10 Ways To Look Taller If You Are Petite

In the video above and post below, I’m sharing ten tips to help you look taller and slimmer if you are petite! These tips can also be used if you’re not petite, and still want to look taller and slimmer!

In the US, you are considered petite if you are 5 feet 4 inches and shorter. I’m 5’4” so I am technically petite, but I don’t wear petite sizes in most things. Sometimes I buy petite jeans and pants, but I rarely buy petite jackets/blazers or blouses. In the video, you can see before and after shots of these tips. I wear the “before” outfits all the time, so these tips are just for a little extra length! Keep scrolling to see my tips and shop the pieces from the video!

Reward Style Blogger Conference // What I Wore // Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps with Mother denim step hem racing stripes skinny jeans

Tip #1 | Wear Heels

Seems like a no-brainer right!? Obviously, heels are going to add a lot of height and elongate your body. I know they’re not always the most comfortable, but if you can hack em’, wear em’! They’re so sexy, and feminine. If you wear a pointed-toe heel, it will elongate your body even more. Be sure to also consider the shoe color. Wear a nude or skin color pair of heels with dresses and skirts, or a darker color with dark pants and jeans!

How to wear all white and still look slim, winter white, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style in NYC wearing white wide leg trousers by Milly and a fuzzy white sweater with Celine belt bag and who what wear white target mules

Tip #2 | Monochromatic

This one is commonly known, but with repeating! It doesn’t matter what color you wear, but a monochromatic look always makes you look taller and slimmer! If you don’t like an all-black look, wear navy, red, white, etc.

Tip #3 | Dark Wash, High Waist, Flared Jeans or Pants

The next tip is to wear dark wash, high-rise, flared jeans. When you’re looking for jeans, avoid fading, whiskering, distressing, contrasting stitching, bling on the butt, etc. You want them to be classic and plain! For the rise, look for 8 to 10 inches. The last element is the flared silhouette. These are the most elongating and slimming! A straight leg pant or jean will work too! Add pointed-toe heels to make yourself look even longer!

Tip #4 | Tuck In Your Top

When you tuck your top into your pants or jeans, it creates a waist and makes your legs look a mile long! It depends on your petite body type, but in general, it’s more flattering proportionately to make your legs look longer than your torso. If you can’t tuck in, or you don’t like to, that’s okay…just look for something that hits your hips.

Pinstriped pants, fashion blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com, wearing Norma Kamalli, Wide leg, lightweight pants paired with black duster cardigan, stuart weitzman wifi booties, kenneth jay lane gold necklace, February Favorites

Tip #5 | Vertical Stripes

Next, wear vertical stripes! When you wear vertical stripes you look longer and slimmer! If you can wear some pinstripe wide leg pants (see in video above), even better!

duster coat, blazer, and sweater, why you need a duster in your life, featuring fashion blogger over 40, Erin Busbee, of BusbeeStyle.com wearing Mother crop fray racing stripe jeans, britsy vince camuto patent booties, Aqua cashmere choker sweater, NBD duster blazer and a black wool beret

Tip #6 | Long Jackets & Cardigans

Wearing a long cardigan or shirtdress creates the illusion of length. You can see before and after’s in the video above! You’re going to look taller in a long duster cardigan than in a chunky short cardigan.

Tip #7 | Tailoring

When you’re petite, volume proportion is extremely important! When you go oversized, you’ll look like a kid or like you’re wearing your mom’s clothes. So try to wear pieces that are tailored to your body. There’s nothing wrong with wearing oversized, flowy pieces, but a more fitted piece will make you look taller!

Vince Camuto gray tote bag paired with white button down frank and eileen shirt

Tip #8 | Handbag Size

The size of your handbag is important when you’re on the shorter side. I love my big bags and I have plenty of them! But they can make you look smaller. It’s better to pick handbags that fit your size a little better. Instead of the giant tote, pick a tote that’s more proportionate to your stature.

Shorts Suit | Erin Busbee of Busbee Style at Reward Style Blogger Conference wearing yellow Veronica Beard shorts suite

Tip #9 |Shorter Hemlines

As we get older we don’t want to wear shorter things. But cheating up that hemline will make you look taller. So if you have good legs and you like your legs, wear a shorter hemline! (see shorts suit above for reference)

Tip #10 | Hair Up

This seems like a silly tip but it really works! Wear your hair up! I love the top knot and it’s a super mom-friendly hairstyle. You can watch how to do a top knot in this video.

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  1. can you suggest a more budget friendly pair of dark, wash highwaisted, flaredjeans and a budget friendly duster/shirt dress. many thanks. i found your tips very useful and hope to incorporate into my fall wardrobe.

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