Peterson, a fashion publicist, takes the edge off all black with different textures, mixing a beaded shift (Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti) with shiny hose (Wolford). The dress's A-line shape adds a bit of width to her thin frame. "When I was young, tall wasn't cute," says Peterson. Then, at 16, she visited her sister in New York City: "I got treated like a model! It's chic to be tall here." Short skirts and single-color ensembles can be tricky for women of stature, but Peterson is young and irreverent enough to get away with rule-breaking choices.
Earrings, H.Stern; ring, Jill Jacobson; clutch, Burberry; shoes, Sergio Rossi