Us women come in all shape as and sizes. I’m 5’6’’ and size 10. My legs are quite long and my torso is quite short. When I have heels on which are usually 4 inches and higher I look very tall mainly because wearing heels makes my legs look even longer. People are always shocked by my height when I have flat shoes on as they expect me to be much taller than I am.
Most women want to look tall and slim, however if you are naturally small and past adolescence which means you’re not likely to grow any taller then the best thing for you to do is give the illusion of being much taller and slimmer than you really are.
I can hear you all saying ‘How do I do that?’
Well I’m going to let you in on a few tips and tricks on looking good in everything you wear.
Firstly whenever putting together an outfit you should always remember the principle of horizontal’s and vertical’s.
- Horizontals make you look short and stocky
- Verticals make you look tall and slim
- The less horizontals in your outfit the better
- Our Legs are one of our strongest verticals
- Our Shoulders are a strong horizontal
For instance, if you’re wearing a skirt and top the waist line will be a horizontal within the outfit, the hem of the skirt will be a horizontal plus your shoulders as our shoulders are one of our strongest horizontals.
The reason we don’t like horizontals is due to them drawing our eyes across the body rather than up the body towards the face. I.e. wearing a long fitted ball gown with a split up the leg will draw the eyes upwards towards your face as it is a strong vertical. A long outfit will always make you look much taller and slimmer than a short outfit as you are working with one less horizontal.
The same principle goes for wearing vertical and horizontal stripes. Horizontal stripes will make you look more stockier than vertical stripes as again vertical stripes lead the eye up the body rather than across the body giving the illusion of a taller slimmer body.
At the moment I know that one of the biggest trends is shoulder pads and big shoulders however if you already have broad shoulders this style is not for you as you are making an already strong horizontal much stronger.
I know it all sounds quite complicted but once you get it right you’ll look great in everything you wear. So don’t forget to eradicate as much horizontals from your outfits as possible as this will make you look like the woman you have always wanted to.