If you find yourself needing a little height boost without the help (and let's face it, the pain) of wearing heels, then you've come to the right place! Consider this your cheat sheet to adding inches to your height. Here are 12 practical styling tips you can do to look taller in a jiffy.
1. Wear high-waisted bottoms.
High-waisted bottoms, especially jeans or trousers, are perfect when you need to elongate your frame. They sit at your waist, the smallest part of your tummy, giving the illusion that your legs start at a higher point. Thus, this trick effectively extends your gams while accentuating your curves, too.
High-waisted trousers, P1990, H&M, Robinsons Magnolia
2. Go for asymmetric hems.
With this cut, your legs will look as long as the highest or shortest hem point of the piece. This gives an illusion of longer legs.
Asymmetric skirt, P1695, STRADIVARIUS, SM Aura
3. Opt for V-neck tops.
Deep-V necklines have a magic ability to elongate your torso. The longer your torso looks, the longer your frame looks, too.
Floral V-neck blouse, P1195, PULL & BEAR, SM Megamall
4. Reach for shoulder-baring pieces.
Just as it is helpful to show off your legs when you wanna look taller, showing off your shoulder and arms also helps in lengthening your frame as it shows more of your limbs. But don't be limited to just off-shoulder pieces. Experiment with halter cuts, too, to get the maximum effect.
Halter top, P545, ZARA, TriNoma
5. Try cropped silhouettes.
Don't be afraid to go for skirts that bare your gams. This will give the illusion you've got legs for days, after all! Just be careful in choosing where the skirt falls on you. The ideal mini skirt should fall mid-thigh.
That said, you can also opt for a slightly cropped jacket paired with skinny jeans. By wearing something that cuts your torso, your legs will look longer by comparison.
Petite Pansy Flippy Mini Skirt, P2195, TOPSHOP, Zalora.com.ph
6. Go for slits.
When wearing fitted skirts or dresses, it's best you opt for pieces that have slits. This will give the illusion you've got mile-long legs without sacrificing your shape and curves.
Checked midi skirt, P1895, BERSHKA, SM Megamall
Color and Prints
7. Dress in one color.
By dressing in a monochromatic hue, you create a very cohesive look that prevents emphasis where your torso ends and legs begin.
Belted jumpsuit, P6790, MASSIMO DUTTI, Shangri-La Plaza
8. Opt for micro prints.
If you’re an especially petite girl, big prints have the tendency to engulf and emphasize your tiny frame. So opt for tiny ones that look scaled to your size.
Printed cotton shirt, P2295, MANGO, Greenbelt 5
9. Wear vertical stripes.
But if you'd like to wear stripes, be sure to opt only for vertical ones. The parallel lines draw the eye up and down your body that can make you look both slim and tall.
Elmina striped dress, P1890, SEEK THE UNIQ
Shoes and Accessories
10. Slip on pointed shoes.
Pointed shoes extend and elongate your leg which means you get to add more inches to your height.
Houndstooth slingback heel, P2499, CHARLES & KEITH, Glorietta 3
11. Go for skin-toned footwear.
Going for nude or skin-toned pairs have a certain leg-lengthening effect as your shoes become invisible and seemingly become one with your legs. Skip the straps because those bisect your legs at the ankle, cutting you off at the wrong point.
Sandals, P599, PENSHOPPE, UP Town Center
12. Carry tiny bags.
Opt for nano bags instead of big ones. Toting oversized bags will only emphasize your petite frame.
Neon purse, P895, PULL & BEAR, SM Megamall