TRULY, it can be a bit of a fashion hurdle for petite girls and sometimes it can feel like a serious style impediment. Until science comes up with a way for short folks to add a few extra inches, there are clever fashion tips and tricks to fake it.
1. Try flared jeans
Fitted jeans with a distinct flare at the bottom create the illusion of a longer leg— especially when the hem hits the top of your shoes (heels, of course!) The trick here is to keep the fit of the jean super-slim through the leg, and to make sure the waistband hits your natural waist—not any lower. For optimal height, be sure to pair your flares with a waist-length top, or a blouse you can tuck in.
2. Go Maxi!
Choose solid versions of maxi skirts that skim the length of your body, which will create a long vertical line (forego anything with thick pleats or too many layers.) Be sure to keep your top fitted—a tucked-in T-shirt and a cropped jacket, for example—so as to not drown in fabric. Also, make sure the skirt’s hemline is as long as you can go without tripping, and add a pair of wedges or heels underneath.
3. Wear all one color
Using color to enhance the illusion of height is a highly effective strategy, as it helps create a vertical line. While wearing head-to-toe black is the simplest—and eternally chicest—option, saturated hues work well. The trick to monochrome dressing: Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored.
Have fun dressing up! XOXO, ANJE