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A good rule for petites: A lot of any one thing can be overwhelming (a long-sleeved chambray shirt with jeans can look like you’re drowning in denim). Instead, try a flirty tank dress and top it off with a cropped denim jacket in a lighter wash. This keeps the focus at your waist, and the flared dress slims you throughout.
Old Navy ($30)
Denim jumpsuits are the style du jour and taller ladies have the height to rock them. The trick is scrunching the sleeves, cuffing the hems and wearing a tank or T-shirt underneath to make it feel more modern and less Orange Is the New Black.
For those closer to the ground, an A-line miniskirt is a godsend. You may have been wearing this style for years, but this time around, the hem is just a couple inches higher. Because this skirt is fitted at the waist and loose through the hips and thighs, it elongates your frame. Heeled booties or wedges help too.
You can’t get through spring without one of these, but the full-length style makes you look like Inspector Gadget. Stay dry without overwhelming your small frame by picking up a short swing trench that hits just below the hip.
Leggy gals, listen up. Get yourself a long duster trench. It will look great with any piece in your wardrobe--skirts, pants and dresses alike.
Showing off a sliver of your ankle is a flattering move no matter your size, but it’s especially true for shorter ladies. However, be careful with high-waisted pants, as they will be sure to reach far beyond your torso. We found a pair from Topshop that doesn’t require any bulky rolling or cuffing (even if you’re under five feet).
The ?70s are back in full force, and with them the resurgence of flared (or wide-leg) jeans. This style is perfectly suited for taller gals, as it slims the hips and thighs and you won?t need to get the jeans hemmed.
Although a peplum top isn’t exactly something we saw on the runways last September, it is undeniably an extremely flattering shape for a shorter figure because it emphasizes the waist. Try one of the current peplum tops that feature a little extra ruffle on the hem.
All tops are crop tops--you’ve already come to that conclusion. Which is why we suggest investing in silk blouses (long-sleeved and tank). These little guys come in handy when you’re dying to wear a boxy, structured shell but don’t want to show off your belly button ring (circa spring break ’03).
Brigitte Bailey ($59)
The word trendy can evoke some conflicting feelings.
On one hand, it gets us excited for something new and fresh (gingham midi skirts! ankle-tie flats!). On the other, it makes us uneasy, because what if today’s new style just doesn’t work for our body type?
Exhibit A: Our plight with the crop top of 2014.
Fortunately, we’ve whittled down today’s top trends and found the versions that work best for women who have a tall or petite frame. Take skirts, for example: Tall girls should go for the midi pencil skirt, while shorter gals might want to try an A-line mini.
Find all of our trend breakdowns ahead, and then watch how we styled them (on real live ladies) in this Today segment.
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