Can a Short Girl Wear a Maxi Skirt?

by Pamela Simmons ; Updated September 28, 2017

Petite actress Vanessa Hudgens wears a maxi skirt at the celebration for The New JohnVarvatos.com.

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Maxi skirts are incredibly trendy, and shorter ladies who are scared to try the look may find themselves getting a little bit of wardrobe envy. If you're a little jealous of taller girls in maxi skirts, banish that green-eyed monster, get up and go get yourself a maxi skirt of your own. With a few styling tricks, petite girls can sport the maxi skirt and look just as chic as anyone else.

The Concern

The truth about maxi skirts is that they can make a girl appear shorter. Ladies who are already short may understandably find maxi skirts a little scary, as most short women don't desire to shrink their frame. Fortunately, you can do a few things to combat the illusion of shortness so that your maxi skirt will work for you instead of against you.

Wear a Heel

Heeled shoes automatically give you the length that you lose when donning a maxi skirt. Platform wedges work especially well with a maxi skirt. They give you the height, are less formal than a traditional heel and look totally cute and stylish with a maxi skirt.

Other Tricks

When you're picking out your skirt, opt for a more fitted style. Voluminous skirts will overwhelm your short frame and widen you, which will make you look tinier. When pairing a top with your skirt, choose ones that are more fitted. This will give you a waist and balance out your larger bottom piece. Finally, don't layer too much. Anything that adds bulk will shrink you, so keep layers to a minimum.

Finding Your Perfect Skirt

Luckily for you, maxi skirts are hugely popular, so finding a fitted, longer skirt that works for you is a cinch. Choose a skirt with a hem length that falls somewhere between your ankle and the top of your foot. Any longer will be too much for your frame. If you're having a tough time finding the right length, don't fret. Just take your skirt to a tailor and have a bit taken off the bottom. It'll only cost you a few more bucks and will be absolutely worth the cost.

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About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.