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How To Look Taller Without High Heels

All your petite styling questions answered.

Q: I'm 5-foot-2. Is there a way for me to wear jumpsuits without looking ridiculous and extra short?
A: Look for something fitted and tailored—no loose, flowy shapes or gathered elastic waistbands—or, instead of a full-length jumpsuit, try a romper. The shorter it is, the longer your legs will look, and the taller you will look.

Q: Is there a way to look taller without wearing high heels?
A: Flats and strappy sandals, especially in light or nude colors, that show a lot of skin will help elongate your legs instead of just cutting them off at the ankles. When it comes to boots, look for styles that end just above your ankle, at the narrowest part of your leg, so that as much of your leg is visible as possible.

Q: How can I style a midi skirt without looking even shorter than I already am?
A: For a longer, leaner look, stick to fitted and A-line silhouettes that hit just below the knee and tuck in your top or wear something cropped so your waistline is visible. You can also try a sheer midi with something short underneath—that way you get midi style while still showing off your legs.

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Q: Is there a trick to wearing long sleeves and pants when you are short? I'm only 5-foot-1, and I feel like anything long just makes me look even shorter.
A: Avoid anything too loose or boxy and stick to cropped styles—ankle-length pants, ¾ sleeves, etc. Seeing that extra inch or two of leg or forearm will trick the eye into thinking that your limbs are just sooooooo long they don't fit into normal clothes. It's subtle, but it works. In a pinch, you can just roll your sleeves or cuff your pants, but it's a good idea to have clothes tailored to fit whenever possible.

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