For petites, you need to consider three factors when purchasing a jumpsuit:
1. Length of pant - Nothing more than an inch above the ankle. Even with a nude sandal or flat, the shorter hem will truncate your legs and make you appear shorter than you actually are.
2. Width of pant leg - If purchasing a jumpsuit with a more fitted (or potentially tapered) leg, opt for something in a dark or nude color. These colors will lengthen and slim your body as long as the hemline reaches from the top of your ankle to right below your ankle. If the leg is wider, you need the length to be one to three inches below your ankle. This gives you the opportunity to wear a wedge (for a more casual look) or a thin strap high heel sandal (for a night time look) that will give you more height and proportion your body more appropriately.
|Nasty Gal After Midnight Jumpsuit|
For petites, the additional factor should be considered when purchasing both a jumpsuit or a romper:
FABRIC! FABRIC! FABRIC! You want something that breathes and has movement. Cottons are best, with linens running a close second. The linens are harder to iron so make sure you're in natural or lighter colors to disguise the inevitable wrinkles. If you find a one-piece you love in a synthetic fabric, again, make sure the fabric is flowy or loose. The cutout trend is still popular, and can provide some ventilation for a less breathable fabric. If you decide on a strapless jumpsuit, make sure the bodice is structured so that you do not lose your shape. I don't suggest a romper for many petites, as it can look juvenile if you are very slender or inappropriate if you are very curvy. But, hey, if you're feelin' it, WEAR IT!
Below are some jumpsuit and romper options that are petite-friendly:
|TFNC Plunge Bustier Jumpsuit|
|ASOS Bandeau Jumpsuit (available in petite sizing)|
|NY Collection Jumpsuit - Macy's|