If you live in a similar climate, you may need tips to help you patiently transition your wardrobe from winter to spring!
If you’re subscribed to my monthly newsletter, you might have participated in my reader’s survey where one of the questions asked was about what you like to play up or minimize on your body. The response was almost unanimous! Most readers said stomach, and while I covered this topic briefly before, I wanted to expand upon the topic in a blog post.
I have always been self-conscious of my midsection. Even at my thinnest, I had a belly, so I’ve mastered the talent of minimizing it with clothing.
- Clingy or thin materials. Just don’t do it. If you prefer to wear something fitted, choose a thicker, more structured fabric.
- Pleated skirts. The largest part of my body other than my chest is my midsection. For this reason, I tend to avoid wearing skirts altogether. I can’t stand to have the pressure around my waist. If you like skirts, pick up one that is smooth in material, since pleats can add volume around your middle.
- Low rise pants or jeans. You don’t want them sitting under your tummy or cut across it. It’s really uncomfortable and not very flattering.
- Good posture. My photographer always tells me to stand up straight and to think tall! It sounds funny, but it’s true. Take a picture of yourself slouching and then one with great posture and you’ll look like you dropped 10 pounds. I’m serious, try it!
- Watch your proportions. Wearing oversized anything can make or break you. This is why I like to opt for a petite tunic versus a regular one. Another trick is to size down if you can or wear a belt around your waist to create a feminine silhouette.
- I absolutely love these tummy control workout pants that I found at Nordstrom Rack. Seriously life changing! Working out is tough enough, why put yourself through more stress when you don’t have to? These pants make you feel slim and pulled in, plus when you’re twisting and moving you don’t have to worry about exposing your belly.
- Ruched tops and dresses do wonders for your midsection. I love the Zella workout tees for this very reason. I have them in a handful of colors and even wear them as a nightshirt. Another great workout tee is this one from the Gap.
- Vest, jackets and long cardigans are your friend. Think of these as your security blanket. Not only do they provide a lean side profile, but they also add a touch of chicness to your look. Add these pieces to tops, blouses, dresses, and even skirts.
- Have a variety of chiffon, silk, and even polyester in your closet. Be sure that the fabric is not too billowy otherwise it will just make you appear larger. Tops and dresses that have some form of draping at the front will also look great.
- Dresses also help minimize the midsection. Of course, not all dresses are created equal, so try on different styles to see what works best on your frame. Take note of the silhouette and then look for variations of it. If you’re not sure, take a selfie and then assess your options.
- High-waisted denim, pants, or skirts can really help flatter the tummy and elongate your frame. Plus they’re more comfortable than low rise styles.
What tips do you have for minimizing the midsection? Please share in the comments.
Jacket: Nordstrom (similar) | Top: Who What Wear (similar) | Necklace: Ann Taylor (also cute) | Earrings: J.Crew (cute and affordable) |Denim: Banana Republic (similar) | Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (another cute option) | Lipstick: Maybelline c/o
📷’s by Luba Kochubey Portraits
This has been an incredible summer full of rest and relaxation. From camping trips with the hubs, brunch dates with friends, and time spent on the patio, this is what summers are made of. There has been lots of food and lots of outdoor activities, but it’s time to start winding down and plan for my favorite season…fall! (aka BTS or back to school)
Now, my days of school are long gone, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t get excited about the seasonal trends and cold weather necessities coming my way! When gearing up for fall I am all about finding the perfect boot. I commute to work via bus and live in Seattle (#rain) so I must have a stylish yet warm shoe to get me from A to B. Plus, I need to be confident that my feet can get me through various meetings, coffee breaks, and discussions without sacrificing my style.
My Girl on the Go Shoe from Famous Footwear
The Drew ankle boot from Famous Footwear is stylish and meets all of my needs! Plus, the neutral color pretty much goes with everything. I like the fact that these booties will look good with jeans, but also goes with dresses and skirts. The suede material makes it a seamless transition from summer to fall too.
Thank you Famous Footwear for sponsoring this post and gifting me these shoes. All opinions are my own.
📷’s by Luba Kochubey Portraits
Have I got a treat for you! The mission behind Lace & Pearls is to help women who struggle with their personal style and to hopefully inspire them to feel confident in their own skin. Fitcode embodies all of this and more. I am very excited to share this brand and their mission because they truly empower women and everything that makes us unique.
Fitcode is created by women and for women. In a nutshell, Fitcode allows you to find the perfect denim fit each and every time, regardless of size (size offerings: 000 to 24). Their mission and vision is to “celebrate real women and real bodies.” So how does it work? It’s pretty simple and with my quick guide, you will never be caught again in a pair of ill-fitting denim!
- Take Fit Quiz! No measurements needed, just five simple questions to discover your Fitcode and your perfect pair of denim.
- Shop recommendations. You will only be shown styles in the Denim Boutique that fit you based off of your Fitcode. The hard part is choosing what you like, so to make it easy, buy them all! I kid. 😉
When you take your Fit Quiz you will be provided with a Fitcode, but then what?! As previously mentioned you can shop your recommendations in the Fitcode Denim Boutique and make your purchase through their brand partners.
Your second option is to take the Fit Quiz on one of their partner’s site such as JAG and then look for the Fitcode badge as you browse through their denim selection.
Fitcode recommended the Catherine Boyfriend by Kut from the Kloth for my Fitcode. Kut from the Kloth can also be found at Nordstrom who is also a Fitcode partner. This wash is perfect and I love the slight distressing in the upper thigh and pocket. They are definitely more on the slim side from a traditional boyfriend jean so I would recommend going up a size if you want a more slouchy fit. For size reference, I am wearing a size 6 and would recommend wearing an 8 for a true boyfriend fit. What’s great about these jeans is that the inseam is 27″ and lands just above the ankle when unrolled, perfect for those petite girls!
Thank you Fitcode for this collaboration and gifting me the denim and photos. You guys are the best! 😘 Be sure to check out my Q&A over on their blog.
Shop the Post
Blouse: J.Crew (similar) | Denim: Kut from the Kloth c/o Fitcode | Ring: Madewell (old) | Earrings: Lucia K Jewelry c/o| Necklace: J.Crew (similar) | Sandals: Josef Seibel| Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew (#270 Crystal Mauve) c/o
Photography by Tawni Eakman
When you’re petite, it can be hard to find the right clothes for your frame. Even if you’re not short, that doesn’t mean that you’re not petite. You can be tall, curvy, or even plus-sized and still be considered petite in certain areas. I am just shy of 5’4 and have a larger upper body (broad shoulders, large chest, and belly). My torso is short and I have trouble finding tops that aren’t overly long. I have the same problem with dresses and skirts because I have a short waist. My lower half is narrow, and I often go for pants that are ankle length, cropped, or skinny (worn cuffed) to avoid hemming.
This adorable top by Pleione is a Petite large. I tried a regular size large and it was too billowy and long. As mentioned before, you don’t have to be small all over to be considered petite. Being petite can be chalked up to a few things: length of limbs, shoulder width, bust size, and length of waist.
I styled this cute top with my favorite skinny jeans, sandals, and adorable cat purse (available in several colors). The bracelets and earrings are perfect for everyday since they are so easy to wear.
Tip for Shopping Petite
Shopping petite can be tricky depending on the retailer. When shopping at Loft I usually wear a size 4 or 6 in their pants. If I go for the petite option, I go up a size. For example, if the regular size 6 fits, I would be a size 8 p. More often than not, the petite option is small all over not just in length so that’s why it helps to size up. A lot of petite clothing is like this. I am narrow through the hips but that doesn’t mean that my calves and thighs are petite.
If you’re small all over, check out the the kids section. Depending on where you shop, you can sometimes get the same brands sold in the women’s department, but for a fraction of the price. Usually, sizes 12-16 will fit quite well; I used to do this all the time when I was a smaller size. The kid’s section is also a great alternative if your feet are small.
Petite Brands I love
Petite clothing has come a long way, and there is more available. If not in-store, then definitely online.
Retailers that sell Petite
- Banana Republic
- J.Crew Factory
- Ann Taylor
- Petite Studio New York
- Top Shop
No matter your size, you’re fabulous! For more body positivity, check out my feature on the Stitch Fix blog for their My Body My Style campaign.
Shop the post:
Top: Pleione (sold out/another cute option) | Jeans: AG | Earrings, and Bracelets: Sugarfix by Bauble Bar c/o| Purse: Ted Baker | Sandals: Josef Seibel (no longer available) | Lipstick: Lancôme Matte Shaker Lipstick (Pink Power) c/o
📷’s by Luba Kochubey Portraits