3 Ways I Dress to Look Taller


I’ve always loved being on the short side.  Shortness automagically makes you cute, and it’s something a little unique, especially when you’re hardly over 5′.  As much as I love my height, though, I don’t want to make myself look any shorter than I actually am.  Ever since I started blogging, I’ve picked up a few style rules for myself.  I don’t always follow them–and I don’t think you should, either!–but they’re great guidelines for picking out outfits that make me feel confident and get away with rounding up my height to 5’1″!

  1. My skirts are usually cut above the knee. Nothing makes your legs look longer than showing them off!  I’m always at the tailor getting skirts taken up a few inches to land in just the right place. While I do love midi skirts, I have short, muscular legs, so I tend to wear them a little less frequently.DSC_2126
  2. All my pants, shorts, and skirts are high-waisted. Defining your waist is an easy way to make your legs look longer.  Better yet?  Tuck in or knot your shirts or wear a belt for even more definition!dress with dalmatian dog print 

  3. Most of my clothes are fitted. I seldom wear things that don’t have definition–nearly all my dresses have nipped-in waists, my pants are all skinny, and almost every one of my tops is cut close to my body.  The less fabric, the better.  Of course, I have exceptions, like my huge, fuzzy cardigans for winter!


What about you?  Do you have your own personal style rules?


10 thoughts on “3 Ways I Dress to Look Taller

  1. I don’t quite have rules, but as you said, more like guidelines. I also try to wear high waisted, and skirts that are above the knee (but I break that rule all the time 😛 )
    Anyway, great tips! I hadn’t thought about the one with fabric!
    Hope you’re having a great week.
    Much love,


    1. Haha I break that rule about above-the-knee skirts all the time, too 🙂 I don’t know if I told you before, but I always thought you were a tall lady! It’s amazing how the shape of an outfit can shape the perception of height!


  2. Well, you must be doing things right- as I love your style! You always look so put together. I’m not petite, so my personal fashion rules aren’t the same- but as I am curvy, I always have to have fitted waists on my garments, or some kind of waist definition, otherwise I end up looking like a square block 😦 It’s good to know what suits you though, because then you don’t have to worry constantly how you look. You can just wear and enjoy!
    The Artyologist


    1. Man, defined waists are truly the best! I think they’re just magic. And yeah, it took me about a year of blogging to figure out what works well, and now I (mostly) stick to it and I’m happy with the results!


  3. I always thought you have so many high-waisted stuff! There’s a reason behind it after all!
    The whole high-waisted thing also works for people who have long torsos (like me) because, yeah, they make your legs look longer.
    Wearing thigh-high socks, I think, would probably also help…though I never really put it to the test

    Alive as Always


    1. The more I hear from other people about defined/high waists, the more I’m convinced that it’s the perfect silhouette. It works on so many different body types! And I’ll definitely be wearing some knee socks once the weather cools off 🙂


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