Girls, girls, girls — the short women and petite PYTs want all the height of their leggier peers (many of whom would love to give it to them for a chance to be a bit shorter!). But for all the vertically challenged stylistas, it’s time to embrace whatever number of inches you’ve got.
Generally, the gals 5-foot-4 and under are considered “petite” in the fashion industry. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be short and pack a sweet punch with your style, too. Yes, it’s true that certain styles don’t always flatter a shorter figure. But, we’re not here to lay down any fashion laws — as we all know, rules (especially those of the sartorial variety!) were made to be broken.
That said, you can maximize every inch of your frame by avoiding the seven trend sins on this list. Not to worry, though; we won’t cramp your style! We’re also giving you ways you can make even these most problematic looks work for you.
1. Cropped pants
Clam diggers, capris, pedal pushers, Bermuda shorts — whatever name you assign to them, they aren’t always the best bet for the less leggy. Cropped pants or trousers can cut shorter legs in half, creating the illusion that they’re even shorter. Another type of cropped pant that has been in with the trend-forward crowds is the harem pant. This style should also be avoided on most occasions, too, if you’re on the petite side. They have a tendency to create a stumpy effect for your pins rather than elongating your figure.
How to make it work: If you must cut it short and hop on the cropped train, the key is to make sure the pants are not cropped too high and that the hem hits the ankle or just slightly above the ankle area. Wear them with heels for extra leg-lengthening power and tuck in your top or blouse. This is not the time to flaunt that long, flowing bohemian-style shirt.