Perfect pins that go on for miles are the true accessory you need. Thankfully the long legged look is not just the privilege of tall gazelles. Sarah Jessica Parker manages to create an illusion of long limbs despite her petite frame, and now so can you with our guide. It’s time to cheat your way to long legs!
TIP 1: AIM HIGH
Opt for high waisted pants and skirts. This tricks the eye and creates the impression your legs start where your waist does. By wearing clothes just above your natural waist, you appear to have longer legs.
TIP 2: SHOES WISELY
Now you have another reason to go shoe shopping… When wearing skirts or dresses, choose nude shoes to blend with your skin tone. This creates an uninterrupted line on the leg and has a lengthening effect. You can also achieve this by matching shoes to your tights or trousers. Beware of calf hugging footwear and ankle straps-they will shorten you.
TIP 3: TUCK AND CROP
Long tops elongate your torso and therefore make your legs seem shorter. Tuck your tops into your trousers, and wear your jackets cropped to reverse this illusion.
TIP 4: SKIRT THE ISSUE
Choose dresses and skirts. The hemline conceals where the leg actually starts. This works particularly well with pencil and A-line skirts.
TIP 5: NO FUSS
Keep your bottoms free of detail. A clean silhouette makes your legs seem longer so avoid cuffs, bulky pockets and pleats.
TIP 6: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT
Keep an eye on the length of your skirts and dresses. Petites can work different lengths well, especially with heels but make sure the hemline never hits your calfs. The calf is the thickest part of your leg and if the skirt or dress ends here it makes you look stumpy.
TIP 7: VERTICAL PATTERNS
Vertical details draw the eye up and down, resulting in an optical trick of seeing additional length. Wear bottoms with vertical patterns, piping, straight creases or vertical creases to achieve this effect.
TIP 8: ASYMMETRICAL HEMLINES
Straight, horizontal hemlines interrupt the eyes view of the leg. Opt for asymmetrical hemlines that create a smooth silhouette.
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