Entertainment Fashion & Style 10 Style Don'ts for Petite Women Up Your Look by Knowing What to Avoid Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Tops & Sweaters Accessories Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Paula Darnell Updated February 14, 2017 The very same clothes that look fantastic on the runway at designer fashion shows frequently don't look good on petite women. Runway models tend to be very slender and quite tall (usually 5 feet 10 inches or taller), and they're considered almost like a hanger from which to drape clothing. They can easily wear clothes that are big and long and have lots of fabric in them, but a short woman wearing the same garments will look even shorter and perhaps a bit overwhelmed. If you remember just one key idea, that would be that less is more -- less fabric for more appeal. 01 of 10 Tea-Length Skirt Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images Because a tea-length skirt, like this light blue tea-length dress from Oscar de la Renta, falls around the middle of the calf and breaks up the leg line, it can actually make a short woman look even shorter. A better choice for petites is a skirt, such as a pencil skirt, that falls somewhere around the knee. 02 of 10 Garments With Turtlenecks Neilson Barnard/Getty Images A short woman can look as though she has no neck at all if she wears a garment with a turtleneck, like this gray turtleneck dress by Donna Karan. A better choice for petites is a V-neckline, which visually elongates the figure. 03 of 10 Double-Breasted Jacket Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Double-breasted jackets are bulkier than single-breasted jacket styles, which work better for petites since they do not swallow up a short woman, as this canary yellow double-breasted jacket by Michael Kors would certainly do. 04 of 10 Below-Hip Sweater or Jacket Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Short women will look better proportionally if they wear sweaters and jackets that fall to the top of the hip rather than below the hip, as this blue sweater from Stella McCartney does. 05 of 10 Furry or Puffy Vests Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Any garment that adds bulk is a garment that petites should avoid, and a furry or puffy vest certainly fits into the bulky garment category.This black fur vest by Diane von Furstenberg is out of proportion for a petite. 06 of 10 Big Sleeves Arun Nevader/Getty Images Big sleeves, like the ones on this fuchsia dress from Marchesa, add bulk and detract from the sleek appearance that's desirable for short women. A better sleeve choice for petites is a fitted sleeve. 07 of 10 Fluffy Fur Coat Frazer Harrison/Getty Images There's nothing bulkier than a big, fluffy fur coat, and a petite woman could actually end up looking more like a bear than a woman in a huge, furry coat like this one from Michael Kors. 08 of 10 Poncho Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Generally speaking, petites look taller and thinner in simple and minimalist silhouettes rather than oversize ones. This black-and-white buffalo plaid Michael Kors poncho is tres chic but not on a petite woman. Short women should avoid big, shapeless garments like ponchos and go for a more sleek look. 09 of 10 Garments With Excess Fabric Arun Nevader/Getty Images) Garments with lots of excess fabric, like this complicated garnet dress by Marchesa, overwhelm a petite woman's frame. The fabric might be folded, pleated, draped or given some other designer treatment, but all dresses in this style are unflattering to short women. 10 of 10 Baroque Ballgown Kristy Sparow/Getty Images Although most women probably aren't in the market for a ballgown unless we're going to be attended a costume party, a few petites might consider wearing a ballgown as a wedding dress, like this one from Elie Saab. Because the ballgown's silhouette is so exaggerated, short women should avoid it when selecting a bridal gown and opt for a more flattering and simpler style with less fabric.