One of the questions our Stitch Fix Stylists are often asked by petites and others who are smaller in stature is how to make a shorter torso appear longer. Here are six style tips to give you length through your midsection:
Dress and skirt lengths that hit below the knee may make you appear shorter, while shorter dresses and skirts that hit above the knee will create the illusion of longer legs. The shorter you go with your hemline, the more height you will appear to have. If you want to explore the maxi trend, add height by pairing your look with a heel or wedge.
High-waist belts may work if you want to lengthen your legs, but be aware that they can shorten the appearance of your torso. Steer clear of chunky, thick belts and instead select a slim belt, which will prevent the illusion of cutting your frame in half.
It’s all about the wash! Select a style that fits best with your body type. Avoid wide leg jeans, which can make you look more compact. A clean dark wash will make your legs appear slimmer, but whichever wash you choose, try and keep your wash as clean and streamlined as possible.
Heels will not only add to your height, but will do wonders for your posture. If high heels are tough to wear, go for wedges or a hidden platform. You want to make sure your heels are not chunky, so stick to sleek styles that will complement your petite frame instead of overwhelming it. If you prefer a flat, select a style such as a pointed or peep toe to add length.
If you’re working with a longer frame, read our post on styling a long torso and short legs.