The Best Pants Length for Short Women

Woman wearing tight jeans and heels on steps outside.
Woman wearing tight jeans and heels on steps outside. (Image: javi_indy/iStock/Getty Images)

Finding the perfect pair of pants is tricky if you're short, but the right style elongates your legs, creating the illusion of height. Look for straight-leg or subtly flared styles with a hemline that covers the top of your heels for a lengthening look. Skinny jeans also flatter shorter frames; dark-colors make legs look longer, as do pants that sit on your natural waist. If you find pants that fit perfectly but happen to be too long, simply have them hemmed by a skilled tailor.

Styling Secrets

Cropped pants, capris and Bermuda shorts cut off your legs and make them stubby, so give them a pass. Big, baggy pants can drown small figures, so opt for something fitted instead. A pair of heels adds to your height, though you may need a pair of longer pants to wear with them. Skinny jeans work with both stilettos and flats without the need for cuffing or tailoring.

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