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.