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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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

$30

Guerlain

Safety Chain ID Cuff

$28

Madewell

Private Resort Clutch

$128

Trina Turk

Strap Ballerina

$50

Mango

Floral Print Chiffon Gown

$2,225

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

$47

Dolce & Gabbana

Hook Gold-Plated Earring

$299

Charlotte Chesnais

Ankle Boots

$1,200

Brian Atwood

Summer of Love Maxi Dress

$130

Topshop

Audrey Tote Deux

$1,925

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

$32

Simply Vera Vera Wang

Nail Polish in Mots Bleus

$20

NARS

Fringed Bag

$245

Massimo Dutti

Studded Side-Zip Ankle Booties

$1,255

Balenciaga

Princess Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

$1,155

Paul & Joe