It can be a challenge to find the right clothes as a petite girl. When you’re basically shorter than the mannequins in stores — 5’4″ or under — you know it’s super difficult to find a variety of fashion in your size. And let’s not even mention the struggle of finding clothes that fit you properly (we’re not counting those clothes that require a trip to the tailor).
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That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the must-have clothes and accessories every little lady needs in her closet that will accentuate your limbs and keep you looking fab.
1. Skinny Jeans
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Skinny jeans are an awesome choice for short girls. They elongate your legs — especially when they’re cuffed about half an inch above the ankle. What’s best is that skinny jeans come in various lengths, so you’ll definitely find a pair for your unique size.
2. Midi Dress
The midi dress is the perf length for a petite girl. Because it skims the bottom of your calves, showing a hint of skin, it makes you look taller than you really are. Bonus? A midi dress works with both warmer and colder seasons, so you can wear it all year-round.
3. Mid-Length Cardigan
Lightweight and chic, a cool cardy is a must-have for any closet. When choosing one so it won’t overwhelm their small frame, petites should look for a long-sleeved version with that hits right at the hip. Avoid chunky, bulky cardies — they’ll just weigh you down.
4. Mini Skirt
Don’t be afraid to show off a little leg. In fact, mini skirts are a petite girl’s BFF. The more leg you reveal, the leggier you will appear. So go on and show off those gams, girl!
5. High Waisted Trousers
High waisted trousers are an awesome way to elongate your figure. For a true chic look, pair them with a crop top or form fitting blousing. And remember with trousers: the better the fit, the better the look.
6. Vertically Striped Blouse
Stripes are not only the ultra sophisticated look, but they also make everything and everyone look taller, longer and sleeker. A seasonless striped blouse is perfect for both an internship interview and a night out with your squad.
7. V-Neck T-Shirt
A casual-yet-chic V-neck tee instantly makes your upper half look taller, which instantly balances out your petite frame. Wear it with a mini skirt or short shorts in the summer, and then transition the look with high-waisted jeans in the fall.
8. Nude Pumps
We already know stilettos and sky-high platforms are your must-have with (mostly) every outfit. But if your heel collection is missing a pair of nude pumps, then you’re seriously missing out. Obvs they go with anything, but when you wear them with bare legs, they instantly streamline your legs, making you look suuuuuuper tall.
9. A Classic Belt
When in doubt: belt it. Belts are perf for adding dimension and shape whenever you wear billowy blouses, tunics and drapey dressses (which usually hide your petite figure).