At 5’3″, I’m on the taller end of the short-girl spectrum. While I love my height (mostly because I never feel too tall while wearing heels), it has caused me a number of fashion-related problems. l often have trouble finding clothes that fit — and look flattering on — my smaller frame. I’ve heard countless fashion tips for shorter girls. There are certain styles to wear and avoid, even colors can be off-limits! Of this advice, which is the best to follow?
I’m sure I’m not the only girl who has experienced the awkward moment that occurs when “short” jeans are still too long. I hate when sundresses go past my knees, or when a cute top is too long to be a shirt, but too short to be a dress. If you’ve experienced any of these fashion disasters, then I’m here to help! Take a look at the style tips below, and discover the best ways to flatter a petite frame.
Embrace the high waists: A higher waistline can create the illusion of longer legs. To define your waistline, try tucking a cute top into a skirt or pair of high-waisted shorts or pants.
Go monochromatic: Wearing a singular color throughout an outfit can add length to the body. The fashionista in the above photo used a high waistline in her monochromatic outfit, and it looks great! She also added a thin belt, which are more flattering for short girls as they are more proportionate to the body.
Wear deep necklines: V- or U-neck tops are more flattering on shorter figures than tops with high necklines. Add a necklace to draw attention to the neckline and further elongate your figure.
Wear nude heels: It’s obvious that wearing a pair of heels will easily add height to a shorter frame. However, the color of the heels can make a difference. Skin-colored heels often blend in with your natural coloring and can make legs appear to be longer. The celebrities in the above photos do a great job of combining shorter dresses with nude heels to add length to their legs.
Avoid oversize handbags: Big bags and totes can overwhelm small frames, making them appear to be even shorter. Stick to a small purse or clutch to carry your everyday necessities.
Alter too-big clothes: Never be afraid to pay a visit to your local tailor to make small changes to ill-fitting clothes. Wearing clothes that fit correctly can make a huge difference in your appearance! Shortening sleeves, adjusting straps, and hemming dresses or pants are all examples of common wardrobe adjustments.
Avoid wide-legged pants: When shopping for jeans or pants, lean towards fitted boot-cut or slightly flared styles. Avoid wide-legged or voluminous pants, which can easily be overwhelming. Keep in mind to avoid cropped pants, as these can make legs appear to be shorter.
Wear pointed flats: If you just aren’t in the mood to wear heels, slip on a pair of pointed flats instead. The pointed toe has an elongating effect, as opposed to the rounded toe of a typical ballet flat.
Rock a ponytail: This hairstyle draws your hair away from your face and emphasizes the length of your neck. Coupled with a V-neck top, this style can also elongate your body.
Have confidence! No matter how tall you are, you’ll seem smaller without this key accessory. I’m a firm believer in the idea that you only look great if you feel great, too. Always have confidence, no matter what you’re wearing.
Do any of you little Lovelies experience short-girl fashion problems? What is your favorite flattering look? [Images: top photo, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11]