When Emma introduced me to Becca I knew she'd be perfect for Makeover Story! If you're a new reader, Makeover Story is a feature where I take a lovely lady with a style dilemma and give her two new vintage looks from Red Velvet. I teach them easy tips for wearing vintage and then we do a fun photoshoot of them modeling their new outfits!
Becca's story is special because she is a very petite lady. Vintage shopping can be tricky for both extra small and extra large ladies as these sizes are more difficult to find. Becca is so tiny that many outfits visually swallow her up instead of highlighting her pretty features. Being tiny definitely does have it's own set of challenges, so I wanted to help her learn to dress for her body type. In addition, Becca works as a full time nanny, so she wanted looks that would be low maintenance and wearable at her job.
Becca's style inspiration was "woodsy bohemian". She wanted something 1970s inspired and not too girly. Here's what we came up with...
Before the makeover, Becca had her red hair dyed to her natural color with ombre tips. She also requested 70s style bangs that are fuller and longer on the edges. I love the hairstyle she chose. It looks amazing with her olive skin tone. For look one, we found some amazing high waisted vintage jeans and styled them with a cute vintage top, long necklace and sandals. I love the look of gypsy crowns, so I taught Becca to wear a necklace as a crown. I simply added a row of safety pins, pinned together to the back of the necklace to resize it for her head. It was adorable I love how budget friendly it is to wear a piece of jewelry multiple ways! You can see me wearing the necklace here.
When I asked Becca what she loved most about her first look she said it was the pants. She said she would feel comfortable wearing them anywhere. High waisted pants are great for petite women because the extended waist can make you look taller. We were lucky enough to find a pair of jeans that fit Becca without alterations, but shortening the hem is also a great solution for petite ladies.
For Becca's hairstyle I taught her to twist her hair into low buns (learn how here). This style works for medium or long hair. When I asked Becca what she loved most about her second look she said the hairstyle. She was completely comfortable with styling it at home. This hairstyle is so cute, and it only takes about five minutes to pin up!
I had the loveliest day with Becca. I hope this makeover is inspiring to my petite readers. Remember that fitted clothing, high waisted styles and bare shoulders can be your best friends!