The Best Shorts for Petite People, According to Our 5'4"-and-Under Editors

If you're petite and have ever ordered a pair of shorts that looked good on the model, only to receive them and realize they looked good on the model because she was 5'10", we can fully relate. A few of us Who What Wear editors are on the petite side ourselves, and we also happen to love wearing shorts and are gearing up for summer by shopping for some new pairs.

These days, Editor in Chief Kat Collings, senior market editor Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour, senior editor Lauren Eggertson, and I are focusing the bulk of our shorts shopping on lounge shorts, longer shorts, and updated denim shorts. And we're convinced that the 22 pairs you'll find below are stylish and will work for our petite heights. Scroll to shop along with us.

Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour, Senior Market Editor

Height: 5'2"


(Image credit: @trustmebuythis)

Kat Collings, Editor in Chief

Height: 5'4"


(Image credit: @katcollings)

Lauren Eggertsen, Senior Editor

Height: 5'3"


(Image credit: @laurenegg)

Allyson Payer, Senior Editor

Height: 5'4"


(Image credit: @allypayer)

Next up, seven chic ways to wear long shorts.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.