What A Short Girl Can Actually Wear At Free People

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Hey, hey friends…does anyone else magically want to be a bohemian goddess in the summertime? Yes, I’m a closet Stevie Nicks this time of year, but that’s forever hard to balance out with the fact that I mostly wear graphic tees, black jeans and sneakers the rest of the year. I don’t know what it is about wanting to be able to pull off all the Free People stuff right now, but it happens every summer. 

How I Shop Free People

Besides not really being a boho gal, I find Free People hard to wear for those of us shorties. Most of their flowy dresses and bell bottoms and breezy tops and oversized tees are for the tall mamas. So I took it upon myself to wander in this summer and see what someone 5’4″ (that’s me) and under could manage to pull off. I’ll be honest, it’s not a ton of stuff, but there are some super-cute pieces! And forget about this gorgeous bralette. Everyone, no matter your height, needs it (and it works lovely under the Voloshin x TME Morgan top!)

What do I usually shop for at Free People? I love their graphic tees, their jeans (they have lots of Levi’s, and their in-house jeans are reasonable at $78 (but typically size up)), their Movement line (these Kyoto leggings are a team fav, forever.) Usually they have a ton of pretty dresses either in lace or t-shirt dresses. I skip the super-trendy things, but I like trying them on. I love their weird jogger/trouser pants, their camis and definitely their bralettes

The Utility Midi Skirt

This skirt is adorable, and I don’t just throw that word around for skirts. Love the front slit and the asymmetrical waistline. Love the fabric and the style. I believe I’m wearing a 6 here, so maybe size up. So cute with a tied tee, graphic tee and sandals. One of my top picks.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Tee and at Nordstrom | Skirt (6) or at Nordstrom | Boots (similar)

The Fun Cover-Up Midi Dress

I actually love this thing. It’s huge and this is a small, but I think going down a size it would be like a lovely tee version of the kaftan I want to live in every summer. I like it with the boots and jeans for a whole new vibe. I’d also rock this with sneakers, Birks or nude sandals. I adore this version for a bit less oversized feel, too. Both are $50, which I love…a bit lower price point than many of their items.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Dress (s) | Bralette (s) and at Nordstrom | Boots (similar)

The Cute Not-So-Stevie-Nicks Dress

OK, so it’s a little Stevie, but nice and fitted and figure-flattering for the vertically challenged. I like the cut and fit of this dress a lot. And I’m not a dress girl most of the time. I feel like with a pretty gold or nude sandal this would be great! Of course, I’d probably wear it with sneakers. The bralette works well under this too, since it’s backless. Or you could go with their lace halter bralette we all have and love.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Dress (s) | Bralette (s) and at Nordstrom | Boots (similar)

The Railroad Stripe Trousers

Love these. Love the oversized tee and the slouchy trousers. That’s sometimes tricky to pull off as a petite mama, but this worked. I like it with the cropped tee, too, for a pop of color.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Tee (s-runs large) | Trousers (27) | Boots (similar)

The Wide-Leg Crop Jeans

There is just something fun about these, albeit they lean slightly pirate with my boots. But in-person I actually really like the vibe of these. I think maybe with sandals and a pretty tank. They run a size small.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Tee (s- runs large) | Jeans (28-size up) in Ivory at Nordstrom | Boots (similar)

The Cute Cami & Jeans I Brought Home

This was probably my favorite outfit of the bunch, and I definitely love the jeans. They’re a departure from skinny jeans, but not too tricky to wear. Love the exposed button-fly and the distressing. You know me and black jeans. The cami is super-cute and I love the color. It’s a little bit boxy, but I think it still works. I just need to tighten the straps a little bit. The bra isn’t perfect under this, but I kinda like it peeking out for summer.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

Cute camis, sexy bralette outfits, midi skirts & wide-leg crop jeans...we're finding dreamy summer clothes for shorties at Free People. Try-on sesh, inside.

cami (s-runs a little big/wide) | Bralette (s) and at Nordstrom  | jeans (28 – size up) | Boots (similar)

 

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Are you a Free People fan? My overall takeaway is go to FP for a few fun things to mix into your regular closet. I won’t be building my capsule wardrobe here, but I always find things that get me out of a rut and get me trying something new. Happy week, friends! — and will you send some sun our way? Believe it or not July 4th did not bring the actual summer as it usually does!

xo,

L

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12 Comments

  1. I hear you! I always love the look of their stuff but it often looks ridiculous on me at barely 5’4” – definitely some good items here and there. Thanks!

  2. I enjoyed your post and seeing your pics! I don’t often get the chance to try on the cute pieces I see on the hangers, so reading your article was entertaining and helpful! I love their tunics!

    ML
    5’4″

  3. It’s so funny, I hear your frustrations about FP. I feel the same way, but at 5’8″ I find all (non-maxi) dresses at Free People to be way too SHORT! If shorter women and tall-ish women both struggle with finding things that fit at FP, then WHO IS IT MADE FOR? (I did recently get a Fleetwood Mac tee I love there, so all is not lost.)

  4. One of your best’s yet. The struggle is real and I am 5’7″ and like Elisabeth I struggle with too short or too long. But FP always draws me in as I continue to wish I could look that great, play guitar, and sing like the Indigo Girls all while wearing their clothes. But now I want that dress and jeans. Thanks for doing this hard work, it actually helps!

  5. I love the orange dress on you with the booties Laura! Super cute! And I love how you show how versatile it can be too!

  6. So many cute things but that black dress 😍! Couldn’t pass that one up. Hoping I can wear a sticky bra to keep it backless. So glad you featured FP because I love their clothes but as someone who’s only 5’3” things are so hit and miss. You found a lot of great options.

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