Confession: I myself am not 5’2″. At 5’6″, I’d consider myself to be of average height, so I’ve never had to personally think about shopping according to my height. But I have so many friends who are on the shorter side, and after spilling our shopping habits to one another, I’ve realized that most of them tend to shop slightly differently than I do. There certain things I wear all the time that they wouldn’t go near, while there are other styles they absolutely swear by.
I hunted down each of their crucial tips to share with you here. From the perfect top to the best fit in trousers, below you’ll find our capsule wardrobe curated specifically for everyone under 5’2″. The best part? Everything in the edit is $60 (or less) thanks to the fact that our Who What Wear collection at Target stocks a heavy supply of the season’s best trends along with more classic staple pieces.
Shop every affordable piece to flatter shorter frames below.
Generally speaking, long tunic tops will do your shorter frame no favors. Instead, look for tops that you can tuck in and styles that are slightly more cropped or that cinch at your waist for added definition.
Have you shopped our brand-new fall collection yet? Well, what are you waiting for?
From trousers to jeans, shop for cropped hems that will instantly make you appear taller than you really are. Plus, they’ll showcase your shoes. It’s a win-win, really.
When it comes to skirts and dresses, skip anything knee-length, which essentially cuts you in half. Go with shorter hems like miniskirts or else opt for midi-length skirts, both of which are currently trending, so you have endless styles to choose from.
Before you run in the opposite direction, hear me out. Whether you’re wearing boots, sandals, or sneakers, this is the easiest way to add height. Look for shoes with a few extra inches on the heel (that doesn’t have to mean stilettos) like kitten heels, block heels, and platform sneakers.
Matching sets and tonal dressing are on the rise right now, so there’s never been a better time to capitalize on this flattering and stylish trend.