30 Days of Summer Outfits for Short Ladies
You love a good maxi dress-flat sandals combination, but you know it doesn’t do much for showing off your petite frame. Here are 30 perfect summer outfits if your measurements are more Kourtney Kardashian than Kendall Jenner.
Ruffled Blouse + Gingham Shorts + Espadrilles
Summer in an outfit. To maximize the flattering potential, tuck the shirt in to show off your waist and top it all off with low-ish heels. Shorts and stilettos may be a no-no, but a sensible lace-up wedge is pretty much perfection.
Cropped Jumpsuit + Mini Bag
This jumpsuit has everything: a flattering v-neck, a cinched waist and wide, cropped legs. (Just be sure to buy in a petite size, or have hemmed to ensure you show a little ankle.) A mini bag looks polished without overwhelming your small frame.
One-Shoulder Top + Mom Jeans
The cool thing about being short is that you can have fun with statement fashion without looking like you’re trying to take over the entire room. The key is make sure your other pieces are tailored and sleek. We love the pointed toe for extra elongation.
T-Shirt + Blazer + Jean Shorts
Another day, another delightful outfit from Tiffany Jais. The denim shorts and white sneaks show off her legs, while the blazer dresses things up and adds visual length.
BElted Dress + Ankle-Strap Heels
Oh hi, working girl. A belted, calf-length dress is almost universally flattering, since it highlights your small waist and gives you that peek of leg we keep talking about. A simple pair of sandals adds height without distracting from the main event (the dress, of course).
Button-Down + Tea-Length Skirt
Yes, there’s a lot of fabric here, but a few easy styling tweaks make it work for short gals. Namely, we love how this fashion maven tucked in her blouse (to create an hourglass figure), opted for cropped sleeves (to make her arms look skinnier) and chose a skirt that hits a little above her ankles (to show off those fierce shoes).
Floral Minidress + Ankle Boots
They aren’t just for cold weather. Paired with a swingy minidress in a bold print, ankle boots create a gorgeous feminine vibe. Short girl trick: Make sure the boots are low and don’t cut you off mid-calf.
Graphic Tee + Cocktail Dress
You’ve got a closet full of party dresses, so why not get more wear out of them by layering over a casual T-shirt? Shorter ladies do best to stick to A-line cuts that are cinched at the waist and float away from the body, before ending mid-calf.
T-Shirt + Pencil Skirt
Noticing a skirt-length theme? Maxis are great, but they don’t do a ton for your petite frame. Midis, on the other hand, hit your calf at a really flattering spot and—especially if they’re high-waisted—look great with pretty much any heel height.
Wrap Dress + Sneakers
This guy deserves a place in your closet whether you're 4'11" or 5"11". The tie-waist silhouette is super easy to wear and can be dressed way up or way down. Since this summery version is on the casual side, slip into a pair of bright white sneakers, which keep it grounded and you blister-free.
Chambray Shirt + Trousers + Brogues
There's office chic and then there's office chic...and this ensemble strikes the perfect balance between elevated and summery. Belt the pants to create an hourglass figure, and hem them so they hit just above your ankle.
Jeans + Camisole + Kimono
Tuck the camisole in to streamline the silhouette, and finish things off with neutral heels. After all, when you're wearing so much fabric around your torso, a little lift never hurt nobody.