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Learn How to Dress to Look Taller

By |   May - 15 - 2010
Celebrity Shortie Hayden Panettiere

Celebrity Shortie Hayden Panettiere

For some shorter women, dressing to look taller is a priority. High heels are almost a wardrobe requirement but there are other clothing tricks you can do to make yourself look taller.

First of all, don’t assume every item of petite clothing or petite dresses are designed to create an illusion of height. Many petite designs are simply smaller versions or designer clothing, which is made for willowy tall models, and will make short women look shorter.

Look for petite dresses with vertical lines, patterns, fabric and stitching details. The vertical lines obviously draw the eye up and down. In the same vein horizontal lines in an outfit make you look longer and wider, which can actually make a short woman look even shorter.

If you’re prone to wearing suits, look for solid colors that draw the eye from top to bottom in a harmonious line to look longer. Don’t buy cropped jackets or high waisted pants and they make your upper half look shrunken. Women’s petite suits look best with jackets that come down midway, not too long that they cover the buttocks and make your legs look short. Jackets should be paired with pants and skirts that are thin to emphasize long legs not full to draw attention from side to side.

And remember that solid colors and monochromatic schemes are your friend but your colors don’t have to be boring, don’t fade into the background.

One Response to “Learn How to Dress to Look Taller”

  1. Great article content. As a fellow shorty, I agree that it is difficult to find current styles in the correct lengths. I am one with my alterations gal! Thanks for the tips! I like monochomatic but bolder hot colors.

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