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Short-girl struggle: You’re under 5’4” but love this season’s flowing looks and ’70s-inspired pieces (you know, the styles that seem to flatter only a Heidi Klum or a Karlie Kloss). What to do?

First: Get a great tailor for general hemming across the board. (Duh.) And second: Figure out the exact variations of popular pieces you can pull off. Here, we can help.


The Jumpsuit: Go Wide Leg

We know?bold statement. But when you think of it, a tapered ankle is remarkably hard to hem. (The knee area is now where?) If you?re hemming anyway, a palazzo silhouette fits all. Just make sure to pair it with heels, and consider yourself elongated.

RACHEL Rachel Roy ($120)


The Peasant Blouse: Embrace Off-the-Shoulder

Say ?yes? to a universally flattering flash of collarbone. It draws the eye upward. Then, to temper the top?s volume, keep your bottoms sleek.

LOFT ($45)


The High-Waisted Jean: Fake It

It wouldn’t be a ’70s roundup without a high-waisted moment. But then again…there’s that whole tiny-torso thing. Our advice: Look for specific rise measurements (the length from the crotch to the waistband) and avoid aggressively high ones (no 11-inchers for you). Try to find a style that’s as low on the spectrum as possible (seven to nine inches).

MiH Jeans ($218)


The Kimono: Keep It Belted

Introducing summer’s answer to the blazer. A kimono lets everything breathe, but a long, open one will frankly swallow you. Find a cropped one that hits just below the hip and cinches in the waist.

Fleur du Mal ($257)


The Culotte: Search Out Petite Sizing

It?s really less about the style itself (pleated, printed, flared--all are OK) and more about exactly where the hemline hits (hint: right where your calf ends). Your best bet is to find a pair from a brand that offers petite sizing so the cut is spot-on. 

The Limited ($42)


The Flat Slides: Consider a Pointed Mule

You?ve seen those thick-strapped flat sandals everywhere, but they?re not exactly doing your stems any favors. Instead, try a pointed mule to give the illusion of length. Neutral shades (and fine, a slight hidden wedge) really do the trick.

Free People ($125)


The Flatform: know it, love it

Or if you’re dead set on the sandal, add flat height. Not only are these puppies super easy to walk in, but they also come in a variety of styles from lace-up gladiators to strappy slides to espadrilles. Get stacked.

Vince ($275)

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