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You can dress to look taller

Many women regardless of height would like to dress to look taller - and it's not just Petite women who like to create the illusion of height. For many, it's to do with feeling tall which increases confidence and charisma.

There's no magic wand to stretch you but there are lots of simple tricks you can use to visually influence the eye and help yourself to appear taller.

Perfectly content to be Petite? That's great - your only problem is that you need to take just a little more care to find clothes that fit properly because body proportions are different to other Body Types. Check out a few style tips for the Petite body Shape.

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Size doesn't matter, confidence does!

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Dolly Parton, Kristin Chenoweth

Jada Pinkett Smith, Kylie Minogue

Lady Gaga, Reece Witherspoon

Eva Longoria, Christina Aguilera

Natalie Portman, Vanessa Paradis

Renee Zellweger, Helen Mirren

1 Make sure clothes fit you properly

  • Look more slender and you will appear taller
  • Make sure your clothes fit properly to avoid unnecessary bulk
  • Avoid oversized or baggy clothing
  • Adjust hems and sleeves to the most flattering length 
  • Ensure a jacket fits correctly on the shoulder line

2 Stand tall and confident

  • Good health, diet and exercise will help you retain a more slender figure
  • Adopt a tall and confident posture and you'll show off your body to best advantage.
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3 Choose heels and slender shoes

  • High heeled shoes or boots help with posture and do great things for your legs
  • Heels encourage you to tuck your bottom in to give a more slender effect
  • Make sure they are proportionate to your size, a small platform and moderate heels
  • Avoid heavy clumpy shoes and ankle straps which 'cut' your leg in half and make them look heavier and shorter
  • Slender shoes with a low vamp and peep toe will elongate the leg

4 Dress to look taller in all one color

  • Dress to look taller by wearing the same color or similar shades top to toe
  • A column of color will make you look taller - it doesn't have to be black
  • Match hose and shoes to elongate the leg

5 Avoid creating horizontal lines to add width

  • Avoid cutting yourself in half with horizontal lines
  • Wearing separates in different colors adds width, consequently reducing the appearance of height
  • Keep horizontal lines and color breaks to a minimum 
  • If you have to wear separates keep lighter colors to the top half
  • Tight or flouncy clothing adds width
  • Diagonal or assymetrical lines help to avoid horizontal
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6 Don't let your clothes overwhelm you

  • Get everything into proportion - don't let yourself be overwhelmed!
  • Clothes that don't fit properly add bulk and extra inches
  • Dress to look taller with softer more fluid fabric and a neat line
  • Shoulders are the first horizontal line the eye sees, make sure they fit
  • Big coats are heavy and add width - choose a 3/4 length coat
  • Short neat jackets and 3/4 length sleeves 
  • Short skirts will lengthen your legs but avoid if you have wide hips as you'll look shorter

7 Think vertical

  • Anything that brings the eye down will elongate the body
  • V necklines or open neck shirt
  • Create vertical lines with stripes, a row of buttons, vertical panel down the front
  • Long necklace and drop earrings create vertical
  • Softly ruffled waterfall lapels
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8 Add length to your bottom half

  • Lengthen your legs with wider straight legged or bootcut pants
  • Avoid turnups and make sure the legs are long enough to cover the top of your shoe
  • Ensure shoes/boots match pants or hose
  • Avoid a bulky skirt, choose pencil skirt or one that is bias cut to drape straight down
  • a handkerchief hem can deflect from a straight across hemline
  • Avoid hip slung jeans or dropped waist skirt

9 Choose accessories in proportion

  • Keep accessories in proportion
  • Forget over sized bags they'll make you look smaller
  • Ditch enormous jewelry and wide belts

10 Your hairstyle and makeup matters...

  • Short neat hair or wearing your hair piled on your head will add inches - long shapeless hair can add weight
  • Layered or highlighted hair is 'lighter'
  • Keep hair close to the side of your face and add blush or bronzer to slim the face

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