Purple Glamour Style Guide: How to Make Your Legs Look Longer

8/24/2009 11:56:00 AM Posted by Christina

Because I am a graceful 5 feet 3 inches, it is difficult to find looks that will help me appear longer and leaner. So, I did some research and found 5 helpful tips and tricks on how to make your legs look longer in looks that are typically made for a 6-foot, 100-pound model.

Tip #1. Don't be afraid to show some leg.

The more leg you show, the longer your legs will appear to be. Whether it's form-fitting or baggy, in a dress or skirt, the above-the-knee look (especially paired with heels) will give you a longer, leaner appearance.

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Tip #2. Skinny jeans in a dark wash will give you a slim look, and are perfect with a loose-fit top or blazer.

Dress your dark wash skinny jeans with a simple white tee and animal print pumps, or a dress them up with a glitzy top and studded platform booties. Either way, you can't lose.

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Tip #3: Belt your frock to give you balance and accentuate your lower (and better might I add) half.

This can also help if you have a short torso (as I do) and draws more attention to your waist, hips, legs and fabulous footwear!

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Or just grab your favorite belt and wrap it around your favorite sundress!

Tip #4. Create an outift in one color (preferrably a neutral color.)

The rule of thumb (especially in the fashion industry) is that all black always works. I beg to differ. You can wear a whole outfit in one color in neutrals (navy blue, black, khaki green, tan, etc.) It gives off a uniformed look, and draws the eye up and down to give you a taller, leaner appearance. Since jumpsuits are a huge trend this season, this is an effortless way to achieve the look.

Avoid bright colors in this case. Black makes you look smaller, brights make you look larger.

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Tip #5. A nude shoe always does the trick.

If you don't want to put as much effort into making your legs look longer and leaner, a nude or flesh-toned shoe gives your legs an elongated appearance.

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That's all for now! Let me know how it works : )

PS. Thanks to Scientific Housewife for the sound style advice on the Steve Madden booties!

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