Hi, my name is Jennifer and I have short legs. Yes, I’m only 5’4″ but more importantly, my legs are proportionally shorter than my torso which can make me look even shorter than I am. Tall women can have proportionally short legs too so today I’m sharing some ways to make your legs look longer by fooling the eye with color and proportion.
If you have short legs, cuff’s aren’t your friend. Even that 1/2-1″ roll you put on the bottom of your jeans to look stylish, will visually chop your legs. The deeper the cuff the bigger the effect.
Those little wrinkles that form when your pants settle on the top of your foot or shoe. If you want your legs to look as long as possible, don’t go there. Hem your pants to the correct length. Men usually have a “break” to their trouser leg, but it’s not helpful for women with short legs.
These are fatal for the woman with short legs. Thankfully high-rise pants and jeans are well on the way to being standard again.
Low back pockets
It may seem a trivial point, but if your back pockets are placed low, they make your butt appear lower, ergo your legs are shorter. This is true no matter how high the rise is. I don’t know about you, but my butt needs no help looking lower:)
Contrasting shoe color
Aim for low contrast (similar depth of color) between shoes, or skin and pants. The eye slams to a halt where the color changes dramatically. Black pants? Black or dark shoes. White pants? Light or pale shoes. Michael Jackson wore black pants and shoes with white socks so you would look at his footwork while dancing.
Pointed toe shoes
These elongate your look which makes your legs appear longer.
Shorter toe box
Shoes that end high on the foot, shorten the look of your leg. A ballerina flat is more elongating than a driving moccasin. Booties can shorten the look of your legs too so opt for color’s that match your pants, and there is no break in the line. (Skin or sock showing)
A Nude Color Shoe
Nudes vary, so choose one as close to your skin tone. The effect is to be invisible and so they lengthen the look of your legs.
High heeled shoes or boots
This is so obvious… but we can’t all wear them. If your feet can tolerate them, hem your pants so just the toe peeks out which will make your legs look longer. For lots of visual inspiration, check out my How to Look Chic in Flats board on Pinterest.
Please know these tips are suggestions to use or not. Style should be fun as well as flattering.
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Thanks for reading and have a great day.