Have you ever had a moment in a store when you’re trying on a pair of jeans and they’re so ridiculously long it’s unreal? If you’ve ever wondered who on Earth designers are making those for, I feel you. I’m only 5 feet 3 inches tall, so it’s sometimes a challenge to find flattering clothes. For my second spring styling collaboration with Ann Taylor, I wanted to pull together a post focused on dressing for petites.
To start things off, there are a few rules I abide by when shopping, the most important of which is avoiding anything that overwhelms my frame. There’s nothing worse than someone swimming in an outfit they have on. I don’t care how much you love that peasant blouse, shift dress or baggy pair of boyfriend jeans—back away from the item if it will make you look like you’re wearing your grandmother’s muumuu.
Pencil skirts are a staple in my closet because they show off my figure. A high-waisted version like this eyelet style from Ann Taylor is even better because it makes my legs look like the start higher, which makes them appear longer.
To balance out the form-fitting skirt, I styled it with this floral blouse that’s brand new at Ann Taylor for summer. First, I was drawn to the eye-catching print (the pattern isn’t huge, which is also something to avoid if you’re petite). Second, I chose it because its open, V-shaped collar lengthens my neck and makes me look taller.
A waist-cinching belt is my best friend when I’m wearing something flowy. Since this skirt is fitted already, I added this one exclusively for extra texture and to further accent my midsection. Showing off your waist is essential if you’re petite; the skinnier and less prominent the belt, the better.
Everyone knows nude shoes are flattering because they blend with your skin and create the endless leg effect. I wore these beauties on the blog last week and can’t get enough of them.
Last but not least, this chain-strap bag was my favorite accessory in the entire Ann Taylor store when I chose this outfit. The blush color is so on trend, and the medium size is ideal for me instead of a larger tote that could easily take over my look.
Ann Taylor has incredible items for spring and summer in their petites shop, so be sure to take a look!