When you’re 5’4″ and under, shopping for clothes can be a time-consuming effort (and if you regularly find yourself spending hours in fitting rooms in comically long trousers, you’ll know what we mean). Although the high street is getting better at producing clothes in petite, regular and plus-size options, it still has a long way to go to make a full size range accessible across all pieces, so if you’re shorter and looking for ways to revamp your wardrobe, where do you begin? Thankfully, we have the answer.
Liza Belmonte is an expert in the petite styling field and the brains behind the Every Body Gets Dressed newsletter. You may already know her from her social media presence (she currently has 44,000 followers on Instagram) or from her weekly Substack newsletter that offers style advice to help “build a streamlined wardrobe that sparks joy”, so when it comes to getting advice from someone who knows petite styling (and has worn the trousers) there is no one better to ask for pointers that will really work.
To help you, dear reader, embrace whatever size, shape or height you are, we asked Belmonte for her top tips on how to confidently dress a smaller frame and it doesn’t start with throwing everything away and starting again. Keep scrolling for her seven ways to champion your height and to shop the pieces that we love now. Your wardrobe will thank you.