Dressing to Make Your Legs Looks Longer

Not blessed with long legs? You’re not alone. Think of glamourous stylish stars like Nicole Ritchie, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman to name a few. These are all beautiful celebrities all under 5’4″. Yet, you may not realize it as they are always cleverly styled in perfect outfits that help bring out their best assets. If you also happen to be a petite beauty, then this article is for you. Below, we’ll give you tips on dressing to make your legs look longer.


Wear one continuous color from top to bottom. Also, match the color of your shoes, tights and stockings with your pants or skirts. A sweeping continuous color will give the illusion of longer legs.

Utilize more dark or muted colors on your lower body to create a leaner look.

Avoid wearing different layers of colors on your lower body because the color block effect will break up a long continuous silhouette.

Short Tops

Opt for short to medium length tops to give the look of a shorter torso and longer legs.

Avoid wearing long tops that end at your hips because longer tops will “lengthen” your torso and thereby shorten the look of your legs.

High Waisted Bottoms

Wear high waisted designs as these styles will create an illusion of your waistline starting at a higher position and thereby maximizing your height.

Do tuck in your shirts or tops to prevent them from hanging too long and lengthening the look of your torso.

Avoid dropped waistbands or low waisted bottoms to avoid adding a horizontal line at the widest part of your body.


Keep your hemlines shorter for shorts and skirts to show a decent amount of legs.

Long pant hemlines that cover a tall platform heel will create the look of long lean legs in minutes!

Avoid hemlines that end mid-thigh or mid-calve.


Heels elongate your legs and accentuate your curves instantly. Yet, if you are not comfortable wearing heels, you may always start with 3 inches or wedges. Heels with “hidden platforms” are also a good choice since they are easier to walk in. A 5 inch heel becomes manageable when the front has a 2 inch “hidden platform”. Your feet doesn’t need to arch as instensely. Also opt for pointy toes to bring the vertical line down to the very far end of your toes.

Avoid strappy heels or ankle boots that will cut off your legs at the ankles.

You do not need to be born with model like legs for it to look miles long. Knowing how to dress yourself is all it takes to look slim and chic.

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