Top Tips for Buying Petite Lingerie

by Lovehoney

on 21 Jun 2016

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:

  1. DOLook for chemises or dresses with side slits as they'll elongate your legs

    DOChoose sheer fabrics as they create the illusion of longer proportions

    DOOpt for bodysuits and briefs with high-cut legs (thongs and bikini briefs rather than French knickers or boyshorts)

    DOLook for adjustable straps or ties that allow you to easily alter the length of the lingerie

    DOOpt 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

  2. DON'TGo for longline bras, as they'll cut off your shape and make you look shorter

    DON'TBe tempted by full-length chemises, bodystockings, or gowns, as they can swamp your frame

    DON'TBe afraid to match your shoes to your stockings or tights - by pairing similar colours, you can elongate the look of your legs

    DON'TChoose basques, corsets, or bustiers that end any lower than the hips as they can appear to shorten your proportions

    DON'TBe 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

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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Originally published on 21 Jun 2016. Updated on 5 Aug 2020