Those of you who don’t have any problems with your height can wear practically everything, but women of shorter stature often have difficulties, starting with the choice of footwear: if the feet are very small, even high heels can pose a problem, as it can be hard to find the right size. My advice is to focus your search on the web, where there is a wonderful selection of petit dresses and small size pumps. Many brands have their own line of clothes for petite women, it’s usually very appealing, smart pieces that are easy to style. Here is some advice on how to look taller.
Their biggest advantage is the fact that they elongate your legs, especially the high-waist knee-length models that elongates your silhouette beautifully. Forget about midi skirts, especially those reaching the middle of your calves, because they will shorten you. Even though midi skirts are fashionable and indeed quite beautiful, they aren’t meant for petite women. If you opt for a pencil skirt, always style it with high heels. They don’t have to be platform, because, as you know, they’re not very elegant.
Long trousers reaching at least to your ankles
Trouser-length is the key to optically elongate your legs. The most suitable lengths for you are the ones covering the shoes (plus you should always wear this type of pants with heels), or reaching the ankle. Forget anything baggy or Capri length, because they enlarge your bottom and shorten the silhouette. I’m not saying you cannot ever wear them, far from it, just keep in mind their effect, and decide for yourself.
Monochrome combinations are gorgeous, because they elongate the figure much more than printed sets or pieces. Head-to-toe white is a wonderful solution and similar is true for pastel hues, which minimises the effort and lets you style an outfit very quickly. If you can’t let go of patterns, save them for the shoes (high heels, of course) or a bag, which has to be small.
Pants with vertical lines are definitely going to elongate you, but at the same time you also have to mind the cut and material, because they can quickly start looking like a pyjama. So, how to pick? Summery silk pants with black and white stripes are a good solution; make sure they fall softly and naturally, and opt for soft models instead of tight ones. A high waist is a nice detail, make sure you show it off! This means you should tuck the blouse in and keep the waist line visible.
Small or medium bags
Definitely not larger, because that can shave off quite a few inches. The more petite the woman, the more smaller the bag. Another thing to pay attention to is the shape: there is nothing worse than a bag that looks like a sack, or a backpack that has been in the laundry 300 times! Keep the form, a good bag has its own shape and details. Opt for monochromatic pieces, you’ll wear them the most. Black is a must, the rest can follow.
Pointed nude pumps
They elongate the leg and you’ll wear them just as much as the black models. They’re not only a summer look, that’s just a myth! Keep the shape simple and the heels high. Round tips are not the style for you, and you should also stay away from lace-up sandals, because they shorten the legs as they rise up the ankle. Your shoes should be simple, pointed, elegant, which is perfect for any skirt and even jeans.