I sometimes feel like Zara was put on this earth to taunt me. I walk in as confident as can be, certain that I'll come away with a bounty. I walk out, usually with a lone pair of shoes and maybe a pair of earrings. Clearly there are worse things in life (plus, you'll find some spectacularly expensive-looking footwear options in-store right now), but I'm always a bit disappointed that those tailored flares were so long they'd lose their silhouette if I took them up, or that the standout dress I'd be ogling online would be perfect if only the waistline sat in line with my petite proportions. As an added curse, I'm also by no means super slim—being curvy and short makes me a prime candidate to just get a grip and shop elsewhere.
Please know that I feel your pain. We all love the impeccably high standards of Zara's trend-driven goods, but if only the retailer would cater to girls around the 5'1" mark more often, right? I put myself to the test and tried on a truckload of new-in pieces to see what can actually work when you're short and heading there with trepidation—and these are the results. Keep reading to see the best petite buys in Zara right now.
1. ANYTHING THAT WRAPS AROUND
Style Notes: Any item whereby you have the control as to tying the waist into the right place is a good move. Fortunately, this flattering silhouette is all over Zara right now, from kimono styles and shirtdresses through to pretty wrap blouses.
2. V-NECK SHOES
Style Notes: Okay, I know I moaned that I always come away from Zara with a pair of shoes, but this leg-lengthening V-cut is definitely worth investing in when you're short.
3. ASYMMETRIC HEMLINES
Style Notes: Because no one can claim they know where an asymmetric hemline starts and ends, you can get away with playing on weird proportions. Zara has stocked up on this easy trend, so you'll find it in every department, from denim to T-shirts.
4. CROP TOPS
Style Notes: And by crop tops, we mean really cropped tops. Zara's hosting a selection of micro-tops that on a tall girl would be teeny-weeny, but on a short girl, they provide pretty decent coverage.