The key to elongating your frame? Play with proportions, prints and colors to trick the eye. With our tried-and-true leg lengthening tips, you can take your styling game to new heights.
Keep reading to learn how to elongate your legs!
Start with Your Shirts
Tuck in Your Tops
Fully or front-tucking tops shortens the look of your torso, making your legs appear longer. Tie-front and knot-front tees achieve the same leg-lengthening trick. Combine these blouses with high-rise bottoms for an extra elongating ensemble.
Add Long Layers
Layer on a duster-length cardigan, longline vest, waterfall cardigan or a breezy kimono to stretch your overall silhouette. Pair high-rise jeans with a cropped blouse and a classic long trench for a casual-chic coupling.
Find The Perfect Pants
Choose High-Waisted Bottoms
A higher rise in your jeans, pants and skirts gives the appearance of longer legs. Pair high-waisted bottoms with a cropped or a half-tucked top and pointed-toe shoes in the same shade as your pants for an ultra leggy look.
Wear Vertical Stripes
Vertical lines lead the eye to look up and down, which has a lengthening effect on your whole look. Pair pinstriped pants and skirts with a bodysuit and a tailored jacket for a sleek and stylish silhouette.
Choose Shoes That Elongate Your Legs
Color Match Your Shoes to Your Pants
Wearing pants, jeans or a jumpsuit in the same color as your footwear creates an optical illusion that makes your legline appear longer. Matching the color of your tights and shoes (or wearing nude shoes with bare-leg looks) offers the same optical illusion. Try pairing burgundy tights with burgundy pumps and a classic LBD for a colorful leg-lengthening look.
Wear Pointed-Toe Shoes
Pointed-toe shoes add an extra 1-2 inches to your foot, thereby extending the length of your legline. If you wear heels, consider a pointed-toe stiletto or bootie to add extra height.
Avoid Ankle Straps
Horizontal straps across the ankle or top of your foot visually cut the leg off right at the ankle, making your legs look shorter. If you love ankle strap shoes, try wearing them with tights in the same color to prevent the line of your legs from being shortened.
— Christina & Tiffany
Do you have a favorite leg-lengthening tip or trick? We’re all ears! Tell us in the comments below!