Let me tell you a secret: this one is HARD to break for petite girls. Culottes naturally shorten the leg since they hit mid-shin, and we're short enough as it is! But you can pull it off.
The trick? Material is everything.
I fell in LOVE with the white split leg culotte from White House Black Market this year. The problem? The thick, luxurious material was so heavy that it didn't swing, move, or hug any of the curves I have. They made me look REALLY short.
This culotte jumpsuit, on the other hand, which I've had for years, is made of a jersey material that hugs my curves and makes me look tall and elegant, which is exactly what we're going for.
So yes, we shorter ladies CAN wear the culotte trend! Just be sure to find a material that hugs and swings.