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14 Tips and Tricks to make you look taller.

We all have little things that we might not like very much about ourselves, that we can’t change. Like height, we all know that some styles look better to us on someone that is tall and that only makes one that’s vertically challenged a little more self conscious about it.

Until the FDA approves that little pill that Alice took in Wonderland to allow us to grow a few inches, we will have to rely on a few clever fashion tips and tricks to fake those extra inches. Below are 14 ways to instantly look taller using nothing but what is already in your closet.

1. Try Flared Jeans
Fitted jeans with a distinct flare at the bottom create the illusion of a longer leg— especially when the hem hits the top of your shoes (heels, of course!) The trick here is to keep the fit of the jean super-slim through the leg, and to make sure the waistband hits your natural waist—not any lower.
For optimal height, be sure to pair your flares with a waist-length top, or a blouse you can tuck in.Flare Leg
2. Don’t Discount Maxi Skirts
It’s been drilled into our head that small women simply cannot wear floor-length skirts and dresses, but luckily that’s been proven entirely false. In fact, a well-cut maxi skirt can actually give you the appearance of looking taller.
3. Choose Heels with a Low-Cut Vamp
Here is a small trick that can change the way you shoe shop: Shoes that have a low-cut vamp instantly elongate your leg (and make them look slimmer, as well) when you’re wearing skirts, shorts, and dresses.
What’s a vamp? It’s the portion of a shoe that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you’re able to find a pair that matches your skin tone, that’s even better in order to give the illusion of mile-long legs.
4. If You’re Going Short, Go Short
When you’re petite, it’s just a fact that—when it comes to skirts and dresses—you should either go super-long, or super-short (translation: avoid calf-length and knee-lengths). Mini-skirts show more skin, which creates the illusion of a longer leg.shortdresses
While ankle straps typically aren’t ideal for short ladies (they cut off your leg), they can work with super-short skirts since more skin is being shown. Of course, if you’re wearing a mini, make sure it’s not offensively short—let’s keep it chic, ladies.
5. Rock a Top Knot
Obvious, yes, but piling your hair on top of your head really does gives a taller impression, again creating a more vertical line. Same goes for hair that’s simply voluminous—it adds inches! Time to put away that flatiron, friends.
6. Wear All One Color
Using color to enhance the illusion of height is a highly effective strategy, as it helps create a vertical line. While wearing head-to-toe black is the simplest—and eternally chicest—option, saturated hues work well, too (a look that’s incredibly now, as well.) The trick to monochrome dressing: Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored.
7. Say Yes to High-Waist Bottoms
High-waist bottoms get a bad rap, possibly thanks to an unfortunate Jessica Simpson style mishap, but when worn correctly, they can trick the eye into thinking you’re taller by elongating your lower body. Whether you choose skirts, shorts or skinny jeans, be sure to make the elevated waist visible by tucking in a tailored blouse, or opting for a slightly cropped top.
8. Wear Pointy Flats
Since nobody can be expected to wear sky-high heels every day, petite gals should invest in a pair of pointy flats. Why? Because it’s a known fact that shoes with pointed toes lengthen your leg line.
9. Rock Out With Vertical Stripes
It’s the oldest trick in the book for a reason: Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making you look, well, longer.
10. Ditch the Gigantic Shoulder Bag
Keeping your accessories appropriately scaled to your body size is a smart move for petite girls, starting with that over sized bag. Here’s why: Every time you cause the eye to take in width, you reduce the amount of height it takes in.
That means smaller cross-body bags, clutches, and small top-handle totes are your best bet.
11. Chop Your Hair
Long hair drags petite girls down, while shorter hair does the opposite. A wavy lob (long bob) is the best option—it shows off your shoulders and your neckline, which makes you look taller (plus, it’s so chic!). Daring gals should go even shorter like a super-sleek chin-length bob or an elegant pixie.
12. Stick with Skinny Belts
When it comes to belts, short girls should always opt for a skinny version—it’ll define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible, but won’t cut you in half the way a super-thick belt can, which causes you to look shorter.Short Sleeve Polka Dot Top with Round Neck and Belt by Freeway Apparel
13. Be Mindful of Proportion
When you’re petite, it’s imperative to be sure all your clothes fit properly (a good tailor is key!). Wearing cropped skinny jeans? Make sure they’re not too cropped and that the hem hits the ankle area—small gals should avoid anything resembling capri pants, as they cut your leg awkwardly. With blazers and jackets, always make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders and that the sleeves hit exactly at your wrist.elongatinglegs
14. Wear V-Necks
Tops with plunging V necklines give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for new tops this season!
So ladies if you are short, don’t let yourself get down about it. Take action and put these tricks to work.
After all, a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. -Cocoa Chanel

Style of the Week!

 This week we chose one of the adorable outfit’s that we featured in our Fall Fashion shoot. These items will be a wonderful addition to your wardrobe because you can do so many different things with each item. 1-9166ASkinny’s are extremely versatile, and fit like a glove.  They will hug the perfect places and they are denim so they will hide things you might not want others to see- unlike a pair of leggings.

The shirt is by Karen Kane in our Missy’s department. It has a faux leather contrast of 90% polyester and 10% spandex on cream colored 100% polyester. This top is very flattering with a pair of skinny jeans, or even a pair of boot cut jeans paired with some tall riding boots or cowboy boots.

The jeans we paired this top with are Roxanne classic skinny’s by 7 For All Mankind. They are an extremely dark wash, the color is Knib. These make great jeans to wear with any of your tall fall boots because they will tuck in wonderfully. You could also add a pair of flats with these and be as equally adorable.

Tell us what you think, are you loving this ensemble or maybe this one just doesn’t speak to you? It sure is speaking to me…buy me, buy me!

Go to for these super cute jeans and coming soon on is the Karen Kane top. If you want the top now, feel free to call us here at the store and we do ship. ;)

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”
Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic


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