Styling Tips for Petites

Women who measure 5’5″ and under are described as “petite.” Let’s review some fashion tips for styling your petite frame in a way that makes you feel confident.

Determine Your Body Type

We all are different shapes, sizes, and proportions; therefore, clothes fit people differently. Identifying your body type goes a long way when selecting clothes. This, in combination with your measurements, will allow you to choose pieces that accentuate your favorite features and soften others. Helpful tips for determining your body type can be found here.

Take Your Measurements

Choosing the correct size is essential for women of all shapes and sizes. Before buying any apparel, you must know your bust, waist, hip, and inseam measurements. This is especially helpful when shopping online. Instructions for measuring yourself can be found here.

High-Waisted Go-Tos

High-waisted bottoms are essential for a petite wardrobe because they elongate your lower half and make your legs appear longer than they are, creating that vertical line that flatters petite women.

Our Picks:

Anthropologie Sleek A-Line Skirt ($120, shop here)

Reformation Mason Pant ($198, shop here)

Find the Right Jeans

Jeans are so versatile, which means finding your perfect pair is a must. Jeans that typically flatter petite women are black skinnies (high-res, of course). Another style that looks good on petites is a wide-leg cut.

Our Picks:

Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($128, shop here)

WHBM High-Rise Jeanie Denim Legging ($99, shop here)


Wearing dresses helps petite women by creating a vertical line, which lengthens the body frame, making them appear taller. You can find dresses suitable for petites all year long.

Our Picks:

Banana Republic Yasmin Cut-Out Shirt Dress ($180, shop here)

Ann Taylor Petite Embroidered Halter Sheath Dress ($159, shop here)

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