Many women, regardless of their height, would like to dress to look taller.
It's not not just Petite women who like to create the illusion of height. For many, it's to do with increasing 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.
Size doesn't matter, confidence does!
Confidence is walking tall with confidence wearing clothes that fit and flatter your body shape and height.
It will take just a little more care to find clothes that fit you properly because petite body proportions are different to other Body Types. You'll find it well worth the extra effort. So check out a few style tips for the Petite body Shape.
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1 Ensure your clothes fit
When clothes fit properly you will look more slender and appear taller
Avoid oversized or baggy clothing
Adjust hems and sleeves to the most flattering length
Ensure a jacket fits well on the shoulders
Learn to sew or find a good tailor when adjustments are necessary
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/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 heels and platforms are moderate and proportionate to your size
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 horizontal lines
Avoid cutting yourself in half with horizontal lines
Wearing different colors adds width, visually reduces 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!
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
coats are heavy and add width - choose a 3/4 length coat
Short neat jackets and 3/4 length sleeves
Short skirts lengthen your legs unless you have wide hips when 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 high waist pants/skirts, avoid low slung or drop waist
Avoid turnups and ensure trouser legs cover the top of your shoe