We're not all born with long limbs and legs for days - but there are certain tips and tricks you can employ to help add a few extra inches. Here are 8 insider tips!
It goes without saying that 'good things come in small packages', but how do you make your style assist the illusion of being tall?
It's not just women who can benefit from these tips from luxury fashion label Edwin Pireh - men can learn a thing or two to assist their stature too. Enjoy!
1. Shoe colour
As the feet are an extension of the legs, if you colour match your shoes with your pants/legs it will create an extended illusion. Women wearing a skirt should opt for shoes to match the skin tone of their legs, when wearing pants one should aim for shoes to match the colour of their pants.
Petite women need to watch their sleeve length. Actually, everyone needs to watch this tip! Don't go too short as it can look odd and don't go too long as it looks like you borrowed the top from your older sibling. Have your sleeves finish where they need to i.e. just past your wrist when your arms are by your side. Well lengthened sleeves allow the eyes to carry from the shoulder to the wrist - just enough to harmonise the attire and promote a taller look.
In simple terms, horizontal lines makes you look wider, while vertical lines make you appear taller. It's the motion of the eyes that triggers the sensation here. From thick to pin-stripe, keep the lines vertical if you want the look to be speaking up.
Unfortunately, for those women who love to have long lushes of hair, this marriage with petite cannot last. This is where opposites work best to what you're trying to achieve. To appear taller, keep your hair above shoulder height. The rule for taller here is actually the shorter the taller.
Used by women of all heights, it's amazing how much taller a pair of heels actually makes you look, not to mention the tone and definition your legs start promoting! Wedges are huge at the moment and one of my favourite everyday styles provides the elevation while being supportive over long periods of time.
6. Neck line
Round necks will make you look more, well... round, while v-necks will create that longer neckline making your neck appear longer which in turn makes you look taller.
Petite women should only aim for clothing that is well fitted promoting their frame. Baggy clothing will only emphasise a heavier look and keep the overall height confined. Well tailored clothing will hug your body and elongate your features making you appear taller.
Women are synonymous with lovely soft hands and beautifully manicured nails. Keeping your nails long will extend your hand in a glamorous way adding to the notion of longer is taller. Don't go overboard either, keep your nails up to 1cm long.
Article courtesy of luxury fashion label Edwin Pireh via edwinpireh.com