I have short legs and always struggle to find trousers that are the right length. I'm sick of getting them shortened all the time. Do you know of any brands that cater for short legs?

You're so in luck at the moment, the trends work in your favour.

The trend is slim-line ankle length (7/8 length) trousers.

For an average-height woman they end at the ankle, or at a regular length for those with shorter legs. No alterations required.


Another trend is rolled-up cuffs - a small roll-up of about an inch to reveal a bit of leg, fancy socks/hosiery or ankle boots.

It's also popular to have a bit of scrunch at the bottom of trousers, though these tend to be with the slim, straight-style trouser. Be careful not to have too much gathering otherwise all you are doing is highlighting that you have short legs.

And as you suggest, some brands offer short-leg styles.

Check out Jeans West, which has a range catering for short and petite. You can buy only online, they're not available in-store.

Don't forget a heel - where and when you can, try wearing heels with your trousers. The hem length needs to be slightly longer when wearing heels. Heels offer a lovely visual leg-line, giving the appearance of longer legs.

Enjoy your new trousers.

Lisa Lyford is founder of Gorgeous Me, free DIY personal styling and makeover advice. www.gorgeousme.co.nz. Send your questions for Lisa to regionalfeatures@apn.co.nz