12 Things Short Girls Look Amazing in Every Time

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

From avoiding a particularly tricky print to knowing the right 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 to avoid if you're short, and shop our top picks for petite girls along the way.

Tip #1: Instead of tunic tops, try cropped silhouettes.

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.

Pair this with your favorite high-waisted jeans for one seriously chic look.

Tip #2: Instead of shirtdresses, try gathered or wrap dresses.

If you're on the petite side, a shirtdress can easily swallow you up and make it look like you're accidentally wearing an oversize style. Try a gathered or wrap dress instead to ensure that your look is falling just right.

This sillhouette will never go out of style.

Tip #3: Instead of oversize layering, try tailored layering with suiting separates.

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.

Go all out and get the matching vest.

Tip #4: Instead of horizontal stripes, try vertical stripes.

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

Tip #5: Instead of boxy tops, try corsets and structured shaping.

Structured tops are a guaranteed way to make sure you're showing off your figure and not getting swallowed by oversize pieces.

Fashion for petite women: corsets



How striking is this dress for spring?

Miaou knows how to make a good corset.

Tip #6: Instead of printed jumpsuits, try solid-colored one-pieces.

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

Tip #7: Instead of loose-fitting jeans, try straight-leg denim.

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

Tip #8: Instead of midi skirts, try minis.

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

Wear with your favorite white crew-neck tee.

Tip #9: Instead of oversize handbags, try mini bags.

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

A petite bag as cute as you are.

Brown will go with a lot of things—you'd be surprised.

Tip #10: Instead of tea-length dresses, try hemlines that hit above the knee.

A shorter hemline lends itself to the look of longer legs. Pairing it with some high heels only adds to that effect, if that's what you're going for.

People will take just one look at this dress, and you'll get compliments.

Tip #11: Instead of mid-calf boots, try ankle 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.

You'll wear these all season and the next.

Tip #12: Instead of ankle-strap heels, try those with a low-cut vamp.

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

Pointed-toe heels are instantly sleeker than round-toe shoes.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated. Up next, A List of All the "Ugly" Fashion Trends Taking Over for Fall—Because Why Not?