Top Tips for Buying Petite Lingerie
Trailing hems, baggy busts, and straps that won't stay put are just some of the struggles that petite ladies come across when shopping for lingerie.
From moulded cups that don't fit your boobs to boning that digs into your hips, there can be so many struggles when it comes to selecting some sexy smalls that it can be tempting to give up altogether.
If that's what you're thinking, DON'T! Help is at hand.
I've trawled the Lovehoney lingerie collections to find you the perfect undies for the under-5'4"s, as well as offering a few key Do's and Don'ts when it comes to getting the most from your nightwear.
Read on for all the answers to your petite lingerie dilemmas.
Picking Your Petite Lingerie: The Do's and Don'ts
Though choosing lingerie for your size can sometimes seem a little daunting, all you have to do is follow these simple tips for the perfect style, every time:
DO Look for chemises or dresses with side slits as they'll elongate your legs
DO Choose sheer fabrics as they create the illusion of longer proportions
DO Opt for bodysuits and briefs with high-cut legs (thongs and bikini briefs rather than French knickers or boyshorts)
DO Look for adjustable straps or ties that allow you to easily alter the length of the lingerie
DO Opt for stretch-to-fit mini dresses - the one-size-fits-all fabric starts off tiny (like tights) and moulds to your body shape, preventing bagginess or excess fabric, plus the short hemlines elongate your legs
DON'T Go for longline bras, as they'll cut off your shape and make you look shorter
DON'T Be tempted by full-length chemises, bodystockings, or gowns, as they can swamp your frame
DON'T Be afraid to match your shoes to your stockings or tights - by pairing similar colours, you can elongate the look of your legs
DON'T Choose basques, corsets, or bustiers that end any lower than the hips as they can appear to shorten your proportions
DON'T Be afraid of wet look lingerie - the shine of latex, PVC, and wet look fabrics can create voluptuous curves on even the slimmest frame
The Best Lingerie for Petites
Best for Smaller Busts:
If you're smaller than a C cup, then soft cup bras make brilliant bedroom wear.
With its sheer lace and adjustable tie fastenings, it's simple to tweak the fit of this bikini-style bra to suit your shape. Plus, the halterneck style is great for boosting your cleavage, and the pretty pink embroidery draws the eye exactly where you want it most.
The matching thong also has tie sides, which not only elongate your legs, but can be easily adjusted for the finest fit.
Best for Larger Busts:
Ladies with larger bosoms will benefit most from lingerie that offers more support, so the underwired cups of this stunning iCollection babydoll make an ideal choice. Sliders to the shoulder straps allow you to easily adjust the fit, too.
The thigh-skimming sheer length will elongate your pins, while an open-backed design shows off your bottom and balances out your bust without swamping your frame.
Pair the babydoll with its matching high-cut G-string to lengthen your legs, and for extra emphasis, try slipping on some heels.
Best for Curvy Petites:
With its short hemline and leg-lengthening side splits, this sleek satin Lovehoney babydoll set is perfect for balancing out petite curves.
A plunging neckline trimmed with lace emphasises your killer cleavage, while the stretch satin moulds to your shape without clinging. The uniform pink colour elongates your proportions from underbust to thigh.
Best for Slender Petites:
If you're an athletic or slender frame and are looking for lingerie that creates curves, then step away from the basques and corsets and opt for this sensational Little Black Dress instead.
The soft black fabric is detailed with a full fishnet back and panels to the sides that draw the eye in at the waist to create an hourglass shape. With the fishnet weave creating a bootylicious back view and the mini hemline flaunting your legs, you'll love the curvy shape it creates.
In a stretch-to-fit style that moulds to most sizes, you know you'll get that perfect skintight style, every time.
Thanks to their unique height-based sizing, Kix'ies Thigh Highs are the perfect choice for shorter ladies. With the sizes A and C designed to fit anyone between 4' 11" and 5' 5" in height, you don't have to worry about extra material or the length not fitting properly.
Offering superior grip thanks to the triple silicone bands at the top of the leg, you don't even have to attach these stockings to suspenders (which can present a whole new length challenge in themselves).
The seam detail to the rear of this design is the perfect way to give the impression of longer legs, plus it's a classically sexy touch for almost any outfit.
We always want you and your partner to be totally happy with the underwear you choose, so if there are any problems at all with your final selection, don't forget that our no-quibble returns policy gives you a year to return or exchange your gift.
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