How to Dress If You’re a Short Woman

How to Dress If You’re a Short Woman

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Get a leg up on the competition with these wardrobe tips.

Step 1: Head to the petite department
Head to the petite department, where clothing is tailored for women 5-foot-4 and under, regardless of their weight. Or shop in vintage stores; clothing from the ’40s and ’50s was often tailor-made for shorter woman.

Step 2: Dress in one color
Dress all in one color; it will make you look taller.

Step 3: Wear V-neck tops
Wear tops that draw attention up and away from your legs: V-necks, halters, small shoulder pads, and necklines with beading or trim. Avoid tops that end at your hip bone; they can make legs look stubby.

Never wear a pattern or print that is bigger than your fist.

Step 4: Choose the right pants
Wear wide-leg trousers to elongate your frame. Pair heels with them, with the pants hem reaching almost to the bottom of your shoe. Avoid cropped pants, which make short legs look even shorter.

Step 5: Wear certain dresses
Choose dresses over skirts to create an unbroken vertical line. Flattering styles include Empire dresses and V-neck wrap dresses with a high waist; both lengthen your bottom half. Dresses should end either slightly above the knee or be ankle-length; anything in between will cut your silhouette in half.

Step 6: Be a heel
Wear backless footwear with dresses; they create one long, unbroken leg line. Avoid shoes with ankle straps for the opposite reason; they’ll cut you off just where you need the illusion of length. And remember: Platform heels are your best friend.

Did You Know?
Fifty-four percent of American women are 5-foot-4 or under.

Categories: Fashion Style


  1. Haile_ Heart
    Haile_ Heart 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I am 5'1 at 19 years old, thanks for the tips! Btw I am in love with the dresses at 0:40 , 1:12 , and 1:24! 😍😍

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  2. Giuliana Lucchesi
    Giuliana Lucchesi 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm only 5'8" :l

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  3. whoa horsey whoa
    whoa horsey whoa 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    um*pier ???? hahahahaha so pretentious.

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  4. 43543ful
    43543ful 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 22 years old and 5 ft 1 but people still say "I look 15 or 16 years old"

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  5. 2011BratzLover
    2011BratzLover 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Some people still think I'm 12 but I'm 21. I'll get carded until I'm like 50! Haha

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  6. 2011BratzLover
    2011BratzLover 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    21 and 4'11! This helps tremendously!

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  7. Gingersnap 123
    Gingersnap 123 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    why is it that if more than half of American women are 5'4" and under that is labeled "short"? It's like we'll if it's more than 50% wouldn't that itself be average

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  8. Sugar Coated
    Sugar Coated 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    How to dress like an old lady lol Those tan trousers and shoes boak

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  9. unhøly
    unhøly 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 4"4" 🙁

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  10. phenlism
    phenlism 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    20 and 4'9"… I need this a lot.

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  11. Emi
    Emi 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 14 and 5 ft ):

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  12. lickmyclit
    lickmyclit 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    This is really helpful :v

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  13. Sushierrico
    Sushierrico 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I've been told by my friend that 5'4'' ( which I am ) is tall not petite. It annoys me that she says this too. But thank you how cast.

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  14. Leola Littleflare
    Leola Littleflare 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Those outfits are so nice!!

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  15. blindandwatching
    blindandwatching 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 6'4" guy who will be your favorite accessory. 🙂

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  16. marixsa santos
    marixsa santos 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    22 and 4'11 so 5'4 is tall for me 

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  17. afriendcalled5
    afriendcalled5 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Om-peer? It's Em-pire.

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  18. She'sBeingBeautiful〈3
    She'sBeingBeautiful〈3 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    @Veronica Boyer I'm the shortest of my classes too maybe I'm the shortest of my elective classes. 

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  19. She'sBeingBeautiful〈3
    She'sBeingBeautiful〈3 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 16 and I'm 5'0 or 5'1.

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  20. Jenna Gestson
    Jenna Gestson 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    im 4'11 and have bad balance due to spina bifida and can't wear heels

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  21. sierra rodriguez
    sierra rodriguez 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 17 and people think I'm 12 its really flattering

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  22. Deborah Mitchell
    Deborah Mitchell 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 19teen and four foot something shoe size 2in heels and 3 in flats

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  23. EarthUnity
    EarthUnity 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    shes so skinny.. wat about 5 foot tall and thick woman like me?? huh i am not white

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  24. tirtha bastola
    tirtha bastola 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I am 4'7 :'(

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  25. fio G lam
    fio G lam 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    5 foot 4 is not short…..

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  26. sharpiesnifferrawr
    sharpiesnifferrawr 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    What if I don't want to look taller though? I just want to find things that fit properly.

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  27. Mariah Arana
    Mariah Arana 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 23, 4'11. I wear wedges and mini everything because as an adult, I can. But im still mistaken as a high schooler, lol.

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  28. Ever-Pretty
    Ever-Pretty 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Very simple dress and has short decorates, compared to ever-pretty's dress, I THINK IT IS inferior to ever-pretty's design, yeah@##%$#$%, sorry to say that.
    but i have to say that your idea is good.

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  29. Brothermonkey 2
    Brothermonkey 2 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Get outta here!

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  30. Brothermonkey 2
    Brothermonkey 2 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    You're funny Brittany Ann!!!! Lmfao

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  31. Aaron Espinoza
    Aaron Espinoza 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I'm 70 years old and 8 feet and 11 inches I'm a SEXY bitch

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  32. Angela Lee
    Angela Lee 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Haha. I like how females with the same height as I do talk… love you guys!

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  33. nys kh
    nys kh 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    i'm 18 and 153 cm . my younger sister is 12 and her height is 158 cm . jealousy here .

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  34. Xee Z
    Xee Z 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    It's only a temporary phase, I promise you. As you get older – you'll start to take it as a compliment 🙂

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  35. ElineBaad
    ElineBaad 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    …But it can be kind of sad when you're 16 and get mistaken for a 12 year old. People sometimes think my friends are my older siblings!

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  36. Adrian Bodysow
    Adrian Bodysow 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    My overweight step-brother was able to make the most beautiful pole dancer I've ever seen fall in love with him because he ran the Cupid Love System (Google it). It's bad but I wish I became pleased for him but I want such a sexy lady to fall for me. I'm totally jealous. Does that mean I'm a terrible individual?

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  37. freba91
    freba91 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I am 5 feet tall and I like being short.

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  38. Xee Z
    Xee Z 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Okay I will be sure to check it out 🙂

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  39. ElizabethBlush
    ElizabethBlush 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I agree with you!!!!!!!!!
    I think you would enjoy the video I made on my I LOVE BEING SHORT!!

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  40. drrai2013
    drrai2013 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    You already know that aggravating point when your good friend (who's been a loser for a long time) gets an unbelievable girl to fall in love with him in like 2 weeks? God, that occured. I'm aware I should be happy even so I want it to be me. He revealed that he applied the the Cupid Love System (Search for it in Google). I wanna hide out inside of a cave at present.

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  41. Religion WhistleBlower
    Religion WhistleBlower 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    If you look at those pictures from 1930s you would see women covered from neck to ankle. But then little by little their dress became shorter from top to bottom and in some places completely Naked!
    Quran 20:121
    They ate from the tree, whereupon their Nakedness became evident to them, and they tried to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise. Adam thus disobeyed his Lord, and fell.
    It seems like satan has done it again and we are just following him!
    May God save us from satanic people!

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  42. Fisherdisease
    Fisherdisease 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    high five! I don't think that woman is that short…

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  43. Rachel Bell
    Rachel Bell 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    oooo SALTED

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  44. amanda reyes
    amanda reyes 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    Thats nothing Im 27 and Im 4,9

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  45. abbytheflrit
    abbytheflrit 14 June, 2017, 13:22

    I am 18 and 4'8 :p

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