I'm 5'3" and Hated Shopping for Basics Until I Narrowed it Down to These 20

Despite being on the shorter side, I always end up buying things without thinking to deeply about my height and then dumping them into my "take to the tailor" pile. Unfortunately, many of those items do not end up making it to the tailor and sitting in the corner of my closet. (I'm working on that.) On a mission to shop more consciously, I've been making the effort to try on and carefully choose the basics I bring into my closet. It's been a struggle, especially with specific basics like jeans and trousers. Since they're just prominent parts of one's wardrobe, it can be difficult when they don't fit the way you see them on the model.

As a fashion editor, I have the ability to test and try out many products, so I thought I'd share which pieces and brands have served me and my 5'3" self well. If you're on the hunt for petite friendly basics, keep scrolling for a list of items you won't want to return.

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.