If you’re a short girl who thinks you can’t wear flares, you aren’t alone. We’ve had petite-girl qualms about buying the trendy jeans crop up around the Glamour offices too. Collectively, the team swoons over fantastic outfit combos that walk through our double doors, but it usually takes only seconds before one of the more pint-size staffers points out that while totally chic, she can’t possibly wear them because she’s too short. Not true, friends. Rocking this season’s It-ticket denim isn’t a sizest thing at all, so long as you know a few important tips.
It’s all about the knee-break: “Shorter girls should try pairs where the flare starts around the knee,” Paige Adams-Geller, founder and creative director of Paige Denim, explained, also urging ladies to pay attention to the size of the bell. “If the leg opening is too big, the flare will overwhelm her body frame.” Once you start shopping, you’ll notice that some pairs have a more extreme, nearly-’70s shape, while others feel little more than exaggerated boot-cuts. If you’re tinier, the latter will likely be better for you.
“When going to the tailor, bring the shoes you are going to wear with your flares. If you’re petite, I recommend platforms or wedges,” Paige said (taller ladies can get away with flats or sneakers, but shorter girls will find the extra height from shoes helpful in achieving the elongated look that makes flares so jaw-droppingly chic. “Ask the tailor to reattach the hem to the bottom so it looks authentic and the beauty of the original wash is maintained. Your pants should literally almost be touching the floor and practically cover your shoes.”