April 10th, 2007
Q: I love how my new Paige wide leg jeans fit, but is it strange if it looks like my pants gobbled up my feet? I’m a petite 5′2" and even with my pointiest of pointy toed shoes, my feet still disappear. What do I wear on top to complement my small frame and seemingly missing feet?
A: Yes, it is a bit strange to have pant legs so long (and wide) that your feet seem to disappear. Even though the model in the picture is wearing the pants at near-floor length, you don’t have to. Pant legs that drag–or even appear to drag–on the ground are not only unattractive but are also just plain annoying for you. We would recommend taking the pant hem up another notch to help the visual balance between the pants and your shoes.
As for what to wear on top, balance once again provides the answer. When you’re wearing something "big" on the bottom, your best bet is to wear something "small" (e.g. close-fitting) on top. The resulting small over big silhouette is a fashion classic.
Since you’re petite, we have an extra piece of advice: choose tops that aren’t overly long. Why? The illusion of height is created when your legs look long in proportion to your body. You can make create this illusion by visually raising your waistline with shorter tops.
Pictured: Paige Premium Hillhurst Trouser in Celestial | $198 at Revolve Clothing (at left) and BCBGirls ‘Allyiah’ Stretch Poplin Shirt | $68 at Nordstrom (at right).
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