It's easy to look at a trend and shrug it off, thinking "that's not for me." And many of them aren't. While the fashion industry often churns out collections that are boundary-pushing, odd, artistic, and atypical, it certainly isn't known for creating clothing, and subsequently trends, that is inclusive towards every body type. In fact, many of these non-traditional silhouettes seem specifically geared for the tall and thin, and as a petite lady that isn't shaped like a mannequin, they more often than not have me feeling a bit left out. But I also don't give in that easily. Give me a midi-dress and flats combo, which is usually reserved solely for the likes of Alexa Chung and similarly lithe street style stars, and I'll (at least attempt to) pull a Tim Gunn and "make it work" on my 5'2" frame.
I started with a simple, mock-neck, body-skimming midi dress in an army green hue (still neutral, but a bit more interesting than black). And for the flats, I chose my simple, sleek white sneakers. They have a tiny bit of height to them (enough to cheat the eye into thinking I'm maybe approaching 5'3"), but the simplicity allows me to not look bogged down with extra bulk. I wrapped a lightweight denim blouse around my waist for a bit of cinching (always nice for creating more of a defined silhouette), and also gives the body-con look a bit more of a contemporary fashion feel. The summery hat and sunglasses help to balance everything out and add a casual touch. Though my version might not get me stalked by street style photographers trying to capture my effortless frolicking, it works for me, and allows me to feel confident and comfortable in clothing that would otherwise make me feel like a little kid playing dress-up.