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by on February 18, 2011

One of the biggest trends of the season is the return of the wide leg pant and the floor sweeping dress.  Beautiful for silhouettes, terrible for petites.  We sought out the advice of Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey for tips on how short girls can master the long look. She even tells us a bit about her shoe preference of the moment.  Get her expert advice here…Glenda Bailey Teaches Short Girls A Wide Trousered Fashion Lesson

SL:  The wide legged trousers! The long skirts! These beautiful trends are finally back, but I’m barely breaching 5 feet tall and often look completely overwhelmed.  What is a girl to do?

GB:  Keep it tonal. Wear long wisely.  As soon as you start to break up the silhouette, it can be really difficult. There’s nothing sweeter than a girl in a gorgeous long skirt with a simple fitted top, like Lanvin showed, or a summer sun dress with flat shoes.  Come winter, it can look a bit like you are dusting the floor with your skirt and I think I would just advise caution in how you wear it.  For example, my team are wearing very slim silhouettes with wedge shoes that anchor the look to the ground.

SL: We also try to hide our short stature by wearing giant shoes.  What do you think about the new flat-platform look?

GB:  My girls are already wearing it.  It is a new way of moving on from the wedge. I have huge samurong wedges which i’ve been wearing a lot but i’m feeling for a daintier shoe.  I like to run so i kind of welcome the idea of having a more refined, elegant heel seems so right for right now.

Thanks for the phenomenal tips!  Now its time to put them in action.  Check back for style photos soon.

Contributed by Samantha Lim

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