Finding properly fitting clothing can be a challenge in itself if you fall under 5'4" tall, but add in the tailored fit and polished look that workwear often requires, and it can feel like a nearly impossible task. Since we all know that a power wardrobe is key for looking and feeling your best on the job, we did the legwork for you to discover the pieces that are perfect for petite frames — no alterations needed. From sophisticated dresses to sleek pants, keep reading for the flattering staples that will make you feel like a total boss in and out of the office.
A STRUCTURED BLAZER
Every working girl needs a throw-over-everything blazer. The classic black hue makes this blazer an ideal work staple, but add impeccable tailoring, fitted seams, lightly padded shoulders, and a flattering angled cut that hits right at the hip, and it dresses up even the most casual of jeans. Meanwhile, the zip pockets and leather elbow patches add a cool edge that easily complements off-duty outfits.
A LITTLE BLACK SHIFT DRESS
One of the great things about being petite is that you can often get away with sporting a shorter hemline, even in professional settings. A black shift dress is always a foolproof option that works for any season and corporate environment. Look for one with a three-quarter sleeve length, which is not only flattering on smaller frames but also helps to balance out the mini length.
No work wardrobe is complete without a pair of slim black trousers. Between the leg-elongating seams and the classic bootcut silhouette, they add polish and sophistication to any look. A piece this timeless allows you to experiment with more playful combinations and trendier accents, such as a printed blouse and vibrant fringe earrings.
A PRINTED SHEATH DRESS
In addition to an LBD, a longer sheath dress in a standout pattern is also a great weekday workhorse. Aside from a moody floral print (so ideal for Fall), this number boasts a curve-hugging silhouette and eye-catching keyhole neckline and hits right at the knee — the sweet spot for elongating your petite figure. Pair it with a blush suede moto jacket for a seasonal, on-trend twist.
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Art Direction: Shanna Greenberg
Production: Sasha Bar-Tur
Hair and Makeup: Carrie LaMarca
Wardrobe Styling: Mary Kate Steinmiller
Model: Megan/MSA Models