Five Fashion Tips for Petite Fashionistas

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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

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.


The Petite Dress




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.


The Shoe




Dollhouse Women’s Kendra Wedge Sandal, $56.95 at endless.com

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 Coat




Petite Trench Jacket, $195.00 at BananaRepublic.com


The Petite Sweater




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.

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  • sarah

    I love the shape of the Express sweater! Hopefully white is not the only color.

  • Ellen

    Love these pieces! Question: Can shorties wear dresses with a drop waist? I saw one I liked the other day, but didn’t even try it on because I assumed it would be too overwhelming. FYI for New Yorkers, I always get my jeans on the cheap at Uniqlo. Every year they have a 2 jeans for $50 sale and they do tailoring for FREE!

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  • mdot

    i’m 5’1″ and so glad i got this! 🙂 i will be looking into those jeans next week. thanks.

  • The petite woman is always forgotten about. It’s nice to see someone thinking about them.

  • Stacey

    I love these picks!!! 🙂 I really want to try those jeans!

  • petunia

    i can’t wait till it warms up and i can buy some cute clothes. this site also has some great fashion news: http://www.chron.com/life/style/