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If you’re wondering how to appear taller and slimmer in your clothes then you’ve come to the right place! I’m 5’4 and get told very often that I appear so much taller in person and in photos. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s because I swear by these 7 PETITE STYLE SECRETS and practice them literally every single day. These are simple and easy style hacks that you can practice on a daily basis as well and all of them are guaranteed to help you look taller and slimmer. Whether you’re petite (which is 5’4 or under) or any other height for that matter, these game-changing style secrets are sure to elevate all of your looks. Feel free to check out the video I created as well, which is linked above. If you’re up for some fabulous tips on how to look taller and slimmer then keep scrolling because you’re definitely in for a treat!
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7 PETITE STYLE SECRETS:
High-waisted pants or jeans are the MOST flattering fit available if you are wanting to look taller and slimmer. This is because they create a super long silhouette from above your belly button all the way down to the floor. They should sit right above your belly button, which will accent your natural waist and draw your eye away from the hip area. I LOVE these high-waisted Rider jeans from Mother because they have an ULTRA HIGH WAIST – which is about 12.5 inches- that will maximize the elongating effect of a high-waist.
BODYSUITS ARE YOUR BFF:
Bodysuits are your BFF for a whole host of reasons, but the main reason for petite women is the absence of bunched up fabric in the waist area can make you look taller and slimmer. They can also make you look taller because they are very streamlined, especially if you choose a V-neck! If I’m being honest, I am obsessed with body suits and this one from express has been one of my favorites lately, it checks all the boxes and is one of my top petite style secrets.
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PAY ATTENTION TO THE SLEEVE LENGTH OF YOUR JACKETS:
It’s very important to pay attention to how your jackets are fitting, not just in the body, but also the sleeves! A traditionally structured jacket should have the sleeves hitting between your wrist and your thumb knuckle for it to fit properly. Wearing clothing that is too big can make you look smaller and shorter, or it can even have the opposite effect of making you look larger in certain circumstances, so be sure to pay attention to the fit! I personally LOVE this Balmain blazer (that is ON SALE by the way) but I also find this one to be just as fabulous and a lot more budget friendly. I’m wearing a size 34.
OPT FOR FLARE JEANS:
Nothing elongates a silhouette more than floor-skimming jeans, and fortunately for us, flare jeans are having a MAJOR moment in 2022. The key is to take your jeans to your tailor and have them hemmed 1/8″ from the floor when you are wearing your heels, that way you have a slimming silhouette that runs from your waist straight to the floor, giving you that optimal elongating effect. I love these Roxanne jeans by Anine Bing, they have an added design element with the slit at the ankle that really elevates them to next level. I do find they run a bit small so be sure to go up one size, I’m wearing a size 25.
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CROPPED JACKETS ARE ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA:
Cropped jackets are a fantastic petite style secret! They can be a petite woman’s best friend, why? because they tend to hit just slightly below the waistline, which creates an elongated silhouette, giving a slimming effect. I LOVE this cropped satin bomber jacket from BLANKNYC, the price point is amazing and this gorgeous olive green shade makes it something you can certainly wear all year round. I’m wearing an XS for size reference.
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THINK OF YOUR OUTFIT IN THIRDS:
I use this method EVERYTIME I put together an outfit, and it hasn’t failed me yet! The trick is to think of your outfit or body in thirds, choose a statement piece, and then dress the other 2/3 of your body in a contrasting style. Still with me? Great! It’s all about balance! You always want to divide your body into thirds, not halves or quarters. In this look, the cardigan is my chosen statement piece, so to follow my method, I’m going to keep everything else fitted in my look so it doesn’t end up overwhelming me. Next time you are piecing together a look, I encourage you to give this a try!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT NECKLINE:
The neckline of a top can really affect the optical illusion of your look, so it’s important to choose the right one. Any neckline that scoops down, whether that is a V-neck, scoop neck or even off the shoulder, will create space on the top portion of your body making it appear longer. It also allows you to show off your favorite neck stack which is another style tip I swear by and follow every single day!
NUDE OR METALLIC SHOES SHOULD BE YOUR GO-TO:
My final petite style secret is that nude or metallic heels are always a great idea! Why? Because they blend in with your skin tone which has a fantastic elongating effect on your legs. This trick will always make your legs look taller and slimmer and my favorite metallic Sarah Flint heels are the perfect example of what to look for.
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