The Ultimate Sweater Hack for Short Girls

We all love the loose-fitting, oversize, or chunky sweater look for fall. Whether it’s paired with jeans, a skirt, cropped trousers—or anything, really—the comfy staple lends itself perfectly to a cool and relaxed look that can carry throughout autumn and winter. The only problem, for us petite girls at least, is that they’re not always the most flattering. Why? Because if there’s anything my 5’2” stature has taught me, it’s that any top that covers your entire torso (and then some!) can quickly make you look, well, short. In fact, a lifetime of disappointing attempts at looking cute in a sweater is what led me to the discovery of this hack.

Since you can’t tuck most sweaters in (unless they’re ultra thin and tight), in order to make one look flattering, the bottom needs to cinch at your waist and sort of fold over itself—a look that lends itself perfectly to being paired with on-trend high-waisted jeans, skirts, and dresses. How do you get it to do this? Since a relaxed sweater is naturally going to fit a little bigger, you have to cinch it with safety pins (or sew it, if you’re handy with a needle and thread) on both sides so that it tightens and stays in place when you tuck it under.

Scroll down to see what I mean, and check out step-by-step instructions for how it’s done!