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The Downsized Gown
Candice S. Cook
Attorney and Writer
29, 5'3 1/2"

"I have to tweak every outfit to make it work," says Cook. Not this gown, which disproves wisdom that short women shouldn't do floor-length.

  • Empire waists raise the focus to bust level, so your torso and legs suddenly seem much longer—that's one reason this dress works.
  • It helps that the fabric is sinuous rather than bouffant; plus, the drape from the bust to her shoes makes a vertical statement.
Dress, BCBG Max Azaria Petites. Shoes, Christian Lacroix. Earrings, Giles and Brother by Philip Crangi. Clutch, Rodo. Rings, H.Stern, David Yurman, and Zasha Signature Jewelry.