If you’re a petite girl, stay as far away from the larger plaids as you can. A large print will overwhelm you and make you appear even shorter than you are. Instead, try a medium size print with strong vertical lines as seen in these pants. Because of the illusion of stripes created by the contrast between the red and black, your legs will seem longer — and by extension, you’ll seem taller. You might have heard that a petite should avoid cropped pants. But add a pair of platforms or pumps and you’ll be taller and leaner than ever.
Plaid Pants, A.sweetT.
Compliment your curves with this cute little dress. The sharp, nipped-in waistline will show off your hourglass figure to its best potential. The great thing about this piece might not be immediately visible: the wrap skirt. Even though it blends into the fabric, it’ll make a big difference in the shape, as many women with an hourglass figure carry weight on their hips. The wrap skirt will mitigate that by giving a subtle flair through your hips and thighs. With collared shirt detail on top, you won’t have to worry about falling out: button up for more coverage if you’re more busty, or button less if you’re not.
Plaid Dress, House of Stella
Don’t worry: you aren’t the only one who carries weight throughout the middle of your torso, and with this dress, you can feel confident and carefree. The empire waist will draw attention upward as the pleated a-line skirt will flatter and cover your midsection. When you’re picking plaids, opt for a darker, muted color palate like this one; it will be much more forgiving than brighter hues. Also, look out for subtle touches that will even out your shape like the small ruffles on the shoulder of this dress.
Criss-Cross Plaid Dress, Miss Hoe
If you have a bigger bottom half, plaid can be a harder look to pull off. The many lines of a plaid fabric can simply make you look wider and make your shoulders seem smaller. But that doesn’t mean you have to forsake this trend entirely. Instead of a dress or skirt, look for accessories to supplement your wardrobe — like this wool scarf. Since it’s an accent, you don’t have to worry about picking the most oversized print or the brightest colors. In fact, the bigger the better! Pair it with dark denim and a neutral knit top for a flattering yet cozy look.
Plaid Wool Scarf, Acquaverde
Let’s face it: you’ve got to have some height to carry off this much fabric, this much color, and this large of a plaid. It would pretty much drown a petite girl and make her feel like she came straight out of “Little House on the Prairie.” A refreshingly crisp take on the maxi silhouette, this skirt is the perfect transition piece from winter to spring: pair it with a chunky sweater if you need to be bundled up, or wear it with a crop top for a warm weather look. The side slits will let you show off the greatest advantage of your height: long, long legs. This skirt is also a great look for anyone with a boyish or athletic build, as the high waist will give you curves you never knew you had.
Plaid Skirt, Number A