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Illustration of a petite woman wearing a dressBlanca Gómez

What works best: Body-conscious and tailored pieces—shaped jackets, hip-length tops, hemlines at or above the knee, and tapered pants—complement diminutive features.

What to keep in mind: It’s not just about hemming for shorter legs. Head to the petites department for scaled-down proportions elsewhere, including the shoulders, the sleeves, and the rise (to avoid the ugly low-hanging crotch).

Where to shop: AG Jeans, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, Levi’s, Michael Michael Kors, Tracy Reese.

For even more fashion advice, see what to wear to create the most flattering silhouette.

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