How to dress for your height: 4 Style Panel members share their tips

How to dress for your height Style Panel
How to dress for your height Style Panel

Good news for glamphiles: widelegs are back! Love ’em? Hate ’em? Whether or not you’d actually wear ’em come Spring 2015 probably has more to do with inches than proclivities, right? While the retro trend might kill it for the 5”11ers, it tends to make petite girls look shorter, if not wider. And just like widelegs, there are some trends out there we shouldn’t all ever try. To help wade through the options, we asked 5 Style Panel members to share tips on how they dress for their statures. Hey, shorties! We’ve got advice for you.

Question 121: How do you dress for your height? Read the answers now! »


How to dress for your height Barbara Ann Solomon
Photography by Tevor Negin

Barbara Ann Solomon, 25
Toronto | Barbara Ann’s Style Blog

I’m 5’3, which I’ve always thought was on the shorter side of average, though most people would never know, as I’m rarely not wearing heels. I think the most important thing about dressing for your size is to ensure all elements are proportional in an outfit. An oversized sweater, paired with a slim fit pant, in a monochromatic palette allows the eye to graze over the outfit, making you appear taller.

I’ve always love a cropped pant leg, though it is often not recommended for us shorties, I just love the daintiness of an exposed ankle or lace sock.

Barbara’s wearing: Sweater, Joe Fresh. Pants, Zara. Ear Jacket, Emma Roberts for Bauble Bar. Shoes, Carven for Robert Clergerie.

How to dress for your height Iva Galic

Iva Grbesic, 37
Toronto | One Chic Mom

Everyone says that when you are tall you can wear almost everything – not true. Most clothing is not made for women who are six feet tall, I should know, I have been six feet tall for over 20 years. The women modelling may be that tall but that does not translate at the retail level. So what’s a girl to do? Bring the cropped trend to the forefront. Cropped pants are a tall girl’s best friend. As long as the crop is not in the centre of your calf (which makes your leg look wide and dumpy) you can wear a cropped pant and wear it for work or play.

Iva’s wearing: Sweater and pants, J.Crew. Booties, Guilhermina. Handbag, Furla.

How to dress for your height Jessica Concannon

Jessica Concannon, 30
Montreal | WestmountFashionista

Longer skirt lengths have become incredibly popular but many think this trend is best suited for those who are taller. However, I find that wearing a pair of heels with longer skirts is great for elongating the body and making this trend work for all different heights. Also, by sticking to a slim silhouette in mostly black I find that I’m able to create an illusion of more height allowing me to pull of a variety of styles.

Jessica’s wearing. Skirt, Robert Rodriguez. Blouse, Joe Fresh. Peplum, Le Chateau. Shoes, Le Chateau. Bag, Prada via LOVEthatBAG.

How to dress for your height Becky Kung

Becky Kung, 30
Calgary | Velvet & Vino

The crop dress pant is a season staple. I find this length of pant can work for most body shapes and different heights, and there’s something about baring your ankles that elongates the legs especially when complemented by a trouser slim fit pant.

If you’re more on the shorter side, you may want to pair your crop pants with a heel or bootie. For a taller body type, you can always add a pair of flat loafers to complete the look.

Becky’s wearing: Bomber jacket, button top, trousers and loafers, Topshop.