Clothing Hacks That Make You Look Taller
Whether you consider yourself to be a little “vertically-challenged” or just plain short, we’ve got the tips and tricks on how to heighten your look — in more ways than one. So take notes and get ready to rock some statuesque vibes with these 10 clothing hacks to make you look taller.
Tailoring is keyIt goes without saying, nothing fits quite like, well, clothes that actually fit. If you’re on the shorter side, odds are most off-the-rack pants and bottoms are going to need some tweaking. Find a tailor you like and reap the benefits of clothes that fit just right. Tailoring will create seamless, perfectly-hemmed pieces for your wardrobe that add inches to your overall appearance by not having you look as though you’re drowning in excess material.
If you’re looking for tailoring inspiration, look no further than former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who, at just 5 foot 4, always looks statuesque in perfectly tailored pieces.
Have a monochromatic momentNothing creates a more streamlined — and lengthening — look than a monochromatic ensemble. Pick a hue that works for you and do it head to toe for a look that’s both of-the-moment and super flattering on shorter frames. The one-colour look will prevent eyes from stopping short (see what we did there?) on any one piece, and instead creating a single, lengthening palette.
At 5 foot 1, the petite singer with a larger-than-life voice, Lady Gaga, stands tall in a bold red ensemble.
High-waist-everything is your friendThe higher the waist, the higher you’ll heighten. Finding bottoms in high-rise cuts is both flattering in the tummy region and super-lengthening along the legs.
Yara Shahidi may top out at 5 foot 3, but the actress looks statuesque in high-waisted trousers which lengthen her legs and heighten her overall frame.
If you’ve got the gams, rock a shorter hemlineLove your legs? You should! So take that knee-length hemline up a few inches and embrace your badass leggy self. The extra inches of leg will be much more flattering — and lengthening — than a hemline that cuts you off at the knees. For a seasonal shift with the mini-skirt style, pair your mini with sheer or opaque thermal stockings in the same colour as your skirt for a trendy and winter-friendly look.
Standing short — but looking tall — at 5 foot 1, Southern belle and Hollywood powerhouse Reese Witherspoon rocks a shorter hemline and enjoys the leggy benefits.
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Go nude (with your shoes, obvs)That’s right, we said it. Go nude. Well, with your shoes, anyways. When it comes to adding a few inches of length for a night out, accessorize your outfit with the ultimate lengthening hack: nude shoes. Sleek pumps that closely match your skin tone will elongate your legs by avoiding any stark contrast at your feet.
Though she may check in at a fairly average height of 5 foot 6, Duchess Meghan Markle looks anything but average as she capitalizes on two of our heightening tricks in a monochromatic outfit and nude pumps.
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Point those toes, babyForgo the round-toe pumps and instead break out some pointed-toes this holiday season. Not only is it a more on-trend and contemporary style, but pointed toe shoes elongate the feet and, in effect, elongate your legs.
At just 5 foot 3, Gina Rodriguez proves she’s still as leggy as the tall girls with some help from her pointy-toe pumps.
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Opt for fitted clothingWhile we all love a cozy fit, if it’s extra height you’re after, you may want to consider more snug, body-conscious styles. Clothing that hugs your curves and highlights your shape will flatter and lengthen more than billowy, oversized pieces that will only emphasize your smaller frame.
JLo works her 5 foot 5 frame to the max — and beyond — with a boost from figure-flattering body-conscious outfits designed to spotlight her killer curves, and not her shorter stature.
It’s all in the detailsSkip that oversized shopper bag and accessorize with a smaller, more structured handbag. For shorter frames, big, shapeless bags will only emphasize your smaller stature.
Rebel Wilson may stand at just 5 foot 3, but she ensures her shorter frame isn’t overwhelmed with oversized accessories by always rocking a small to mid-size handbag.
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Polo-neck knits for the winJust in time for the colder season, stock up on polo-neck (also sometimes known as mock-neck) knits, which elongate your neck and by doing so, add height to your overall frame. Less constricting than a traditional turtleneck and easy to style, we love this mock-neck style for the season. Try pairing one of these with a slinky summer camisole overtop for a cool-girl look that’s weather-appropriate and oh-so chic.
Victoria Beckham makes our list twice because this might just be the chic-est styling of a polo-neck knit we’ve seen yet. She also ranks on our list of celebrity couples with the highest net worth.
Choose ankle booties over knee-high stylesWhile everyone loves a fun knee-high boot, for shorter frames, this style just doesn’t love you back. The knee-high boot cuts off at the knee, creating a visual break in the leg and doing you no favours in the height department. Nix this style and instead reach for a pair of ankle booties, which are more flattering on the leg overall, and come in endless trendy styles.
A big fan of ankle boots, Priyanka Chopra is all smiles — and looks as statuesque as ever — in spite of her average 5 foot 5 height.