I agree! The avoid styles always look horrible on me. I do better with clean lines and V-neck, sweetheart, or scoop necklines. I also prefer to show my waistline, but not have the garment tight across the abdomen and hips.
Petite Clothing I'm a petite and Talbots is also a great source for petite pants and skirts . Target is an affordable option although some people complain that even the tiniest sizes are way too large for them.