It ain’t easy being petite. Hems need constant alterations, bold patterns can overwhelm your frame and long dresses can exaggerate your lack of height. Sigh. But fear not, we have five fashionable staples for those 5’4 and under.
The Petite Jean
Calvin Klein Jeans Petite Jeans, $24.99 at macys.com
The Petite Dress
Don’t worry about heading to your tailor with these bad boys. The shorter inseam is perfect for the vertically challenged and the slight flare pairs will with a pointed toe boot or heel.
Belted Short Sleeve Tunic Dress, $23.47 at nyandcompany.com
One option for petite fashionista’s looking for stylish dresses (read: non-grandma) is to purchase mini dresses (which will hit you closer to your knee). Glam up the mini dress with nude heels to give the illusion of mile long legs.
Dollhouse Women’s Kendra Wedge Sandal, $56.95 at endless.com
The Petite Coat
A heel is a great way to add a bit of height. However if teetering in stilettos isn’t your idea of fun, opt for a wedge, which gives height plus stability.
The Petite Sweater
Petite Trench Jacket, $195.00 at BananaRepublic.com
Shawl-Collar Flyaway Cardigan, $49.50 at express.com
Oversized cardigans are a great addition to the wardrobe but the baggy feel can overwhelm a smaller frame. This white hot cardi has a relaxed feel but still hugs the body.