If you are looking for petite style inspiration from short celebrities in Hollywood, you have come to the right place! These are the petite actresses that have amazing fashion sense either on or off the red carpet. When you see them in movies or on TV, you may not have guessed their height. For instance, would you ever notice that Reese Witherspoon height is 5’2″? And the Mother of Dragon in Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke height is also 5’2″?
There could be many reasons why these short actresses look a lot taller on screen than in real life. It could be because how the cameras are positioned. Sometimes the movies may have deliberately selected other actors or actresses in the same scenes who were not too tall so that the short actresses won’t look too short. One of the most important important reasons why these petite celebrities look so much taller than their real height is because how they dress. If you are petite or have short legs, there is a lot you can copy from the style of these petite celebrities. That’s why I want to share with you the amazing petite style of short celebrities every short girl should copy.
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Reese Witherspoon, 5’2″, Rectangle
Reese is one of our favorite short celebs! She is known for her distinctive style of southern belle.
From tailored dresses to pastel tops, we adore colorful, feminine and ladylike style. Referred to by other Hollywood stars as a fashion icon of our age, Reese says her style offers a modern take on the traditional southern style she grew up with.
She launched her own fashion line Draper James in UK on Net-Porter, which is known for cheerful prints and preppy style with a retro edge. Just like you and me, Reese says she pays attention to how other petite actresses dress. She said she always looks at other short girls like Natalie Portman and Rachel Bilson and she is like “what’s she wearing?”. “There’s a few of us shorties out in the world.”
Born in Louisiana in 1976, Reese Witherspoon is the daughter of a physician and a nurse. This talented actress has had many successful roles and has won an academy award for her performance in Walk the Line, however, what we remember her the most is probably her role in the light-hearted witty comedy Legally Blonde which turned out to be a super box hit and prepared her for the trajectory of Hollywood’s A-listers.
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Style keywords: preppy, colorful, sheath, dress
Emilia Clarke, 5’2″, Hourglass
As Game of Thrones became THE hottest show on TV, Emilia Clarke, the English actress with dreamy eyes and full lips, has also conquered the heart of numerous fans around the globe.
She is a 5’2″ petite actress, with full bust, full hips and small waist, a typical hourglass body type, Her signature style is feminine and flirty.
Emilia has a wardrobe full of lace dresses! From pink to white and from midi to formal, Emilia Clarke style rocks lace dresses at different red carpet occasions or walking down the street.
For her casual style, she also loves to add an edgy twist to a feminine outfit by throwing on a leather jacket.
At 5’2, she also sets a perfect example for petite girls on how to wear midi dress. Not surprisingly, many petite girls are afraid midi dress will make them look even shorter. However, if you learn from Emilia Clarke style, you’ll find it pretty easy to rock midi dresses. The key is to focus on how to create best proportion, and pick pastel colors and pair them with pointed nude heels.
Eva Longoria, 5’2″, Apple
Eva is one of the most beloved petite celebs in Hollywood! She is 5’2″, with a typical apple body type.
Eva’s signature style is feminine and flirty. She doesn’t shy away from showing off her nice curves!
The apple body type can sometimes look very similar to the hourglass figure, as long as you know how to camouflage the bulging mid section. Eva knows exactly how to accentuate her assets (the full chest and beautiful shapely legs) and distract attention away from her mid section.
Salma Hayek, 5’2″, Hourglass
Salma Hayek (5’2’’) is another petite celebrity with amazing style.
With hourglass body shape (Salma has a typical hourglass body shape, with full busts and a small waist), she really sets a great fashion example for petite girls with curves. Her signature style is sexy bombshell!
Among the short actresses with great styles, Salma is known for being original. You will notice her in many bright color outfits accentuating femininity and embracing her curves.
She also has some great fashion advice such as having dress as the base of your wardrobe and accessorize smartly with brooch or handbags. She believes the true beauty and style can be shown by choosing clothes according to the type of figure. Even on a simple walk, she would choose to wear a feminine skirt or a lace dress instead of joggers or T-shirts. You will also notice her beautiful selection of bold and bright color high heels on the red carpet or in other outfits, and she is definitely not a “flats or sneakers” kind of girl.
She was born in 1966 in Mexico in the family of opera singer with Spanish roots and manager of oil company with Lebanese descent. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for which she was nominated in the category of Best Actress for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award amongst others. Salma Hayek turned 50 a couple of years ago, and she is known for her age-defying style.
Style keywords: curve hugging dresses, bold colors
Lucy Liu, 5’3″, Rectangle
When we talk about short actresses, Lucy Liu (5’1’’) is one of the first to come to mind. Her signature style is urban chic.
Lucy Liu has always been known as one of the most stylish and gorgeous petite celebrities, and her fashion sense was brought to the new height in CBS show Elementary, in which she played Sherlock Holme’s trusted adviser Watson.
Joan Watson (played by Lucy Liu)’s wardrobe in Elementary became the center of attention of fashion magazines, websites and stylists after the show was aired. Lucy Liu style was full of sleek silhouettes, lush fabrics and simple accessories.
The show’s costume designer Rebecca Hofherr mentioned in an interview that she had about 200 outfits throughout the 24 episode season, and her inspiration came from NYC working women. It was typical for her to mix an expensive signature piece with t-shirts from Zara or army jackets from the Gap, a fashionable and functional petite style that all women can relate to.
Born to immigrant parents in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu made her main stream movie debut as one of former exes of Thom Cruises’ character in Jerry Maguire, and got her big break on “Charlie’s Angels” and “Kill Bill” films.
Style keywords: sleek and clean cut, neutral colors
Nicole Richie, 5’1″, Rectangle
Nico Richie is an American fashion designer, author, actress and TV personality. Over the years, she has successfully transformed from a reality-TV party girl to a stylish mom of two.
Standing at 5 foot 1, she commands attention with her unique taste and style of fashion. Her signature style is boho chic.
She is clearly a master of bohemian cool, ,and her style is somewhere between A-list celebrity and girl-next-door. Like she mentioned in one of the fashion magazine interviews, she places a lot of emphasis on comfort. She is often spotted in easy silhouette with flowy petite tops or dresses, having fun with prints and colors.
She also adds a twist of elegance to an easy outfit with accessories, such as a jeweled headpiece or snake print clutch. It seems natural to go with boho-chic style in the summer time, but what about the cold winter time? Nico Richie’s advice for the fall and winter is smart layers. For instance, if you are wearing leather pants and turtle neck or a black T-shirt, then layer something of a lighter fabric over that, and additionally, put a leather jacket or a blazer over that.
Speaking of Nicole Richie style, we will inevitably talk about the LA inspired fashion line she launched -House of Harlow. The brand is very “LA” boho style, i.e. the outdoorsy feel and the colors are all reminding us of the California cool. The signature designs are printed maxi dresses, slip dresses, crisp wide-legged pants and some cute rompers.
How to copy her style? Keywords: Maxi, Prints, Wide leg
Natalie Portman, 5’3″, Rectangle
Speaking of stunning celebrities that are short, Natalie Portman is for sure stealing our heart with her impeccable fashion style.
She has a straight up and down body which doesn’t have a lot of natural curves. Her signature style is clean cut and elegant.
Whether she is walking down the red carpet or attending a charity event, she is always prepared for the event and exhibiting her own “Natalie Portman” style taste.
Natalie Portman sure has all the right buzz words on her bio such as Harvard, Star Wars, Academy Awards and Golden Globe. She was born in Israel to an Israeli father and American mother. Growing up in Jericho, New York, she studied dancing and acting in New York. She studied psychology and Harvard University, and starred in Star Wars. Her amazing talent was recognized by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in the Black Swan in 2010.
How to copy her style? Key words: shift dress, solids
Kim Kardashian, 5’3″, Pear
Kim Kardashian might be one of the most controversial famous celebrities that are petite, but her style surely commands attention and her outfits certainly deliver drama and sex appeals.
She has a typical pear shape, with prominent thighs and hips. Her signature style is sultry and seductive. One thing for sure is this realty TV star never steps out of her apartment or hotel without turning heads!
You are probably familiar with her street style pictures ditching her bra while wearing a mesh tank top with a high wasited skirt or paring a leather off-the-shoulder top with a leather mini. Her style is nothing short of bold and stunning elements. Roll your eyes all you like, but she certainly has some great style that petite girls can borrow from, especially girls with curves.
One fact many people do not know about Kim Kardashian is before she became famous as a reality TV star, she worked behind the scenes in Hollywood as a celebrity stylist and personal shopper. That might explain why she is able to pull off so many different fashionable outfits which are for sure meant to land her the spotlight.
The 7 wardrobe staples she has mentioned she cannot live without are a trench coat you can keep it on over your outfit, a black blazer you can wear with pants or over your dress, high waisted pants which are flattering for petite women, a wide belt that emphasize your waist, leggings that are easy and comfortable, super high heels that give you extra height and strengthen your standing posture, and petite jumpsuit which is chic and sexy no matter what.
Style Keywords: High waisted everything, pencil skirts, long pants, body con
Mira Duma, 5′, Rectangle
Previously the editor of Harpers Bazar Russia, Mira Duma is different from other short Hollywood celebrities. If you don’t know who she is, you should.
She is a Russian digital entrepreneur and investor in the world of international fashion, founder of digital company Buro 24/7, the co-founder of the e-commerce platform The Tot – a US based curated e-commerce platform for mothers and their children looking for information and healthy, safe, innovative products.
Standing under 5 feet tall, she constantly looks stunning because of an impeccable fashion sense and the ability of mixing and matching different patterns, textures, cuts and bold colors.
Her signature style is polished and fashion forward. Fans admire Mira for her ability to style herself in an electric fashion that doesn’t look too overwhelming to her petite frame. She has an amazing wardrobe full of the most trendy as well as classic apparel such as off the shoulder dress, lace dress , colorful trench coat, and the list goes on and on. It is an understatement to describe Mira’s wardrobe as an art.
Style Keywords: textured fabrics, structured outerwear, chic handbags
Victoria Beckham, 5’3″, Inverted Triangle
It’s impossible to talk about short celebrity style without mentioning Victoria Beckham, the style icon of our times!
She has broad shoulders and a very athletic body, a typical inverted triangle shape.
She is one of the most stylish short celebrities of ever. She is a fashion designer (she just launched her affordable line at Target), singer (it all started with her “Spice Girls” days), mother of 3 gorgeous boys and 1 girl, and a writer of fashion book “That Extra Half an Inch”.
Her style is impeccable, whether on the street or on the red carpet. No wonder some fashion magazines call her “the most stylish walking advertisements of all time”.
Some of her wardrobe staples include high-waisted trousers, pencil skirts, pant suits, and the list goes on and on.
At 5’3, she is not afraid of breaking the fashion rules of petite girls. That is, she can pull off a midi skirt, midi dress, or even wide legged pants, and look absolutely stunning. That explains why the fashion industry have become insatiably obsessed with all things she wears- both Victoria and her designs.
She looks effortlessly chic in classic neutral colors such as grey, black and navy, but you will also find her constantly surprise us with bright colors such as hot pink, neon orange or bold red. Her style can be summarized as “minimal chic”.
She has apparently mastered the formula of what works on her, and she has created similar outfit again and again mixing and matching different separates.
Whether it is a crew-neck sweater, a cute top, ankle length pants, loose trouser, skirt, or pointed heels, one thing in common in all of her looks is to create a long and slimming silhouette, which is why every petite girl should learn how to dress like Victoria Beckham.
Another thing Victoria Beckham is famous for is stilettos (some fashion talk show even joked about she might be wearing those on the treadmill!) Pick any fashion element, and there is always so much we can get inspired about by Victoria’s fashion choices. Marie Claire magazine has dubbed her “The most influential woman in fashion as of today”.
Style keywords: fitted blazers, pencil skirts, cigarette pants, sheath dresses
Sarah Jessica Parker, 5’3″, Rectangle/Hourglass
Sarah Jessica Parker (5’3″) is probably most known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in romantic comedy Sex and the City.
This epic HBO original series not only made Sarah Jessica Parker a household movie star, but also established her fame as a fashion icon, thanks to all the classy and timeless outfits and stilettos Carrie wore in the show. Carrie Bradshaw represents an era and memory of many girls growing up watching Sex and the City.
Decades after the show was aired, fans all over the world still watch it and rewatch it, and one of the reasons is to admire the impeccable style of the four main characters.
Sarah Jessica Parker style is effortlessly chic on the street or on the red carpet. There is a lot petite girls can learn from this hot short celebrity on how to dress, for example, she is the master of wearing boyfriend jeans, one of her wardrobe staples, and look long and lean.
Style keywords: ankle jeans, fitted shirts
Helen Mirren, 5’3″, Pear
Helen is the proof that styles does not age! At 74, she still has the body anyone of any age would dream of. In fact, she is famous for her beach body, inspiring women over 50 for swimsuit styles.
Even though she is a petite actress in her mid 70s, she still steals the show every time she stands on the red carpet! If you ever wonder what you should or should not wear after certain age, the lesson you can learn from Helen is that fashion could be ageless and you can still rock anything you like at any age.
Helen certainly is one of the best inspiration for women dressing well over 60.
Not only does she look absolutely stunning on the red carpet, she also has a chic casual wardrobe. Her casual outfit constantly use interesting combination of colors and textures to make sure it’s never plain or boring.
Vanessa Hudgens, 5’2″, Hourglass
If you are not familiar with her name, it is understandable. However, you probably have seen her featured in celeb magazines or star blogs for her impeccable fashion sense. This actress and singer is not just talented with acting and singing, but a notable petite fashionista.
Her signature style? Too many! Her ever changing outfit style is a combination of boho chic, urban sophisticated and downtown cool.
As a short celebrity, she is the master of mixing short and long styles and create the illusion of height. For example, some of her most widely talked about looks are mixing cropped tops with various bottoms (wide leg jeans, midi skirts, maxi skirts and so on), which makes hers look a lot longer and taller.
Whether your personal fave is boho or urban, what every petite girl can learn from her style is to play with proportions and make you look taller!
Emma Roberts, 5’2″, Hourglass
Emma Roberts has the best fashion sense we have ever seen! She is 5’2″, a skinny hourglass shape.
Whether it’s on the red carpet or walking down the street, Emma always looks stunning and chic. Her signature style is elegant and tastefully sexy.
As a petite celeb, she once mentioned in one of her interviews that she felt insecure at one point in her life, because of height. Today, obviously she has grown out of that. As you can see, she looks as stunning as any super model at any event!
Jenna Dewan, 5’3″, Hourglass
Jenna Dewan has probably the best body anyone would wish to have, regardless of their height. She is known for her dancing, and she is also an actress. A lot of us might have known her when she was married to Channing Tatum.
Jenna can pull off any look, even though she is a short actress of 5’3″. She especially wows us with her red carpet looks!
Melissa Mccarthy, 5’2″, Apple
You may have known Melissa as one of the funniest actresses in Hollywood, but did you know this short actress also got an amazing fashion taste?
If you have a petite plus size body, then there is a ton you can learn from Melissa’s style! She knows how to dress to define her apple body shape, which lacks a naturally defined waistline, and bring focus to her face and her full chest.
Kourtney Kardashian,5’1″, Hourglass
Everyone has heard of Kim Kardashian, but not everybody knows who Kourtney Kardashian is. She is the eldest sister of the Kardashian family, and she is absolutely a stunning petite fashionista.
At 5’1″, she is able pull of so many looks that is worth learning from by all the other petite ladies, especially those of us under 5 feet tall. Much like the other Kardashian sisters, Kourtney’s style is sultry in essence, but with a more elegant twist.
She has well balanced shoulders and hips, with a significantly smaller waistline, a skinny hourglass body type. Her signature style is crop top with high waisted pants or skirts.
Mila Kunis,5’4, Rectangle
A lot of us remember Mila Kunis from her role in the Black Swan, but did you know that outside the movie, she has great taste of fashion and is a good example for other short girls to follow?
She is generally thin, but her style is typically feminine and chic. She knows exactly how to dress to add curves to her body in a tasteful and elegant way. Mila is a typical Leo woman who rocks well-put together and versatile styles.
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