The Petite Girl's Guide To Wearing Oversized Clothing

Photographed by Leonn Ward.
I'm short. I don't think about it often, but other people have a habit of mentioning it. In fact, I'm quite sure that in my absence, I'm constantly referred to as "that small one." Yes, I'd like longer legs. No, I don't like having pictures taken with my tall friends. But in general, I'm cool with it; 5-foot-2 is just fine.

Fashion used to be so prescriptive, didn't it? We all got used to irritating statements like, "If you're pear-shaped, try a high waist," and, "If you have big boobs, don't you dare think about wearing a high-neck top." Thankfully, in 2016, people (and clothing) have loosed up.

As a tiny person, I like nothing more than an extra-large item, like a pair of jeans that covers up my sneakers or a giant hoodie. If left unmonitored, I start to resemble my twin brother circa 2005. Big, long, comfy, and loose-fitting pretty much sums up my style — all things typically associated with looking and feeling "sloppy."

But I like to think there's room for an amount of "disorganized-togetherness," as I'm now calling it; a way to walk into a meeting with your hems-a-dragging and shirt half-tucked while still feeling like business. Extra-long tailoring, asymmetric cuts, and sportswear-as-workwear has never been more acceptable — or polished. And even if you stand under 5-foot-5, it is possible to wear big stuff and still look good. Shorties, unite (and click ahead to see how).
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Photographed by Leonn Ward.
Streetwear is trending, and this holey sweater is ideal for toughening up any summer look when it gets a bit cold on the rooftop bar. Coordinate the lengthy silhouettes by pairing with extra-long trousers that look just as good with a pair of heels as they do with slip-on Vans.

MISBHV Kurt Ripped Sweater, $200.74, available at MISBHV; Aries pants.
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These bottoms are case-in-point that bagginess can be refined. To expose the ripped-up hems, pair them with something more tailored, like a structured coat with interesting colors and proportions.

Kenzo coat; Marques'Almeida pants.
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This asymmetric jacket with a trailing chiffon arm and the loose-fit trousers are how to do after-dark dressing in an unexpected way. I used to feel self-conscious about my height at fancy get-togethers, but I love wearing slip-on sneakers with something like this to throw off any high-heel predictability.

Nafsika Skourti jacket and pants.
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Hoodies can be worn anywhere now — and that is sweet, sweet music to my ears. Dress yours up by wearing it with some unexpected hot-red silk trousers.

Ashley Williams sweatshirt; Nafiska Skourti pants.
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Photographed by Leonn Ward.
When loose, this dress shirt almost touches my knees. But despite the extra-large finish (and the equally as oversized, very '90s denim), I still feel (and look) extra-polished.

Nafasika Skourti top; Marques'Almeida pants.
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Photographed by Leonn Ward.
A chunky knit that can be worn untied or knotted at the hip? Ywp. A puffed-out, witchy skirt? Done. This whole look is far from a pencil skirt and cardigan — and that's a good thing...I think.

Whistles Tie Front Rib Knit, $180, available at Whistles; Ashley Williams skirt.
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