Not a week goes by that I don’t somehow wear denim head to toe… This time though I am sharing 10 tips on how to appear taller just by wearing the right clothing.
I am 5’10” (177cm). When I meet people in real life they don’t expect me to be so tall. I guess it’s hard to gauge someone’s height based off photos on a blog or Instagram.
I have always been that awkward height compared to my friends. My best friends in late high school were twins and they were a lot shorter than me. Growing up I always felt like I stood out like a proverbial sore thumb and I was constantly plagued by a fear of not fitting in because of it. I was lanky and my subsequent awkwardness was obvious to everyone. Being different or feeling different isn’t cool when you’re at such a vulnerable age. All I wanted to do was to feel like I fit in.
When I left school something in my brain changed – I guess maturity for one. For once I realised it was up to me to make me feel good about myself. It didn’t matter what other people thought of me and as long as I was at ease with myself that’s all that mattered. I was faced with a choice: I could either continue to hate being tall or I could embrace it/ except it. So except is what I did. I still have moments every now and then when I get a little self conscious, but for the most part I love it! I mean, it’s great to be able to reach things on the top shelf at the supermarket and riding shotgun is a given based on the length of my legs. It was also great when I surpassed my two sister’s heights. It meant I didn’t have to wear their hand me downs – everything was far too short or barely skimmed my ankles. That’s when I went through my Roxy and Billabong stage. If it had a huge ass logo on it, I wore it (religiously). Subtlety was not a part of my vocabulary in 2004.
A few people have asked me recently how they can look taller and if there were any tricks they could use to give the magical illusion of height. I thought I would share some styling tips on how to elongate your body, just by wearing the right items.
Note: There is no good or bad height. Everyone is unique – it’s all about learning to work with what you have.
EMBRACE WHAT YOU HAVE!
- A single color throughout your entire outfit is lengthening. Where all white, all neutral or all denim to create the illusion of longer legs and a longer torso. If you wear too many colours it can break up the body, making it appear shorter.
- The bigger the bag, the shorter and bulkier you look, so opt for a smaller cross-over body bag or clutch
- Flares are so flattering. Skinny jeans or in my case, a flared jumpsuit, with a distinct flare at the bottom create the illusion of a longer leg. To take it one step further, make sure your waist is cinched in or you tuck your top into the waist of your jeans.
- Choose heels that elongate your legs! So this means any shoes that have a low-cut vamp instantly elongate your leg. “Uh, what the hell is a Vamp, Ally“, I hear you say. The “vamp” is the front and center part of a shoe’s upper that covers the top of the foot. So stick to one that just covers your toes, like a these pump or these ones. Also: Ankle boots are not what you want to wear if you’re trying to elongate your legs.
- Vertical stripes are your best friend when it comes to elongating your body, but I am 100% sure your mum taught you that in Primary School. This also extends to anything with a vertical line also elongates you (trench coat, long lined blouse if the proportions are correct).
- When it comes to the lengths of dresses, skirts or shorts – either go super long or super short (let’s keep it classy though). Avoid calf-length and knee-lengths as this tends to make you look shorter.
- Jumpsuits in a block colour will also make you appear taller – see I look at least 8’2″ in today’s post, don’t I? Also: When it comes to jumpsuits you want to wear a tight fitting one as too much fabric will swallow you up. It’s a fine balancing act.
- If you’re shorter then steer clear of any head-to-toe prints as this will be too overwhelming on a smaller frame. This goes hand in hand with trick number 7.
- Rock a pair of platforms!
- Embrace high waisted pants, shorts and jeans! High waisted items give you “taller’ proportions. My favourite pair of pants are straight legged and high waisted.
JUMPSUITS, HEELS AND PANTS
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