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Updated: September 12, 2012 8:48 AM
Ten Tricks to Looking Taller

Dressing to look taller isn’t a simple one-two punch of Aquanet-ing a three-inch Snooki-pouf and stepping into six-inch stilettos. Instead, lengthening a petite body type involves an entire conference of teams: necklines, hems, colour palettes, print types, shoe shapes. They all affect how long and lean you look—even before you take heel height into account. (Good to know, because we can’t all be Victoria Beckham and wear architectural Louboutins to the dentist, now can we?) Below, our favourite other ways (i.e., more reasonable ones) for smaller girls to step into the tall person’s game:



Wear High-Waisted Bottoms (© Courtesy of Anthropologie.com, Shopbop.com)
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  • Pair Neutral Shoes with Bare Legs (© Courtesy of Mytheresa.com)
  • Choose V-Neck Necklines (© Courtesy of Ssense.com)
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  • Scale Your Accessories to Your Size (© Courtesy of Katespade.com, Barneys.com, Nordstrom.com)
  • Stick with Smaller Prints (© Courtesy of Topshop.com)
  • Make Monochrome Looks (© Courtesy of Piperlime.com, Shopbop.com)
  • Opt for Vertical Stripes, not Horizontal (© Courtesy of Shopbop.com)
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Wear High-Waisted Bottoms
To elongate your lower half, wear shorts and pants that start up on your natural waist instead of slinging them low on your hips. (Extra points for pant hems that just barely graze the floor, maximizing leg length without overwhelming them in fabric.)

"Jojo" High Waist Shorts, $88, Anthropologie.com; "Cleofe" High Waisted Pants, $325, by Malene Birger, Shopbop.com

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