Whether you choose pleats, patterns or plain old stripes, you'll love the illusion of added height you get from fashions boasting vertical lines. They elongate your body while also giving you a slimmer, trimmer appearance.
Try button-down shirts and sweaters, zip-front apparel and racing stripes (especially vertical stripes). Get a little sexy with a slit in your skirt -- front, back or side will do just fine.
Pinstripes are trendy, but you can also sport beads, embroidery, pretty patterns, corduroy and any number of creative customizations in a vertical format. Ribbed patterns and pleats also add to the vertical aspect.
While we all know that high heels are the only fashion accessories that physically do make us taller, the v-neck gives an illusion of a longer torso. Create a few true extra inches with platforms or high heels. Depending on the rest of your outfit, you can judge if the chunky heels, stilettos or platform sandals will work best
Every gal's wardrobe should contain the essential shoes -- blacks and browns, summer and winter styles, open-toe, closed-toe and boots. If your feet become sensitive to pressure easily, consider wearing platforms instead of heels, insert some padded insoles or just skip the stylish shoes altogether and opt for flats.
Use the natural height you do have to stand tall (well, as tall as you can). Not only will you look more confident, you will be keeping your back strong while toning your glutes.
Silky scarves, dangling earrings and long pendants, pearls or necklaces should give a nice boost to your stature. Judicious use of accessories like sunglasses, hats, barrettes and shawls can also add to the height factor.
Right now, longer is better -- longer as in nearly touching the ground even when you're in heels. (See actress Natasha Henstridge above right to check the jean length.) At the very least, your pants should definitely touch your shoes, which helps to create the appearance of longer legs. Some trendy pants (think capris) may not be the best for shorter women, especially if you are going for that illusion of height.
Finally, when everything is said and done, the perfect dress or suit can really make the occasion. Put your main focus on coordinating the perfect outfit -- from the clothing itself to the best shoes, purse and accessories you can find!
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