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12 Fashion Tricks to Look Taller!

12 Fashion Tricks to Look Taller!



  2439      30/08/2014

We all know there are certain things that simply can't be changed, as much as we might want to. One great example is your height, which can sometimes feel like a serious impediment to your style. But there is nothing to worry about. Here are 12 sure shot fashion tricks that can make you look magically taller without putting much effort!

1. Wear shorter skirts and dresses

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. Mini-skirts show more skin, which creates the illusion of a longer leg. But avoid calf-length and knee-lengths. Of course, if you’re wearing a mini, make sure it’s not offensively short, keep it chic, ladies.


2. Go for bell bottom and palazzos

Fitted pants with bell bottoms and palazzos create a distinct flare at the bottom and make the illusion of longer legs. 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.


3. Choose vertical striped tops

It’s the oldest trick in the book for a reason. Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making you look longer. Stripes are one of the biggest trends these days, so you’ll have absolutely no problem locating some cute striped options.


4. V neck lines for dresses and tops

Tops with plunging V necklines give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso, so keep that in mind. V-neck tops also help elongate the neck and can therefore add to the illusion of a lengthened body. Tuck one in to a pair of high waisted pants for chic and stylish look.


5. Opt for monochromes

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, but saturated hues work well, too. Too many different colours can break up the body, making it appear shorter. Styling an outfit in just one colour keeps everything streamlined. Keep your monochrome outfit interesting by mixing up textures. The trick to monochrome dressing, Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored.


6. Pick up tiny prints

If you’re particularly petite, stick to wearing smaller prints and patterns. Trying to make you look taller revolves around creating balance. Bigger and bolder prints throw this balance off if you’re petite. So comparatively smaller prints create the perfect balance to make you look tall.


7. Ditch capris and pants above ankle

Small girls should avoid anything resembling capri pants, as they cut your leg awkwardly. It’s no secret that cropped pants can make you look stumpier. This is because they break up the line of the leg, which can have the appearance of shortening your body. It’s for this reason that it’s best to stay away from cropped styles if you want to appear taller.


8. Wear well tailored tops and pants

When it comes to fashion tips to make you look taller, the fit of your clothes is really important. Fitted clothing emphasizes your lines, while baggy clothing will only swamp you and can cause you to look shorter than you are.


9. Heels can be your up lifters

One of the easiest fashion tips to make you look taller is to slip on a pair of heels. Adding an inch or so with a pair of heels will quite literally add extra height to your stature. Choose a slimming style like a pair of stilettos and pumps. But if you want to be more comfortable then you can go for wedged heels or platforms.


10. Stick to thinner belts

Cinching in your outfit with a belt can break up your body, making you appear shorter. Wide belts are the biggest culprits, so if you must wear a belt choose a slimmer style just to be safe. Thinner belt will define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible, and won’t cut you in half the way a super-thick belt can.


11. Do not carry big accessories

Keeping your accessories appropriately scaled to your body size is a smart move for petite girls, starting with that oversized bag. Every time you cause the eye to take in width, you reduce the amount of height it takes in. Also you should wear longer neck pieces not the ones that are heavy and stick to the neck for the same reason. That means smaller cross-body bags, clutches, chandelier earrings and long chained neck pieces are your best bet.


12. Do it right with high waist bottoms

High waist bottoms can trick the eye into thinking you’re taller by elongating your lower body. It can create the appearance of longer looking legs, and therefore ‘taller’ proportions. 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.



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