By Rehan Iqbal
Every woman dreams of having those coveted supermodel-like legs that make others go green with envy and send the opposite sex swooning all over her. Sadly, not everyone is born with those kind of legs. While plastic surgery and make-up can’t fix this problem, fashion can. Fortunately for you, there are tons of attire and footwear choices that can make your stems look longer, slender and sexier throughout the year. Read on to know more!
#1 Befriend Nude Shoes
The style of footwear you wear has a significant impact on the way your legs look. One simple way to look tall is by picking a slick, nude pump. When you wear shoes that more or less match your skin tone, the shoe blends in with your skin to create an uninterrupted line from head to toe. This effect is enhanced if you team up your nude heels with shorts or skirts.
#2 Stick to Pointy-Toe Shoes
Pointed toe boots are the ideal footwear for people riddled with short-leg woes. Basically, a pointed toe heel/boot extends your feet in a twofold manner: First, shoes with pointed toes include approximately an inch or two of additional space, thus making them longer physically than round-toe shoe of the same size. Second, the tapered point of such shoes helps to create the illusion of having longer feet. So, pack your round and square-toe shoes and keep them in a dark corner. Those shapes do nothing to flatter short women’s feet, instead stick to sleek, pointy boots only.
#3 Go Monochrome from Head to Toe
This is one secret that no fashion magazine will ever tell you. When you match your footwear with your jeans or stockings, you tend to create an uninterrupted line from head to toe that makes your body’s bottom half look long, slender and tapering. It’s quite easy to coordinate shoes with pants, like for example, if your wearing black heels, stick to black hosiery. In case, you are on the bulkier side, opt for a black attire from head-to-toe. Black makes you look taller and slimmer. However, this trick really applies to every other shade, especially the darker hues. A monochromatic look gives the impression of a long, straight line as the sight travels from the head to the feet without stopping. This simple trick is sure to make getting ready a breeze on busy mornings.
#4 Avoid Ankle Straps
Ankle straps may be all cute and chic but visually, they cut off your legs and have the potential to shorten off even the most slim of legs. Ankle straps being horizontal, cause the viewer’s line of sight to halt early, thereby making your legs look shorter. So, avoid them at all costs. Instead, stick to pointy pumps that are more flattering and give the impression of length. Ankle straps have the exact opposite effect of v-shaped cuts and high heels. If you adore ankle straps too much to avoid, consider wearing tights of the same color as the strap. This will prevent the line of sight from being broken up and give the effect of long legs.
#5 Buy V-Shaped Boots
Boots with a V-shaped cut on the top create a more flattering look and give the effect of longer legs. They are comfortable to wear in winter, and can be paired up with skinny jeans or stockings and short skirts. Boots with V-shaped cuts suit short women with a longer torso, while pointy-toe shoes work well for petite women with short torso and comparatively longer legs.
#6 Choose Thigh High Boots
You will be amazed to see what a thigh-high boot with a wee bit of heel can do to give you the effect of longer legs. Over-the-knee boots basically create a longer visual line from your lower thighs and down to the floor. You can opt for knee high boots as well, but they have a slightly exaggerated effect. On the other hand, ankle boots cut your leg off above your foot, thus interrupting the line of vision and giving the effect of shorter and stouter legs. However, an ankle boot with a v-shaped cut at its top rather than a horizontal line is safe to wear and does make your legs look longer.
#7 Choose The Right Type of Dress
Footwear is not the sole solution to short legs. You should also take care to wear dresses and skirts with the right cuts. For example, if you’re trying to overshadow a long torso, opt for A-line skirts, as they will make your waist look shorter and your legs longer. Empire waists are equally good for this body type, since they create the illusion of a higher waist by shifting the focus up. This cut works well for women with petite figures too, as an empire waist elongates the frame and makes you look taller and slender.
Most women wish they had longer legs. While you can’t alter your genetics or even take resort in cosmetic surgery to cure this dilemma, you sure can apply the aforementioned tricks to create the illusion of slender, lean and long legs. Making some simple yet smart choices about shoes, waistbands and skirts can go a long way in creating the “supermodel look” you have always dreamed of.