Despite being on the shorter side, I always end up buying things without thinking 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. 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.
I was nervous about ordering these Reformation jeans, as I assumed I would have to get them hemmed, but I was wrong. As you can see, they run a little short on the model, but on me, they hit right below the ankle, which is how I want my jeans to fit.
I've always relied on Skims' bras, but I never thought to try out the brand's widely loved T-shirts and tanks. Clearly, I was missing out, as the brand makes the best fitted T-shirt I've ever tried, and I've tried a lot. It hits at the perfect length, so it's not bulky if you want to tuck it in, which happens with most T-shirts as a short girl.
I love my Skims T-shirt, but sometimes, I do like something looser and more freeing. But I don't want it to look like I'm swimming in the shirt. Most women's T-shirts can have a weird slim fit, which is why I resort to the men's section, but then the men's section can be unflattering in other places. This H&M T-shirt combines the best elements from both, and not to mention, it's only $6.
I layer a lot, so it can be tricky when T-shirts have loose and baggy sleeves. This muscle tee from Zara fixes that issue by giving that T-shirt look without the actual sleeves. I wear this under button-downs, blazers, etc. I own the top in neutrals but have the colorful options in my cart right now.
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