I had a fashion influencer critique 5 of my go-to outfits. Here’s how she’d help me look taller and cooler.

the writer wearing three outits with an "X" drawn to white top, brown short ankle boots, and jean skirt

A fashion influencer told me how I could use my outfits to look taller and cooler.Chelsea Davis

  • I had fashion influencer Ally Chen critique 5 of my go-to outfits to make me look cooler and taller.

  • One of the influencer’s specialties is personal-styling tips and style hacks for short girls.

  • She recommended swapping ankle boots for over-the-knee boots to elongate my shorter legs.

I’ve always been short for my age and I have an athletic body type, so when it comes to fashion, I’ve tried to find styles that don’t make me look stocky or wide.

Separately, I’ve been a freelance writer for the past eight years. Although I’m lucky that I don’t have to get dressed up every day and go into an office, the downside is my wardrobe isn’t quite complete, and not nearly as curated as I’d like.

I can’t say I’ve ever really had a defined style, but I try my best to dress well for an occasion or night out. That said, it’s a challenge to figure out what I like wearing, what I feel confident in, and what works best on my petite body.

So I asked fashion and lifestyle creator Ally Chen (@fashionbyally) for suggestions on how I could look taller and cooler. In addition to having over 1.4 million followers across her social-media platforms, she is petite herself and regularly shares personal-styling tips and style tricks for short girls.

Here’s what she had to say about five of my go-to looks.

Ally suggested upgrading my first look with wide-leg pants 

Chelsea davis in red shirt and black denim skirt and white boots

I often pair cropped tops with high-waisted bottoms.Chelsea Davis

For look one, Ally, who’s just a couple of inches taller than me, suggested swapping my casual jean skirt with classy, wide-leg pants. She said

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Big baggy Noughties trousers own Copenhagen Fashion Week

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(James Cochrane/Jaded London/Evening Standard)

As COPENHAGEN Fashion Week’s SS23 edition kicked off this week, hordes of international fashion folk swarmed the Danish capital to see what the Scandi set predicts will be big next summer.

Just as the fashion week itself has grown in importance in recent years thanks to its impressive sustainability requirements and the addition of several international names to the schedule, so too the Scandi street style scene has earned its rep as a harbinger of trends to come.

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(Getty Images)

And if the Copenhagen cool kids, once known for their love of feminine florals and bold colour, have decreed anything this week, it’s the ascent of an altogether grungier Y2K-inflected aesthetic. Wraparound shades, acid wash denim, bomber jackets and belly chains have been as commonplace as the city’s pastries but the standout style star of the week, both on and off the runways, has without doubt been big baggy trousers.

Inspired by everyone from All Saints to Aaliyah, this season’s top troos are set to come wide-leg, pocket-covered and probably with a drawstring waist. Danish label Gestuz opened the week’s schedule with a collection inspired by LA in the Nineties and early Noughties that was jam-packed with big baggy cargo pants in everything from luxe lime green tailoring to thong-flashing silver and denim with drawstring hems.

“We have worked with the silhouette for some seasons now, but for SS23 we really went all-out,” said founder and creative director Sanne Sehested, who was inspired by “the late Nineties/ early Noughties It girls wearing really big cargo trousers with small tops and bikinis. It became a representation of our collection and the type of sexy we wanted to embrace. Something really contrasted.”

And certainly the oversized low-slung distressed leather cargo pants she paired with a cut-out silver

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I’m a style pro – there are 3 fashion mistakes that are adding years to your age & what to do instead

YOU never have to feel like you need to follow current fashion trends if you want to look younger than your age.

One style expert explained that all you need to do to look younger is make these three simple adjustments.

Clothing brand owner and fashion expert Chi Li shares three style hacks that make older women look younger


Clothing brand owner and fashion expert Chi Li shares three style hacks that make older women look youngerCredit: YouTube/Petite Dressing
Wear a tight top if you're going to wear a loose bottom


Wear a tight top if you’re going to wear a loose bottomCredit: YouTube/Petite Dressing

Chi Li is the owner of the YouTube channel Petite Dressing.

Petite Dressing is also the name of the clothing brand she started, dedicated to making options for women 5’4″ and under.

Her mission reads: “Smart style for every body type and height.”

In her recent video, Chi goes in a new direction when sharing her expertise.

I’m a fashion pro - style mistakes that are aging you and swaps to look younger
I'm a fashion expert - the simple wardrobe swaps to make you look younger

She explains three style mistakes older women make and how to fix them to look younger.

The first mistake is wearing long tops.

Now, Chi isn’t suggesting older women start wearing tops that don’t go past the belly button.

“Longer tops are harder to style. They can look shapeless and also make your legs look shorter,” she says.

Instead of wearing your longer tops regularly, Chi says to tuck in your top to give your outfit a more youthful feel.

“Or you can switch to a cropped top to give you that modern and chic look,” she suggests.

Second, Chi believes older women often choose unflattering shoes because they’re comfortable.

“Sure, slides are comfortable, but they can also make your outfit look sloppy,” she says.

Opt for a cropped top or tuck in your longer top to give your outfit more shape


Opt for a cropped top or tuck in your longer top to give your outfit more shapeCredit: YouTube/Petite Dressing
If you like to wear flats, buy metallic ones because Chi says they're more modern


If you like to wear flats, buy metallic ones because Chi says they’re more
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10 Summer Aesthetics To Inspire Your Outfits

August is here, and summer fashion is in full swing. While there are a lot of ways to get dressed up this summer, there are some specific aesthetics that so far are truly defining summer looks.

Some looks have been around and thriving this summer, such as athleisure and psychedelic prints trendy, and others are emerging with summer lifestyles like music festival looks and the coastal vibe.

Get some inspiration for your summer wardrobe by checking out these trending aesthetics to switch things up. From the beach to working from home, there is something for everyone in these 10 aesthetics.


10 Coastal

The coastal look is truly inspired by Diane Keaton in any film staring her along the coast. To get this look you need white linen pants or shorts, a button-down top, a high-neck white tank, comfy sandals and a bucket hat – at the very least.

Although there are a lot of ways to get this look, the essentials include anything linen and lots of breeze button-downs, some popular ones have been in yellow and blue and white striped. Don’t be afraid to really lean into the trend with a button-down shirt, with matching boxer shorts. This outfit is comfy and ready for any summer day.

Related: 10 Essentials For The Coastal Fashion Look

9 70’s Music Festival

There is a music festival almost every weekend in summer, and you know you already have tickets for some fun ones. One of the most prominent trends is digging into the 70s trend with crochet, bright colors, halter tops and mini skirts.

You can get a crochet dress, or two-piece for the occasion, or find a matching two-piece halter top with a mini skirt. Don’t forget fun accessories like satin scarves, knee-high boots and fun

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20 Cute Summer Outfits That Will Make Dressing a Breeze

Summer is heating up, and if you’re searching for cute outfit ideas for the beach, summer weddings and any other occasion while you’re having sun in the fun, you’ve come to the right place. Looking your best in a heatwave can seem challenging at times, but it doesn’t have to be. If there is one thing to remember this summer, it’s to keep things easy. “Looking and feeling effortless is key when it comes to summer dressing,” Sari Sloane, founder of Everafter and The Westside, tells WWD. This philosophy is the solution to perfecting any summer look. 

Choosing your shapes and fabrics for summer should both be simple (think one-and-done dresses, flowy pants, and wide-leg jeans). “Soft and natural silhouettes are perfect for warm evenings, and bright pops of color reflect summer’s happy vibe,” Sloane says.

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“The fabric should feel soft, light on the body, and comfortable,” Meredith Melling, Chief Officer of La Ligne, tells us. When temperatures rise, staying cool and comfortable are high priority. I tend to gravitate towards breezy cotton dresses and flat sandals. If I find a versatile dress that I love, I can accessorize it in so many different ways to suit different occasions.”  

Accessories are crucial when it comes to situational dressing. Swapping a beach bag for something smaller and with more structure for evening, can completely change a look. Changing out a sandal for a heel, elevates any outfit for evening. “Location, crowd, and vibe all contribute to choosing the right outfit,” Sloane says. “A barbecue, beach party, or dressing for a vacation all lend themselves to different styling. My advice is to get into the mood of the party or trip and go for it.” 

Dressing for the occasion is important,

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