When you're short, shopping for clothing is a bit of a battle. As someone who's under 5'3", I've regularly found myself in fitting rooms trying on laughably long jeans or jackets that make me look like I've come straight from the '80s (such as unintentionally oversized shoulders). If you're nodding along in empathy, rest assured that I feel your pain. But it doesn't have to be this way.
While we should all embrace whatever size, shape or height we are, I know that for me, sometimes appearing and feeling a little taller helps with being more confident, which is why I've looked to petite Instagrammers to gather some tips on how to dress a smaller frame. Although they have their own takes on fashion, there's one thing they tend to avoid: anything overly layered. Now, on to their secrets…
Style Notes: Thanks to the current trend of shirred tops and dresses, the waist is automatically cinched. However, if that trend's not for you, then keep voluminous layers in check by belting them at the waist.
Style Notes: When you’re all about oversized pieces, most suits end up being too long and too big, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the trend—you just need to find a good tailor. That, or look for blazers with tie-waist details for an instant cinch.
The back of this dress has a beautiful knotted detail—click through to see.
7. Do Oversized, But Don't Layer Excessively
Style Notes:The one thing petite street style stars all know to be true? Layers are not your friend, as they tend to drown shorter people in fabric. If you want to do the oversized look, opt for one key piece, and wear it over something sleek.
Style Notes: Kim Kardashian is a fan of this trick. (She knows a streamlined silhouette is always going to make you appear taller.) Bonus: A long coat will instantly make any outfit look smarter. Bonus bonus: Many of the world's midi coats will be long enough to do the trick, so you've got more options to play with.