I was in Singapore for a day (hauls and report will follow soon next week) but suffice to say I was spending more time looking at clothes than I was at anything else. I also realized that some clothes I should just avoid because I’m short. A few dresses I tried on in Mango (70% off!) taught me the hard way that while they may look lovely on the hanger and on someone tall and lean, it makes me look like I’m wearing a curtain. 😛
Ok maybe I’m not as short as I think I am by Asian standards. I’m about 5′ 3″ or thereabouts. I reckon its considered average but I’m not of the lithe long limbed frame either so I can look dumpy in the wrong sort of clothes. Here are 5 clothing trends I’ve tried on and which I prefer to avoid due to my height and built.
Maxi dresses look lovely on those who have a small frame or who are tall and long limbed. When I wear a maxi dress, I look like I fell into a bale of cloth and just swathed it around me any old how like a Sheikh. Not only that, I manage to look dumpy and frumpy so its a no go.
However, if the long dress is fitted well and cut slim, I might be able to pull it off without looking too frumpy.
Large prints and baggy dresses
Large prints on a baggy dress is an immediate no-go for me. If you have a large frame it might not be a good idea to go for large prints too because it draws unwanted attention to the wrong areas. That said, I’ve pulled off loud prints on a fitted dress and it works beautifully so I guess its to do with the print and the cut of the dress.
Note how baggy features in most of my no-go outfits. I love wearing pants with flared bottoms. They are comfy… if I find one that fits well and does not flare out too much. If it flares too much then it looks like I’m wearing a long skirt which again I fail to pull off with enough panache. One caveat would be if I were wearing some decently high heels – that makes flared pants look better on me. But its killer on my feet!
My solution is to go for loose cut pants like those linen ones or boot cut pants that hug at the thighs and flare out a little after the knee. It helps retain some shape while keeping in trend.
High Waisted Pants
Blessed not only with limited height, I am also of a slightly disproportionate body length. Wearing high waisted pants or pants that sit on my waist only serve to shorten my body further and to make me look shorter than I really am. God bless the person who came up with hipsters! 😀 They elongate my body and make me look more proportionate which is wonderful.
Long flared skirts
I’d always fancied the long flared gypsy-esque skirts. However on me, a long flared skirt can make me look shorter and dumpier. Too much cloth on the body is never a very good idea if you are not quite tall enough to pull it off. On the flip side, I think I look pretty good in short skirts that show some leg! 😉
Do you have any tips for other clothes to avoid for the vertically challenged? Or is there a clothing trend you just can’t pull off whether tall or short? Do share while I run off and unpack my goodies from Singapore 🙂