomplishments will help to keep you focused and not too overwhelmed. Whether it's a new workout schedule, a big project at work, or a home improvement plan get it started this week, and you will be ahead of the game before you know it!
Just get started ladies, the beginning is often the hardest part!
The TLBC Team
“Enjoy Your Own Company”
This Monday, the TLBC team, wants to take a moment to remind you to “Enjoy your own company.”
It is important to take time to be alone and to enjoy the tranquility that comes with time spent by yourself. Learning to enjoy and thrive on your own can help you better appreciate the time with those you love as well as make you a stronger and more confident person.
Maybe you have a quiet night at home, maybe a long relaxing bath with your favorite glass of wine, or maybe you simply take a walk; whatever your choice, give yourself some quality time with yourself! Even a brief moment can help re-engerize you and bring a positive light to difficult situations!
So revel in your own company this week ladies…because let’s be honest…you’re fabulous!
What to Wear Wednesday!
It is awards season! With the Golden Globes just past and many wonderful shows on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment to talk about petite dos and don’ts for evening wear!
As the starlets walk the red carpet we all watch and judge, making our own mental list of best and worst dressed. For petite women, there are some sure fire ways to look fabulous and a few things that maybe we should avoid!
1.Focus on the neck
- Look for sweetheart or plunging necklines! These necklines can help give the illusion of length and curves! (P.S. A great bra option for this look is our bestselling deep-plunge style "Lucia")
- Amy Adams used this tip and looked stunning! (shown below)
2. Work what your momma gave ya!
- Find dresses that taper at the waist and/or hug your shape so as to give the illusion of curves. Clean, sleek lines are your best friend. Not only will you look sexy, you will feel it too!
- Emma Roberts pulled off this tip in her fabulous body hugging black number! (shown below)
3. Embrace the Simple and Subtle.
- Try for subtle detail and/or prints over big statements. We never want the gown to wear you and women with petite frames can sometimes be overwhelmed by big prints or big designs. A subtle detail or design can be flattering and flirty making the look perfectly petite!
- Emilia Clarke pulled off this tip with her gorgeous and subtly embroidered gown! (shown below)
1.Too much of a good thing… is not a good thing!
- Don’t wear too much fabric! Layers and layers of fabric can overwhelm a petite frame, and before you know it we can barely find you in the dress!
2. Hemming, tacking, cutting…tailoring anyone?
- Don’t avoid the tailor! It’s not always convenient, and it’s not always wallet friendly, but ladies use your tailor! Though there should be more petite focused fashion options out there, we must accept that often the perfect look is a couple stitches away!
3. Bigger isn’t always better!
- Don’t use disproportionate accessories! We all love to accessorize; it can make or break an outfit after all! But ladies, beware of the large bold accessory choices. Sometimes that large statement piece, no matter how gorgeous, will weigh down your look and make for a disproportionate look!
Here at The Little Bra Company we believe in the power of enjoying the little things!
Life gets busy, days fly by, and before you know it another year has passed and we are left remembering all the big moments instead of experiencing the little ones.
Our lives are filled with little experiences, good and bad, that all together form and shape our memories. Sometimes the simple things can be as meaningful and memorable as the big things. Today we want to remind you to take a moment and enjoy the little things.
As you begin your week and dive in take a breath and enjoy that funny moment with your colleagues, that quiet moment with your special someone, or that lazy night with your favorite book.
The TLBC Team!
The weekend is upon us, and the TLBC Team is ready to let loose a little!
A weekend favorite here at TLBC is Girls Night Out!! We love a night devoted to some good ole female fun. A night of looking fabulous, boy gushing and/or crushing, and a few cocktails for those of us who enjoy them!
Today we would like to share a few of our favorite girly cocktails! These drinks are all things feminine, fruity, and flirty, making them the perfect choice.
1. The Stiletto
I mean really, the name alone makes it the perfect choice! But even without the killer name this drink is 100% girly and 100% delicious! There are a few versions of this cocktail, below is our favorite.
Includes: Gin, blackberries, Monin vanilla syrup, lime juice and ginger ale
Full recipe here
2. Liquid Romance
The name is a little eh we know…but bear with us! For those ladies who love all things sweet and pink this is the drink for you. It is also a great Valentines Day drink!
Includes: Currant flavored vodka, champagne, raspberry schnapps, and lime juice
Full recipe here
3. Loose Goose –
This is for all those calorie conscience ladies. If you want to enjoy a cocktail with your girls but don’t want to ruin that diet your FINALLY sticking to, or if you simply enjoy a lighter drink, this is the perfect choice!
Includes: Grey Goose vodka, mountain blast powerade, and sprite (Change the powerade to change the flavor and color!)
Full recipe here
4. Pink Lady –
Drum roll, please… This is the TLBC Team favorite! This scrumptious cocktail is all class and totally kicks shhhh. A little harder to make but totally worth the effort, the Pink Lady is sure to make your Friday FABULOUS!
Includes: Gin, applejack, grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon, egg white
Full recipe here
What To Wear Wednesday | Petite Active Wear!
For all you ladies who have decided to step up your workouts in 2014, the TLBC staff is with you! Now, just because we are working out does not mean compromise on style! Finding the perfect workout outfits can even help motivate you to keep going! With these new workouts scheduled, TLBC has put together some perfectly petite activewear recommendations!
Foundation – The “Elizabeth” bra - $58
TLBC’s resident sports bra offers comfort, style, and support. With light padding and structural seaming, this bra will give you a great shape and support the ladies while you're shedding those holiday pounds!
Tops –When working out we love something that is flattering to the frame, but lightweight and cool. Below are two perfect petite tank options!
Athleta – Fast Track Tank $44
Lucy – Workout Racerback $20
Bottoms – Our bottom needs change all the time! Sometimes we need comfy yoga pants for those floor workouts than we may need snugger capri tights for our more active sessions. Below are options for both so you will be set for whatever workout comes your way!
Old Navy - Women’s Fold-Over Yoga Pants $12
Athleta – Chaturanga Capri $54
Petite Styling Tip #1 – Start with good foundations!
No matter if you are a AA or a DD the correct fitting bra can transform your look and your confidence. For petite ladies, the right fit can help add that extra oomph in that deep-v wrap dress or smooth and lift the girls to help add a feminine feel to your best work suit.
Ideally we should have a fitting for the ladies every 6 months! Of course, we understand that you will not always have the chance or time to be fitted ...so be sure you are “doing the scoop” when you put your bra on every morning and are hand-washing your current lingerie whenever possible! This will ensure you are getting the ultimate shape and support for as long as possible!
TLBC also knows that not every bra goes with every outfit. It’s not always easy to look fabulous, we know! Making sure you have the perfect strapless style for your favorite summer dress or a comfy and flattering t-shirt bra for your casual Saturday look are both essential finds! That is why the TLBC collection features a wide array of styles and colors to fulfill all the petite fashionista’s needs.
Here is a couple of our go-to styles!
This deep-plunge style is our bestseller and is available in 8 colors! With convertible straps and contoured padding, this style is versatile and will give a natural cleavage-enhancing look. The lace overlay is great as a sexy peek-a-boo detail and will be sure to add a little something extra to your favorite looks. Because it is a plunging style the cups are slightly closer set so be sure to “do the scoop” and if you find your breasts are wider set try our “Ethel” style for a similar look and flattering shape!
This full coverage demi-cup style is a great t-shirt bra that offers both a nude and black strap option for ultimate versatility and style. This style also features removable padding allowing you to control the shape and lift of the cup to best fit your outfit. The Julia band does fit a bit snugger so for those of you who are inbetween band sizes you may want to try the larger band!
A new edition to our collection, the Slip/Chemise, is a must-have basic! Available in both black and nude this flattering body hugging slip will give you smooth lines and a feminine shape underneath your favorite dress or skirt. With a built in Lucia bra, this lingerie piece fits and flatters just like our bestselling “Lucia” style and will leave you feeling comfortable and sexy all day long!