British fashion brand Next have recently launched their Spring Summer petite collection, modelled by the stunning Rachel Stevens, who is a perfectly proportioned 5'1. Are you under 5'3 and need some help when it comes to shopping? Are you searching for that perfect petites maxi dress or pair of high waisted jeans but struggle with the length? Well, Next chatted to the face of their petites clothing range - Rachel Stevens - to help answer some of those common questions.

As a petite person, what's the main thing you have to be mindful of when shopping?
"It's really hard to find clothing that fits properly when you're petite. The shoulder fit, arm length, under the armpit, across the back and leg length can often be problematic so the Petites range is perfect for me as it's made to fit proportionately, with that in mind."

Are there any styles/items you shouldn't wear if you are petite?
"I find that structured and more fitted clothing is more flattering on my frame - too much fabric or patterns can be my nemesis, whereas structured outfits accentuate my curves give a sharper silhouette."

Petites shouldn't wear maxi dresses - fact or myth?
"Myth! I love a maxi dress - they look great. They're so easy to wear as you can dress them up or down easily, so they're very versatile - in fact, when I was pregnant they came in handy then too!"

What are the main benefits of shopping from a collection specifically for petites?
"Because of the things I mentioned that sometimes don't work on a none petites specific collection, often when you're trying on you have to be able to use your imagination and picture how it will look once you've made alterations and that sometimes puts you off making a decision or it can add an additional cost. With a specific petites collection it fits like a glove straight away which means you can shop quickly too. I wore a dress for a shoot recently and the shoulders, length and everything was just perfect which is unheard of - and really nice!"

A lot of petite women feel the pressure to wear high heels, what's your opinion?
"I think if your clothes fit you well you can interchange heels and flats and get away with it. I wear a lot of flats when I'm running around with my little girl, but I do like a heel. There's something about a heel that makes you feel instantly 'dressed' and sexy."

Which cut of jean is the most flattering for petites?
"I like skinny jeans and I'm also a fan of high waisted jeans which I think elongate your leg."

And there we have it! Shop Next's range of fabulously fitting petites clothing at Packed with catwalk inspired fashion, this season Next has the best in women's, men's and children's trends - with stylish clothing for the coming season being showcased in stores and online. Love what you see? To enjoy the new in Spring Summer 2013 collections, click onto at for new arrivals for the coming season.

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NEXT, established 1982, is a leading British brand offering stylish clothes and accessories for all the family - plus beautiful home furnishings too. Distinguished by its commitment to great design, quality and value, NEXT is today's go-to label for everything from tailoring and dresses to jeans and shoes.

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