Q: I'm petite. Is it okay to wear a maxidress?
A: To be honest, this isn't an easy trend for short women to pull off—all that cloth can overwhelm you. There's a fine line between a chic maxi and a schmatte. What's key: definition on top (Empire styles are good for making legs seem longer) and controlled volume on the bottom (no tiers or tents: plain hems are simpler to shorten). Stick to solids or small prints. If you like heels for extra height, pick wedges, not stilettos (cheesy looking!).

Red Ralph Lauren maxidressA long story: Look taller in a fitted bodice and flowing, unfussy skirt (Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $229).

More: See the best looks for women 5'4" and under!


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