While our taller counterparts struggle to maintain the perfect weight, to avoid looking ‘lanky’ or too ‘huge’, if they put on extra baggage; we the short ones are just as concerned with appearing a bit slimmer and taller. Often short people can look a bit broader and plumper than they really are, the only way this can be kept in check is working to achieve a leaner look. Of course weight maintenance and high heels are the first things that come to mind. However, there is more that can be done to make you appear just a wee bit taller. Here are some must-try tips that would probably have you believing that you are a 5’3 instead of 5’1.
Whilst horizontal stripes are a strict no-no, as they make anyone who is overweight or short, look even wider; vertical stripes are more forgiving and serve to give an elongated look to your whole silhouette. Black and white vertical striped pants/skirt, are classics, must-haves in your wardrobe. They never go out of fashion and will always work to give an illusion of longer legs
Styling your hair in the right manner can not only make you look chic but also add an inch or two to your overall look. Celebrities, Scarlet Johansson 5’3 and Reese Witherspoon 5’1, are often spotted with backcombed, puffed up hair do’s. So next time before you walk out the house add a front puff, top knot or backcomb your hair and don a high ponytail. You will not only be adding height but will also make a style statement, your not so tall gene will thank you for.
When choosing the length of pants, skirts or dresses, unlike some people who believe that showing more skin and legs work better, I beg to differ. I believe that you should preferably not show off, your not so perfect parts. So it’s not a good idea to wear very short dresses and skirts. It is better to opt for longer ones that fall just over or below the knees.
Similarly, for pants skip on the Capri or cropped varieties, instead go for high-wasted and longer ones, that drop over your ankles or past them, thus giving the impression, of longish legs.
4. Wear the Right Shoes
When it comes to shoes; high heels and wedges, need no mention. As all short and tall girls will be possessing, some pairs of both, for night outs, lunches and brunches. What might surprise some of you is that, the right kind of flats can do the trick too. Pointy flat shoes give the appearance of extended feet and make you look more, leggy. Another clever tip is to match you tights or tapered pants to your shoes or flats and you will brilliantly be able to fake the long legs.
As a rule if you are petite, know that color blocking is not for you. As it cuts height, dividing your body and highlighting either short legs or short upper body. On the contrary, monochrome (esp. darker tones) besides, looking elegant give a more blended in look, making you seem taller.
Fine, smaller prints look much more graceful on petite ladies, whereas large printed patterns are not as friendly. Therefore, safe colors and safe prints will always have you looking crisp and put together, so much so that most people will just overlook the couple of inches you wish you were born with.
Chunky statement belts, divide your body into two. Unless you are very lean and tall, you might get away with them, otherwise just steer clear. Smaller finer belts, will suit your petite constitution much more. It is important to remember, that petite women are made for dainty, delicate things, if they start sporting oversized: shoulder bags, outfits and belts, they will end up looking a bit off. Hence, accessorizing wisely is crucial
Baggy style and ill-fitted clothes are not ideal for most body types. They make you look broad, un-smart and add extra pounds. So if you want to look leaner and taller, it’s time to say goodbye to any baggy pants and T’s that you own. I must confess I love batwing and exaggerated umbrella sleeves but when I see myself in pictures, afterwards, I almost always regret wearing them. Well tailored clothing on the other hand make, you look slim and sharp. Nevertheless, be careful not to choose heavy padded shoulders, which though they come in the smartly tailored category, can make a shorter person look unusually broad. Same goes for puffed sleeves, which should be avoided if you are aiming to build up height and look slender.
Paneled dresses are a great choice too, to make your silhouette look leaner. It will also be in good taste to wear turtle necks or v-shaped necklines that move attention to your other assets and make your neck appear longer.