Reaching New Heights: 10 Styling Tricks for Petite Women to Look Taller

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Yes, we do want to subscribe to the mindset of loving our bodies despite it all. But, for petite women, height can be a serious hurdle when it comes to style and fashion, and what we always have in mind is to overcome the challenge of stretching out vertically. The question is: can we overcome it?

Maybe yes, maybe not.

Height, after all, stops growing between the age of 12 and 15. So, that will depend on how old you are now. But thanks to fashion experts-slash-magicians, petite women can now create an illusion of looking taller than their actual height. Just follow these styling tricks and worry no more of being vertically challenged.

Stick with Thin Belts

When it comes to wearing belts, choose the thinnest that you can find. It is because thin belts will define your natural waist in the most pleasing way possible. Wide belts, on the other hand, will make you appear cut in half which adds to your height problem.

Wear Flared Jeans

Styling Tricks

Jeans with a flare at the bottom, especially those slim fit through the leg and with hems that hit the shoes, fools the eye in making your legs look longer than other cuts of jeans. For the ultimate trick, couple it with a waist-length top, or a tuck-in blouse.

V-Necks for Victory

V-necks draw the eye of onlookers upward to your face. It also elongates the neck making the illusion of a lengthened torso.

Go High Waist

If you want to elongate your legs – or, at least to look like it – wear high-waisted shorts, skirts, and trousers. Going with a high waist makes your legs look longer by getting some space in your upper body.

Choose Heels with Low-Cut Vamp

Styling Tricks

Next time you go to a shoe store, choose heels with a low-cut vamp. Shoes with low-cut vamps elongate your legs especially when you are wearing shorts, skirts, and dresses. To have an optimum long-legged effect, look for a pair of shoes that match your skin tone.

Say Yes to Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes create long lines that make you look tall. The good thing is, it would not be so hard to search for clothes with vertical stripes as they never go out of fashion and easily available.

Rock Out with Maxi Dress or Skirts

Styling Tricks

Like flared jeans, maxi skirts and dresses touch the shoes which give you the appearance of looking taller. Just make sure that the hemline doesn’t go as far down as it causes tripping. You can pair it with a tuck-in fitted top or a cropped jacket so as not to drown you with fabric.

Go for Monochrome Palette

Choosing a monochrome scheme for your outfit can accentuate your features and help create the illusion of height. Just make sure of the contrast between shades rather than colors, and the rule is that the darker, the better. Go dark in the lower half of the body, and keep it lighter on top.

Keep Your Accessories Simple

One of the tricks in looking taller is to draw the attention of the viewer upward. The more they look upward, the taller the person looks. Therefore, steer clear of anything that draws their eyes below your chest. Avoid wearing heavy necklaces because petite women don’t have long necks.

Keep it Fit

Styling Tricks

In fashion, the fit of your clothes is essential. It goes for the same when you are petite. Tighter and closer fitting clothing helps you to appear taller as it shows your outline. Loose-fitting clothes, on the other hand, drown your figure, which makes you look shorter than you are.


For petite women, becoming taller seems a far-fetched idea. But worry no more, there are styling tricks that you can do to make it appear to everybody that you are not that lacking vertically. All you have to is to follow the methods mentioned above for you to reach new heights.

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Janis Walker is a devoted mom to two beautiful and loving kids. A writer by day and a reader by night, she contributes as a guest blogger to various fashion blog sites, with Seed Heritage as her source of what’s the latest in the industry.

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