I sometimes feel like Zara was put on this earth to taunt me. I hop onto its site, confident as can be, certain that I’ll come away with a bounty. I leave either empty-handed or with a lone pair of shoes. Clearly, there are worse things in life (plus, you’ll find some spectacularly expensive-looking footwear options in-store right now), but I’m always a bit disappointed that those tailored flares are so long they’d lose their silhouette if I took them up or that the standout dress I’ve been ogling online would be perfect if only the waistline sat in line with my petite proportions. I have an hourglass figure, too, and Zara’s clothes appear to be far better suited to people who are tall, straight up and down and within a rather limited sizing range.
Many of us appreciate the impeccably high standards of Zara’s trend-driven goods, but if only the retailer would cater to people around the 5’1″ mark more often, right? I’ve tried on enough pieces over the years to be able to confidently say that the below categories do tend to fit me better. There are a few key pointers below, as well as some of the most petite-friendly new-in pieces. As always, buy the items that are built to last, suit your personal style and work within what you already own. Hope it helps you, my fellow short friends!