We believe that there are no rules when it comes to fashion, but there’s something to be said about the way clothes can instantly transform your figure. Choosing the right pieces can do wonders for highlighting your assets whilst accentuating those you wish you were more #blessed with.
If you’re fun-sized like me, then for sure you wished you were at least a few inches taller, so you know, you could be eligible for America’s Next Top Model one day. (We kid, we kid!) But know that you can appear taller with a few styling hacks courtesy of YouTuber Dearly Bethany. The petite vlogger shares her must-have wardrobe pieces that will elongate your figure and the exact ways to wear them to achieve that effect:
1. High-rise or mid-rise cropped jeans
The trick to looking taller than you actually are is to elongate your figure. The easiest way to do so is to choose the right pair of jeans. High-rise jeans are great for those with long torsos and short legs, while mid-rise ones are great for those with shorter torsos. Cropped jeans work well for those with petite frames (unless you already shop at the petite section).
2. Straight-cut jeans that fall to the ground
If you’re into flared jeans or ones with a regular fit as opposed to skinny ones, go for slightly longer jeans that are either high-rise or mid-rise. This will create a long line from the waist to the ground and give the illusion that you’re taller. Just make sure that the jeans don’t buckle at the bottom!
3. Scoop neck tops
Aside from elongating the legs, you can also elongate the torso via wide necklines, like the scoop neck. This will draw attention to your torso area as well as lengthen the neck. Plus, exposing the collarbones is universally flattering.
4. Cropped tees
“This is gonna be your friend whether you have a long torso or short torso,” Dearly Bethany says. When it comes to shortening the torso to lengthen the legs, cropped tops will be your ally because of the exposed midriff. Pro tip: Cropped shirts that are slightly loose on the sides will make you appear smaller underneath, thereby making you look leaner.
5. V-neck tops
If you aren’t into cropped tees, you can stick to choosing necklines that will elongate your torso. Aside from scoop necks, V-necklines also do the trick because of the arrow shape that trains the eyes downward for a tall illusion.
6. Off-shoulder tops
The key to looking taller is to focus on making your legs look longer, so you’ll want to minimize drawing attention to the upper part of your body, especially if you have broad shoulders like Bethany’s. Instead of the trendy puff sleeve blouse, she goes for off-shoulder tops that are slightly cropped when she wants to cop a romantic vibe or bohemian look. These tops make her shoulders look smaller, while the cropped hemline elongates her legs.
7. The perfect cami
In virtue of choosing wide necklines, Dearly Bethany also suggests camisoles, an affordable piece anyone can stock up on. The trick is to choose camisoles with adjustable straps to ensure they fit well. If it doesn’t skim your figure perfectly, it won’t provide that lean, lengthening effect you’re going for when you pair them with high-rise bottoms.
8. Cropped cardigans and sweaters
So you’re wearing a cami or a cropped top, and you’ve also got your flattering jeans on… but what if the weather gets all chilly? Throwing on a cardigan may seem like the easiest solution but it’s not exactly the best one, especially when you want to appear taller. Instead of regular cut cardis, go for cropped ones that end just where your jeans begin. Pro tip: Choose ones with a straight cut or square shape so you could look smaller underneath.
9. The right jumpsuit
In virtue of the “long line” strategy, jumpsuits are also a wardrobe essential and they’re great for all body types. The best ones are those with seams that cut are joined at the waist for a leg-lengthening effect. “They work because they are one long line from the shoulders all the way down,” Dearly Bethany explains.
10. Nude shoes
One mind-blowing strategy we learned from Dearly Bethany is to go for nude shoes or skin-toned ones. It’ll blend in with your legs and achieve that crucial long line effect. To take it further, go for pointed toe shoes, be it flats or boots. These will stretch your figure even more!
Cool hacks, huh? Wish we learned these sooner! Check out the entire video below: