The Short-Girl Way To Wear A Voluminous Maxi

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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.

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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).

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

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.