This post has been brewing for some time.
I’m cool with it.
I’m 5’4″ y’all… WHO KNEW!
I know, not exactly pint-sized – but not as vertically gifted as I would like so I’m always on the hunt for new unexpected ways to elevate my petite-ness.
It was early last month when I spent a productive afternoon turning the changing room of Shanghai Tang on Sloane St into my own personal floordrobe – quickly falling into the perfect fit silk-cotton shorts… and we haven’t looked back. I waited to the final leg of fashion month to take them out. The outfit became an instant hit on my insta granted it’s leggy and I had a tan-butler work miracles but also I reckon it’s a great example of how to make a short girl look taller.
Cue my style hacks:
Embrace micro – a shorter hemline makes legs appear longer, Non?
So truth is, the silk-cotton shorts were a game changer for me, my climb-out-of-the-uber manoeuvre’s borderline shameful. I’m also acutely aware how tricky it is for taller girls to pull these shorter lengths off – just taking one for the team.
Cinch your waist – first rule of fashion club amirite?
Granted I appreciate how a slim fitting top enhances the silhouette, though I typically drifted off course and into the arms of a serial Shanghai Tang-er …a silk georgette blouse with trim with very strong game. Something swishy and light – a no-brainer for summer – one you’ll no doubt see again on a date night with my denims.
Partnering her up with a fitted jacket helped to create the illusion of a waist. The shoulder robing …curse of the catwalk *innit.
On pointed courts – girls best friend?
True, round toes are having a trend inspired moment right now but every petite girl worth her Vogue subscription knows the way to longer limbs is pointed toes. I fully support your decision to opt for flat over heeled, so long as there’s a little toe cleavage …flex those metatarsals and we’re back
in the game to leg lengthening.
Colour freeze – if monochrome were a bloke you’d take him home to meet the family?
Easy on the eye, more palatable sorry-not-sorry on the ‘gram. This outfit would still work in colour, but I love the simplicity of inky navy and white. I used gold accessories to anchor the look, and created repetition with the embroideried short and the lace in the georgette blouse. Subtle details that elevate without overtaking are everything.
I consider these silk-cotton shorts the coolest kind of essential. Do I need to say any more?
Silk-Cotton Shorts With Embroidery | SHANGHAI TANG
Silk Georgette Blouse With Lace Trim | SHANGHAI TANG
Mongolian Bijou Sm Flap Handbag | SHANGHAI TANG
Retro Chinese Round Sunglasses | SHANGHAI TANG
Stiletto Pumps | DUNE LONDON
Blazer | ELIE TAHARI
Created in collaboration with SHANGHAI TANG. All words, styling and creative direction my own.