The best things often come in small packages. However, when you’re comparatively short, shopping for clothing may sound fun because you may even get access to the kid’s section, but it is nothing less than a battle. Well, as someone who is under 5’4, I’ve found myself come out of fitting rooms looking like someone who was transported from the ’80s (welcome to the unintentionally oversized shoulders). Until now, if you are nodding along in empathy, let me tell you it doesn’t have to be this way.
Rashi Nangaliaa, a designer tells us, “I always recommend high-waisted bottoms that make your legs look longer. If you have a pear-shaped figure then ball bottoms can even out your look, otherwise a straight fit works. Skirts and dresses make one look taller too as opposed to pants. Avoid extremely long shirts and ill-fitted baggy clothes.”
Here are a few tips you can follow that will complement your petite frame.
Pointed toe shoes
Whether you rock them with or without a heel, pointed shoes elongate your legs. Moreover, they give your outfit the classic twist it needs. After all, classic is timeless. You can match your shoe colour to your pants or tights in dark shades like navy blue or black. This not only makes you look polished but also provides the illusion of lengthening your frame.
Monochrome is not only in trend, but is surely classy. Choosing to go with one colour creates a vertical line and gives a uniform flow to your entire body. Black and beige are usually the go-to colour while thinking monochrome. There’s something stunning about your entire look when you choose to go for bold, statement-making colours like red, lemon yellow or blue.
Designer Prreeti Jaiin recommends, “Choose vertical stripes over horizontal ones. Not only that, try avoiding wide patterns and prints. Rather, go for long patterns or prints that seem to cascade down.” This is because horizontal stripes typically give a widening illusion, while vertical stripes are elongating, so the latter is usually a go-to for shorter girls.
Keep in mind that a pair of high-waisted pants is your best friend. Nangaliaa remarks, “Short women can make themselves look taller by wearing high-waisted jeans or shorts pairing up with crop tops which will shorten the torso and make the legs appear longer.”
Pair your high-waisted pants by tucking your shirt or blouse. This will lengthen your torso. A wide-leg structured pant or an A-line midi skirt works wonders if you are aiming for a taller silhouette. Add a statement belt to your look to highlight your waist. This will give the body the required definition and curve.
Make peplum a must in your wardrobe
Short peplum tops or a basic peplum top not only deviates attention from your love handles but also gives the illusion of a lengthened torso. The flare at your hips is perfect for giving the body more definition and length. You could team the peplum top with a basic pair of denim or you could also go for a peplum blazer which is undoubtedly a respite from the basic blazer/coat.
This type of skirt not only complements your body type and blends in entirely, but you don’t need to style the outfit drastically. Team it up with tank or tube-top or swap them with a plaid shirt. Ensure that the shirt has the right amount of volume. Tuck it in, and follow the very first tip! Pointed shoes and you are good to go. Preeti Jain, a designer tells us “asymmetrical silhouette, dungarees, shorts and clothes that go at least a little above the knee can all make you look a little taller visually”. Thus, if pencil skirts seem a bit formal to you, why don’t you go asymmetrical?
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