Our Best Fashion Tips For Making Yourself Look Taller

Have you ever found yourself wishing you were taller? Maybe you'd like to add a few inches to your height, or would love a pair of longer legs. It may seem frustrating being at or below the average height, especially when it comes to shopping for things like jeans or skirts. Some women think they can't wear certain items because they don't look as good as they do on the taller mannequin, so they put them back on the rack.

Though you may wish you had the height of a runway model, being shorter is actually pretty common. According to Healthline, the average woman in America is around 5 foot, 4 inches tall. But no matter your height, dressing to look taller can be flattering and give you a sense of confidence.

The trick is to shop for pieces that are going to make you look taller, and lucky for you, we know just what they are. Here are our best fashion tips to give you that extra bit of height. 

Cropped jacket

One of the easiest tips to make yourself look taller is by switching to cropped jackets. Jackets of a typical length don't elongate your height in the same way that shorter ones do. When you wear a garment that hits at your hip bone or higher, you're showing off more of your frame, which also gives the appearance of longer legs (score!).

Slitted midi skirt or dress

Not only is the midi skirt the latest trend in women's fashion, but when paired with a thigh split, it gives the illusion that you're taller than you actually are. The shorter the midi skirt, the taller you will look (avoid those that come too close to the ankle as this can actually make you look shorter). Feel free to wear whatever shoes you'd like, but we recommend a strappy, open-toed heel to really make your legs look long and lean.

V-neck tee or blouse

Yep, a plain ol' v-neck tee can add serious inches to your height. This is due to the fact that your collarbone area is one of the most elongating parts of the body. Therefore, by wearing a top with a v-neck tee, you're highlighting that area, which makes you look much taller. The great thing is that this tip isn't exclusive to t-shirts; any top with the v-neckline will work just the same.

Clear heels

The majority of heels hit right at the ankle, which immediately makes your legs look shorter than they really are, which translates to a shorter-looking frame. To combat this, give translucent heels a try. They draw the eye all the way from your waist to your toes, giving you a much taller figure. Trust us, you'll have legs for days.

High-waisted jeans or trousers

High-waisted pants are a must-have if you want to give yourself some height (but they're a staple everyone needs in their closet anyway). Because of the high cut, they automatically give your legs so much more height. Seriously, you'll be surprised how sky-high your legs look in a pair of high-waisted jeans. Add a belt to really cinch in your waist, and you're good to go!

Thigh-high boots

If there is one item that makes you look super tall, it's a pair of thigh-high boots. You don't need to wear sky-high stilettos like you see in the photo (but we never say no to a high heel). To give yourself some serious height, pair the boots with jeans or leggings of the same color. By doing this, the two seamlessly blend together, giving the illusion of longer legs.