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The short girl’s guide to clothes that actually fit

Ann Taylor’s Style Director Lauren Blane breaks down her best tips for dressing a petite frame.

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Small in stature? Don’t just size down or settle for a cropped pant. Here, 5 top tips on finding clothes that actually fit.

High Rise Ture Skinny Jeans, $56, Gap.jpg

High Rise True Skinny Jeans, $56, Gap.

Do: Embrace mid-and-high-rise pants. A heightened waistline elongates the leg for a long and lean shape.

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Flutter Sleeve Top, $83, Ann Taylor.

Do: Pay attention to shoulder proportion. Bell sleeves are everywhere. But you don’t need height to pull off this trend. According to Blane, a proper fit in the shoulders is the key to wearing tops of any style.

Petite Full Bloom Trousers, $111, Loft.

Do: Mix and match. Be sure to balance items like a wide-leg crop pant with a more fitted top.

Petite Mid Rise Columnist Ankle Pant, $70, Express%0A

Columnist Ankle Pant, $70, Express.

Do: Wear flats (or any kind of shoes you want). ‘You do not have to live in heels’, says Blane, but be sure to hem (not roll) your pants just above the ankle for the most streamlined silhouette.

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Do: Make friends with a tailor. Not all stores carry petite sizing, but with a quick nip, tuck or shorten, a good alternationist can work frame-flattering magic.

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