"Sometimes the clothes at Gap Kids are just too flashy. So I'm forced to go to the American Girl Store and order clothes for large Colonial dolls."– Angela Martin, The Office
In the past, being a petite woman had serious style drawbacks.
Your shoes had to be closed-toe so you could stuff the toe box with tissues to fill in the half-size-too-big gap. Blazers were not an option because they fell to your mid-thigh, making it look as if you played dress-up in your dad’s closet. And shopping in the Tween section was disappointing as you turn over that pair of dark denim jeans only to reveal “Angel” emblazoned across the back pocket.
Fortunately for our smaller-statured friends, fashion now provides solutions—instead of challenges—that flatter and elongate your frame. And one blogger advancing these sartorial solutions is Christine Petric of The View from 5 Ft 2. Christine, who, as you might guess, is 5' 2", dedicates her blog to helping other petite women master fashion trends taken for granted by taller women.
Click through the pages of The View from 5 Ft 2 for a quick review of Christine’s go-to style tips: Wear nude heels to visually lengthen legs. Crop skinny jeans to avoid unflattering excess fabric pooling at the ankle. Draw the eye upward with a patterned blouse or statement collar necklace. And never shy away from a mini-skirt.
We spoke to Christine to learn more about her evolving style, her recent move to New York and the style icons she regularly turns to for inspiration on fashion trends for slighter frames.
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog awhile back when I was working in another state during the week on a client project. I had nothing to do at night really, because I traveled Monday through Friday. So I found myself looking for a creative outlet. I ended up coding a theme and started my blog—a total ball of nerves but really excited to give it a shot. It's been quite the journey, but I'm so glad I did it!
When did you move from Chicago to New York?
I moved this past August and to be honest, I was so nervous! I never thought that I would be able to live in New York City but knew this was where I was supposed to be right now. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine being anywhere else!
Who are your style icons?
I love the way that Miroslava Duma makes anything look good; and it's inspiring since she's close to my size. It really opens my eyes to what I can potentially pull off and how to style things. I'm a huge fan of Taylor Tomasi-Hill's style, because she is so creative and really has an eye for making an outfit a masterpiece that looks so effortless.
Does living in New York influence your style?
Yes, 100%! I didn't realize it right away but I think in general the entire move helped me hone in on my style a little more. There's something about minimalism and living in a really small space that really helps you edit. I don't buy things I'll only wear once because there's no room to store it! I also find myself on the edgier side than I had been, which can be nice because I totally blend in. There's also an ease about New Yorkers where they're not quite as done up, but still look completely pulled together. I'm working on that, too!
Aside from the usual keys, cards and phone, what are the five items always in your purse?
Chapstick, at least one shade of lipstick, headphones for when I'm walking and on the subway, sunglasses and a brush. Having tangled hair, chapped lips and nothing to drown out the crazy noise are three of my least favorite things!
What is the best style advice you’ve ever received?
If you like it, wear it.
What is your favorite Chicago and New York restaurant?
That's the toughest question! I love the food scene in both places, but if I absolutely had to choose I would pick GT Fish & Oyster (amazing oysters, crudo and seafood) or Bavette's Bar & Bouef (sit downstairs!) in Chicago. My favorite restaurants so far in New York are Pulqueria and Freeman's.
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Hose or bare legs in winter?
Bare legs! I'd rather have cold legs than wear tights.
Body-con or boyfriend?
Skinnies or flares?
Wine or cocktail?
Night out or in?
Sweet or savory indulgence food?
Why did you choose the Vince Camuto Fandy sandals?
I love printed neutrals because they’re an easy way to elevate your look without having to overcomplicate your outfit. The sandals are perfect for spring and summer and can be paired with just about anything! I'm going to be wearing them with lots of shirtdresses, white and camel colors and definitely with jeans to add a little sophistication to simple outfits. I think they'll be my go-to sandals this summer for rooftop and patio drinks after work and summer nights out and about in the city. These sandals will be seeing a lot of New York City!