Want longer legs? Who doesn’t! Unless you’re Karlie Kloss, perhaps. But if you aren’t walking around with a supermodel gam game, that’s quite alright. You can still have legs for days with a few simple wardrobe tricks. It’s all about creating a visual illusion with your ensembles.
Check out this list of 10 ways you can use clothing (including shoes!) to dress your body type and make your legs look longer.
1. Channel a monochromatic mood
Wearing all one color creates a single line from head to toe, visually elongating the line of your body and making you not only look taller, but also making your legs look longer. The rule goes for any hue, too. Of course, darker color palettes and black will give you more bang for your lengthening buck, with black having the added bonus of being slimming.
2. Be matchy-matchy
Part and parcel to the monochromatic mood, make sure you continue the matchy color scheme right down to your shoes for added leg lengthening. Wearing footwear that’s the same shade as your pants is a strategic sartorial move that will elongate your leg line. So, if you’re wearing black jeans, wear black booties, too.
3. Go nude
Speaking of footwear, another strategy to make your legs go on for days is by going nude — nude shoes, that is. A simple nude pump or sandal will go the distance in increasing the visual length of your legs, especially if worn with a skirt, dress, or shorts. As a side note, avoid ankle strap heels — even if they are nude — as that strap makes your legs appear shorter.
4. Waist not, want not
When it comes to elongating those gams, it can be as simple as saying sayonara to low-slung pant styles and denim. High-waist skirts, pants, and jeans will go the extra mile in making your legs look extra long by visually extending the line from waist to foot and fooling the eye about where the waist ends and the legs begin. Just make sure you wear a crop top with them, or tuck in your blouse or shirt to make your torso look shorter. Otherwise, you’ll lose the effect. Of course, if you wear your high-waist bottoms with heels, you’ll look even taller and longer.
5. Cropped and dangerous
Much in the same way that high-waist pants work in your leg-lengthening favor, so too can a cropped top or jacket. Slightly raising the hem of a top or blazer makes your natural waist look higher than it actually is. You can wear the cropped topper with those high-waist jeans or pants — or even try it with a skirt.
6. Keep a wide, open mind
Flowing, wide-leg pants are totally on trend now, and that’s perfect if you’re trying to lengthen the way your pins look. Get over the fact that you think they look ridiculous and find a pair that’s properly tailored to your proportions. You’ll want them to be made in that high-waist silhouette and for the hem of the pants to graze the ground over your heels. You’ll practically look like you’re walking on stilts as a result.
7. Stripe (or pattern) it up!
We already know the slimming power of vertical stripes versus the horizontal variety. But by wearing the up-and-down pattern in a pant, you can also make your pins look extra lengthy. It doesn’t have to be a bold, graphic stripe either. Even a more subdued pinstripe can go the distance. And, the leg-lengthening power isn’t limited to just pants — a vertical pattern in a midi skirt or dress can also provide the same positive illusion. Not into stripes at all? You can also achieve the same effect with an all-over micro print or pattern that creates unity from top to bottom.
8. Keep it simple
Jeans and pants that have fussier details, such as cuffs or fringe at the bottom, bling-y pockets, or pleats, can all be problematic when it comes to extending your leg line. All those details just mean distraction, interrupting the visual impact from waist to heel. A clean silhouette in your bottoms will take you much further in highlighting your pins in all the right ways.
9. Say yes to thigh-highs
If you’re petite, you may be thinking thigh-high boots are off limits. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter how many feet and inches you measure, the sultry footwear can make a big difference in how tall you look. Much like the monochromatic look, the boots create an uninterrupted leg line from thigh to toe which provides an elongating effect. For extra oomph, wear the boots with a mini, or pair them with skinny denim or leggings that are dark like your boots. You’ll be strutting like a supermodel in no time.
10. Get bonus points for pointy-toes
In ballet, it’s all about the pointed toes. It’s a beautiful expression of length from the hip to the end of the foot. Apply that to fashion, and you have the pointed toe shoe. From booties to pumps, the pointy toe will be a flattering fit when trying to make your legs look longer. Square and rounded toe shoes can create a stubby look — and no one wants that!