Myth 1: Midi skirts are unflattering.
Midi skirts and dresses can be tricky. The mid-calf length has a tendency to make the vertically-challenged appear even shorter. But there’s a few ways a midi skirt can look flattering without resorting to heels. Instead of pleats, opt for a sleek pencil skirt in a solid color and juxtapose the skirt with a fitted top such as a peplum or a crop top.
Petite midi dress, Topshop.com
Vince Camuto petite midi skirt, Nordstrom.com
Myth 2: Avoid oversized clothes and handbags.
Most regular-sized clothes are one size too big for petites, so if you’re petite, chances are you already own oversized clothes and accessories in your closet. I like the look of an oversized sweater, button-down top, or jacket because they can be paired with a fitted bottom for a slimmer silhouette. Sometimes I will add a belt to a top or jacket that’s a bit too big. When possible, pair any oversized clothes or accessories with heels. Heels make everything look better (seriously).
Belted trenchcoat, H&M
Kate Spade quilted shoulder bag, katespade.com
Myth 3: Boxy tops will only make you look boxy.
Boxy tops get a lot of flack even outside of petite circles, but in my opinion it looks modern and effortless. Go for a cropped boxy top and add fitted pants for a structured silhouette.
Boatneck boxy top, Shopbop.com
Petite cropped top, Nordstrom.com
Myth 4: Tunics are made for tall people.
Petites can get away with wearing tunics as a dress, but if that’s not possible (depending on your height or the tunic itself), combine the look with tights or leggings. I prefer to wear a belt with most tunics because it creates an hourglass silhouette rather than overwhelming my frame.
Lace tunic, Freepeople.com
Myth 5: Opt for fitted pants.
I’ll be the first to admit that I shy away from bottoms that aren’t fitted. But there’s something effortless about a pair of wide-leg pants. The trick is to find a pair that is high-waisted, which will elongate the legs. Add a crop top to create the illusion of height.
Rachel Zoe high-waisted pants, Shopbop.com
So, fellow petite readers, I want to hear from you. Are you guilty of avoiding these trends? What other trends do you avoid? Let me know in the comments.
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