3-Ways to Look Taller

This episode is about ways to look a little longer, thus looking a bit leaner in the process. A few tricks to get this look?

1) Don't cut yourself in half:
Tried of me talking about this...than save yourself from the tops, blouses, and tunics that cut you exactly in the middle of your body vertically. Still love the oversized look and comfy feel? You can get pieces slightly longer or shorter than your vertical half way point AND THEN add a finishing piece (jacket, cardigan, vest, or tied up tee, chambray shirt, or blouse) to add waist definition and lengthen the whole look.

 I've accented my waist and lengthened my look just by adding this little jacket over my long blouse.

I've accented my waist and lengthened my look just by adding this little jacket over my long blouse.

 The gorgeous mind behind @ lularoebeccaswanson  on Instagram wearing one of her skirts with an oversized blouse tied up at her waist. Serious style chops!

The gorgeous mind behind @lularoebeccaswanson on Instagram wearing one of her skirts with an oversized blouse tied up at her waist. Serious style chops!

 See how much longer I look when my leg line is raised?

See how much longer I look when my leg line is raised?

2) Skirt Length:
Without getting too much into ratios and fashion math let's just go by these flexible guidelines - shorties that are 5'4" or shorter skirts look best when they are an inch or two above the middle of your knee. Average gals between 5'5"-5'8" skirts that are at your knee. Tall honeys 5'9" and up skirts look best when they are around an inch lower than your knee. You'll look longer, I swear. This can be fudged here or there when maniuplating the silhouette to balance other areas, but that is advanced math ;) 

3) Jacket Length:
When using finishing pieces like jackets, it's important not to lose yourself, especially if you're wearing those oversized tops or dresses. Try to stick to this general guideline - if you're wearing it with the jacket with pants of some sort it should land at or just below the hip. If you're wearing it with and oversized top or tunic or a dress the jacket should end somewhere between the smallest part of your waist and your hip. This will raise your leg line and elongate your whole look.

 Even though the jacket isn't tight, it's creating the illusion of a smaller waist and longer legs.

Even though the jacket isn't tight, it's creating the illusion of a smaller waist and longer legs.

 This more casual look is sleeker with this jacket and nude pumps. The contrast of the military style jacket that hits at my hip against the silk blouse creates great interest.

This more casual look is sleeker with this jacket and nude pumps. The contrast of the military style jacket that hits at my hip against the silk blouse creates great interest.

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