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.
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 .
Nude shoes extend the leg
Size doesn't matter, confidence does!
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
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.
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
4 Dress to look taller in all one color
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
6 Don't let your clothes overwhelm you
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
All one color, center zip, long hem length
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...
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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