When you’re short, shopping for clothing is a bit of a battle. As someone who’s under 5’3″, I’ve regularly found myself in fitting rooms trying on laughably long jeans or jackets that make me look like I’ve come straight from the ’80s (such as unintentionally oversized shoulders). If you’re nodding along in empathy, rest assured that I feel your pain. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
While we should all embrace whatever size, shape or height we are, I know that for me, sometimes appearing and feeling a little taller helps with being more confident, which is why I’ve looked to petite Instagrammers to gather some tips on how to dress a smaller frame. Although they have their own takes on fashion, there’s one thing they tend to avoid: anything overly layered. Now, on to their secrets…
1. Show your waist.
2. Wear short skirts with pointed shoes or boots.
3. Opt for cropped, fitted denim.
4. Wear high-waisted trousers.
5. Tailor your pieces.
6. When in doubt, go tonal.
7. Do oversized, but don’t excessively layer.
8. Invest in a long coat.
9. Don’t underestimate small heels.
If you want to see these tricks in action, keep scrolling for nine outfit ideas that are ready to steal—featuring some of the coolest petite pieces we’ve come across.
1. Cinch Your Waist Where Possible
Style Notes: Thanks to the current trend of shirred tops and dresses, the waist is automatically cinched. However, if that trend’s not for you, then keep voluminous layers in check by belting them at the waist.