Spring’s Three Worst Trends for Petites (And What to Wear Instead)

by Molly Fergus, REDBOOK

The style pendulum's swinging this spring, with wide-leg pants subbing for skinny jeans and ankle-length skirts picking up where miniskirts left off. We've sifted through the three worst offenders for petite figures - and figured out how to nail the look anyway.

Mid-calf skirts
Mid-calf skirts in bulky materials like faux leather and stiff denim are a big trend for spring. Though the retro-inspired length is fun, all that fabric overwhelms a smaller frame.

Alternative: Opt for a light, pleated ballet-inspired skirt like this pretty, navy blue version from Lulu's. You'll get the on-trend hemline without letting the heavy fabric weigh you down.

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Super wide leg pants
Wide leg pants are set to replace skinny jeans this season, and although well-tailored trousers are almost universally figure-flattering, the extreme, balloon-like version of this trend swallows petites.

Alternative: Wear the runway-inspired silhouette by investing in trouser-style jeans that cinch at the waist and fit throughout the hips, like these indigo rinse jeans from Ann Taylor Loft.

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Maxi skirts
Gauzy, floor-length maxi dresses have been a summer staple for a few seasons, but now the ankle-length skirt is making its comeback. Petites risk losing their figures with this flowing bohemian style.

Alternative: Pair wedge heels with a fitted, long pencil skirt, like this funky, faux paint-splashed version from from Urban Outfitters. You'll get the fresh length (and some height!) without the extra bulk.

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