The Short-Girl Way To Wear A Voluminous Maxi


We’ve all been there—overawe by a runway trend, but unsure of how to wear the look sans Amazonian stature. Case in point: the bohemian maxi dress for those who lack tallness. Since not everyone is blessed with a leggy, willowy form, voluminous garments can often get overlooked because they feel intimidating, or worse, overwhelming for a petite frame. The reality is, a maxi style can elongate your look and create a slimming effect, but nailing proportion is key. From waist-cinching accessories to a monochromatic color palette, find 3 expertly styled outfits ahead for short girls to embrace lengthy silhouettes, rather than shy away.


Go Shorty

A floor-length style with ruching creates a gathered effect that is both slimming and versatile enough to wear with flats (without any added bulk).

Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara



Safety Chain ID Cuff



Private Resort Clutch


Trina Turk

Strap Ballerina



Floral Print Chiffon Gown


Roberto Cavalli

An empire silhouette creates the illusion of longer legs, especially when paired with sky-high ankle boots for added inches.

The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour


Dolce & Gabbana

Hook Gold-Plated Earring


Charlotte Chesnais

Ankle Boots


Brian Atwood

Summer of Love Maxi Dress



Audrey Tote Deux


Thale Blanc

Instead of a belt, style a lightweight scarf at the waist to discreetly cinch in a maxi that's a couple of inches too long.

Ombre Twisted Stripes Scarf


Simply Vera Vera Wang

Nail Polish in Mots Bleus



Fringed Bag


Massimo Dutti

Studded Side-Zip Ankle Booties



Princess Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress


Paul & Joe