I’m not tall. Moreover, I’ve always considered myself short, at least I wouldn’t call 1.62 m (5 ft 3.75 in) tall at all and it took me for a while I accepted it and learned to get dressed. But am I short? As curious person I am, I checked average female heights across the world and the result is quite shocking which made put this whole short-tall question in a total new point of view. But first things first, lets see the numbers.
According to statistics Dutch women are the tallest with 1.7 (5 ft 7 in), American women are 1.62 (5 ft 3.75 in), British women 1.63 (5 ft 4.25 in), Hungarians 1.64 (5 ft 4.5 in) and the shortest females are from Bolivia standing at 1.42 m (4 ft 8 in) tall. So actually female estimated average across the world is around 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) which makes me (and probably most of you) taller than I (we) thought*.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley British model is 1.75 (5 ft 9 in), while Mira Duma is only 1.5 (4 ft 11 in)
So what does this mean? In short: I still can be deceived. True, I’m a bit shorter than my fellow country(wo)men but I’d count a total average in the US and pretty tall in China or Venezuela. And that fact – that it affected me like this – means somewhere deeply I still care about it (of course I do, I pay attention of it every time I get dressed, duh).
There was a time when I wished that I were taller because that would have meant that I’m longer and leaner and I would perfectly fit for (fashion) beauty ideals and I could wear whatever I want. But I’m older now and I accepted my height my shape, with one word my body. I won’t say I wouldn’t change a bit but overall I don’t have any reason to complain.
But fashion ideals still affect me and brands can easily can sell things with tall and skinny models as they look good in everything. And I still would like to look (at least) a bit taller and leaner. Because I know from experience that I look better in heels or when I accentuate my waist. Because looking nice is still important. What have changed though, practicality is more important than looking pretty or fashionably.
The very same Sandro jeans on model like Ellen Claesson and on me. You can tell the height difference based only on the leg length. Hehe. 🙂
You can cheat a lot with clothes and properly placed details and I’m gonna share what I’ve learned through the years without sacrificing practicality. And as I’ve learned a new thing today I can extend it with one more point. 🙂
- Wear tone in tone outfits. No, it shouldn’t be black. You can wear whatever color you fancy it will shows you taller and leaner especially if you combine it with anything below.
- Wear vertical and/or narrow stripes. Main rule could be: everything what drives eyes vertically(and not to overwhelming) are good. If you like stripes but want to look like leaner a something with pinstripe (a suit for example) can be good option. You can wear horizontal stripes too but the more narrower they are the more advantageous your look will be.
- Wear heels. Ok, this one is pretty obvious. But what’s important those shoes don’t have to be flat or sky high necessarily. Studies were shown that mid heels are the best for you health and practicality wise too. And a few cm (or inches) are better than nothing at all. Plus they’re trendy right now. Yeyy! 🙂
- Wear shoes with toe cleavage and/or pointy toes. And they can be flats too, they will do the trick. A high heel with deep toe cleavage pointy toes and nude color are the best options and can make whatever outfit looks good.
- Accentuate the waist. If you’re like me and have shorter legs you can cheat optically if you put emphasis on the waist as it’s on of the narrowest part of the body and placed quite high. You can do this with a simple (preferably narrow) belt, a simple tucking, high waisted bottoms or all of them together.
- But don’t break the picture with unnecessary lines and fuss. Of course clothes have hemlines but if you can avoid them (except if they have the same color). What do I mean? If you want to seem taller you shouldn’t wear for example capris with longer top and multiple strappy sandals.
- Wear those heels with longer wide leg pants or flares. They shouldn’t be dragged on the floor but should cover most of your shoes. This is an ultimate leg lengthening method. Especially if those pants are high waisted too. Even especially if those heels have pointed toes.
- Or show a little skin here or there. Ankles for example. Again because they’re (one of) the narrowest point of the body and legs a well suited cropped pants can make you longer (optically). But a deeper V neck or shorts or shorter skirts can be useful too. If you don’t want to wear short things anymore than a hemline just below the knee is the best (you know where your legs are quite narrow too below your knee but above your calf).
- It can be said that thinner fabrics are better. Of course if you’re cold then wear knits but there are difference between knits and knits too. For example cashmere, angora, mohair or wool are really good. Tops made of these materials are not necessarily chunky but they’re still warm and soft.
- Don’t care what fashion says and do whatever fancy you. You probably have the perfect height (just look those numbers above again). Moreover, based on those numbers I would like if brands wouldn’t make every bottoms with skinny model length or do it but then make more options for average girls too.
So if you do these tricks one of them or combined you can look taller but at least you won’t look shorter than you really are. But the best thing what I’ve learned that I don’t have to use all these tricks at the same time, one or two is just enough. And you can feel better in your skin in every way. At least they work quite nicely for me, hope you’ll find it useful too. 🙂
Do you have more tried and proved trick? Let us know!
*Datas via www.averageheight.com