Ten Tricks to Looking Taller
Wear High-Waisted Bottoms
To elongate your lower half, wear shorts and pants that start up on your natural waist instead of slinging them low on your hips. (Extra points for pant hems that just barely graze the floor, maximizing leg length without overwhelming them in fabric.)
"Jojo" High Waist Shorts, $88, Anthropologie.com; "Cleofe" High Waisted Pants, $325, by Malene Birger, Shopbop.com
Pair Neutral Shoes with Bare Legs
They don't even have to be heels! Either way, for the ideal effect, avoid ankle straps that interrupt the leg's line, and opt for linear, pointy-toes instead of stunted round ones. (And if you're tiring of putty-like beige or standard brown, opt for this dusty mud color instead. It's my favorite.)
Suede Pumps, $557, Gianvito Rossi, Mytheresa.com
Choose V-Neck Necklines
They will help you channel all those actresses who seem tall but really just have swan-like necks (Audrey Hepburn, Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman). Sleeveless red silk blouse, $150, marc by marc jacobs, ssense.com
Go for Matchy-Matchy
Unlike with bare legs, wearing a neutral shoe with a dark pant won't do you any favors, so go for a matchy-matchy thing instead. (Again, peep toes and pointy toes help continue the line of the leg better than a square or round toe.)
Glitter Embellished Peep Toe Pump, $595, Miu Miu, Barneys.com
Scale Your Accessories to Your Size
Ditch giant statement necklaces, oversize clutches and chunky menswear watches in favor of accents that won't swallow your frame.
"Cooper" Strap Watch, $195, Katespade.com; Gold Start Pendant Necklace, $315, Minor Obsessions, Barneys.com; "Cayla-evening Belle" Minaudiere, $498, Kate Spade New York, Nordstrom.com
Stick with Smaller Prints
Avoid giant patterns that'll overwhelm a small figure. So instead of this season's Hawaiian tourist-y hibiscus flowers, pick Liberty prints and Laura Ashley-esque little florals. (Same goes with stripes, cartoon prints, etc.)
Floral Pleated Dip Hem Skirt, $64, Topshop.com
Make Monochrome Looks
It's not just dramatic and sorta Sophia Loren-y glamorous: head-to-toe color also boosts your height by turning you into one long Crayola crayon.
"Brett" Silk Blouse, $198, Equipment, Piperlime.com; "Daniya" Tailor Pants, $245, Theory, Shopbop.com
Opt for Vertical Stripes
This one's simple: Vertical lines lengthen even the blockiest figure.
Vertical Striped Sundress, $154, Only Hearts, Shopbop.com
Pair Black Tights with Black Shoes
Just by adding matching tights, heel-averse girls can lengthen the look of their frames even when plodding around in flats.
Matte Opaque Tights, $52, Wolford, Barneys.com; "Alvin" Smoking Slippers, $150, Sam Edelman, Loft.com; "Billy" Shootie, $177.95, Frye, Endless.com
Choose Column Dresses
For petite women, long dresses can work wonders—provided they're fitted and streamlined. (We like simple, solid colored Calvin Klein-y columns the best.)
"Kassie" Drape-Back Gown, $296, Rachel Zoe, Bergdorfgoodman.com