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You love a good maxi dress-flat sandals combination, but you know it doesn’t do much for showing off your petite frame. Here are 30 perfect summer outfits if your measurements are more Kourtney Kardashian than Kendall Jenner.
Cropped Jumpsuit + Mini Bag
This jumpsuit has everything: a flattering v-neck, a cinched waist and wide, cropped legs. (Just be sure to buy in a petite size, or have hemmed to ensure you show a little ankle.) A mini bag looks polished without overwhelming your small frame.
Get the look: Asos Design petite jumpsuit ($51); Tory Burch bag ($448)
Floaty Dress + Espadrilles
Wondering how to wear an oversize dress and not look like you’re drowning in fabric? Slip into a pair of espadrille wedges and lean into the billow-y look.
Get the look: 1901 petite dress ($139); Rag Bone espadrilles ($395)
Flared Pants + Crop Top
Think you can’t wear ground-skimming pants? Think again. The key is to make sure to find a pair that’s high waisted and form-fitting up top, so you don’t look like you’re wearing your grandpa’s pajamas.
Get the look: Boohoo petite pants ($36); Moon River crop top ($64)
One-Shoulder Top + Mom Jeans
The cool thing about being short is that you can have fun with statement fashion without looking like you’re trying to take over the entire room. The key is make sure your other pieces are tailored and sleek. We love the pointed toe for extra elongation.
Get the look: Maje top ($225); Old Navy petite jeans ($35)
It seems counterintuitive, but a tiered skirt or dress actually makes you look taller. Add a pair of flatforms and no one will know you’re 5’4”.
Off-the-Shoulder Crop Top + High-Waist Pants
Crop tops are your friend, part two. Also notice, again, how well vertical stripes draw the eye up to make you look taller.
Get the look: Moon River top ($48); Sanctuary pants ($119)
BElted Dress + Ankle-Strap Heels
Oh hi, working girl. A belted, calf-length dress is almost universally flattering, since it highlights your small waist and gives you that peek of leg we keep talking about. A simple pair of sandals adds height without distracting from the main event (the dress, of course).
Get the look: Eileen Fisher dress ($288); Steve Madden heels ($80)
Button-Down + Tea-Length Skirt
Yes, there’s a lot of fabric here, but a few easy styling tweaks make it work for short gals. Namely, we love how this fashion maven tucked in her blouse (to create an hourglass figure), opted for cropped sleeves (to make her arms look skinnier) and chose a skirt that hits a little above her ankles (to show off those fierce shoes).
Get the look: Club Monaco shirt ($140); Maje skirt ($340)
Floral Minidress + Ankle Boots
They aren’t just for cold weather. Paired with a swingy minidress in a bold print, ankle boots create a gorgeous feminine vibe. Short girl trick: Make sure the boots are low and don’t cut you off mid-calf.
Get the look: Rebecca Minkoff ($198); Sam Edelman boots ($100)
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Button-Down + A-Line Skirt
Get the look: Treasure Bond button-down ($69); City Chic skirt ($79)
Graphic Tee + Cocktail Dress
You’ve got a closet full of party dresses, so why not get more wear out of them by layering over a casual T-shirt? Shorter ladies do best to stick to A-line cuts that are cinched at the waist and float away from the body, before ending mid-calf.
Get the look: Asos Design tee ($13); Gal Meets Glam dress ($168)
T-Shirt + Pencil Skirt
Noticing a skirt-length theme? Maxis are great, but they don’t do a ton for your petite frame. Midis, on the other hand, hit your calf at a really flattering spot and—especially if they’re high-waisted—look great with pretty much any heel height.
Get the look: Monrow T-shirt ($57); Ann Taylor petite skirt ($79)
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Wrap Dress + Sneakers
This guy deserves a place in your closet whether you’re 4’11” or 5″11″. The tie-waist silhouette is super easy to wear and can be dressed way up or way down. Since this summery version is on the casual side, slip into a pair of bright white sneakers, which keep it grounded and you blister-free.
Get the look: Lost + Wander dress ($115); K sneakers ($40)
RELATED: 3 Tips for Wearing a Wrap Dress if You Have Big Boobs
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