Petite fashion tips are often based on the assumption that everyone under 5’4″ is of the waif-like variety. But the truth is shorter stature doesn’t always equal a slight frame. So why is it still so challenging to shop if you’re curvy but, ahem, vertically challenged? If you’re a petite-plus gal and feel like you’ve been getting the short end of the stick when it comes to fashion (pun intended), we’ve curated a list of must-have pieces just for you. Scroll on for the best ways to show off your small but mighty figure.
In order to show off your frame without shortening it, go for tops that stay above your hips—longer ones and tunics will only imbalance your proportions. Bonus points for pretty details like short, pleated ruffles.
An A-line skirt that hits at or above the knee will show off your legs while skimming your curves (yes, please). This one comes in petite sizing for a tailor-free fit.
There's no overstating the importance of a great pair of jeans. A slim, cropped style that contours your shape is your best bet, and this pair from Talbots is offered in petite sizing. Score!
Frocks that highlight your waist are not only super pretty, they'll accentuate your shape and make sure it doesn't get swallowed up by fabric. This floaty option is totally swoon-worthy.
Don't rule out the power of a one-piece, especially a fun version like this one-shoulder style. A head-to-toe color or print will only elongate your frame, so give it a try.
A tailored blazer never goes out of style, and this one from Lane Bryant's petite section is streamlined and fitted (aka, not overpowering). It's destined to become a go-to topper.
Yes, you can have fun with prints—and you should. Tapered pants in a scaled-down print will skim your bod perfectly without totally taking over.
A moto jacket is a classic and also a great silhouette for a shorter frame. Stick to a waist-length option for balance and try a must-have color like red (fall's MVP) to keep it current.