How to Dress If You're Short: 9 Outfit Secrets Petite Girls Swear By

Elinor Block

Learning how to dress if you're short is a life skill that takes a while to master. As someone who's under 5'3", I've regularly found myself in fitting rooms trying on laughably long jeans or jackets that look like I've come straight from the '80s, such is the unintentional oversize shoulder. If you're nodding along in empathy, then rest assured that I feel your pain. But it doesn't have to be this way, and it doesn't mean you have to forgo all the latest trends.

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While I think we should all embrace whatever size, shape or height we are, sometimes appearing and feeling a little taller helps with being more confident. I've looked to three petite street style stars—Miroslava Duma, Lucy Williams and Aimee Song—to see how they employ their wardrobes gleaning some useful tips along the way. Although all three have their own unique take on fashion, there's one outfit they tend to avoid: anything overly layered. So, what are the guidelines? I've given a quick rundown of the key rules I always follow:

1. Cinch in your waist

2. Short skirts with pointed shoes or boots

3. Cropped and fitted denim

4. High-waisted trousers

5. Good tailoring

6. If in doubt, go all black

7. Do oversize, but don't layer

8. Invest in a long coat

9. Even small heels make a difference

If you want to see these rules in action, keep scrolling for nine outfit ideas that are ready to steal. Plus, shop key pieces.

Next up: This body-shape calculator makes all your clothes look amazing.

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