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6 Reasons Why You Look Short

Work your way out of these petite pitfalls.
6 Reasons Why You Look Short Work your way out of these petite pitfalls.

Here's why. 

1. You don’t show toe cleavage. 

When the shoe vamp is too high, you deprive yourself of some serious lengthening exposure. Slip on pumps that show your toe cleavage or wear strappy heeled sandals with skinny ankle straps for a more fluid silhouette.

2. Your choice of skirt/pants weighs you down.

If you want to wear a long skirt or a pair of dressy pants, go all out with floor-grazing ones or opt for those that fall an inch above the floor. Always define your waist and put on heels when wearing mile-long pieces of clothing to prevent the fabric from eating up your frame. See how Kourtney Kardashian wore a haltered jumpsuit with a plunging neckline to extend her silhouette.

3. You lead them to look downwards.

Direct people’s attention upward so that they won’t notice that you’re petite. Wear a top with an interesting neckline, paint your lips red, put your hair up in a top knot, or add volume to your hair—do anything that will keep their focus on the upper half of your body.


4. Your bag is too big. 

Proportion is everything, so if you have a petite frame, small to medium sized bags are your best bet. Stay away from oversized and slouchy bags that will make you appear smaller.

5. Your have too much hair going on.

If you don’t want to chop your hair off, style it in a way that shows off your neck to avoid being dragged down by your mermaid locks.

6. You slouch. 

When you slouch, your torso shrinks and your shoulders become rounded. Proper posture—shoulders back and stomach sucked in, just like what Lea Michele did in this photo—can trick people into thinking that you’re a statuesque beauty.

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*Minor edits have been made by the editors. 

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