I want to look short and wide said no woman ever. At 5’4″ I like to use proportion and shape to help me look taller because that makes me look slimmer. Today I’m sharing some tips the petite woman can use to help her look taller and slimmer.
1- High heels
This one is obvious, high heels elongate your look and make your legs look longer. Many women’s feet, back or knees can’t tolerate them so if you can’t, fear not – there are 11 more petite fashion tips for you.
Oversized and baggy clothes can appear overwhelming and make you look shorter than you are. Choose garments that are fitted and lay closer to your body. This doesn’t mean tight, it means slim rather than voluminous.
Carry a smaller handbag. Petite women can be overwhelmed by totes and larger handbags. Scale your bag to your size and height. Avoid having your bag hit the widest part of your body which will create a horizontal line that makes you look wider.
A nude shoe lengthens the look of your legs helping you to appear taller. A dark shoe with dark pants or tights has the same effect so match your pants and shoes for the longest look.
5- Draw attention to your face
V-necklines draw the eye vertically to make you look taller. Round and crew necklines have a more horizontal line that moves the eye sideways and make you appear shorter.
6- Scarves and necklaces
Long necklaces and scarves draw the eye up and down. It often feels you should wear a necklace that fits inside the neckline of your top but that can shorten your look so play with proportions and check in the mirror.
Wearing a column of color head to toe elongates your look. This works with any color. They needn’t match exactly, but the closer they are to each other the stronger the effect.
Long duster length cardigans and jackets elongate your look. Fingertip and mid-thigh jackets and cardigans can make you look shorter by cutting your silhouette in half. Go for long or short and avoid the mid-length.
Wear shoes with a shorter vamp. The vamp is the upper portion of your shoe that covers your foot. Shorter vamps show more foot and help your legs appear longer. A pointed toe also elongates the foot.
Avoid large scale patterns which can overwhelm you. Opt for solids or smaller patterns in proportion with your size. Vertical stripes, seams, pleats, and necklaces all help you look taller by drawing the eye up which creates the illusion of height.
Wearing narrower sleeves is a more streamlined look which helps you look slimmer. The 3/4 sleeve will also help you look taller so the simple act of folding or pushing up your sleeves helps you appear taller by showing some extra skin. It also allows you to showcase your bracelets.
If I did all these things together, I still wouldn’t look 6″ tall but I would look taller and slimmer.
What tips can you add to look taller and slimmer?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident and fabulous.