A lot of my shorter clients ask for styling tips and tricks to make them look taller, and what they should avoid wearing. Sc I’ve put all my best advice here in one blog for you!
Tonal colour from head to toe.
This creates a lengthening column of colour. If you wear a different colour on your top half to your bottom half you will visually shorten yourself.
This seems fairly obvious, but remember to keep the height of your heels in proportion – if you are very short you do not need a very high heel. In fact, going too high will only highlight your shortness. Matching your shoe colour to the colour on your legs is a simple but effective way to look taller. For example, if you are wearing bare legs, wear nude coloured shoes. Wear black shoes with black opaque tights. It’s another form of column dressing.
Going above the knee with your hemline will make your legs appear much longer than they are. But you can also embrace the midi trend by choosing a dress/skirt that has a shorter underlay over sheer lace, or wearing a fitted, deep V neck top, over a high waist midi skirt, with heels.
Highlight your waist.
Find wear your natural waist is by running your hands down the side of your torso. The most narrow part is the area you want to highlight. Make sure your tops and dresses are fitted in this area, or use the half tuck method on looser shirts.
Wearing belts and high waist skirts and pants, cropped tops and jackets will all visually lengthen your legs. And who doesn’t want long legs?
Point your toes.
Choose pointy toe shoes over rounded toes to visually lengthen your legs. This is especially useful when choosing flat shoes.
It’s all about proportion. An oversized handbag will accentuate your shortness, but a small bag, clutch or a mini satchel will be perfect. Mini satchels are very on trend, so embrace them!
What to avoid…..
Mid calf length boots.
Wide length pants.
Round toe shoes.
Jeans that are too long, causing bunching at ankle.
Midi length dresses and skirts with flat shoes.
3/4 length pants.
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