Four Fashion Myths All Petite Women Have Been Told

For the women 5’3″ & under – This one’s for you!

This may come as a surprise to you, but I am short. Like real short. So short people have to constantly remind me how short I am, lol. Throughout my life when people meet me they always make a comment of it, as if I don’t see myself daily. Or they’ll make the usual jokes asking me how the weather is at my level and how do I see anything, yadda yadda. It’s nothing original and if you’re reading this post, there’s a chance you’ve experience the same. Being short is a struggle but there are some pretty dope benefits. For example, I can completely stand up and stretch my legs once the plane lands without bumping my head. Thriving! At concerts or anywhere that’s crowded, it’s actually a lot easier to maneuver around because people don’t notice you as easily. Getting to the front of lines is a breeze. What can be more challenging is shopping. There are so many trends that are considered a no go for those of us who are under “average” height. However, I’m here to tell you that you CAN wear the trends were normally opted to go against. Just because we’re short doesn’t mean we can’t keep up with the rest. Here are 4 Fashion Myths All Petite Women Have Been Told and should NOT listen to.

1 – The Midi Skirt

Myth: Petite women should avoid wearing tea length or mid-length skirts or dresses as they cut the legs and make you appear shorter.

This could not be further from the truth. I personally LOVE a mid-length skirt or dress. They’re fun and extremely comfortable. If you feel like your legs look shorter, you can dress them up with heels or wedges to elongate your legs. If you’re wearing a midi skirt, wear a crop top to help cinch the waist in and elongate your lower half. For this look, I took inspiration from my style icon, Meghan Markle. Paring a beige body suit, denim button up, midi skirt and wedges. The skirt sits high helping cinch the waist in and elongating my lower half, adding in the wedges to complete the look. This skirt is from Uniqlo and features POCKETS! This is a look that can be dressed up or down. Perfect go-to for a day in the sun.

2 – The Boyfriend Jean

Myth: Petite women should avoid wearing boyfriend fitted jeans as the baggy look will drown the legs causing you to appear shorter

Boyfriend jeans are in and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Not only are they fashionable, they are super comfortable. Again, this myth is completely false. A simple cuff and pairing with a body suit easily combats the bagginess of the jeans. There are so many variations of boyfriend fitted jeans you can choose how loose you want the fit to be. Boyfriend jeans with a fitted top and classic pointed pumps is a quick, chic and effortless look. The pointed toe will make your legs appear longer and it’s sexy. This look is perfect for date night or a ladies night out.
Jeans were provided via StitchFix. Click the link for $25 off your first box.

3 – The Oversized Blazer

Myth: Oversized blazers will drown the torso area causing you to appear short AF.

Another lie! This one is a little bit trickier as not all blazers are cut the same. Old Navy came through for me when I purchased this Oversized Blazer in an XS. The sleeves fit perfectly for me; which honestly never happens! To pull off this look you may have to see a tailor. No worries if you do, I get most of my clothing tailored for a perfect fit. For years I refused and just dealt with it, but spending the extra few bucks is surely worth it. The best ways to pull off this look is to cuff up the sleeves creating a more fitted look. Pair with jeans and a crop top or body suit to show your shape. I chose a bodysuit and high-waisted jeans to offer contrast. Finishing the look with my handy black pumps, I just need a rooftop bar for some views. You can also change the jeans for shorts for a great summer look.

4 – Any Duster/Long Cardigan/etc

Myth: Same lie, different clothing. It’s long and makes you look short.

Oh, the lies we are fed! I’ve always been steered away from these because allegedly it’ll make me look like a munchkin. I think the biggest part of this is wearing with confidence. Yes, there’s a lot of fabric, but that just gives you more to work with. I’m always up for a dramatic walk or anything that makes me feel like little extra. Best way to pair the duster is with some high-waisted jeans so you elongate the legs and cinch in the waist. A crop top will also help with this effect. Depending on the length you can dress with or without heels. As always you can get it tailored if it’s made a bit too long. Living in Tampa, a long duster is a great addition to your fall wardrobe. It’ll come in handy when transitioning from the heat to a/c powered indoors. Side note: the duster also makes for a wonderful prop during photos. This duster was found at a local boutique in Tampa called Scout & Molly. Click the link for more info on them.

There you have it guys! 4 Fashion Myths All Petite Women have been told. Did you learn anything new? Have any tips and tricks you can share? I’d love to hear from YOU!

Thank you for reading. Catch you guys soon!

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