How to Look Taller and Slimmer

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.

2- Fit

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.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life showing how nude shoes make your legs look longer


3- Handbag

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.


4- Shoes

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.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life showing why a v neck help you appear taller and slimmer

7- Monochromatic

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.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing a column of color to show tips to look taller and slimmer

8-Long outerwear

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.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life showing why a long sweater makes you look taller and slimmer

9- Vamp

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.


10- Pattern

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.

NYDJ linen pants and Nic&Zoe linen sweater


11- Sleeves

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.


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  1. Cathy
    July 21, 2021 / 6:33 am

    Thank you for your advice for the petite woman. I am a pear shaped petite and slowly goin to under 5 feet and need all the help I can get.

    • Jennifer
      July 21, 2021 / 7:19 am

      I’m glad it helped.

  2. Camille
    July 18, 2021 / 2:29 pm

    Wondering if the tops with bare shoulders but longer sleeves make a shorter person look shorter and wider??.

    • Jennifer
      July 19, 2021 / 4:43 pm

      Bare shoulder tops with a vertical line certainly draw the eye out and make your shoulders look wider. I find longer sleeves make me look shorter too.

  3. Elizabeth
    June 23, 2021 / 9:13 am

    As someone who is 4 feet, 11 inches I am an expert on petite dressing. All of your tips are great and make sense.

    The one suggestion I would add is tailoring. Petites are made for women under 5 feet, 4 inches so for many women even petites need tailoring. Yes it is extra money but it can make a huge difference. As you mentioned shorter people should not wear drippy clothing it makes you look like a child playing dress up. Yet many women wear dresses dragging on the floor, sleeves down to their fingertips, and pants rolled up instead of going to a tailor. Do yourself a favor and find a good tailor – which can be difficult as it is a dying art – and at least for business and dressy clothing – get everything fitted to you.

    • Donna Millard
      July 11, 2021 / 6:03 am

      Great advise. I am also under 5’. Rare do I find a perfect fit.

  4. Karen Lacina
    June 12, 2021 / 12:19 pm

    I’ve just met you and have spent my saturday afternoon with you!! I am in a style rut at 59!! I love your suggestions for being well styled and age appropriate. I am 5’11” tall and still use all the techniques you’ve suggested to make the body looks taller and slimmer. I always look for a v-neck top and can’t understand why Talbots and Chico’s don’t offer more v-neck styles knowing that it flatters the figure more than a crew neck which I feel makes me look and feel broader in the torso. I completely agree with you regarding wearing heels to increase body length but even a lower heel, as opposed to a flat shoe, makes you ‘feel’ slimmer inside!! If you ‘feel’ you look attractive – you probably are!!! Thanks for sharing your fashion insight!!

    • Jennifer
      June 12, 2021 / 8:15 pm

      Welcome, Karen! I’m so glad you’ve joined us.

  5. Monica
    April 17, 2021 / 8:25 am

    Love your style suggestions, I’m glad I am doing some of your suggestions already, so am very encouraged, I’m only 5’2 and 175 lb. so need all the help I can get.

  6. Katherine
    January 15, 2021 / 8:54 am

    I’m new to your website and am enjoying the information. Your tips for wearing clothing that make you look taller/slimmer are very helpful. Do you ever wonder why there are not more tops with vertical stripes (vs. horizontal) for women — especially when the horizontal stripes emphasize the hip area? Maybe it’s because clothing designers have only super trim and tall women in mind.

  7. KC
    December 28, 2020 / 8:15 pm

    You look amazing. What size do you wear? I wear a 4 but I think I look much bigger than you. Are you a 2 or zero? Anyway you size it, I love your style and you look amazing!

    • Jennifer
      December 29, 2020 / 6:25 pm

      Thank you! Depending on the brand, I wear an 8 on top and a 6 on the bottom.

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