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Sharon Kanter
September 02, 2016 10:30 AM

Nicole Richie knows what works for her body.

The 34-year-old House of Harlow 1960 designer is petite — she stands just over 5-ft. tall — and she owns it, thanks to a very strategic wardrobe (most of which she designs herself).

“I’m 5-ft-1-in., so I can’t just go and wear some miniskirt,” she tells PeopleStyle. “That would look a lot better on someone 5-ft-9-in. I have to work with my body, and I like to be comfortable. My go-to look is loose pants and a tank top. I’m really into bodysuits. If I am at home, it’s sweats. I like to be supercozy.”

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This fits into her whole be-yourself mindset for fashion. “My approach is you have to feel like yourself,” she says. “There’s no point in dressing like somebody else or chasing some trend that doesn’t look good on you. It just doesn’t serve you.”

So, we asked her to take it one step further and really break down her favorite looks for those who are a little more vertically challenged. Her top suggestions are below.

Flowy Dresses
“I just love them,” she says. “I love them for summer. I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing anything. It’s easy just to throw on.”

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Donato Sardella/WireImage

Wide-Leg Trousers
“I like things loose all the time,” she says. “I don’t like a lot of things touching my skin. While I do love jeans, I don’t like to be constricted all the time so that’s why I wear a lot of loose pants.”

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Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER

 

A Little Skin
“A sliver is appropriate sometimes,” she says. “I don’t do it all the time. It’s just about knowing your audience and do it when it’s appropriate, like a party. What’s not appropriate for me is that I am running around all day so I wouldn’t be wearing something like that — and I am 34, so I wouldn’t be doing that. [More skin] would look so cute on a 20-year-old all day. But that’s just not my life.”

Donato Sardella/Getty
Donato Sardella/Getty

Jumpsuits
“I love to wear [a jumpsuit] while running around with the kids,” she says.

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Joe Schildhorn/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

What’s your secret to dressing for your height? Let us know in the comments below!

For more of our exclusive interview with Nicole Richie, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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