How to look taller without
If you are under 5 feet 3 inches tall you are, at least as far
as the fashion industry is concerned, a petite woman. This
may be something you embrace and it may be something
you hate, but if you want extra height here are some quick
tips of what you can do with your wardrobe to make
yourself appear taller, aside from wearing 5 inch heels.
Don’t fret because there are actually quite a few easy rules
to do this that won’t break the bank and don’t require you to
use a medieval torture device to stretch yourself!
Rule #1 Make sure your clothes fit correctly.
Avoid baggy outfits, heavy fabrics, too many ruffles and
pleats as you will look wider and in turn shorter. Sleeves or
trousers that are too long will also make you appear shorter
than you are, so make sure you get them hemmed correctly
to your particular frame.If the extra cost of hemming is a
problem, buy only from petite brands.
Rule #2 Show more of your arms.
Instead of using ‘normal’ length sleeves reduce them to ¾
sleeves to make your arms look longer and also more
Rule #3 Use one color whenever you can.
Your top should match your skirt
or trousers, don’t use a wide color
belt. If you’re going to wear boots
with a skirt make sure that the
boot color matches the skirt.
Different colors on top and bottom
create a ‘cut-off’ that makes you
look shorter, so eliminate it.
Rule #4 Your bag should be no bigger than the length
between your bust and hip.
If you have to carry anything do
it in the smallest handbag or
purse possible. Do the same
with laptop bags. The bigger it
is the smaller you look and
carrying around all that extra
junk is bad for your back
Rule #5 Stand up straight.
If you compound short stature with slouching you’re not
helping yourself. Get in the habit of standing and sitting as
straight as possible ALL THE TIME. This is great for your
back as well as great for your stature.
Rule #6 Wear V-neck blouses.
A V-neck blouse creates a ‘vertical’ look that is
slimming no matter who you are and makes your
neck look longer which makes you appear taller.
Of course it's a lot easier to put on a pair of heels
when you're petite, but it's a high price to pay on
your long term health especially when studies
have linked high heels to knee osteoarthritis,
ingrowing toe nails, shortened calf muscles.... the
list goes on. So remember to give your feet a
break and accentuate your height in other ways.