With the seemingly endless array of It-Girls (literally) at our fingertips via fashion blogs and social media sites like Instagram, it should be easy to pinpoint style icons from whom we can draw sartorial inspiration.
However, it is often inevitable that body type comes into play when contemplating new styles. (Not all of us were blessed with Alexa Chung’s leggy looks or Karlie Kloss’ enviable stature!) Fortunately, though, we live in a time where fashion girls of various sizes, shapes, and shades also reign — and petite women are particularly in luck.
While there are many up-and-coming women in fashion who do not live up to the stereotype of necessarily being tall, they do succeed in being equally as chic. Here are five petite women killing it in fashion today whose style we should all look out for this year. Perhaps we can take a page or two out of their look books, as well.
Jeanne Damas is the quintessential, effortlessly stylish, Parisian twenty-something who has been taking the fashion world by storm since her teen years. She loves heels and mod mini-skirt looks as much as she adores her casual t-shirts and broken-in, straight-leg jeans. Jeanne does not initially come across as petite because it seems she has mastered knowing what pieces flatter and elongate her figure the most. Her blazer, jeans, and heels combo is brilliantly understated.
But while Jeanne often sports the classic look, she isn’t afraid to rock a trend or two, either. She makes slightly flared, cropped jeans petite-friendly by pairing them with slim fitting, ’60s-reminiscent ankle boots.
Camille Rowe is a French-American model who has also been on the rise for a few years now. At 24 years old, she has already accomplished so much in the fashion world. And at 5’7″, it may be up for debate to call her petite. For a model, however, she is on the shorter side of the spectrum. Either way, Camille’s accessible yet covetable style oozes chic.
In Camille’s recent short video feature with British Vogue, she shares her equal parts vintage- and designer-clad closet with viewers. She looks just as elegant in a clever, tongue-in-cheek phrase-bearing tee as she does in a Jane Birkin-esque filet dress she tries on for the camera. Her girl-next-door ease and likability are only further accentuated through her style choices.
Sabina Socol is absolutely an honorable mention. Another petite French woman with astounding taste and style, Sabina is a friend of Jeanne Damas. She is often featured on Jeanne Damas’ blog, and her style is hard to ignore.
Per Sabina’s Instagram, she is a “Paris-based journalist,” but upon first glance, one would think her a model (and she very well may be that, too!) And why not? Her cool girl vibes make her yet another source of inspiration for all young women, not just petites.
Olivia Palermo continues to make fashion headlines with her unique take on preppy elegance. She looks runway-ready at 5’6″, always looking flawless whether she is donning heels or white sneakers.
We can learn from Olivia to take fashion risks but most importantly, to have fun with our style.
Victoria Beckham has been a mainstay in the fashion world for quite some time now and continues to lead and influence with her prestigious line. She masters working woman chic and makes it look positively easy.
Victoria’s heels are usually sky high and her makeup (and especially, her bold brows) are seriously aspirational. She knows how to dress and make the most of her petite frame. It doesn’t hurt that she is also fiercely gorgeous. From work to play, we can all take cues from Victoria Beckham.
As the year progresses, keep an eye out for these women and their ensembles. They further prove that true, chic style can be realized at any height or age.