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Thursday, March 29, 2012


Those of us who are vertically challenged are always looking for ways to look taller. Today fashion editor Tessa Lisbon offers some suggestions for creating the illusion of height. -- AP

Wear scooped necks and wide lapels to draw attention to your face. When people are looking at your face, they’re not fixating on your height (or lack of it.)

3/4 sleeves give the illusion of a higher waistline, so your legs will seem longer.

Wear hemlines that graze the knee. Showing some leg will make your legs look longer.

Wear shoes that match your leg color. If wearing black stockings, choose black shoes. If wearing nude stockings, choose neutral colored shoes. Contrasting shoes break up your leg line and make you look shorter.

Tailored clothes won’t overwhelm your petite figure, but blocks of solid color for shirts and skirts or pants can make you look boxy and segment your body. Try small to medium scale prints instead.

And here I’ve been avoiding prints for years because I thought solid colors would make me look taller! Who knew? Post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Jane R said...

These are some interesting ideas and I can how the distractions and illusions would help to give that feeling of height. At 5' 10", trying to appear taller has never been a problem for me. But, I don't mind being tall. It helps me reach those books on the top shelf!

Liz said...

When I was 11, I wanted to be taller. Lo and behold, I was. Genie back into the bottle, please.


Jane, any chance I can have a few inches? Or barring that, Liz, will you send that genie my way?