5 Fashion Rules Short Girls Should Stop Following

  • For too long, girls with petite frames have been told what they can and cannot wear as a result of their short stature. Well, vertically challenged fashionistas: The buck stops here. Today, we’re debunking five common fashion myths regarding short girls everywhere. Read on for our styling tips and tricks for how to successfully break these archaic fashion rules once and for all.

    Knee-High Gladiator Sandals Will Swallow Your Legs: The key to wearing knee-high gladiators as a girl with shorter legs is balanced proportions. At 5’ tall, Kourtney Kardashian keeps from looking squat in the sandals by showing off her legs in shorts. A tailored romper is a great way to get the look without feeling like you’re revealing too much.

    You Can Never Wear Flats: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (5’2” and 5’3”, respectively) prove you don’t have to teeter on your highest stilettos to look and feel dressed up. At this year’s CFDA Awards, the duo opted for flats over heels with their all-black ensembles. Follow their lead and expose just enough of your ankle so you don't look like you're drowning in your clothes.

    Maxi Lengths Will Overwhelm Your Frame: The secret to pulling off a maxidress if you have a petite frame lies in the waistline. Nicole Richie appears taller than her 5’1” frame actually measures, due to the nipped-in waistline, plus a hemline that hits right at the floor.

    Midi Skirts Are Never Flattering: Since moving to NYC, 5’1” Vanessa Hudgens’ style has been spot-on. Most recently, she championed the midlength pencil skirt, proving to petite girls everywhere that this trend can also work for them. Go for a high-waisted silhouette and pair with a crop top to give the illusion of a longer legs.

    Ankle-Strap Heels Will Make Your Legs Look Stumpy: Old fashion rules maintain that short girls should avoid ankle straps, for fear of looking too squat. But check out how Miroslava Duma, at 4’11” pulls them off. The strap on her sandal is on the thinner side, allowing her to reveal just the right amount of skin in a midlength dress.


  • Kimberly Lawrence
    Kimberly Lawrence The rule about not wearing flats is so silly. As absurd as this may seem, I think that flats look better on short girls and really high heels look better on tall girls. It's just my opinion, I'm not forcing it on anyone, but why someone would suggest flat...  more
    January 22, 2016
  • Vincia Wilson
    Vincia Wilson  My issue is with the blue dress in #5. I'm 5 ft and very petite and ive never been able to wear loose fitting mid length dresses. My legs just hang there like stick figures :- (.
    February 4, 2016