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.
For optimal height, be sure to pair your flares with a waist-length top, or a blouse you can tuck in.
2. Don’t Discount Maxi Skirts
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.
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.
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.
After all, a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. -Cocoa Chanel