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Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BAT SLEEVES!
Sorry, I just had to! Okay, now that I've got that out of my system, let's talk Bat Sleeves. This one is tricky. In fact, I think it may be one of the trickiest Do-Not-If-You're-Petite things, because bat sleeves instantly make you look wider up top, which can quickly create a disproportionate silhouette on someone with a small frame. But, like anything, this can be overcome with a few tricks!
For instance, my top is shorter than what I would normally wear. My favorite tops are usually a big longer, hitting me just below the widest part of my hips. This top hits me just below my navel. It also has a rounded hem, making it come up even shorter on the sides. I paired it with my favorite new jeans (the distressed black denim from H&M's Coachella line! Adore!) which happen to be high-waisted. I finished it with these chunky heels from Express.
This combination does a few things: the rounded hem ads length to my mid-line (up and down from head to toe), which helps counteract the side-to-side increase from the bat sleeves. The high-waist on the pants and the heels also give me more height and more visual vertical length. As with everything, the key to pulling this look off is balance. If you create more horizontal space, counter it with more vertical space. It'll keep you looking proportional and fabulous.
Now go break some more fashion rules!