I’m pretty short at 5’1″, but in my mind I’m taller.
How much taller?
On a good day, at least 5’8″. Of course, the rest of the world disagrees.
Once, years ago when I worked in San Francisco, I was walking through China Town on my lunch break in four-inch heels when I found myself behind a group of middle school students on an historic tour of the neighborhood. I was heading to my favorite greasy spoon for lunch, a place in the same direction the group was heading, so I tagged along (hey, free tour!), listening to the group’s tour guide.
When I finally arrived at my lunch spot and broke away from the group, one of the volunteer moms started yelling.
“Get back with the group!” she barked, and I could hear her footsteps pounding behind me.
I slowly turned around, looking up at a much taller woman. “Dude…” I replied, more confused than amused, “I don’t go to school with these kids.”
She pursed her lips and raised an eyebrow quizzically, probably thinking she had a troublemaker on her hands. “Where do you go to school?”
“Uh…” I saw an opportunity I couldn’t resist. “The school of life?”
I think that’s where she figured it out.
Over the years, I’ve picked up a few height-enhancing tricks. One of my favorites? — pairing nude heels (more accurately, heels in a color close to my natural skin tone) with an above-the-knee length dress.
When my shoes and leg color sort of blend together, I think it creates an illusion of height, and when the dress rests above the knee, it enhances the overall effect.
Dresses in solid colors or with detailed prints, like this leopard one from Audrey, seem to work best with the nude heel/above-the-knee dress trick, and I think the opposite is also true. Prints with large details make me look shorter. In general, when I’m shooting for height, I try to keep my dress as simple as possible; the simpler the dress, the greater the height-enhancing effect.
Things like this leopard-print dress are relatively recent additions to my wardrobe. I’d avoided them for years, thinking they were too Peggy Bundy, but I blame my level of cat lady craziness for my new outlook on prints.
I also like to pair bright accessories, like in the multi-colored necklace I’m sporting here, with neutral colors, and you could do something similar with a hot pink or turquoise ring, earrings or bracelets.
If you’re already taller than I am, a pair of fuchsia or coral pumps would look really cute, and you could play up your natural va-va-va-voom! by wearing your hair down and doing big, sexy Victoria’s Secret curls, or, tone it down by putting your hair up in a ponytail with a tortoise-shell headband like I’m wearing here.
A breakdown of the outfitâ€¦
Do you ever employ outfit tricks to make yourself look taller (or shorter)? What are your best ones?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,