How To Fix The 13 Style Mistakes Petite Girls Make

Miniature. Tiny. Pocket-sized. Short. If you can think of a word to describe my petite stature, I've been called it. Don't get me wrong — being 5'2" isn't one of my insecurities. In fact, I've learned to embrace it. It's just, you know, a glaring part of my who I am. A lifestyle, if you will, and sometimes what I like to think of as a fun challenge. I'm not talking about "trying to grab something off the top shelf" challenge. I mean "daring to pull off fashion trends exclusive to tall girls" kind of challenge. In some circles, such daring could be considered fashion mistakes petite girls make.

I am happy to report that I've been able to win most of my short girl battles. Maxi skirts? Pwned. Knee-high boots? Done. Floor-length caftans? Keep 'em coming. But in my journey to prove that petite gals can wear whatever they want (because they can and they should), I've come to accept that certain styles just don't do anything for me. I suppose it has to do with the fact that I'm a bit older now and understand what works best for my body, and since it's the only one I've got, why not flatter it in the best way possible? Here's a list of fashion mistakes petite girls should try to avoid when putting together an outfit.

1. Oversized Sweaters

There's nothing better than a cozy, oversized sweater on a cold day. Still, be mindful: Unless you want to lose yourself in a sea of threads, pair that chunky knit with some leggings or tailored jeans. And if you're trying to go for something more flattering, opt for sweaters that hug your frame a little better.

2. Long Tops

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Long tops or tunics don't always cut at the right length for shorter women. Instead of looking chic, they can sometimes look baggy, giving more sloppy than refined vibes.

3. Tea-Length Dresses or Skirts


If you want to lengthen your legs, the last thing you should do is cut it off with a tea-length skirt or dress.

4. Turtlenecks

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Showing off your neck and décolletage is a must for making yourself look longer and leaner.

5. Boxy Coats or Jackets

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Boxy is the opposite of what you are — sweet and petite. As a result, it can make you look and feel like Paddington Bear. Take a note from Rashida: If you decide to wear a boxy coat, don't be afraid to offset it by showing some skin.

6. Long Locks That Hide Your Body

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Don't lose yourself in your hair. Opt for a short bob to better show off your décolletage or add some height with a voluminous topknot.

7. Round Toed Shoes

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You've probably heard this a million times before, but that's because it's so true. Unlike round toed shoes, pointed heels or flats can make your legs look long and lean.

10. Massive Purses

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Find a clutch or a small purse that's more proportional with your body. Oversized totes can give off the Olsen effect (which isn't always a bad thing, but in this case, it can be).

11. Baggy Bottoms

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Boyfriend jeans? Yes. Baggy culottes or wide-leg pants? Not so much.

12. Midi Skirts


Midi skirts end mid-calf, which can give the illusion of shorter, stumpy-looking legs. That's never an ideal.

13. Calf-Length Boots


You know what I'm going to say (see: everything I've been saying about cutting your leg at the wrong length above). Calf-length boots might seem like a good idea, but your legs are better off with ankle booties. Don't be afraid to show off those stems!

I'm not saying that as a short human, you should never wear these ever again. I'm just suggesting that when you do, remember to balance it out with something that flatters your petite frame. If you're going oversized and boxy on top, show a little leg to lengthen your body. It's all about balance.

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