The average height of a woman today is 5'6” but 70% of women in the US are considered petite meaning that they are 5'4” tall and under. Most women clothing manufacturers make clothes for regular size woman who are at least 5'5” leaving the options for petite woman very limited. Non petite clothing needs to be altered to fit correctly and sometimes still ends up look boxy, childish and just downright unfashionable. What's a petite woman to do then besides always wearing unbearably high heels?
-Dress monochromatically. Wearing all one color is a clever way to enhance the body by creating an up and down line. When someone looks at you, the eye is distracted to look at you vertically therefore giving the appearance of being taller.
-Wear flared jeans. This is trick used by short woman everywhere and even curvy women. Flared jeans give the impression of a longer leaner leg. The best pair of flared jeans are those that are fitted throughout the leg and end at the tip of your shoes. Also make sure that they sit on your natural waist and not below so as not to look chopped.
-Another great way to keep the eye trained to look at you in a vertical way is to wear stripes. Not only does it create long lines but also has a slimming effect.
-Did you know that wearing V neck tops can elongate the body also? Whether you go with a subtle V neck top or a plunging neckline, a V neck gives off the impression of a longer more flattering torso.
-Obviously wearing high heels can make you taller but only if you're wearing the right shoe. A nude shoe is the best choice to show off legs that seem to go on forever. Strappy ankle heels or booties will make some short look choppy regardless of the color.
-Bringing the focus upward can make you look taller so instead of wearing a choker or short necklace. Go instead with longer necklaces and layer them to give your neck a longer look. Top off with a hat to complete the look.
-Color blocking is a hot trend that all short women should be wearing. Not only will it make you look taller it can also make you look thinner.
-Wear clothes that actually fit you. This may be hard for short women because of the inability to find the proper length in clothes but it's worth the extra money to have it tailored to fit. An outfit that doesn’t fit correctly will not only swallow you but make you look smaller and even child like.
-Ditch the big heavy handbags. Big handbags look overwhelming on short women so go with a small clutch or handbag instead. Not only will it make you appear taller but you back will thank you also.
Are you on the shorter side of the height spectrum? What do you do to make you appear taller?
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