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How to dress for your height

Very few of us have the perfect shape but it’s possible to create optical illusions by choosing the right garments. To appear taller, choose dark, block colours or soft vertical lines (pin stripes). A suit in a matching colour will make you appear taller. As will high heels of course!

PantsWear trousers that are long and narrow and have no cuffs. Flared trousers and wide-legged pants give the illusion of long legs. Make sure the hemline falls to at least the ankle or you’ll look shorter. High waistbands will also give you extra height. To appear shorter, wear jeans with flat shoes. Capri pants will also break up the length of your legs. Choose styles that just cover the knee to avoid looking like you’ve outgrown your trousers.

Dresses and SkirtsEmpire line dresses, whereby the waistband falls under the bust, create length in the body. Just make sure your dress doesn’t end at your calves, as this will chop your legs in two. A maxi dress can also be very flattering and body-lengthening.

TopsVery long tops worn over trousers or leggings give the impression of longer legs. Avoid short cropped tops exposing a bare midriff as this will emphasise shortness in the legs. V-necks will make you look taller too, as well as being the most flattering neckline for your bust.

Jackets and CoatsAim for long-line coats and jackets which show off as much leg as possible, rather than shorter cropped ones. Wear three-quarter length coats with heels to give you the extra height you need to carry them off.

SwimsuitsHigh-cut swimsuits will lengthen your legs. So will side-string tie bikini briefs. Boys shorts will make your legs look chunky.

Shoes and bootsHigh-heeled boots will lengthen the leg but choose styles that reach the knee for maximum height. Ankle boots look great with pants but unless you have very long, slim legs, they tend to chop up the leg

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