If you ask us, the biggest asset to a petite woman’s closet is a trusty tailor. But after that, there shouldn’t be too many hard-and-fast rules as to what anyone 5’4” and under can wear. The eight celebrities ahead certainly don’t abide by any.
We looked to them—some of our favorite and the most high-profile petite style stars—to figure out which trends they love and don’t shy away from in spite of their smaller statures. What we found is that some, like the Olsen twins and Kourtney Kardashian, love a long silhouette that might understandably intimidate anyone who’s petite. (Here’s where that tailor comes in handy.) While others, such as Mindy Kaling and Emma Roberts, favor pieces that covertly help elongate their shapes.
No matter which approach you relate to more, peruse all eight trends below that come with a celebrity stamp of approval and no height requirements.
Nicole Richie, 5'1"
The petite trend: Matching sets
Richie has always proved that she’s a fan of prints, so this bold pairing feels right at home for her. The peek of midriff also helps to break up the pattern a bit so it doesn’t overwhelm her frame.
The Olsen sisters are notoriously petite ladies who love a lot of fabric. It might be tricky to find a maxi style off the rack that doesn’t drag on the floor, but it’s worth a call to a tailor to make a couple of small adjustments and achieve this sleek, minimalist aesthetic.
Kaling, who falls right on the cusp of petite at 5’4”, knows the naked shoe trick for ladies who like to look taller: Find a style that complements your skin tone (the options below offer multiple varieties depending on your personal shade of “naked”) and you’ll instantly look statuesque. This works for heels or flats, but it’s ideal if the toe shape is somewhat pointed.
It’s a classic and for good reason. Roberts’s cropped skinnies offer a denim shape that doesn’t overpower her size and cuts off right at the ankle so that it can accommodate flats or heels without shortening the appearance of her legs.