By Alexis Parente
Updated Apr 14, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
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When you’re under 5’2”, hunting for flattering bottoms can be an epic quest—especially when it comes to shopping the season's trends. Cropped pants, for instance, might look great on almost everyone, but if you're petite, there's nothing cropped about them. Off-the-rack shorts border on Bermudas. And culottes? Well, that silhouette seems unthinkable for the small-statured among us.

Consider your hunt over with our curation of shorts, trousers, culottes, skorts—and even maxi skirts—along with tips for mastering the look.


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To lengthen your legs, try a shorter structured silhouette with a high waist (the higher the better). Go for a minute print; loud ones tend to overwhelm a small figure.

Shop the pieces (from top): Topshop, $35; BCBG, $158;


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Similar to printed shorts, look for high-waisted denim options to elongate stems.

Shop the pieces (from top):American Apparel, $50; J.Crew, $80;


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Hemlines that cut straight across can disrupt fluid, lengthening lines, but an asymmetrical one offers a more seamless alternative, maximizing height.

Shop the pieces (from top):Aritzia, $50; Miss Selfridge, $52;


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Culottes typically boast wide-leg, boxy silhouettes that easily overwhelm diminutive builds. But these have the perfect proportions: The leg is slim (so it won't engulf) and the length hits the right spot.

Shop the pieces (left to right): 7 for all Mankind, $225; Elevenses, $138;


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For petites, "capris" are actually full-length pants that don't require alterations. These styles have the right amount of crop. Show off a few inches of your ankle to give the illusion of length.

Shop the pieces (left to right): Theory, $295; Paige, $179;


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No trains here—these ground-grazing styles won't drag after you. Pair yours with a crop top to elongate your torso.

Shop the pieces (left to right): Corey Lynn Calter, $98; Gap, $55;