For the first Petite Fashion Challenge, I decided to do capris. After all, capri pants are notorious for being unfriendly to petites since they chop off the leg line and could make the legs look shorter.
When I wear capris, I usually pair them with sandals to go the beach. The shorter length of the pant is perfect for tiptoeing in the water without getting your pants wet.
For this specific cut and style of capri pant, there are a couple of plus and minuses to it.
- The relatively dark wash streamlines the look of the capri pant
- The small flare at the bottom balances out the hips
- The low rise shortens the leg line
- The cropped length also shortens the leg line
To combat the negative elements of my capri pants, I wear open toed sandals or shoes to elongate the leg line. However, wearing flats can only add so much to the leg line and the proportions are not quite right.
(If I had a more fitted shirt..it might help as long as I don’t fully cover the waistband.)
But what about a weekend brunch outfit with capri pants?
I don’t really dress up for brunch, so I kept the same outfit but changed the shoes. More specifically, I put on a pair of nude wedges. The nude color combined with the additional height of the wedge extends the leg line so that the legs look longer.
If I still want to wear capris, in the future, I’d look for the following elements to get the “best” looking capri pant for my petite stature and body shape:
- A high or mid rise pant
- A small flare at the bottom
- A dark or uniform wash
- A style that cuts close to the body
How about you readers?
Do you wear capris and what elements do you look for?