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Style Tips for Petite Women: Nailing the Look This Summer

by Rebecca Casamayor

When it comes to shopping as a petite woman, it can seem like many of the clothes on the market were designed for taller body types. Although it’s true there are some styles that can make you appear shorter than you are, such as drop-hem dresses and wide-leg pants, there are many that are super flattering.

Everyone knows the amazing powers of a tailor, but there are several great style tips for petite women to ensure that the clothes you buy off the rack fit you well and look just as amazing. With the right styling, you can make any silhouette work for your body type. Not sure where to start? Here are four ideas for pieces that will flatter your shape this summer.

1. Try a Cropped Trouser Length

One of the best styling tricks for petite women is to invest in a great pair of cropped pants. By choosing trousers with a cropped length, you’re allowing the focus to be drawn down toward your ankles. This will give the illusion of even longer legs, especially when paired with heeled sandals or stilettos with straps.

Slim Cropped Pants

2. Choose a Patterned Romper

Whereas the length of some dresses can make you appear shorter than you are, rompers are a great way to show off your legs and create a stunning all-in-one outfit. Choose one in a bold pattern and then find your ideal sleeve length, whether you prefer sleeveless, a flutter sleeve, or a three-quarter length.

Soft Surplice Romper

3. Find a Three-Quarter Sleeve Jacket

Longer sleeve lengths can sometimes overwhelm shorter silhouettes, so opt for a three-quarter length sleeve jacket to visually elongate your arms. This jacket also cinches in at the waist with a peplum detail, so it’s flattering for your whole body. Show off a minimal bracelet or two on your wrists, as they’ll be the focus with this sleeve length.

Soft Peplum Jacket

4. Add a Long-Line Vest

If anyone has ever made you think you can’t wear a longer silhouette because of your height, think again. When it comes to style tips for petite women, you want to focus on finding ways to lengthen your body frame, and a long-line vest is a great piece to accomplish just that. Layer it over a pair of cropped culottes and a shell for a business casual look or over a dress for an evening out.

Pleat Back Vest

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