12 Things Short Girls Look Amazing In Every Time


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If you, like me, are short, finding trends and pieces that work for your height can sometimes be tricky. While actual growth is out of the question, dressing can be made easier simply by knowing what not to wear. If you're wondering why your clothes don't look right, it's entirely possible that you're just wearing the wrong trends.

From avoiding a particularly tricky print to knowing what silhouettes to stock up on, dressing for your height comes down to a simple set of fashion tips, which is why we put together our edit of the best clothes for short women looking to embrace their stature. Keep reading to find out which fashion trends shorter people should avoid and to shop out top picks for petite girls. 

Tip #1: Try cropped silhouettes instead of tunic tops

A cropped style can help elongate any look and is an easy way to add on-trend dimension to your outfit. Pair it with your favorite high-waisted pants for an easy look that won't seem baggy.


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Tip #2: Try gathered or wrap dresses instead of shirtdresses

A shirtdress can easily swallow you up and make it look like you're wearing the wrong size or an oversize style if you're petite. Try a gathered or wrap dress instead to ensure your look is falling just right. 


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Tip #3: Try tailored layering with suiting separates instead of oversize layering

A chic, well-tailored pantsuit looks good on any body type, especially on someone petite. A sleek blazer and suit pants are a great dressier option for someone with shorter legs.


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Tip #4: Try vertical stripes instead of horizontal

Horizontal stripes typically give a widening illusion, while vertical stripes elongate, meaning the latter is usually a go-to for shorter girls.


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Tip #5: Try corsets and structured shaping instead of boxy tops

Structured tops are a guaranteed way to show off your figure without being swallowed by oversize pieces. 


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Tip #6: Try jumpsuits in a solid color instead of printed ones

Solid colors are often considered more flattering and give an overall statement look rather than loud prints that can overwhelm a small figure.


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Tip #7: Try straight-leg denim instead of loose-fitting jeans

Don't drown yourself in oversize denim. Instead, opt for a straight-leg style that gives the illusion of bagginess while remaining more formfitting.


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Tip #8: Try miniskirts instead of midi skirts

Midi skirts can cut shorter legs in the wrong place. Opt instead for a miniskirt.


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Tip #9: Try mini bags instead of oversize handbags

A smaller bag for a smaller person. It's all about proportions.


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Tip #10: Try a hemline that hits above the knee instead of tea-length dresses

A shorter hemline lends itself to the look of longer legs. Pairing it with some high heels only adds to that effect. 


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Tip #11: Try ankle boots instead of mid-calf boots

Mid-calf or knee-high boots could cut your legs off in odd places. Try ankle boots instead, so your legs aren't as covered up.


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Tip #12: Try heels with a low-cut vamp instead of ankle straps

A low-cut vamp on pumps, mules, and flats elongates the legs and is a sleeker option than ankle-strap sandals.


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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated. 

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